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1998 Minutes of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board
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January 30 , 1998, MINUTES,
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina


President David E. Brooks, D.V.M., called the regular meeting of the Board to order at 9:20 A.M.  Others In attendance were Board members Drs. George Edwards, Joseph Gordon, Herbert Justus, Kenneth Padgett, Amy Lewis, and Mrs. Nellie Jones.  The Board Attorney, Mr. George Hearn, and Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey, were also present. 

Mr. Joe Rippard, Risk Manager, North Carolina Department of Insurance, Ms. Shirley W. McLamb, Assistant Director, North Carolina Association of Insurance Agents, and Mrs. Karen K. Ashley, State Insurance Account Analyst, North Carolina Association of Insurance Agents presented their research concerning insurance for the Board. They recommend to supplement the current insurance provided by the State by obtaining a Public Officials and Employees Liability Policy and a General Liability Policy with includes Non-Owned Auto. They stepped out of the meeting at 10:25 A.M. Dr. Justus made a motion that the Board obtain both of the policies recommended. Dr. Lewis seconded the motion. The motion passed with Dr. Edwards opposed. Mr. Rippard, Ms. McLamb, and Ms. Ashley returned to the meeting. They explained the steps necessary to obtain the policies. They left the meeting at 10:35 A.M.

The Executive Director read the minutes of the November 14, 1997, meeting.  On a motion made by Dr. Gordon, seconded by Dr. Lewis, the minutes were approved as corrected.

Dr. Edward made a motion to request Dr. Kim Krivit, owner of North Star Equine, to meet with the Committee on Investigations Number 8 at the next Board meeting. The motion was seconded by Dr. Padgett. The motion passed unanimously.

The Executive Director reported that the General Statutes do not make a distinction on the type of rabies vaccine that a certified rabies vaccinator may administer.

Dr. Justus reported that Madison County now has four certified rabies vaccinators.

Dr. Brooks reported that he received a thank you letter from Dr. Barbara Pipin concerning her temporary permit. He also reported on the two comments he received concerning the last President's letter.

Dr. Edwards made a motion, seconded by Dr. Gordon to enter into closed session to consult with Mr. Hearn concerning the Administrative Procedures necessary for revising the North Carolina Veterinary Practice Act. The motion passed unanimously. The regular meeting was adjourned at 10:50 A.M.

The regular meeting was reconvened at 12:00.

The regular meeting was adjourned at 12:00 p.m. for lunch.

The meeting was reconvened at 1:10 p.m.

The Executive Director distributed a financial report to the member of the Board.

The Executive Director distributed a copy of the last audit report to the members of the Board. As part of the audit the auditor recommended that the Board adopt a policy of not accepting cash payments from licensees or other customers of the Board. Dr. Padgett made a motion, seconded by Dr. Edwards, to continue accepting legal tender for payments. The motion passed unanimously.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 1.

97042-1-1   Dr. Guy Beretich, (Complaint of Mr. Cam A. Perkins) - Continued.
97045-1-1   Dr. Jimmie L. Sain and Dr. Ralph Philip Yerex, (Complaint of Ms. Dorie Schnaufer) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

97046-2-1   Dr. Gregory Burkett, (Complaint of The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board) - Continued.

97038-1-1   Dr. Bruce Simmons (Complaint of Ms. Elizabeth Canipe) - Client does not wish to proceed, complaint dismissed.

97048-1-1   Dr. Richard Knight (Complaint of Ms. Barbara Talbert) - Disciplinary Action, Letter of Caution.

97025-2-1  Dr. Richard Gregory Burkett (Complaint of Ms. Karen Keltz) - Ms. Keltz has requested that the Committee reopen the case. The Committee is still considering her request.

The Committee on Investigations Number 1 also recommended that a complaint be initiated against Dr. Burkett for practicing at the Birdie Boutique.

The Committee on Investigations Number 1 requested that the Board consider Dr. Burkett's failure to pay the civil monetary penalty that was assessed against him at the last Board meeting. The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Gordon made a motion that Dr. Burkett's request that a payment plan for his civil monetary penalty be denied and that he must pay within ten days of the receipt of the letter from the Board stating such. If he does not pay within that time frame, his license cannot be renewed until such time that he complies. The motion was seconded by Dr. Lewis. The motion passed unanimously.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 7.

