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Disciplinary hearings

Disciplinary Hearings are the culmination of the RCVS complaints procedure.

The RCVS Disciplinary Committee (DC) follows court procedures and complaints must be proved to the highest civil standard of proof - 'so as to be sure'. The 'Disciplinary Committee Procedure Guidance' was re-issued in January 2010 and is used as an aid to decision making at Disciplinary Hearings. This guidance document should be read in conjunction with the 'Disciplinary Committee Manual,' also issued in January 2010.

A new Case Management Protocol has been adopted for cases referred to the DC from 1 November 2011. The Protocol can be downloaded from the 'Related documents' section on the right.

If you are attending a hearing as a witness, or would like an overview of the procedure of a Disciplinary Hearing you can download and read the 'Witness Information Pack' for further information.

If found guilty of serious professional misconduct and ordered to be suspended or struck off the Register, a veterinary surgeon may appeal to the Privy Council within 28 days. If appealed, the order does not take effect unless and until it is upheld by the Privy Council.

The press is notified of any hearings due to take place and an official announcement appears in The Veterinary Record. The hearings are generally conducted in public and reported by the press.

The outcomes of disciplinary hearings are also recorded in the RCVS Annual Report. Veterinary surgeons who have appeared before the DC during the last three years are as follows:

 

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

 

Date Respondent Documents Notes

2014

     

19/03/14

Holmes, Joseph

 

Announcement

Decision

Press release

Restoration Hearing

13/02/14

Kanesh, Kumaran

Announcement

Charges

Decision

Press release

 

11/02/14

Morgan, Matthew Douglas

Announcement

Charges

Decision

Press release

 

2013

  

 

 

02/12/13

 

Gillams, Edward Mark

Announcement

Charges

Decision

Press release

 

21/10/13

Lindridge, Silke Birgitt

Announcement

Decision

Undertakings

Press release

 

02/10/13

Ersilova, Nicola

Announcement

Charges

Decision on Conduct and Sanction

Press release

 

18/09/13

Kanesh, Kumaran

Announcement

This hearing has been adjourned by the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee until such a time as Mr Kanesh is able to attend the hearing or alternative arrangements can be made for him to attend. The matter is to be reviewed in February next year.

17/09/13

Oliver, Geoffrey

Announcement

Charges (1)

Charges (2)

Decision

Press release

 

24/07/13

Figueiredo Rodrigues da Cruz, Francisco M D C

 

Announcement

Decision to proceed in Respondent's absence

Decision and Sanction

Press release

 

16/07/13

Roberts, Sally-Ann (RVN)

 

Announcement

Charges

Decision on Facts

Decision on Sanction

Press release

 

18/06/13

Chikosi, Munhuwepasi

 

Announcement

Charges

Decision  

Press release

 

20/05/13 Beveridge, Ian

Announcement

Charges

Decision on Adjournment 

Decision on Facts

Decision on Disgraceful Conduct and Sanction

Press release

The Privy Council considered Mr Beveridge's application to withdraw his appeal and, on 26 March 2014, ordered that the appeal be withdrawn. He was duly removed from the Register.

13/05/13 Hutber, Adam Marcus

Announcement

Charges

Findings of Fact

Decision on Conduct and Sanction

Press release

 

22/04/13

Chelemen, Sorin Dinu

Announcement

Charges

Decision on application

Decision on Facts

Decision on Disgraceful Conduct

Decision on Sanction

Press release

 

09/04/13

Brimelow, Sheena Davina

Announcement

Charges

Decision on Facts

Press release

 

18/03/13

Kutschera, Markus

Announcement

Charges

Findings of Fact

Decision on Conduct and Sanction

Press release

 

25/02/13

Wilson, John

Announcement

Charges

Decision on Facts

Decision on Conduct and Sanction

Press release

 

22/02/13

Holmes, Joseph Lennox

 

Announcement

Decision on Application for Restoration

Press release

 

19/02/13

Samuel, Gary

Announcement

Charges 

Decision on Fitness to Practise

Decision on Sanction

Press release

Dr Samuel appealed to the Privy Council against this decision and it was quashed following a hearing on 26 March 2014. The decision of the Privy Council is outlined in a press release and you can read the full judgment on the Privy Council website.

