Veterinarians face discipline for misconduct

  • Article by: JANE FRIEDMANN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 22, 2011 - 11:34 PM

One veterinarian botched the care of a hemorrhaging colt. An unlicensed person offered chiropractic treatments for horses at rodeos, while another sold medicine at a dog show.

These cases of misconduct were among the 11 veterinarians and unlicensed practitioners disciplined by the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Five others received $500 fines for failing to complete required coursework.

About 2,400 veterinarians hold active Minnesota licenses. The seven-member veterinary board investigates about 90 complaints each year.

Dr. Robin L. Booren, D.V.M., Marine on St. Croix, revocation.

His license was revoked for owing back taxes to the state. The board needs a tax clearance certificate in order to reinstate his license.

Dr. Jeanne C. Chambers, D.V.M., North Branch, $500 fine.

She continued to practice after her license was suspended in May for failure to renew. She reapplied in June but stated she hadn't met the continuing education requirement. The board renewed her license but told her she has to finish the coursework and take an ethics class.

Paul C. Fredrick, D.V.M., Park Rapids, voluntary surrender, $1,000 fine.

After investigating a complaint about his care of a dog, the board found he hadn't met minimum care standards.

Lawrence Gunderson, unlicensed, cease and desist.

At rodeos, Gunderson told owners that their horses needed chiropractic adjustment and charged them $85 for the service.

Dr. Kathryn E. Marr, D.V.M., Maplewood, suspension.

Marr violated conditions of her stayed suspension when her urine tested positive for alcohol on three instances and when she twice obtained prescriptions for Vicodin.

Cheryl Scotting, unlicensed, Chandler, agreed to cease and desist.

Her employer got a variance from the board to allow Scotting, a technician, to take ultrasound images at dairy farms for a veterinarian to analyze later. The board said Scotting also performed ultrasounds without her employer's knowledge.

Betty Sweeter, unlicensed, Foley, agreed to cease and desist.

She provided prescription medications to customers who bought puppies from her.

Dr. Richard J. Teal, D.V.M., Detroit Lakes, limited and conditional license.

A colt he castrated bled to death. Teal administered fluids and vitamin K but left without re-anesthesizing the colt in order to locate and stop the bleeding.

Teal stated he suffers from seizures triggered by stress and fatigue. He must limit his work hours, set up a protocol for emergency service when he isn't working and refrain from performing surgery until he completes several classes.

Stanley L. Thompson, D.V.M., Coon Rapids, voluntary surrender.

Thompson agreed to let an unlicensed person who had inherited a veterinary practice use his name improperly to operate that business.

Dr. Richard D. Wiest, D.V.M., California, cease and desist.

The board said that Wiest, unlicensed in Minnesota, sold medications at a Cambridge dog show.

William G. Winter, D.V.M., Minneapolis, cease and desist.

Though his license had been suspended since 1999, the board said Winter was advertising himself as a practicing veterinarian.

Hard Data digs into public records and puts a spotlight on rule breakers in the Twin Cities and Minnesota. Contact me at jfriedmann@startribune.com.

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