The disciplinary committee of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has dismissed a case against a London-based veterinary surgeon, having found charges related to fraudulent registration not proved.
The Disciplinary Committee of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has dismissed a case against a London-based veterinary surgeon, having found charges related to fraudulent registration not proved.
Miss Maria Becerra Parga was charged with fraudulently entering her name on the Register of Veterinary Surgeons by submitting a registration application in 2005 that contained a forged certificate of good standing from the Distinguished Official Veterinary Association of Lugo, Spain.
However, in order to conclude Miss Becerra Parga had acted dishonestly, the committee said it needed to be sure that when she submitted the certificate to the RCVS she knew it was not genuine.
After careful consideration, the committee found Miss Becerra Parga’s account to be “consistent with her naivety, inexperience and trusting nature” and “was sure that she did not forge the document herself”.
However, the committee was unable to say who was responsible for forging the certificate.
The committee also dismissed suggestions that Miss Becerra Parga had forged the certificate to avoid a payment, stating that it did not find it credible that a veterinary surgeon in employment, with a supportive family, who obviously was easily able to obtain proof of her good character directly from the university if necessary, would have jeopardised her entire career by forging the document, let alone for a small financial advantage.
The committee directed that the charges be dismissed at the hearing on May 19.
- Further information, including the charges against Miss Maria Becerra Parga and the disciplinary committee’s findings and decisions, can be found at www.rcvs.org.uk/complaints/disciplinary-hearings/.