A vet removed from the register 20 years ago will make his fourth attempt to be restored to the profession at a meeting of the RCVS disciplinary committee (DC) later this month.
Warwick Seymour-Hamilton’s name was removed from the register in June 1994 when the DC found he showed a disregard of basic hygiene and care for animals at his one-man practice in Orpington, Kent.
Mr Seymour-Hamilton has since made restoration applications to the RCVS in July 1995, June 2010 and February 2015, but all were dismissed.
At his last DC application, Mr Seymour-Hamilton said he had further developed an interest in herbal medicine. He said, after visiting a number of veterinary practices in continental Europe, he had attended the College of Naturopathic Medicine in Dublin, gaining a qualification in herbal and naturopathic medicine.
He told the committee he worked as a herbalist and naturopath with human patients, but wanted to widen his work and research to include animal patients.
However, DC members raised a number of concerns and noted the former vet’s lack of knowledge in a number of areas concerning veterinary practice and its regulation.
In particular, the committee highlighted his failure to understand the regulatory framework for practice set out in the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct, the requirements of CPD and what “fitness to practise” meant, beyond the practical issues of his physical and mental capacity.
Mr Seymour-Hamilton’s latest application will take place at the RCVS headquarters in London on 18 March.