97047-1-7   Dr. Donald L. Fuller (Complaint of Ms. Kathleen Gemske) - Disciplinary Action. Letter of Caution. Also follow-up with an inspection of his practice facility.

  97051-1-1  Dr. Danny Henry (Complaint of Ms. Eva D. Cashwell) - Disciplinary Action. Letter of Caution.

Dr. Gordon made a motion to approve the reports presented by the Committee on Investigations Number 1 and 7. The motion was seconded by Dr. Edwards. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the request of Dr. Elizabeth Ann Krushinskie, a 1987 graduate of the Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, for an exemption from re-taking the Clinical Competency Test. Based on her previously passing the National Board Exam, Clinical Competency Test, her having worked in the veterinary profession for three of the last five years, and her status as a Diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians, Dr. Gordon made a motion to grant her request. Dr. Padgett seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the request of Dr. Alan Brian Scheidt, a 1976 graduate of the Purdue University, School of Veterinary Medicine, for an exemption from taking the Clinical Competency Test. Based on his previously passing the National Board Exam, his having worked in the veterinary profession for three of the last five years, and his status as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Practitioners, Dr. Lewis made a motion to grant her request. Dr. Padgett seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the request from Dr. Lynn Evans Dennis for an extension of the continuing education requirement for her 1998 veterinary license renewal. She has earned eight of the required twenty hours but was unable to earn the remaining hours due to the birth of her child. Dr. Padgett made a motion to grant her an extension until March 31, 1998. The late penalty will apply. The motion was seconded by Dr. Edwards. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the request from Dr. Joann Steeves Lackey for an extension of the continuing education requirement for her 1998 veterinary license renewal. She has earned six of the required twenty hours but was unable to earn the remaining hours due to the death and illness of family members. She was also involved in a car accident in which her car was totaled. Dr. Padgett made a motion to grant her an extension until March 31, 1998. The late penalty will apply. The motion was seconded by Dr. Jones. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the request from Dr. Janet D. Seibert for an extension of the continuing education requirement for her 1998 veterinary license renewal. She has earned fifteen of the required twenty hours but was unable to earn the remaining hours due to the illness in the family. Dr. Lewis made a motion to grant her an extension until March 31, 1998. The late penalty will apply. The motion was seconded by Dr. Padgett. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the request from Dr. Sandra Lee Steward for an extension of the continuing education requirement for her 1998 veterinary license renewal. She has earned eighteen of the required twenty hours but was unable to earn the remaining hours due to the birth of her child. Dr. Padgett made a motion to grant her an extension until March 31, 1998. The late penalty will apply. The motion was seconded by Dr. Lewis. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the request from Dr. Marguerite A. Yates for an extension of the continuing education requirement for her 1998-1999 veterinary technician registration renewal. She was unable to earn any of the required twelve hours due to an infection in her spine and several chronic infections. Dr. Padgett made a motion to grant her an extension until March 31, 1998. The late penalty will apply. The motion was seconded by Dr. Lewis. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the request from Dr. Christopher John DeWitt for an extension of the continuing education requirement for his 1998 veterinary license renewal. He started a new practice and was unable to earn the required twenty hours. Dr. Gordon made a motion to deny the request. The motion was seconded by Dr. Lewis. The motion passed unanimously

