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Disciplinary Committee hearings

Disciplinary Hearings are the culmination of the RCVS concerns procedure.

The RCVS Disciplinary Committee (DC) hear cases relating to registered veterinary surgeons and the Veterinary Nurse Disciplinary Committee (VN DC) hear cases relating to registered veterinary nurses both follow court procedures. Complaints must be proven to the highest civil standard of proof ie the Committee must be satisfied 'so as to be sure' the facts have occurred as alleged by the College. The Committee must also be satisfied that the facts as proved amount to serious professional misconduct.

Guidance on the Disciplinary Committee’s functions, decision-making, and approach to sanctions can be found in the “Disciplinary Committee Sanctions Guidance for Veterinary Surgeons cases” which was re-issued in August 2020 and is used as an aid to decision making at Disciplinary Hearings. This guidance document (available to download from the bottom of this page) should be read in conjunction with the 'Disciplinary Committee Manual,' re-issued in September 2013.

If you are attending a hearing as a witness, or would like an overview of the procedure of a Disciplinary Hearing you can read our section on 'RCVS witness information' 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.

If found guilty of serious professional misconduct and ordered to be suspended or struck off the Register, a registered veterinary nurse may at any time within 28 days from the notice of direction, lodge an appeal which will be considered in accordance with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Veterinary Nurse Conduct and Discipline Rules 2014.

Disciplinary Committee hearings are generally conducted in public although some evidence may be heard in private where the Committee consider it appropriate.

Veterinary surgeons and RVNs who have appeared before the DC during the last 3 years are as follows:

2022

Date Respondent Documents Notes
11/07/2022 Gracey, James   The hearing was adjourned on 22 July 2022 and will resume on 1 December 2022.
14/06/2022

McKinstry, Alexander

Rutherford, Andrew

Inman, Rebecca

Decision of Disciplinary Committee on Facts and Disgraceful Conduct in a Professional Respect

Decision of Disciplinary Committee on Sanctions

Press release

 
08/06/2022

Seymour-Hamilton, Warwick John

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee on the Application of the Applicant for Restoration to the Register

Press release

 
25/05/2022 Doherty, Daniel

Decision of Disciplinary Committee on Facts and Unfitness to Practice

Decision of Disciplinary Committee on Respondent's Application for Recusal

Decision of Disciplinary Committee on Sanction

Press release

This hearing covered proceedings from the adjourned hearing on 6 April 2022.
25/04/2022 Roger, Paul Anderson

Charges

Decision of Disciplinary Committee on Disgraceful Conduct in a Professional Respect

Decision of Disciplinary Committee on Facts

Press release

This hearing covered proceedings from the adjourned hearing on 19 November 2021.
23/03/22 Mostert, Dr Craig

Decision of Disciplinary Committee

Press release

Mr Mostert lodged an appeal against the Disciplinary Committee decision with the Privy Council on 28 April 2022. He therefore remains on the Register pending the outcome of the appeal.
10/03/22 Surdila, Dr Claudia Elena

Charges

Decision of Disciplinary Committee

Press release

 
07/03/22 Hill, Dr Anke

Charges

Decision of Disciplinary Committee

Press release

 
14/02/22 Dingemanse, Dr Walter

Charges

Decision of Disciplinary Committee

Press release

 
31/01/22 Mullen, Anne Mary

Decision of Disciplinary Committee on Proceeding in Absence

Decision of Disciplinary Committee on Facts

Decision of Disciplinary Committee as to Disgraceful Conduct

Decision of Disciplinary Committee on Sanction

Press release

 
12/01/22 Botes, Marthinus Ryk

Decision of Finding Facts and Disgraceful Conduct in a Professional Respect

Decision on Sanction

Press Release

Dr Botes lodged an appeal against the Disciplinary Committee decision with the Privy Council on 10 February 2022. He therefore remains on the Register pending the outcome of the appeal.

2021

Date Respondent Documents Notes
17/12/21 Samuel, Gary James Cassius

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee

Press Release

 
04/08/21 Dobson, Andrew Michael

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee 

Press Release

 
21/07/21 Padron Vega, Laura

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee on the Application of the Applicant for Restoration to the Register

Press Release

 
09/07/21 Dyson, Sue

Decision of Finding of Facts, Disgraceful Conduct in a Professional Respect and Sanction

Press Release

This hearing covered proceedings from the adjourned hearing on 13 November 2020.
25/06/21  Seymour-Hamilton, Warwick J.

Decision of the Committee on Application for Restoration

Press release

 
22/06/21 Henry, Louise

Charges

Decision on Finding of Facts, Disgraceful Conduct and Sanction

Press Release

 
16/06/21 Benson, Laura

Decision on Facts and on Disgraceful Conduct in a Professional Respect

Decision on Sanction

Press Release 

 
26/05/21 Eccles, David Henry

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee at the Resumed Hearing Following Postponement of Judgement

Press Release

A judgement was postponed by the Disciplinary Committee on 6 November 2018. The hearing resumed on 26 May 2021.
18/05/21 Chalkley, David

Decision

Press Release

 
11/05/21 Burrows, Nicola Jade

Charges

Decision on Sanction

Decision on Facts and on Disgraceful Conduct in a Professional Respect 

Press Release

 
04/03/21 X Registered Nurse

Charges

Decision 

Press Release

 
01/03/21 Fures, Vanja

Charges

Decision on Findings of Fact

Decision of the Disgraceful Conduct in a Professional Respect

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee on the Respondent's Application to Dispose of the Case by Adjournment of the Inquiry and Undertakings

Decision on Sanction

Press Release

 
25/02/21 Crawford, Andrew Robert

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee on the Respondent's Application to Dispose of the Case by Adjournment of the Inquiry and Undertakings 

Undertakings

Press Release

 
20/01/21 Hancock, Karen Tracey

Charges

Decision on Findings of Fact

Decision on Disgraceful Conduct in a Professional Respect

Decision on Sanction

Press Release

 

2020

Date Respondent Documents Notes
14/12/20

Chalkey, David

Charges 

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee on the Respondent's Application to Dispose of the Case by Adjournment of the Inquiry and Undertakings

Press Release

 
09/12/20

Padron Vega, Laura

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee on Application for Restoration

Press release

 
02/11/20

Chaney, Paul

Charges

Decision on Facts and Disgraceful Conduct in a Professional Respect

Decision on Sanction 

Press release

 
12/10/20

Lomax, Stephen Kiernan

Charges

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee

Press release

 
28/09/20

Wilson, Stephen Cargill

Announcement

Charges

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee on the Respondent's Application to Dispose of the Case by Adjournment of the Inquiry and Undertakings

Undertakings

Press release

 
01/07/20

Seymour-Hamilton, Warwick J.

Decision of the Committee on Application for Restoration

Press release

 
25/06/20

Wood, Simon Peter

Decision on Application for Restoration 

Press release

 
15/01/20

Gunn, John

Charges

Decision on Facts

Disgraceful Conduct in a Professional Respect

Decision on Sanction (redacted)

Press release

 
13/01/20

Shah, Rahul Chandulal

Charges

Decision on Finding of Facts

Decision of the Committee on Disgraceful Conduct

Decision of the Committee on the Respondent's Application that He Has No Case to Answer in Relation to Certain Charges

Decision of the Committee on Sanctions

Press release

 

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