Disciplinary Committee hearings

Disciplinary Hearings are the culmination of the RCVS concerns procedure.

The RCVS Disciplinary Committee (DC) and Veterinary Nurse Disciplinary Committee (VN DC) follow court procedures. Complaints must be proven 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 (available to download from the bottom of this page) should be read in conjunction with the 'Disciplinary Committee Manual,' also issued in January 2010.

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 hearings are generally conducted in public. Veterinary surgeons and RVNs who have appeared before the DC during the last three years are as follows:

 

2015 2016 2017

 

Date Respondent Documents Notes

2018

     

17/09/18

Padron Vega, Laura Announcement This hearing has been adjourned until further notice

29/08/18

Crawford, James Hugh Alexander

Charges

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee

Press release

 

22/08/18

Bremner, Donald Stuart

Announcement

Charges

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee

Press release

 

14/08/18

Smith, John Hendrie Announcement This hearing was adjourned on 17 August 2018 and will resume at a later date (tbc).

06/08/18

Thomason, Paul Stuart

Announcement

Charges

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee

Press release

 

02/08/18

Molnar, Viktor

Announcement

Charges

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee

Press release

 

30/07/18

Davies, Lynn Jo Ann

Announcement

Charges

Decision of Disciplinary Committee on Findings of Fact and Disgraceful Conduct in a Professional Respect and Application to Postpone Judgement

Announcement

(Resumed Hearing) Decision of the Disciplinary Committee

Press release

A judgement was postponed by the Disciplinary Committee on 23 January 2018. The hearing resumed 30 July 2018.

Please note that sensitive personal data has been redacted from both the decision documents.

24/07/18

Garfield, Laura Jane

Announcement

Charges

Decision of Veterinary Nurse Disciplinary Committee on Findings of Fact

Decision of Veterinary Nurse Disciplinary Committee on Disgraceful Conduct in a Professional Respect and Sanction

Press release

 

16/07/18

Dantas-Holmes, Sarah Lee

Announcement

Amended Charges

Decision of Disciplinary Committee

 

10/07/18

Samuel, Gary James Cassius

Announcement

Amended Charges

Decision of Disciplinary Committee

Press release

 

18/06/18

Kay, Judith Lesley

Announcement

Charges

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee

Press release

 

04/06/18

Adams, Gary

Announcement

Charges

Decision on Findings of Fact and Unfitness to Practise and Sanction

Press release

 

31/05/18

Wood, Simon Peter

Announcement

Charges

Decision on application to hold the hearing in private

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee

Press release

 

08/05/18

Elefterescu, Horia Romeo Razvan

Announcement

Amended Charges

Decision on Bias

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee as to the Facts

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee as to Disgraceful Conduct and Sanction

Press release*

*Dr Elefterescu lodged an appeal with the Privy Council on 19 June 2018 against the Disciplinary Committee's decision to remove him from the Register. He remains on the Register of Veterinary Surgeons pending the outcome of the appeal.

30/04/18

Villar, Roman

Announcement

Amended Charges

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee

Press release

 

25/04/18

Mulvey, Susan Catherine

Announcement

Charges

Announcement

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee

Press release

This hearing  was adjourned on 13 December 2017 and resumed on 25 April 2018. 

The decision is redacted due to the Committee going into private session

23/04/18

Seymour-Hamilton, Warwick John

Announcement

Decision on Application for Restoration

Press release

 

16/04/18

Oakes, Natalia Alison

Announcement

Charges

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee

Press release

 

04/04/18

Staton, James Frederick

Announcement

Announcement

Charges

Decision

Press release

This hearing was adjourned on 25 January 2018 and resumed on 4 April 2018. 

The decision is redacted due to the Committee going into private session.

26/03/18

Wilde, Hannah Ruth

Announcement

Charges

Decision on Proceeding in Absence and Findings of Fact

Decision on Disgraceful Conduct and Fitness to Practise

Decision on Sanction 

Press release

 

 

The decision is redacted due to the Committee going into private session

19/02/18 Smith, David Edward

Announcement

Charges

Decision on Facts

Decision on Proceeding in Absence and on Disgraceful Conduct and Fitness to Practise

Decision on Sanction

Press release

David Smith lodged an appeal against the Disciplinary Committee's decision to remove him from the Register with the Privy Council on 10 April 2018. He remains on the Register of Veterinary Surgeons pending the outcome of the appeal.