The Board reviewed the request from Ms. Ellen F. Puckett for an extension of the continuing education requirement for his 1998 veterinary technician registration renewal. She started that she was unaware that she had not gotten all of the required twelve hours. Dr. Gordon made a motion to deny the request. The motion was seconded by Dr. Lewis. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the request from Dr. Allen Louis Dahl, Jr. for an extension of the continuing education requirement for his 1998 veterinary license renewal. He started that he had moved and built a new practice and was able to earn only seven of the required twenty hours. Dr. Padgett made a motion to deny the request. The motion was seconded by Dr. Gordon. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the request from Dr. J. Hannis Mize for an extension of the continuing education requirement for his 1998 veterinary license renewal. He started that due to the lost of a doctor on his staff he was unable to earn the required twenty hours. Dr. Justus made a motion to deny the request. The motion was seconded by Dr. Padgett. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the request from Dr. Stephen David Waldman for an extension of the continuing education requirement for his 1998 veterinary license renewal. He started that he had sold his practice and moved and was unable to earn the required twenty hours. Dr. Padgett made a motion to deny the request. The motion was seconded by Dr. Gordon. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the request from Dr. Paul A. Willoughby for an extension of the continuing education requirement for his 1998 veterinary license renewal. He started that he had purchased a practice and was able to earn only fifteen of the required twenty hours. Dr. Padgett made a motion to deny the request. The motion was seconded by Dr. Gordon. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the request from Ms. Kathy A. Whitt for an extension of the continuing education requirement for his 1998 veterinary technician registration renewal. She started that she was unable to earn the required twelve hours. Dr. Gordon made a motion to deny the request. The motion was seconded by Dr. Lewis. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the request from Dr. Donald S. Fincher for an extension of the continuing education requirement for his 1998 veterinary license renewal. He has earned six of the required twenty hours but was unable to earn the remaining hours due to an associate in his practice and a family member both having cancer. Dr. Padgett made a motion to grant her an extension until March 31, 1998. The late penalty will apply. The motion was seconded by Dr. Lewis. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the temporary permit of Dr. Elizabeth A. Gray. Dr. Brooks made a motion to allow her to continue working under the permit until the results of the April 1998 Clinical Competency Test is known. The motion was seconded by Dr. Padgett. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board discussed Dr. Burnett's possible violation of her consent order with the Board. Dr. Gordon made a motion to refer this back to the Committee on Investigation which originally handled the case. The motion was seconded by Dr. Lewis. The motion passed unanimously.

On a motion by Dr. Gordon, seconded by Dr. Padgett, the Board approved the actual expenses for this meeting.

The Board discussed its current rules concerning its committees on investigations. Dr. Justus expressed his concern that some veterinarians are being disciplined multiple times and the Board continued to receive complaints against them. Dr. Justus made a motion to have Mr. Hearn investigate if the Board should adopt a policy or rule concerning repeat offenders. The motion was seconded by Dr. Padgett. The motion passed unanimously.

The meeting was adjourned on a motion by Dr. Padgett and seconded by Dr. Edwards at 4:00 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

 

April 10, 1998, MINUTES,
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina


President David E. Brooks, D.V.M., Called the regular meeting of the Board to order at 8:20 A.M.  Others In attendance were Board members Drs. George Edwards, Joseph Gordon, Herbert Justus, Kenneth Padgett, Amy Lewis, and Mrs. Nellie Jones.  The Board Attorney, Mr. George Hearn, and Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey, were also present. 

The Executive Director read the minutes of the January 30, 1998, meeting.  On a motion made by Dr. Gordon, seconded by Dr. Lewis, the minutes were approved as corrected.

For those individuals who have not earned their required continuing education by December 31, Dr. Gordon made a motion to allow the Executive Director to grant an extension until March 31, if a justifiable reason exists. The motion was seconded by Dr. Padgett. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board discussed the dates and sites for the remaining tests that the Board will administer this year. No further action was taken.

Mr. Hearn reported on his research into punishment for disciplinary violations, which was requested at the last meeting. No further action was taken.

Dr. Gordon made a motion to have Dr. Edwards and Mr. Mickey represent the Board at the American Veterinary Medical Association meeting in Baltimore Maryland in July. The motion was seconded by Dr. Lewis. The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Gordon made a motion to approve and include as part of the minutes, Mr. Hearn's report on practice facility inspection violations. The motion was seconded by Dr. Lewis. The motion passed unanimously.

The Executive Director distributed a financial report to the member of the Board.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 1.

97042-1-1   Dr. Guy Beretich, (Complaint of Mr. Cam A. Perkins) - Disciplinary Action, Letter of Reprimand.
97050-1-1   Dr. Barrette O. Welch (Complaint of Mr. Thomas O'Hara) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

97052-1-1   Dr. Ashley Peterson (Complaint of Ms. Mandy Dellinger) - Disciplinary Action, Letter of Caution.

97002-1-1   Dr. James F. Barwick and Dr. Michael J. House (Complaint of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Consentini) - Disciplinary Action, Letter of Reprimand.

97025-1-1   Dr. Richard Gregory Burkett (Complaint of Ms. Karen Keltz) - Ms. Keltz had previously requested that the Committee reopen the case. The Committee decided that the previous decision should stand and did not honor her request.

