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Kent vet struck off for false export certification

12 September 2003

Please note: This is an archived news story. Mr David E Smith MRCVS was restored to the RCVS Register of Members on 23 November 2004 following a hearing by the RCVS Disciplinary Committee and he is therefore currently entitled to practise as a veterinary surgeon in the UK.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons' Disciplinary Committee yesterday decided that a Kent veterinary surgeon was guilty of disgraceful professional conduct after having falsely certified horses as fit for export to Barbados, Trinidad and Canada.

The Committee heard how Mr David Edward Smith had signed Export Health Certificates for a number of horses in his capacity as Official Veterinarian in October 2002. These certificates stated that Mr Smith had received satisfactory blood test results from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge when, in fact, he had not.

On two of the five charges the Committee directed that Mr Smith's name should be removed from the Register of Veterinary Surgeons. As to the other charges, the Committee recognised that Mr Smith had been placed in an extremely difficult position and, accordingly, imposed a concurrent sentence of suspension from the Register for ten months.

Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee, Mr Brian Jennings, said, "The integrity and validity of a certificate signed by a veterinary surgeon has to be regarded as fundamental and Mr Smith's failure in this case must mean that he is no longer permitted to practise."

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