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2007 Minutes of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board
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January 26, 2007
MINUTES, North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina


President Linwood Jernigan, D.V.M., called the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board to order at 8:04 a.m.  In attendance were Board members Drs. Amy Lewis, Susan Bull, Richard Hawkins, David Marshall, Dante Martin, Mrs. Nancy Robinson, R.V.T., and Ms. Amy Edwards.  Also present were Board Attorney, Mr. George Hearn, and Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey.

Dr. Jernigan reviewed with the Board the Governor's and North Carolina Board of Ethics statement on conflict of interest.

On a motion made by Dr. Bull, seconded by Dr. Hawkins, the minutes for the November, 2, 2006, meeting was approved.

At 8:10 a.m. Warren Pendergast, M.D., Medical Director, of the North Carolina Physicians Health Program (NCPHP), joined the meeting. He presented an update on the status of program since the November meeting. After a question and answer period with the Board, he left the meeting at 8:42 a.m.

Dr. Marshall made a motion that the Board renew the contact [sic] with NCPHP for another six months under the same terms. The motion was seconded by Dr. Lewis. The motion passed unanimously.

The Executive Director reported on activities of the Board office since the last meeting. No further action was taken.

A financial report was distributed to the members of the Board.  Following discussion, Mrs. Robinson made a motion to approve the report.  Dr. Hawkins seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Hawkins made a motion that the Board retain 10% of the money collect [sic] from civil monetary penalties to cover the costs incurred by the Board. Following discussing [sic] Dr. Hawkins tabled the motion.

The Board reviewed the change to the business standard mileage rate set by the Internal Revenue Service. Dr. Lewis made a motion to change the reimbursement rate to 48.5 cents per mile to conform to the new Internal Revenue Service rate. Dr. Martin seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The meeting of the Board recessed at 10:50 a.m. for a break, and reconvened at 11:02 a.m.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 2.

2006034-2   Carla Louise Gartrell, D.V.M., Jerry Raymond Waddle, D.V.M. and Sheri Leanne Clarkson, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. Joseph Barr) - The portion of the complaint against Dr. Gartell and Dr. Clarkson is dismissed. The portion of the complaint against Dr. Waddle is continued.

2006044-2   Thomas R. Bello, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Sarah Jane Harmon) - Disciplinary action, letter of caution.

2006056-2   Jack Dale Brown, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Tiffany Bowers) - Dismissed no probable cause.

2006058-2   Gale G. Bowman, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Alison Reichardt) - Dismissed no probable cause.

2006046-2   Christopher Dunn Meyer, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. and Mrs. William Patton) - Disciplinary action, letter of reprimand.

2006061-2   Charles E. Franklin, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Gloria Melton) - Disciplinary action, letter of reprimand and an additional 10 hours of continuing education in dermatology.

2006030-2   Trudi Marie Dam, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Debbie Shelton) - Dismissed no probable cause.

Dr. Lewis made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations No. 2 report.  Mrs. Robinson seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously, with Dr. Martin abstaining from the vote regarding complaint Nos. [sic] 2006061-2 (Dr. Franklin).

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 5.

2006037-5  Danny Henry, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. Laura Lee Raynor) - Disciplinary action, Letter of Reprimand and a $750.00 civil monetary penalty. The basis of the penalty is G.S. 90-187.8(b)(1). Ten additional hours of continuing education for next year's renewal is also required.

2006043-5  Jesse C. Thompson, D.V.M. (complaint of Mrs. Sheri Major) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006057-5  James M. Floyd, D.V.M. (complaint of Mrs. Janine Kelly Stevens) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006060-5  Marian Patrice Covington, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. & Mrs. Chuck Stuart) - Complaint withdrawn by client.

