The disciplinary committee of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) will meet on Wednesday February 11 to hear a former vet’s application to be restored to the register.

Warwick Seymour-Hamilton was struck off in 1994 after being found guilty of disgraceful professional conduct.

The disciplinary committee had been told in June that year he disregarded basic hygiene at his professional premises in Orpington, Kent, and failed to properly maintain a controlled drugs register or patient records.

The state and condition of the premises were found to pose a risk to the health and welfare of animals, and brought the profession into disrepute.

Applications for restoration made by Mr Seymour-Hamilton in 1995 and in 2010 were refused.

At a hearing in 2010, Mr Seymour-Hamilton said he sought restoration to the register because he wished to further his research work into plants with potential medicinal properties. Restoration, he said, would improve his professional status by giving him more credibility, particularly in terms of recognition by the medical and veterinary professions.

He told the committee he had no intention of returning to clinical practice immediately. But committee members noted they would have no power to prevent him from returning to practice if his name was restored, and after hearing he had had not undertaken any relevant continuing professional development in the previous 15 years and lacked knowledge of current legislation, they dismissed his application.

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