A meeting of the RCVS’ disciplinary committee will be held at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) on October 18 to hear a resumed inquiry and two new inquiries into Lincolnshire vet Joseph Holmes.

A meeting of the disciplinary committee of the RCVS, as constituted under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, will be held at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Belgravia House, 62-64 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AF, on:

  • RCVS disciplinary committee to meet in OctoberOctober 18 at 10am and, if necessary, October 19-29, to hear a resumed inquiry and two new inquiries into Joseph Lennox Holmes from the Waltham Veterinary Clinic in Lincolnshire.

Mr Holmes was originally found guilty of serious professional misconduct in October 2006 for performing “inappropriate and out-of-date veterinary treatment”.

However, following two postponed hearings and a stayed judicial review, the disciplinary committee accepted a wide-ranging programme of undertakings to address his “serious deficiencies” and “practice failings”.
At his last hearing on May 1, 2009, Mr Holmes agreed to an extensive range of undertakings over an 18-month period, including:

  • Participation in the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme (including two inspections);
  • Keeping abreast of changes to the RCVS Guide to Professional Conduct;
  • 105 hours of standard CPD (subjects relevant to a vet’s area of practice) and additional CPD (specifically in orthopaedics, oncology, diagnostic imaging and therapeutics);
  • Proofs of purchase of up-to-date text books and journal subscriptions; and
  • Six-monthly progress reports to the chairman of the committee.

Hearings are in public and, subject to limitations of space, any person may attend. Anyone intending to attend a hearing is advised to contact the college to confirm the listing times.

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