2006045-5  Kelly Arleen McAvoy, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. Richard Robinson & Mr. Jim Boyett) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006038-5  Robert F. Messenger, D.V.M. and Deborah Michelle Burba (complaint of Mrs. Carmen Daniels-Leslie) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006062-5  Ashley Norther Robertson, D.V.M. (complaint of Mrs. Tana Austin) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

Dr. Lewis made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations Number 5 report.  Dr. Bull seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously, with Dr. Jernigan abstaining from the vote regarding complaint Nos. [sic] 2006062-5 (Dr. Robertson).

Dr. Lewis made a motion to enter into a closed meeting pursuant to G.S. § 143-318.11(a)(5), to discuss current and future employment compensation of Board staff. Mrs. Edwards seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. At 2:07 p.m., the Board entered into closed meeting.

The Board returned to open session at 3:05 p.m.

Upon a motion by Mrs. Robinson, seconded by Dr. Lewis, the Board approved the actual expenses for this meeting.

The meeting was adjourned by unanimous vote upon a motion by Mrs. Robinson and seconded by Dr. Martin at 3:14 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

March 30, 2007, MINUTES
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina


President Linwood Jernigan, D.V.M., Called the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board to order at 8:02 a.m.  In attendance were Board members Drs. Susan Bull, Amy Lewis, David Marshall, Dante Martin, and Mrs. Nancy Robinson, R.V.T. Also present were Board Attorney, Mr. George Hearn, and Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey.

Dr. Jernigan reviewed with the Board the Governor's and North Carolina Board of Ethics statement on conflict of interest.

On a motion made by Dr. Bull, seconded by Dr. Martin, the minutes for the January 26, 2007, meeting was approved.

The Board's Investigator presented a report on his activities since the January meeting. No further action was taken.

At 8:20 a.m. Warren Pendergast, MD, Medical Director, of the North Carolina Physicians Health Program (NCPHP), joined the meeting. He presented an update on the status of program since the January meeting. After a question and answer period with the Board, he left the meeting at 8:35 a.m.

The Executive Director reported on activities of the Board office since the last meeting. No further action was taken.

A financial report was distributed to the members of the Board.  Following discussion, Dr. Lewis made a motion to approve the report.  Mrs. Robinson seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

The meeting of the Board recessed at 8:57 a.m. for a break, and reconvened at 9:04 a.m.

Thomas M. Daniel, Jr., D.V.M. joined the meeting to discuss the formation of Companion Animal Clinic of Sandhill. It is a new formed 501-C3 whose mission is to provide low cost spay/neuter to a nine county region in order to eliminate euthanasia as a means of population control. Following a lengthy discussion, he left the meeting at 10:15 a.m. The Board took no further action.

Dr. Bull made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:20 a.m. Dr. Martin seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The regular meeting of the Board reconvened at 11:00 a.m.

The Board reviewed the request from Pamela Biancamano, DVM an extension of her continuing education requirements for 2007 because of a medical condition. Dr. Bull made a motion to grant her a six-month extension. Dr. Lewis seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the letter sent to Dr. Hawkins from Charles W. Miller, Jr., DVM. On the letterhead under the name of his facility are the words, "Your Complete Pet Medical Center." The Board will review that at the next meeting when Dr. Hawkins is available.

The Board reviewed the letter of Michael Davidson, D.V.M., Associate Dean and Director of Veterinary Medical Services, at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine concerning the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners and the use of the term "physical therapy." Dr. Jernigan will contact Dr. Davidson to discuss the issue further.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 2.

2006034-2   Carla Louise Gartrell, D.V.M., Jerry Raymond Waddle, D.V.M. and Sheri Leanne Clarkson, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. Joseph Barr) - The portion of the complaint against Dr. Gartell is dismissed. Dr. Waddle and Dr. Clarkson are to receive a Disciplinary action, letter of reprimand.

2006059-2   Gale C. Bowman, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Marguerite F. Duffy, D.V.M.) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006064-2   Marguerite F. Duffy, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. & Mrs. Stan Morse.) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2007002-2   Lindy Aurora Marshall, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. & Mrs. Allen Snyder) - Dismissed no probable cause.

2006067-2   Edward J. Kennedy, III, D.V.M. and Susan L. Skelding (complaint of Mr. & Mrs. Jim Morey) - Dismissed no probable cause.

