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Disciplinary Committee hearings

Disciplinary Hearings are the culmination of the RCVS concerns 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:

 

 2013 2014 2015

 

Date Respondent Documents Notes

2016

     

01/10/16

Beveridge, Ian

Announcement

Decision on Application for Restoration

Press release

 

18/10/16

Meacock, Roger Sidney

Announcement

Charges

Decision of Disciplinary Committee on Application for Adjournment

Press release

 

29/09/16

Shah, Rahul Chandulal

 

Announcement

Charges

Findings of Fact

Decision on Disgraceful Conduct and Sanction

Press release 

 

20/05/16

Vockert, Kerstin 

Announcement

Charges

Decision on Fitness to Practise

Press release

 

16/05/16

Hough, Nigel Charles

Announcement

Charges

Press release

Findings of Fact

Decision on Disgraceful Conduct

Decision on Sanction

Press release

This hearing was adjourned on 17 May 2016 and resumed on 30 October 2016.

 

 

18/03/16

Seymour-Hamilton, Warwick J

Announcement

Decision on Application for Restoration

Press release

 

11/02/16

Evans, Robert Alun Merfyn

Announcement

Charges

Findings of Fact and on Disgraceful Conduct

Press release

 

09/02/16

Costelloe, Dermot

Announcement

Charges

Findings of Fact and on Disgraceful Conduct

Decision on Sanction

Press release

 

29/01/16

Thompson, Kirk Franklyn

Announcement

Charges

Findings on Fitness to Practise

Press release

 

22/01/16

Davidson, Duncan

Announcement

Charges

Finding of Fact and Decision on Disgraceful Conduct

Press release

 

2015

     

19/11/15

Newell, Lindsey (RVN)

 

Announcement

Charges

Findings of Fact

Findings of Disgraceful Conduct

Decision on Sanction

 

19/10/15

Lewis, Adele

 

 

Announcement

Charges

Decision on Facts

Decision on Conduct and Sanction

Press release 

 

22/09/15

 

Lesolle, Mpho

 

Cheshmedzhiev, Georgi

 

 

Announcement

Charges

Decision on Facts and Disgraceful Conduct

Decision on Sanction

Press release

 

21/07/15

Morgan, Matthew

Decision on Restoration Application

Press release

The Disciplinary Committee met to hear an application to be restored to the Register from Mr Matthew Morgan. However, Mr Morgan decided to withdraw his application on the grounds that he is still subject to his criminal sentence in that he is on licence under probationary supervision. The Committee accepted the withdrawal of the application. He will now make his application for restoration on Tuesday 15 September 2015.

20/07/15

Rodale MBE, Philippa Ann

Announcement

Charges

Decision on whether to adjourn

Decision on whether to accept undertakings

Undertakings

Press release

This hearing was adjourned on 20 July and resumed on 17 August 2015.

22/06/15

Porter, David John

Announcement

Charges

Application to postpone

Decision to proceed in absence of the respondent

Ruling on closing submissions

Application to adduce further late evidence

Findings of Fact

Addendum to Findings of Fact

Second Addendum to Findings of Fact

Decision on disgraceful Conduct

Decision on Sanction

This hearing was adjourned on 17 July until 1 October. On 6 October it was adjourned once more until 21 October.

16/06/15

Beveridge, Ian

 

Announcement

Decision on adjournment

Decision on restoration application

Press release

Restoration Hearing

27/04/15

Horniman, Nicholas Robert William

Announcement

Charges

Decision on Facts

Press release

 

11/02/15

Seymour-Hamilton, Warwick

Announcement

Decision on restoration application

Press release

Restoration Hearing

30/01/15

Ainsworth, Frank Eric

Announcement

Charges

Findings of Fact

Decision on Conduct and Sanction

Press release

 

2014

     

17/11/14

Cronin, Denis Patrick

Decision

Press release

Resumed application for Restoration

21/07/14

Lown, Oliver Fraser

Announcement

Charges

Decision on Private Hearing Application

Decision on Charges 2-5

Decision on Application to Adjourn

Decision on Facts

Decision on Conduct and Sanction

Press release

 

25/06/14

Cronin, Denis Patrick

Announcement

Decision

Press release

Restoration Hearing

20/05/14

Price, Kellie (RVN)

Announcement

Decision

Press release

 

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

 

 

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