Disciplinary hearing for Staffordshire-based vet adjourned following undertakings

21 October 2016

An RCVS Disciplinary Committee hearing into Staffordshire-based veterinary surgeon Roger Sidney Meacock MRCVS has been adjourned indefinitely following Mr Meacock entering into undertakings with the College.

Mr Meacock faced six charges relating to matters asserted on his website which the College alleged were misleading and/or inaccurate to the point of bringing the veterinary profession into disrepute.

On Tuesday 18 October 2016 the Disciplinary Committee was informed that, following discussions between counsel for both the College and the respondent, Mr Meacock had voluntarily entered into undertakings with the RCVS to amend his website in order to make it compliant with his professional responsibilities.

Following Mr Meacock entering into the undertakings, counsel for the College applied to adjourn the hearing generally (ie indefinitely) to enable the website to be changed and for Mr Meacock to demonstrate his intention to remain compliant with his professional obligations. This application was not opposed by Mr Meacock and was granted by the Committee.

Judith Webb, chairing the Committee and speaking on its behalf, explained that the adjourned charges would be kept open indefinitely but the Committee encouraged the College not to extend the period beyond two years. However, if at any time in the future Mr Meacock failed to keep up his undertakings or made further claims which the College found unacceptable, then a fresh case could be brought.

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.