2006077-2   Dennis D. Emerson, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. Fred Brock) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2007008-2   Robert Weedon, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. Albert M. Bjorkquist) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006071-2   Richard L. Cotton, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Sarah Moore) - Disciplinary action, letter of caution.

2006073-2   John Patrick Galligan, Jr., D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. & Mrs. Paul McKinnon) - Disciplinary action, letter of reprimand and $500.00 civil monetary penalty. The basis for the penalty is G.S. 90-187.8(b)(1).

2007004-2   James Percy Morgan, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Carron Suddreth) - Continued.

2006069-2   John Joseph Sherman, III, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. & Mrs. Jon Fusco) - Disciplinary action, letter of caution.

2006075-2   Carlos Antonio Flynn, MV (complaint of Ms. Vanessa D. Montgomery) - Disciplinary action, letter of reprimand. The basis for the penalty is G.S. 90-187.8(b)(1). Ten additional hours of continuing education is required. The hours are to be in orthopedics.

Dr. Lewis made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations No. 2 report.  Mrs. Robinson seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 5.

2006065-5   Herman David Jeffer, D.V.M. and Mette Thorning Tonkins, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. Jeffrey D. Stein) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006070-5   Clarence Elridge Dunning, D.V.M. (complaint of Mrs. Olive Johnson) - Continued.

2006074-5   Thomas P. Plavilayil Chacko, BVSc, (complaint of Mr. & Mrs. William Johnson) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006063-5   Theresa Ann Wisk-Carroll, D.V.M. & Jaroslaw Wojciech Zdanowicz, L.W. (complaint of Ms. Angela Escontrias) - Continued.

Dr. Lewis made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations No. 5 report.  Dr. Bull seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 7.

05032-1-7   Dennis Kay Johnson, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Cheryl Smith, R.V.T.) - Ms. Smith has withdrawn her complaint and after meeting with Dr. Johnson the Committee has honored her request.

2005061-7   Dennis Kay Johnson, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. Charles Cato) - The Committee reconsidered its previous decision to issue a letter of caution and instead dismissed the complaint with a finding of no probable cause.

2005055-7   Gerald Bruce Dienhart, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Ina E. Breaux-Lunney) - In response to Dr. Dienhart's request for a [sic] Administrative Hearing, the Committee reconsidered its previous decision to issue a letter of reprimand. Following its review the Committee's decision is to not change its decision to issue a letter of reprimand. The disciplinary letter will be re-issued with clarifying language.

2006006-7   Dennis Kay Johnson, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Tammy Ginn) - Disciplinary action, letter of caution.

Dr. Marshall made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations No. 7 report.  Dr. Bull seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Upon a motion by Dr. Lewis, seconded by Mrs. Robinson, the Board approved the actual expenses for this meeting.

Mr. Hearn reported that Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM has withdrdawn his request for an Administrative Hearing concerning the complaint, 05035-1-7, filed against him by Ms. Amber R. Daniels. He has agreed to enter into a consent order. The disciplinary action will be a letter of reprimand and $500.00 civil monetary penalty. The Hearing panel has accepted the terms of the consent order.

The meeting was adjourned by unanimous vote upon a motion by Mrs. Robinson and seconded by Dr. Martin at 2:47 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

June 28, 2007, MINUTES
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Asheville, North Carolina


President Linwood Jernigan, D.V.M., called the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board to order at 8:01 a.m.  In attendance were Board members Drs. Susan Bull, Michael Davidson, Richard Hawkins, David Marshall, Dante Martin, Mrs. Nancy Robinson, R.V.T., and Ms. Amy Edwards. Also present were Board Attorney, Mr. George Hearn, and Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey.

Dr. Jernigan reviewed with the Board the Governor's and North Carolina Board of Ethics statement on conflict of interest.

On a motion made by Ms. Edwards, seconded by Dr. Bull, the minutes for the March 30, 2007, meeting was approved.

