RCVS adjourns hearing for 68-year-old Geoffrey Raymond Oliver after he requests removal from register and insists he will not apply to be restored.
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has agreed to adjourn multiple charges against an Essex-based veterinary surgeon after he requested to be removed from the register and insisted he would never apply to be restored.
At the hearing – which took place on September 16 (2013) and was originally scheduled to last seven days – 68-year-old Geoffrey Raymond Oliver was charged with:
- serious professional misconduct over allegations of his inadequate treatment of two dogs and a cat (belonging to three different clients) between 2010 and 2012;
- inadequate record keeping;
- failures to deal honestly or properly with his clients; and,
- failure to heed advice from the RCVS preliminary investigation committee about the importance of proper communication between veterinary surgeons and their clients.
However, before the disciplinary committee (DC) heard evidence on the charges, Mr Oliver lodged his application for adjournment. The DC made no finding on the charges, and emphasised they had neither been proved against, nor admitted by, him.
The DC noted there had been no adverse findings against Mr Oliver during his professional career, that his practice was now closed and that he had no intention of returning to practise in the future. However, if Mr Oliver applies to be restored to the register, the DC said it would resume its consideration of the charges.
DC chairman Peter Lees said: “The DC is satisfied that [granting the adjournment application] protects the welfare of animals and…is in the public interest.
“So he is in no doubt about the matter, the committee reminds [Mr Oliver] that, when referring clients of his former practice elsewhere, he should be careful to avoid giving them any advice about the diagnosis or treatment of their animals.”