The RCVS disciplinary committee (DC) has dismissed an application from former Wirral-based vet Ian Beveridge to be restored to the register of veterinary surgeons.
In May 2013 the DC had asked the registrar to remove Mr Beveridge from the register following a four-day hearing in which he was found guilty of serious professional misconduct after finding he had treated clients badly, kept inadequate clinical records, was dishonest in his dealings with the RCVS and that animals in his care were placed at risk.
In June 2013 Mr Beveridge, who was not present or represented at the original hearing, then appealed the decision. The appeal was withdrawn in May 2014, which was when Mr Beveridge was formally removed from the register.
In April this year Mr Beveridge applied to be restored to the register. The DC met to consider his application in June, however, this hearing was adjourned after new evidence was served to the committee concerning allegations Mr Beveridge had ordered prescription-only veterinary medicines when he was not authorised to do so. He was subsequently interviewed by police who took no further action.
In deciding whether Mr Beveridge was fit to be restored to the register, the DC heard evidence in regards to the circumstances in which the prescription-only drugs were ordered using his account and delivered to his former practice address, which had been taken over by Medivet after he sold the premises.
During the course of the hearing, Mr Beveridge admitted his account had been used to buy the drugs, but that a part-time member of his staff, who was neither a veterinary surgeon nor a veterinary nurse, had done so without his prior knowledge or approval.
In relation to this evidence, Ian Green, chairing and speaking on behalf of the DC, said: “The committee takes the view the unauthorised use of a veterinary surgeon’s drugs account, for which he carries the ultimate responsibility, is a very serious matter and, of itself, demonstrates the applicant has at best a cavalier attitude to his work, which of itself means he remains unfit to be on the register.”