12/02/18

Mallon, Brian Phelim

Announcement

Charges

Findings of Fact

Decision on Disgraceful Conduct

Decision on Sanction

Press release

 

09/01/18

Schulze Allen, Gerhard Heinrich Josef

Announcement

Announcement of Adjournment

Announcement

Charges

Findings of Fact

Decision on Proceeding in Absence and on Fitness to Practise and Disgraceful Conduct in a Professional Respect

Decision on Sanction

Press release

This hearing was adjourned on 13 September 2017 and resumed on 9 January 2018.

Dr Schulze Allen lodged an appeal against the Disciplinary Committee's decision with the Privy Council on 8 February 2018. He remains on the Register of Veterinary Surgeons pending the outcome of the appeal.

2017

     

18/12/17

Pousada Garcia, Victor Daniel

Announcement

Charges

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee

Press release

 

 

The decision is redacted due to the Committee going into private session.

15/12/17

Radev, Nikolay Kirilov

Announcement

Charges

Findings of Fact

Decision on Disgraceful Conduct

Decision on Sanction

Press release

This hearing was adjourned on 10 November 2017 and resumed on 15 December 2017.

04/12/17

Nemes, Gabor

Announcement

Charges

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee

Press release

 

24/10/17

Samuel, Gary James Cassius

Announcement

This hearing has been postponed. 

10/10/17

Gatehouse, Elizabeth Bridget

Announcement

Charges

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee

Press release

 

12/09/17

Schulze Allen, Gerhard Heinrich Josef

Announcement

Announcement of Adjournment

Charges

This hearing has been adjourned.

14/08/17

Westwood, Adrian John

Announcement

Charges

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

Press release

 

10/08/17

Zukauskas, Arturas

Announcement

Amended Charges

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee

Press release

 

08/08/17

Egido Cortes, Carlos

Announcement

Charges

Decision of the Disciplinary Committee

Press release

 

20/07/17

Kashiv, Amir

Announcement

Charges

Decision on Findings of Fact and Fitness to Practise

Press release

 

18/07/17

Crespo, Elena Marin

Announcement

Charges

Finding of Facts

Decision on Disgraceful Conduct

Press release

 

21/06/17

Buttler, Nicola Fay

Announcement

Charges

Decision of RVN Disciplinary Committee

Press release

 

14/06/17

Messa, Jose Ignacio

Announcement

Charges

Decision on Facts

Decision on Disgraceful Conduct

Press release

 

18/05/17

Martin, George

Charges

Decision on Fitness to Practise

Decision on Sanction

Press release

 

The decision is redacted due to the Committee going into private session.

15/05/17

Seymour-Hamilton, Warwick J.

Decision on application for restoration

Press release

 

24/04/17

Denny, David John Bibby

Announcement

Charges

Decision on Application for Adjournment and Undertakings

Undertakings

Press release

 

19/04/17

Mullen, Anne Mary

Announcement

Charges

Decision on Facts

Decision on Disgraceful Conduct

Decision on Sanction

Press release

 

08/02/17

Hodgkinson, Lois Michelle (RVN)

 

Announcement

Charges

Decision on Disgraceful Conduct and Sanction

Press release

 

24/01/17

Backhouse, Tracy

Announcement

Charges

Decision on Disgraceful Conduct and Sanction

Press release

 

06/01/17

Faulkner, Emma Frances

Announcement

Charges

Decision on the Application that there is no Case for the Respondent to Answer

Interim Decision of the Disciplinary Committee on the Admission into Evidence of the Witness Statement of Lisa Atwill

Press release

 

2016

     

15/12/16

Giles, Samantha (RVN)

Announcement

Charges

Findings on Disgraceful Conduct

Findings on Sanction

Press release

 

13/12/16

Kashiv, Amir

Announcement

Amended Charges

Decision on Facts and Conduct

Decision on Sanction

Undertakings

Press release

 

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 September 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 

 

 

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