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I just read about a veterinarian in an upscale town in California who had his license revoked after years of customer complaints to the vet board. The lack of standards and poor quality of care, including the deaths of several pets, are yet another reason why choosing an AAHA-accredited veterinary clinic is sooo important. Here’s the article:
The veterinarian running Alta View Animal Hospital lost his license to practice medicine this month, after state officials found dozens of instances of unprofessional conduct, incorrect prescriptions and errors in animal care.
The decision to revoke the license of Tejpaul Ghumman, which took effect July 13, comes after four local pet owners came forward in 2017 with complaints about the treatment of their animals, two of which died during or after being treated at Alta View. A total of 53 violations were alleged, about half of which were sustained in court. READ MORE
27 July 2014
The biggest problem here is that veterinarian was operating on a probationary license since 2014! It’s unfortunate it took the Veterinary Medical Board so long to deal with the complaints. And how could he have had access to such huge quantities of prescription medications to run an online pharmacy? Obviously, there is something wrong with the distributions of medications!
Perhaps an AAHA-accredited clinic is ideal since they evaluate their member clinics every 3 years. Unfortunately, only 12% to 15% of clinics hold this membership. I checked for membership in my community and the closest is one 250 km away and the others are at least one ferry ride and many hours away. That’s not practical.
No matter what, if the practice is accredited or not, we need to feel empowered to question the treatments and to register a complaint and move to a new clinic if there are any concerns. It’s great to see a number of tripawds have moved to new clinics when the parents were losing confidence in their pet’s treatment. After my cats’ vet retired I moved to another clinic because I didn’t like the attitude of the new owners’ receptionist.
Thanks for keeping us update on the world of animal care.
Absolutely Kerren! Couldn’t agree more.
I know, it’s too bad that enough vet clinics are AAHA accredited. I wish more were! When it’s not practical to go to an AAHA clinic, it’s our duty to make sure our vets are held to a high standard of care, or take your furbabies elsewhere. We have the power, no vet should be allowed to operate the way that guy did for so many years.
16 October 2012
My clinic that I go to is AHAA accredited. Just went through re-certification like last year again. 🙂 One of the reasons I stay with them.
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