A vet removed from the Royal College register in 2009 for disgraceful conduct, after being found to have misled clients, has been restored to the register following an RCVS disciplinary committee (DC) hearing.

A vet removed from the Royal College register in 2009 for disgraceful conduct, after being found to have misled clients, has been restored to the register following an RCVS disciplinary committee (DC) hearing.

Kfir Segev‘s case restoring him to the register concluded on September 23. He had been removed from the register in May 2009 after being found guilty of deliberately concealing from his clients that their dog was terminally ill and recommending that she undergo unnecessary and expensive treatment. Mr Segev worked in Stanmore, Middlesex, at the time. 
RCVS disciplinary committee restores Kfir Segev to Register.
It was Mr Segev’s first application for restoration to the register and the DC decided that he had undergone “extensive personal and professional rehabilitation” since being removed, which included attendance at a clinical psychologist and voluntary community work. 

The committee heard that from 2009 to September 2011 Mr Segev logged 420 hours of certificated CPD, with particular emphasis on ethics, client relationships and animal welfare. He also had also seen practice and taken the advice of mentors, including about 80 days at “a number of high quality practices with eminent members of the profession”. 

One of the veterinarians used by Mr Segev to support his training while removed from the register, was referral vet Dick White, who told the DC: “I formed the opinion that he invariably exercised professional clinical judgement that is, if anything, considerably deeper than many professional colleagues. I felt he demonstrated compassion for patients and empathy for owners in equal measure.”

The committee concluded that Mr Segev “had made genuine and successful attempts to reform his previous attitude and failings” and that his previous mistakes provided “no reason, relevant to animal welfare, to suggest that his restoration would be unwise.”

DC chairman Beverley Cottrell said: “Restoration to the register of a veterinary surgeon who has been guilty of disgraceful conduct in a professional respect of such seriousness is not something to be undertaken lightly, but in all the circumstances of this case, [we have] decided that Mr Segev is a fit person to restore to the register.”

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