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Disciplinary Committee adjourns charges against Co Durham-based vet

22 October 2013

Please note
This is an archived news story. Mrs Silke Birgitt Lindridge was removed from the RCVS Register of Members on 21 October 2013 following the hearing and she is therefore not currently entitled to practise as a veterinary surgeon in the UK.

The RCVS Disciplinary Committee yesterday agreed to adjourn multiple charges against a County Durham-based veterinary surgeon following her undertakings, firstly, to request removal from the RCVS Register and, secondly, never to apply to be restored to it.

At yesterday’s hearing Silke Birgitt Lindridge was charged with disgraceful conduct in a professional respect in regard to four separate allegations, spanning the period of June 2011 to September 2012.

The respondent's undertakings to request the Registrar to remove her name from the Register and never make an application for restoration go beyond any sanction that this Committee could impose at the conclusion of a contested hearing

Two of the allegations related to failures to euthanase or arrange the euthanasia of a cat and a dog and being dishonest and/or misleading about these failures, with their respective owners.

The other two allegations related to administering a vaccine (Fevaxyn) which was more than two years past its expiry date to a cat, and failure to provide or take adequate steps to provide promptly all the relevant clinical information to a veterinary practice taking over the responsibility for the treatment of a Labrador Cross.

However, before the Disciplinary Committee had heard evidence in respect of these charges, Mrs Lindridge, who did not attend the hearing, had lodged her application for adjournment on the basis that she would request that the Registrar remove her name from the Register with immediate effect and undertake never to apply to be restored to it.

The Disciplinary Committee made no enquiry into the facts of the four charges and emphasised that they had neither been proved against, nor admitted by, the respondent.

Removal from the RCVS Register removes a veterinary surgeon’s right to practise in the UK.

The respondent informed the RCVS that she had no wish to return to the practice of veterinary surgery in this country. Should she subsequently apply to be restored to the Register, the Disciplinary Committee would resume its consideration of the charges, along with the breach of her undertaking.

The Disciplinary Committee was advised that the views of the animal owners involved had been sought and that all had agreed with the proposed course of action.

Speaking on behalf of the Disciplinary Committee, its Chairman, Professor Peter Lees, said: “Having considered the information before it, the Committee has decided it would not be in the public interest to... proceed to a full hearing.

"It is satisfied that the undertakings offered by the respondent [Mrs Lindridge] protect the welfare of animals and uphold the reputation of the profession.”

Professor Lees added: “The undertakings offered by the respondent to request the Registrar to remove her name from the Register with immediate effect and never to make an application for restoration to the Register, go beyond any sanction that this Committee could impose at the conclusion of a contested hearing.... It does not consider that it would be proportionate for either party to incur the substantial costs of a contested hearing.”

 

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