Silke Birgitt Lindridge was charged with disgraceful conduct in a professional respect, but requested register removal before hearing, and insisted she would never apply to be restored.
The disciplinary committee (DC) of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has agreed to adjourn a case against a vet who allegedly misled clients and used out-of-date vaccines after she requested to be removed from the register herself.
At Silke Birgitt Lindridge‘s hearing on October 21 (2013), she was charged with disgraceful conduct in a professional respect in regard to four separate allegations, which occurred while she was working at the County Durham-based Safe Hands Veterinary Group.
Two of the allegations related to failures to euthanise, or arrange the euthanasia of, a cat and a dog and being dishonest and/or misleading about these failures. Mrs Lindridge had also allegedly administered Fevaxyn to a cat despite the vaccine being more than two years past its expiry date. There was also a reported failure to provide, or take adequate steps to provide, clinical information to a practice taking over the responsibility of another animal.
However, before the DC heard evidence, Mrs Lindridge, who did not attend the hearing, had requested to be removed from the register and said she would never apply to be restored. The committee said it made “no enquiry” into the facts of the four charges, and emphasised they had neither been proved against, nor admitted by, the respondent. The animal owners involved in the cases had also been sought, and all had agreed with the proposed course of action.
Chairing the DC, 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 the undertakings offered by the respondent protect the welfare of animals and uphold the reputation of the profession.”