A former Kent-based vet who was removed from the register more than 20 years ago has had his fourth successive application to be restored dismissed by the RCVS disciplinary committee (DC).

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Warwick Seymour-Hamilton was removed from the register in June 1994 for failing to maintain his equipment and facilities such that it evidenced a total disregard of basic hygiene and care for animals, thereby bringing the profession into disrepute.

He submitted previous applications to be restored in July 1995, June 2010 and January 2015, but DCs dismissed each one.

Herbalist

Mr Seymour-Hamilton told the latest DC he works as a herbalist and naturopath for humans and wished to be restored to the register so he could include animals in his research.

He completed a course in herbal and naturopathic medicine at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in Dublin in 2010, and told the DC he believed being restored to the register would lend credence to his endeavours to secure funding and other support. He stated he did not intend to work again in a veterinary practice.

Numerous grounds for rejection

The DC rejected Mr Seymour-Hamilton’s application on numerous grounds, including the impact on animal welfare should he be restored to the register.

The committee also highlighted the length of time he had been off the register and that he is, therefore, not up to date with contemporary veterinary practice and professional conduct.

It also decided his efforts to keep up to date in terms of knowledge, skills and developments in practice were “insufficient”.

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