Equine Injunction Sought

In September 2016, the College filed a Petition in the BC Supreme Court, seeking an Order that a non-registrant cease practicing equine dentistry. For an update about the court proceedings, please revisit this site in late October 2016.


The following materials provide additional information on this issue:

  • "Veterinarians and Equine Dentistry" written by the late Dr. John Twidale



    The College of Veterinarians is entrusted with the power under the Veterinarians Act to protect the public from unauthorized individuals who illegally represent themselves as veterinarians or who illegally practise veterinary medicine. (Veterinarians Act, Section 3, Section 46 and Section 47).

The unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine poses a risk to the public and its animals.

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Unauthorized Practice

THE RISKS OF NOT USING A VETERINARIAN

Members of the public endanger the health of their animal by entrusting their care to unauthorized and unregulated providers: 

  • There is no assurance that the unauthorized person is qualified or competent to provide treatment.
  • There is no assurance that any materials or equipment used are safe or sterile.
  • There is no accountability for poor or unsatisfactory treatment or outcomes.

EXAMPLES OF UNAUTHORIZED PRACTISE

People engage in the unauthorized practise of veterinary medicine, whether, for a fee or not, they perform, offer to perform or imply that they may perform any act within the definition of veterinary medicine. (Veterinarians Act, Section 46 and Section 1).

Section 46

Section 1

Examples include:

  • Offering to alleviate an animal's pain or condition.
  • Offering to diagnose an animal disease.
  • Cleaning an animal's teeth below the gum line.
  • "Floating" of a horse's teeth.

The Veterinarians Act prohibits people who are not veterinarians from falsely using the title veterinarian.

PERMITTED EXCEPTIONS

The Veterinarians Act does allow certain limited exceptions to the practise of veterinary medicine by non-veterinarians: 

  • The furnishing of first aid or temporary assistance to an animal in an emergency.
  • The treatment of an animal by its owner.
  • Caponizing and taking poultry blood samples.
  • Persons engaged in scientific research which reasonably requires animal experimentation.

FILING AN AUTHORIZED COMPLAINT

To file a complaint contact the Unauthorized Practise Committee in writing. 

The College will review the information and investigate.  If the facts show that someone is engaged in the unauthorized practise of veterinary medicine, the College of Veterinarians will take the steps necessary to resolve the matter. 

The College of Veterinarians has statutory authority to seek a court injunction.

UNAUTHORIZED PRACTISE - ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS

The College of Veterinarians of BC has taken enforcement action against the following individuals for providing veterinary medicine illegally.  Those listed are not registered to practise veterinary medicine in BC: 

  • Julie Ann Lee and Adored Beast Veterinary Clinic Ltd.
  • Sylvia MacDonald and Sylvia MacDonald carrying on business as K9 Dental Care
  • Bill Bishop (doing business as The Horse's Mouth Equine Dentistry)
  • Jane Hunt and Barkley Veterinary Services
  • Corinne Henderson and Dentapet Clinic and Dentapet.com

 The outcomes of these enforcement actions are attached below.

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Bill Bishop (doing business as The Horse's Mouth Equine Dentistry)

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Corrine Henderson and Dentapet Clinic and Dentapet.com

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Jane Hunt and Barkley Veterinary Services

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Julie Ann Lee and Adored Beast Veterinary Clinic

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Sylvia MacDonald ( doing business as K9 Dental care)