Dr. Jernigan introduced Michael G. Davidson, D.V.M. who has replaced Amy J. Lewis, D.V.M. His term expires June 30, 2011.

Warren Pendergast, MD, Medical Director, of the North Carolina Physicians Health Program (NCPHP), joined the meeting. He presented an update on the status of program since the January meeting. After a question and answer period with the Board, he left the meeting. Mrs. Robinson made a motion to renew the contract with NCPHP for the period February 2007 to January 2008. Dr. Martin seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board's Investigator presented a report on his activities since the March meeting. No further action was taken.

Dr. Turner, the Board's inspector, reported on the status of practice facility inspections. No further action was taken.

The meeting of the Board recessed at 9:15 a.m. for a break, and reconvened at 9:25 a.m.

Dr. Jernigan formed a Committee consisting of Dr. Bull, Dr. Martin and Ms. Edwards, to review and recommend rules for impairment.

The Executive Director reported on activities of the Board office since the last meeting. No further action was taken.

A financial report was distributed to the members of the Board.  Following discussion, Dr. Bull made a motion to approve the report.  Mrs. Robinson seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 2.

2006050-2   David Gerald Vigee, D.V.M. (complaint of Mrs. Teresa E. Stines) - At the request of Mrs. Stines the Committee reconsidered its previous decision to dismiss the complaint. Following reconsideration, the Committee reaffirmed it decision to dismiss the complaint.

2006020-2   Susan Michele Rohrer, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Mary V. Diemer) - The Committee withdrew its previous decision to dismiss the complaint with a finding of no probable cause and instead continued the complaint for fruther review.

2007010-2   Ronni Reiffe LaVine, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Rhonda and Tammy Lewis) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2007006-2   Marat Semenovich Dubrovsky, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Nancy Johnson) - Disciplinary action, letter of caution.

2007016-2   Fred B. McCashin, V.M.D. (complaint of Mr. Robert Stearns) - Dismissed no probable cause.

2007014-2   Robert Christian Ford, D.V.M. & Ruston Wayne Howell, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. Scudday W. Sullivan) - The portion of the complaint against Dr. Howell is dismissed, with a finding of no probable cause. The portion of the complaint against Dr. Ford is disciplinary, with a finding of a letter of reprimand.

2007015-2   Jeffrey Allen Nunez, D.V.M. & Michael S. Grafinger, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Tinaglia) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2007020-2   John B. Christoph, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Jan Sprinkle & Mr. Ricky Robinson) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2007011-2   Amy Blades McKnight, D.V.M. & Sarah L. Vivrette, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Linda Berg) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2007012-2   Amy Blades McKnight, D.V.M. & Sarah L. Vivrette, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Carolina A. Dowd) - Continued.

Dr. Bull made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations No. 2 report.  Mrs. Robinson seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously with Dr. Bull abstaining from the vote regarding complaint 2007020-3 (Dr. Christoph).

The meeting of the Board adjourned at 11:55 a.m., for lunch, and reconvened at 1:02 p.m.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 5.

2007001-5   Mark Douglas Ledyard, D.V.M. (complaint of Mrs. Carol A. Ross) - Disciplinary action, letter of reprimand.

2006070-5   Clarence Elridge Dunning, D.V.M. (complaint of Mrs. Olive Johnson) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006035-5   Eugene Upshaw, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Marie W. Best) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2007003-5   Steven A. Walker, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Lauren Scioscia) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2007007-5   Stephanie Anne Moore, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. Steven J. Vadala) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2007005-5   Edward Blake Peuifoy, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Shannon D. Hinson) - Disciplinary action, leter of caution.

2006068-5   James Melvin Howard, D.V.M. & Karessa Michelle Schaffer, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. & Mrs. Douglass Moore) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006076-5   Sharon B. King, D.V.M. (complaint of Mrs. Annie H. Michael) - Disciplinary action, letter of caution.

2007013-5   Kevin Arthur Monce, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Terri L. Rhoades) - Disciplinary action, letter of caution.