97046-2-1   Dr. Richard Gregory Burkett (Complaint of North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board) - Continued.

98003-2-1   Dr. Richard Gregory Burkett (Complaint of North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board) - Continued.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 7.

97031-1-7   Dr. Cynthia Burnett (Complaint of Mrs. Sandra Miller) - This complaint was closed in April 1997, with Dr. Burnett entering into a consent order with the Board. As part of the order, Dr. Burnett is to submit reports to the Board at six-month intervals. The Committee reported that the first report was nineteen days late. The Committee recommended that a letter be delivered, by Dr. Padgett, explaining that the reports are expected to be received on time and that if any of the future reports are late her veterinary license will be suspended as per the terms of the consent order.

97041-1-7   Dr. John Michael Metz (Complaint of Ms. Jennifer S. Vaughan) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

97039-1-7   Dr. Samuel Green Griffin (Complaint of Mrs. Judith Andruzzi-Brake) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

97049-1-7   Dr. William R. Beck and Dr. Jennifer Lynn Bryant (Complaint of Ms. Marla J. Backhaus) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

98001-1-7   Dr. Joel D. Fisher (Complaint of Mr. Darryl C. Edwards) - Disciplinary action, Letter of Reprimand.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 8.

97032-2-8  Dr. Kim Francine Krivit, North Star Equine, (Complaint by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board) This complaint was previously dismissed by the Board. The Committee met with Dr. Krivit to clarify some remaining questions regarding her practice facility. No further action was taken.

Dr. Gordon made a motion to approve the reports presented by the Committee on Investigations Number 1, 7 and 8. The motion was seconded by Dr. Lewis The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the practice facility inspection report, conducted by Dr. Padgett and members of the office staff, concerning Cape Fear Valley Animal Hospital, which is owned by Dr. Guy Beretich. Based on the report Dr. Gordon made a motion to issue a summary emergency order and have the faculty shut down, suspend the license of Dr. Beretich, and to initiate an Administrative Hearing with the the Office of Administrative Hearings. This is pursuant to G.S. 90-186(3). The motion was seconded by Dr. Lewis. The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Brooks appointed a nomination committee consisting of Dr. Justus, Dr. Edwards, and Mrs. Jones. The committee is to make nominations for President, Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer. They will report back at the next Board meeting.

Dr. Gordon made a motion to approve the license reinstatement request of Dr. Neal Valk. He has submitted the required continuing education and fees. The motion was seconded by Dr. Lewis, The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the information received concerning Southeastern Veterinary Exports and their soliciting veterinarians in North Carolina to purchase various heartworm and flea-related products on their behalf. The Board directed the Executive Director to contact the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association and determine their position on the matter.

The Board reviewed the information received from Carolina Veterinary Specialists, P.L.L.C., concerning the name of their practice, "Southeast Regional Medical Center." The Board determined that their facility does meet the level of service required by the descriptive term, Center, but the name must include the word animal to comply with G.S. 90.181.1. Dr. Justus made a motion to deny the name, Southeast Regional Medical Center. The motion was seconded by Dr. Lewis. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the request, pursuant to 21 NCAC 66.203, of Dr. David J. DeYoung, Associate Dean and Director of Veterinary Medical Services for the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, to change the beginning date of faculty certificate from January 1 to June 1 so as to conform to the academic calendar of the college. Dr. Gordon made a motion to grant the request. The motion was seconded by Dr. Lewis. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the application for licensure from a Mr. Richard J. Wittmann to determine if there was cause to deny him a veterinary license under 21 NCAC 66.0310. He is expected to graduate from the North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in May of this year. Dr. Lewis made a motion to accept his application for license and to grant him one should he successfully pass the North Carolina State Examination. The motion was seconded by Dr. Gordon. The motion passed with Dr. Padgett opposed.

