Convicted vet struck off by Royal College

12 March 2003

Please note
This is an archived news story. Mr Seamus Michael Fegan MRCVS was restored to the RCVS Register of Members on 27 February 2009 and he is therefore currently entitled to practise as a veterinary surgeon in the UK.

The RCVS Disciplinary Committee yesterday directed that a veterinary surgeon be struck off following his involvement in a fraud against the Ministry of Defence.

Following trial in the Downpatrick Crown Court in 2002, Mr Seamus Fegan was found guilty on 31 counts of fraud occurring between 1991 and 1996. He had provided false veterinary certification which enabled fraudulent claims for compensation to be made to the MoD. In June 2002 12 similar charges were taken into consideration and Mr Fegan was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment.

The Committee acknowledged the very difficult background to Mr Fegan's practice and his personal difficulties and that his clinical ability had not been in question.

Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee, Dr Judy MacArthur Clark said, "Mr Fegan has expressed his contrition and the Committee acknowledges that he has paid his debt to society and that he and his family have suffered as a consequence of his actions. We believe he has learned a salutary lesson.

"However, the public is entitled to trust a certificate signed by a veterinary surgeon and in this respect Mr Fegan has clearly failed to uphold the honour and reputation of his profession."

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