07/01/13

Nicholl (nee Wilson), Tracy Elizabeth (RVN)

Announcement

Charges

Findings of Fact

Decision on Misconduct

Decision on Sanction

Press release

 

2012

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10/12/12

Bogdanowicz, Przemyslaw Pawel

Announcement

Charges

Decision

Press release

 

19/11/12

Schlemm, Marie-Louise

Announcement

Charges

Findings of Fact

Decision on Misconduct

Decision on Sanction

Press release

 

16/10/12

 

 

Ohene-Gyan, Awuah

Announcement

Charges

Opening submissions (RCVS)

Decision

Press release

 

13/09/12

Lonsdale, Gordon

Announcement

Decision on Application for Restoration

Press release

 

12/09/12

Cartmell, William B

Announcement

Charges

Decision

Undertakings

Press release

 
11/09/12 Hutber, Adam Marcus Adjourned This hearing was adjourned to a date to be fixed, on undertakings by Mr Hutber not to practise pending completion of the resumed hearing.
21/05/12 Smith, David E

Announcement

Charges

Findings of fact

Decision on fitness to practice

Press release

 

16/04/12

Nazimek, Tomasz

Announcement

Charges

Decision

Press release

 

10/04/12

Sherry, John

Announcement

Charges

Decision

Press release

 

20/03/12

Main, James

Announcement

Decision

Press release

 

19/03/12

Nemeth, Janos

 

Announcement

Decision

Press release

 

13/02/12

 

Auerbach, Marc T J

 

Announcement

Charges

Findings and Decision

Press release

 

16/01/12 Manson, William H S

Announcement

Charges

Findings and Decision

Press release

 

2011

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05/12/11 Slominski, Jaroslaw

Announcement

Findings of Fact

Decision on Misconduct and Sanction

Press release

 

 

18/11/11 MacMahon, Peter A

Announcement

Decision on Sanction

Press release

 

 

This was a resumed hearing
17/11/11 Samuel, Gary

Announcement

Findings

Press release

 

 

 

19/9/11 Segev, Kfir

Announcement

Decision

Press release

 

 

Restoration hearing

19/07/11

Lewis, Dewi

Decision on Facts

Decision on Misconduct

Decision on Sanction

Press release

 

27/06/11

Conlon, Richard

Announcement

Charges

Decision

Press Release

 

13/06/11

Samuel, Gary J C

Announcement

Adjournment notice

 

18/05/11

Becerra Parga, Maria

Announcement

Charges

Decision

Press release

 

16/05/11

Grecko, Alina

Announcement

Charges

Decision

Sanction

Press release

 

05/04/11

Lewis, Dewi Wyn

Announcement

Charges

Adjournment notice

This hearing was adjourned and is due to resume on 18 July 2011

14/03/11 Owen-Thomas, John Richard

Announcement

Charges

Decision

Press release

 

14/02/11 Main, James

Announcement

Charges

Findings

Decision

Press release

 

18/01/11 Albring, Michael

Announcement

Charges

Findings

Decision

Press release

Resumed from September 2010, see below
10/01/11 Holmes, Joseph

Findings (Auckland)

Findings (Marsden)

Decision

Press release

Resumed from October 2010, see below.

Mr Holmes has appealed to the Privy Council against this decision. He is therefore entitled to continue to practise at least until this appeal is heard. The Privy Council has set a date of 1 November 2011 for this appeal hearing.

2010

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13/12/10

Okano, Takeshi

Announcement

Charges

Decision

Press release

 

15/11/10 MacMahon, Peter Ardle

Announcement

Charges

Findings

Decision

Press release

 

18/10/10 Holmes, Joseph

Announcement

Charges (Auckland)

Charges (Marsden),

Adjournment

 

23/09/10 Nemeth, Janos

Announcement

Decision

Press release

 

21/09/10 Albring, Michael

Announcement

This hearing was adjourned and is expected to be relisted for early 2011
19/07/10 Joloasho, Adetunji Ayinia

Announcement

Charges

Findings of fact

Decision on conduct

Decision on sanction

Press release

This is a resumed hearing, which was adjourned in June 2010
18/06/10 Seymour-Hamilton, Warwick

Announcement

Decision

Press release

 

14/06/10 Joloasho, Adetunji Ayinia

Announcement

Note: this hearing was adjourned at the request of Dr Joloasho
26/04/10 Saulnier-Troff, Francois-Guillaume

Announcement

Charges

Findings

Press release

 

05/02/10 Oakes, Russell

Announcement

Decision

Press release

 

02/02/10 Lockyear, James

Announcement

Findings

Decision on sanction

Press release

 

15/01/10 Higgott, Leslie

Annoucement

Decision

Press release

 

07/01/10 Morris, Robert

Announcement

Decision

Press release

 

 

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