The Board reviewed the request of Dr. Carla Louise Gartrell, a 1988 graduate of Tuskegee University, College of Veterinary Medicine, for an exemption from re-taking the Clinical Competency Test. Based on her previously passing the National Board Exam, Clinical Competency Test, her having worked in the veterinary profession for three of the last five years, and her status as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Dr. Lewis made a motion to grant her request. Dr. Gordon seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the request of Dr. Anna Baskett, a 1993 graduate of University of Montreal, School of Veterinary Medicine, for an exemption from taking the Clinical Competency Test. Based on her previously passing the National Board Exam, Clinical Competency Test, her having worked in the veterinary profession for three of the last five years, and her status as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Lewis made a motion to grant her request. Dr. Gordon seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the request of Dr. William Perkins Hay, a 1988 graduate of the University of California-Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, for an exemption from taking the Clinical Competency Test. Based on his previously passing the National Board Exam, Clinical Competency Test, her having worked in the veterinary profession for three of the last five years, and her status as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Lewis made a motion to grant her request. Dr. Gordon seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

On a motion by Dr. Gordon, seconded by Dr. Padgett, the Board approved the actual expenses for this meeting.

The meeting was adjourned on a motion by Dr. Gordon and seconded by Dr. Padgett at 12:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

 

June 26, 1998, MINUTES,
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Asheville, North Carolina


President David E. Brooks called the regular meeting of the Board to order at 8:45 A.M.  Others In attendance were Board members Dr. George Edwards, Joseph Gordon, Herbert Justus, Kenneth Padgett, Amy Lewis, and Mrs. Nellie Jones.  The Board Attorney, Mr. George Hearn, and Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey, were also present.  Also in attendance was Ms. Karen Keltz.

The Executive Director read the minutes of the April 10, 1998, meeting.  On a motion made by Dr. Padgett, seconded by Dr. Lewis, the minutes were approved as corrected.

Mr. Hearn reviewed with the Board his June 25, 1998, presentation concerning allied health providers to the Board of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association. Thomas Mickey also attended that meeting. It appeared to be the consensus of the Associated Board that there was no present need for any amendment to the Veterinary Practice Act to allow the assistance of non-veterinary allied health providers. The Board took no action.

Mr. Hearn presented his research to the Board concerning Ms. Karen Keltz's request for a haring on her 1997 complaint (complaint number 97025-1-1) against Dr. Richard Gregory Burkett, this being set forth in her letter of April 9, 1998, and received by the Board April 13, 1998. Discussion followed. Ms. Keltz was present for this discussion and was permitted to comment and ask questions. Dr. Padgett made a motion to adopt Mr. Hearn's recommendation to deny the request. Mrs. Jones seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Committee on Investigations Number 1 proposed that the Board enter into a Consent Order with Dr. Richard Gregory Burkett with respect to complaint numbers 97-46-2-1 and 98003-2-1. Mr. Hearn circulated and discussed the terms of the proposed Consent Order. Dr. Padgett made a motion to accept the Committee's recommendation. As part of the motion, Dr. Padgett authorized Mr. Hearn to finalize the wording of the Consent Order and to allow Dr. Brooks or the Executive Director to sign the Consent Order on behalf of the Board. Dr. Lewis seconded the request. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the request of Ms. Keltz to correct the minutes of the January 1998, Board Meeting. Dr. Justus made a motion to deny the request, as the minutes were correct as previously written. Mrs. Jones seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Guy Beretich, of Dunn, North Carolina, joined the meeting for the purposed of discussing with the Board the suspension of his veterinary license and the pending petition of the Board at the Office of Administrative Hearings against his veterinary license. Dr. Padgett made a motion to enter into closed session, pursuant to General Statute § 143-318.11(a)(3), to discuss with Mr. Hearn and Dr. Beretich the potential resolution of the license suspension and the pending administrative action. Dr. Justus seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. The regular meeting was adjourned at 10:35 A.M. and the closed session began at that time. Dr. Beretich left the closed meeting at approximately 11:00 A.M.

The regular meeting of the Board resumed at 11:00 A.M.

Dr. H. O. Line appeared before the Board to request a temporary permit to practice veterinary medicine. Following a discussion by the Board, Dr. Lewis made a motion to grant his request until the results of the December examinations are known. Dr. Padgett seconded the request. The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Padgett made a motion to return to closed session to continue the discussion regarding Dr. Guy Beretich, pursuant to General Statute § 143-318.11(a)(3). Dr. Justus seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. The regular meeting was adjourned at 11:22 A.M. and the closed session began at that time.

The regular meeting was resumed at 1:55 P.M.

Mr. Hearn presented his draft of a policy which would treat each practice facility violation in the same manner as written complaints. The Board took no action.

The Executive Director distributed a financial report to the members of the Board.