2007009-5   Alex Nocholas Fisher, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Luba NyKyforuk) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2007019-5   Andrea Corinne Lantis, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. and Mrs. George I. Fenton) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2007017-5   Martha R. Davis, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Paula S. Rose) - Disciplinary action, letter of reprimand.

2006063-5   Theresa Ann Wisk-Carroll, D.V.M., Jaroslaw Wojciech Zdanowicz, D.V.M. & Joseph H. Kinnarney, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Angela Escontrias) - The portion of the complaint against Dr. Wisk-Carroll is dismissed. The portion of the complaint against Dr. Zdanowicz and Dr. Kinnarney is a letter of caution.

Dr. Bull made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations No. 5 report.  Dr. Marshall seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously with Dr. Jernigan abstaining from the discussion and vote regarding complaint 2006063-5 (Drs. Wisk-Carroll, Zdanowicz & Kinnarney) and Dr. Davidson abstaining from the discussion and vote regarding complaint 2007019-5 (Dr. Lantis).

The Board reviewed the letter sent to Dr. Hawkins from Charles W. Miller, Jr., DVM. On the letterhead under the name of the facility are the words, "You Complete Pet Medical Center." The Board directed a letter be sent to Dr. Miller concerning the using of the descriptive term, "Medical Center."

The Board set the dates of the next two Board meetings to be August 24 and November 1.

The Nominating Committee presented as its slate of officers for 2007-2008. The Committee nominated Dr. Jernigan for President, Dr. Marshall for Vice-President and Mrs. Robinson for Secretary-Treasurer. Dr. Hawkins made a motion that the slate of offiers be approved and elected to their respective positions. Dr. Bull seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Upon a motion by Dr. Bull, seconded by Dr. Martin, the Board approved the actual expenses for this meeting.

The meeting was adjourned by unanimous vote upon a motion by Dr. Martin and seconded by Dr. Bull at 3:47 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

August 23-24, 2007, MINUTES
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina


President Linwood Jernigan, D.V.M., called the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board to order at 7:30 p.m.  In attendance were Board members Drs. Susan Bull, Michael Davidson, Richard Hawkins and David Marshall. Also present were Board Attorney, Mr. George Hearn, and Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey.

Dr. Jernigan reviewed with the Board the Governor's and North Carolina Board of Ethics statement on conflict of interest.

The Board discussed the current requirements for the issuance of faculty certificates. No further action was taken.

The Board discussed the current number of continuing education hours that may be earned from computer based training or videocassette. No further action was taken.

The Board discussed the requirements of 21 NCAC 66.0207 concerning in-house or consultant laboratory services. No further action was taken.

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Dr. Jernigan reconvened the regular meeting of the Board to order at 8:06 a.m.  In attendance were Board members Drs. Susan Bull, Michael Davidson, Richard Hawkins, David Marshall, Dante Martin, and Mrs. Nancy Robinson, R.V.T. Also present were Board Attorney, Mr. George Hearn, and Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey.

Dr. Jernigan reviewed with the Board the Governor's and North Carolina Board of Ethics statement on conflict of interest.

On a motion made by Dr. Hawkins, seconded by Dr. Martin, the minutes of the June 28, 2007, meeting was approved.

The Board's Investigator presented a report on his activities since the March meeting. No further action was taken.

The meeting of the Board recessed at 8:55 a.m. for a break, and reconvened at 9:08 a.m.

Dr. Marshall introduced James L. Hunter, D.V.M., Director of the Animal Welfare Section of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. Dr. Hunter presented to the Board the history and status of proposed changes to the Animal Welfare Act. Dr. Hunter left the meeting at 10:03 a.m.

The meeting of the Board recessed at 10:04 a.m. for a break, and reconvened at 10:10 a.m.

The Executive Director reported on activities of the Board office since the last meeting. No further action was taken.

A financial report was distributed to the members of the Board.  Following discussion, Mrs. Robinson made a motion to approve the report.  Dr. Bull seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 2.

