A Norfolk man has admitted to fraudulently working as a vet for more than three years, despite not being qualified or registered.

A Norfolk man has admitted to fraudulently working as a vet for more than three years, despite not being qualified or registered.

Patrick Keniry, 53, of Great Yarmouth, appeared in Swindon Crown Court on November 11, where he pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by impersonating a vet and making false gains through his employment as a vet.

Bogus veterinary surgeon Peter KeniryBoth offences took place from the beginning of 2008 until August this year, when Keniry was arrested after police and the RCVS were alerted to him working under the name of a registered Essex-based practitioner.

Speaking on November 11, Andrew Eddy, defending, asked for and was granted an adjournment to allow the probation service to compile a pre-sentence report on Keniry, adding the defendant had previously reported to his local police station in East Anglia three times a week, as a condition of his bail.

Judge Douglas Field adjourned the case until December 9 and released Keniry on conditional bail until then.
 
Meanwhile, the Society for Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) has called for more robust identification of practitioners as part of the RCVS Register.

Society president Richard Holborow told vetsonline: “It is no longer enough to rely on documents that can now too easily be convincingly forged.” 

Meanwhile, the RCVS has said improved identification measures for registered vets would be expensive and complex, albeit conceding, “it may be a sensible move”.

 

  • For more on the profession’s views following Keniry’s recent court appearance see next week’s Veterinary Times.

 

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