The Executive Director reported on the status of the computer upgrades in the Board office. Dr. Justus made a motion to approve the purchase of a new computer for the Board office next spring. Dr. Padgett seconded the request. The motion passed unanimously.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 1.

98005-5-1   Ms. Candace Aldridge-Rice, RVT (Complaint of Ms. Emily Breedlove) - Disciplinary Action, Letter of Reprimand. The Executive Director is to identify who the veterinary of record is for the Friends of Madison County Animal Shelter.
98013-1-1   Dr. Michael E. Wood (Complaint of Ms. Jeanne Irwin-Olson) - Disciplinary Action, Letter of Caution. Dr. Wood and his employee Dr. Angela Lee are to be invited to meet with the Committee at its next meeting.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 7.

98007-1-7   Dr. Joel D. Fisher (Complaint of Mr. Alan C. House) - Disciplinary Action, Letter of Reprimand.

98004-1-7   Dr. Cecil F. Brown (Complaint of Mr. & Mrs. Keith Lambeth) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

98006-1-7   Dr. Dr. John H. Isaacs and Dr. Karen Naisse (Complaint of Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Morgan) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

98012-1-7   Dr. Gail G. Bowman (Complaint of Ms. Tameka Collins) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

98014-1-7   Dr. Gordon R. McCurry (Complaint of Ms. Melisa Hardy) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

Dr. Gordon made a motion to approve the reports presented by the Committee on Investigations Number 1 and 7. Dr. Lewis seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Executive Director presented the contracts with the Professional Examination Service for the National Board Examination and Clinical Competency Test for veterinarians; and the National Board Examination for technicians. Dr. Lewis made a motion to approve the contracts and have the Executive Director sign them on behalf of the Board. Dr. Gordon seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Lewis made a motion to increase the fee, by $10.00, from $90.00 to $100.00, charged by the Board for the applicant to take the National Board Examination for technicians, to reflect the increased cost incurred by the Board as a result of the new contract. Dr. Gordon seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Executive Director reported on the Occupational Licensing Board Seminar planned for August 26, 1998. The Board took no further action.

The Board continued its discussion on VetSound, Inc., owned by Ms. Renee Daniels, until its next regularly scheduled meeting.

Dr. Lewis made a motion to approve the request of Dr. David G. Bristol, Dr. Bruce A. Singbeil, and Dr. Larry J. Ackerman for exemptions on re-taking the Clinical Competency Test based on their Diplomate status. Dr. Justus seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board next received a report from the nominating committee, consisting of Dr. Edwards, Dr. Justus, and Mrs. Jones, for officers for 1998-1999. The nominations presented were:

President                  Dr. Kenneth Padgett
Vice-President           Dr. Joseph K. Gordon
Secretary-Treasurer    Dr. Herbert A. Justus

Dr. Lewis moved that the nominations be closed and nominees be elected by acclamation. Mrs. Jones seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the presentations, discussions and relevant committee meetings with the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, attended by certain members of the Board. The Board determined that by holding its June Board meeting in Asheville, at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, at the same time and location as the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association meeting, it provided Board Members with communication, discussion and learning opportunities that did and will enable the Board to more effectively fulfill its responsibilities. While the Board considers its office in Raleigh to be its regular and preferred meeting site, the Board determined that meetings in the same general locations where other professional veterinary groups are convening can be a communications resource for the Board. Upon motion by Dr. Justus, seconded by Dr. Lewis, the Board approved the actual expenses incurred for travel, meals, and lodging for Board Members, the Executive Director, and Board Attorney.

The next meeting of the Board will be held in its Raleigh office on August 27 and 28, 1998.

The meeting was adjourned unanimous vote upon a motion by Dr. Gordon and seconded by Dr. Padgett at 4:00 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director


August 28, 1998, MINUTES,
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, North Carolina

"In response to your request for the minutes from the August 1998 Board meeting, no such meeting was held." Thomas M. Mickey, Executive Director, North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board.

 

October 31 , 1998,
MINUTES, North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina


President Kenneth Padgett, D.V.M., called the regular meeting of the Board to order at 8:20 A.M.  Others In attendance were Board members Drs. David Brooks,  George Edwards, Joseph Gordon, Herbert Justus, Amy Lewis, and Mrs. Nellie Jones.  The Board Attorney, Mr. George Hearn, and Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey, were also present.

