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Disciplinary Committee accepts undertakings from Cardiff-based veterinary surgeon

16 August 2017

The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has agreed to accept undertakings from Cardiff-based veterinary surgeon Adrian John Westwood. Dr Westwood requested the Registrar remove his name from the Register of Veterinary Surgeons and agreed never to apply to be restored to it.

The Committee met on Monday 14 August 2017 to hear an inquiry into Dr Westwood, who had been referred to the Committee in relation to a number of charges against him relating to the treatment of a cat at his former practice in Cardiff in October 2015. Dr Westwood, who now resides in Australia, was not present at the inquiry and had requested that his solicitor, Tony Wilson, act on his behalf. Mr Wilson made an application to the Committee that the hearing should be adjourned contingent on a form of undertakings being accepted. These undertakings were that Dr Westwood’s name be removed from the Register with immediate effect and that he never apply to be restored to the Register under any category.

The application was granted by the Committee, taking into account a number of factors. These included the fact that Dr Westwood has retired as a veterinary surgeon, that he has closed his practice and returned to his home in Australia with no intention of returning to the UK, and that animal welfare and the reputation of the profession have been protected as Dr Westwood will no longer be in practice. The Committee noted that there were several precedents for concluding cases in such a manner, and that the application was not objected to by the complainant or opposed by the College.

Dr Westwood’s name was removed from the Register of Veterinary Surgeons with immediate effect as of Monday 14 August 2017.

NOTE: This summary is provided to assist in understanding the RCVS Disciplinary Committee’s decision. It does not form part of the reasons for the decision. The Committee’s full findings and decision is the only authoritative document.

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