Disciplinaries on the rise in recent years

04 Jan 2020

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By Josh Loeb

The past two years have seen a rise in the number of disciplinary hearings against veterinary professionals.

Last year 21 individuals (20 vets and one registered veterinary nurse [RVN]) were the subject of hearings relating to their conduct. In 2018 the tally was higher still, with a total of 25 individuals (23 vets, 2 RVNs) facing RCVS disciplinary panels.

The figures for 2018 and 2019 compare with an annual average (mean) of 11 cases per year across all years for which figures are available (going back to 2007).

The high number of cases in 2018 was attributed to a rise in the number relating to criminal convictions that had been referred to the RCVS (VR, 19 January 2019, vol 184, p 75). During 2019, however, the number of cases involving criminal convictions was down (there were three such cases, compared with six in the previous year).