The Executive Director read the minutes of the June 26. 1998, meeting.  On a motion made by Dr. Lewis, seconded by Dr. Brooks, the minutes were approved as corrected.

Dr. Edwards made a motion to enter into a closed session pursuant to G.S. § 143.318.11(a)(5), to discuss the current lease for the Board office. Dr. Brooks seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. At 8:45 a.m., the Board entered into closed session. Ms. Keltz left the meeting.

The regular session of the Board meeting reconvened at 9:20 a.m. with Ms. Keltz in attendance.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 1.

98009-1-1  Dr. Richard Gregory Burkett (Complaint of Ms. Karen Keltz) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

Ms. Keltz was allowed to comment on the Board's decision.

98019-1-1  Dr. Kimberly Saline Barth (Complaint of Mr. Sherman Collins) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

99023-1-1  Dr. Dana Jones (Complaint of Ms. Jill Overly) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

98015-1-1  Dr. Christopher Konvalinka and Dr. Jennifer Peck (Complaint of Ms. Jennifer Asvadi) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

98026-1-1  Dr. Dennis Jackson (Complaint of Mr. and Mrs. Travis Mongold - Disciplinary action, Letter of Caution.

98011-1-1  Dr. Samuel H. Mitchell and dr. William T. Snyder (Complaint of Mr. and Mrs. Kenzie Driggers) - No response from the client, the complaint was considered withdrawn.

98013-1-1  Dr. Michael E. Wood and Angela Lee, D.V.M (not a licensed veterinarian), (Complaint of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board) - Disciplinary action against Dr. Wood, Letter of Reprimand, $1000 civil monetary penalty, and a condition of renewal of his veterinary license is his must pass the North Carolina State Veterinary Licensing Examination in December. Dr. Lee is to be sent a letter to cease and desist the practice of veterinary medicine, until such time that she meets the requirements of a temporary permit.

98033-2-1  Dr. Gwendelyn Wade Morton, Dr. William Bryant Morton and Carol Lynn Hungerford, D.V.M. (not a licensed veterinarian) (Complaint of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board) - Disciplinary action against Drs. Morton and Morton, Letter of Reprimand, $500 civil monetary penalty each, and a condition of the renewal of their veterinary licenses is they must pass the North Carolina State Veterinary Licensing Examination in December. Dr. Hungerford is to be sent a letter to cease and desist the practice of veterinary medicine, until such time that she meets the requirements of a temporary permit.

98034-2-1  Dr. Charles T. Steinman and Carolyn M. Rivera, D.V.M. (not a licensed veterinarian) (Complaint of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board) - Disciplinary action against Dr. Steinman, Letter of Reprimand, $1000 civil monetary penalty, and a condition of his renewal of his veterinary licenses is he must pass the North Carolina State Veterinary Licensing Examination in December. Dr. Rivera is to be sent a letter to cease and desist the practice of veterinary medicine, until such time that she meets the requirements of a temporary permit.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 7.

98010-1-7     Dr. Richard Holt (Complaint of Mrs. Robin B. Riddle) - No response from the client, the complaint was considered withdrawn.

98016-1-7     Dr. Frank T. Batten (Complaint of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Norman) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

99018-1-7     Dr. James E. Meyer, Dr. R. J. Meyer, and Dr. Joyce Ann G. Gerardi (Complaint of Dianne R. Brantley) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

98020-1-7     Dr. Michael F. Bounds (Complaint of Ms. Joyce Sothoron) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

98022-1-7     Dr. Martha Mattocks (Complaint of Mr. Barry A.. Cox) - Disciplinary action, Letter of Caution.

98021-1-7     Dr. Jeffrey Morrison (Complaint of Ms. Christina Scibelli) - Continued, pending the receipt of records.

98017-1-7     Dr. Richard Hawkins (Complaint of Ms. Tracy Kilpatrick) - Client does not wish to proceed, complaint dismissed.

98025-3-7     Dr. Dawn Marie Longo (Complaint of Ms. Elizabeth Fuller) - Disciplinary action, Letter of Caution.

