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Vet Clinic Closes After Veterinarian’s License is Suspended


It can be sad to hear that your dog’s or cat’s veterinary clinic that you’ve used for ages is shutting down. Sometimes they close down because the veterinarian is retiring. In some cases, they are forced to shut down because of licensing issues.

The Board of Veterinary Medicine in Virginia suspended the veterinarian’s license for code violations. As a result, the Love Shop Road Vet Clinic was forced to shut down. Customers were alerted in early March 2020 and this decision has caused much alarm and sadness in the community of Halifax. The vet clinic has been in business for 47 years. It closed its doors on March 7, after dozens of customers lined up to obtain veterinary records of their pets and say their final goodbyes.

The man’s license was suspended for multiple code violations. One of them was for giving animals vaccinations without initial exams. In another case, he also gave medicine to a pet store that raised animals, and that also violated the state code that regulated veterinarians. The veterinarian admitted that he knew what he did was wrong but it’s likely too late now.

Customers are standing by the veterinarian’s side. Some have started a support group on Facebook. A petition is also in the works. Many people are upset by the closure because the Love Shop Road Vet Clinic had the cheapest rates in the area. People even came from nearby states to take their pets to the vet. Some fear that people will not be able to afford to spay or neuter their pets, causing the stray population to grow.

There are other options, though. While there are two other clinics in the area, customers say it’s not the same. They are concerned that no other veterinarian will give their pets the same level of care.

Why Do Veterinarians Get Their Licenses Suspended?

Veterinarians can get their licenses suspended for a variety of reasons. Many of them face violations of ethics, such as poor care of animals. Some don’t keep proper records or follow state laws in regards to operation of veterinary practice. If a veterinarian intentionally harms an animal or cares for them while intoxicated, they can also face discipline.

Sometimes veterinarians can face license loss and other penalties for their actions outside of the workplace. For example, getting a DUI can lead to professional license loss. In Florida, a veterinarian can have their license suspended or revoked for not paying bills such as student loans, taxes and child support. 

Keep Your License With Help From a Tampa Veterinarian Licensing Lawyer

There are many things that can jeopardize your veterinarian license. It’s imperative that you perform your job duties in an ethical manner at all times. Florida has specific statutes and rules that apply. So if you want to keep your license, you should understand what is required of you.

If you are ever in a situation where your license is at risk, seek legal help from Tampa veterinarian licensing lawyer David P. Rankin. He has helped veterinarians and other licensed professionals resolve their licensing matters. Schedule a consultation today. Fill out the online form or call (813) 968-6633.