98024-1-7     Dr. Dana Jones (Complaint of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Miller) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

Dr. Brooks made a motion to approve the reports presented by the Committee on Investigations Number 1 and 7.  Dr. Gordon seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Report of Committee on Investigation No. 8

98030-2-8    Dr. Victoria E. Newell (Complaint of North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board) - Disciplinary action, Letter of Reprimand, $500 civil monetary penalty.

Dr. Gordon made a motion to approve the report presented by the Committee on Investigations Number 8.  Dr. Lewis seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

The Board adjured [sic] for a five-minute break at 11:45 a.m.

The regular meeting of the Board reconvened at 11:50 a.m.

Dr. Gordon made a motion to have Mr. Hearn write to Dr. Guy Beretich and ask why he has not complied with the terms of his consent agreement. He is to have five days to respond to the letter from Mr. Hearn. Mrs. Jones seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. The response of Dr. Beretich will be referred to the Committee on Investigations No. 1 for consideration.

Dr. Gordon made a motion to enter into a closed session pursuant to G.S. § 143.318.11(a)(3, ) to discuss the suit filed against the Board by Ms. Karen Keltz. Dr. Edwards seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. At 11:55 a.m., the Board entered into closed session. Ms. Keltz left the meeting.

The regular session of the Board Meeting reconvened at 12:15 p.m. with Ms. Keltz in attendance.

Ms. Keltz discussed with the Board her complaint against Dr. Richard Gregory Burkett and the actions of the Board. Ms. Keltz then left the meeting.

Dr. Gordon made a motion to enter into a closed session pursuant to G.S. § 143.318.11(a)(3, ) to continue to discuss the suit filed against the Board by Ms. Keltz. Dr. Lewis seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. At 12:25 p.m. The Board entered into closed session.

The regular session of the Board Meeting reconvened at 12:35 p.m.

The Executive Director distributed a financial report to the members of the Board.

The Executive Director reported on the July meeting of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards that he attended. He also reported that he had been asked to chair the 1999 meeting in New Orleans. Dr. Gordon made a motion to send the Executive Director to the 1999 meeting of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. Dr. Justus seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Executive Director reviewed with the Board the cost associated with providing printouts and or diskettes to members of the public that requests them. The Executive Director recommended that the Board raise its minimum charge for such requests to $52.00. The new cost will be .06¢ per name with a minimum charge of $52.00. Dr. Gordon made a motion to approve the Executive Director's recommendation. Dr. Padgett seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the actions of Dr. Teresa Van Ells relating to her applications for a temporary permit. The Executive Director is to write her and her employer and explain to them their responsibility when working under or employing an individual with a temporary permit.

The Board reviewed the letter of inquiry from Litman McMahon and Brown, L.L.C., concerning the veterinary client patient relationship. The first question asked if the Board had ever made a ruling about selling topical fleascides over the counter. The second question asked if a veterinarian had ever been disciplined for selling such a product outside of a product relationship. The Executive Director is to write and inform them that the answer to each question is no.

The Board reviewed a letter from John C. Faherty, D.C., concerning veterinary chiropractics. The Board took no action at this time. Mr. Hearn will review the matter further.

Dr. Gordon made a motion to obtain workman's compensation coverage for the office staff. Dr. Padgett seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the requests for an exemption on retaking the Clinical Competency Test based on their diplomate status of Dr. David J. DeYoung, Dr. Donald L. Campbell, Dr. Robert L. Owen, and Dr. Elizabeth A. Stone. Dr. Lewis made a motion to honor their request. Dr. Justus seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the information sent to the Board office concerning Dr. Jeffrey Kline and his status for licensure as a veterinarian in North Carolina. Dr. Gordon made a motion to stand by the original agreement that the Board entered into with Dr. Kline. Dr. Lewis seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the conflict of interest statements from the North Carolina Board of Ethics. The Board took no further action.

Dr. Padgett made a motion to enter into a close session pursuant to G.S. § 143.318.11(a)(5) to discuss the salaries of the office staff and to discuss the retainer fee of George G. Hearn, Esq. Dr. Gordon seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. At 2:50 p.m., the Board entered into closed session.

The regular session of the Board Meeting reconvened at 3:45 p.m.

On a motion by Dr. Gordon, seconded by Dr. Lewis the Board approved the actual expenses for this meeting.

The meeting was adjourned on a motion by Dr. Gordon and seconded by Dr. Brooks at 4:00 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

 

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