2007021-2   Joel M. Barden, D.V.M. (complaint of Mrs. Stacey Merda) - Disciplinary action, letter of caution and letter of reprimand and $500 civil monetary penalty. The basis for the civil monetary penalty is G.S. § 90-187.8(b)(5). The penalty will be withdrawn if within 60 day of the receipt of the letter of reprimand he prepares a DART puppy agreement for use with those clients who adopt animals from DART.

2006020-2   Susan Michele Rohrer, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Mary V. Diemer) - Disciplinary action, letter reprimand and $1,000 civil monetary penalty. The basis for the civil monetary penalty was G.S. § 90-187.8(b)(3)(4) and (5).

Mrs. Robinson made a motion to issue a cease and desist to Melissa Matthews, D.V.M. for abating the unlicensed practice of veterinary medicine. Dr. Hawkins seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Bull made a motion to issue a cease and desist to Steven Matthews, D.V.M. for the unlicensed practice of veterinary medicine. Dr. Davidson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously

The meeting of the Board recessed at 11:44 a.m. for a break, and reconvened at 12:05.

Dr. Jernigan made a presentation to the Board titled, "I Need to Write Down What?"

The Board discussed temporary permits. No further action was taken.

Dr. Bull made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations No. 2 report. Dr. Hawkins seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously with Dr. Martin abstaining from the vote regarding complaint 2007021-2 (Dr. Barden).

The Board discussed preparing draft language to 21 NCAC 66.0203 that would require an applicant applying for a faculty certificate to take and pass a North Carolina Examination to evaluate the applicants knowledge of Article 11 of Chapter 90 and 21 NCAC 66 of the North Carolina Administrative Code within 90 days of offering of an exam. No further action was taken.

The Board discussed changing 21 NCAC 66.206 to allow for five hours of continuing educations hours to be earned from computer based training or videocassette. No further action was taken.

The Board directed the Executive Director to invite a representative from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards' to the next Board meeting to make a presentation on the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE).

The Board directed the Executive Director to invite a representative from the American Veterinary Medical Association to the next Board meeting to make a presentation on the Educational Commission for Foreigh Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG).

Upon a motion by Mrs. Robinson, seconded by Dr. Marshall, The Board approved the actual expenses for this meeting.

The meeting was adjourned by unanimous vote upon a motion by Mrs. Robinson and seconded by Dr. Bull at 2:48 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

October 31-November 1, 2007, MINUTES
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina


President Linwood Jernigan, D.V.M., called the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board to order at 6:45 p.m.  In attendance were Board members Drs. Michael Davidson, Richard Hawkins and David Marshall and Mrs. Nancy Robinson, R.V.T. Also present were Board Attorney, Mr. George Hearn, and Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey.

Dr. Jernigan reviewed with the Board the Governor's and North Carolina Board of Ethics statement on conflict of interest.

The Board continued its discussion from the last meeting about the current requirements for the issuance of faculty certificates. No further action was taken.

The Board continued its discussed [sic] from the last meeting about the current number of continuing education hours that may be earned from computer based training or videocassette. No further action was taken.

The Board continued its discussed [sic] from the last meeting about the the requirements of 21 NCAC 66.0207 concerning in-house or consultant laboratory services. No further action was taken.

The Board discussed General Statute 90-187.4 and Administrative Rule .0305 concerning temporary permits. No further action was taken.

The meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

Dr. Jernigan reconvened the regular meeting of the Board at 8:05 a.m.  In attendance were Board members Drs. Susan Bull, Michael Davidson, Richard Hawkins, David Marshall, Dante Martin, and Mrs. Nancy Robinson, R.V.T. Also present were Board Attorney, Mr. George Hearn, and Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey.

Dr. Jernigan reviewed with the Board the Governor's and North Carolina Board of Ethics statement on conflict of interest.

On a motion made by Dr. Davidson, seconded by Dr. Hawkins, the minutes of the August 23, 24, 2007, meeting were approved.

At 8:10 a.m., Warren Pendergast, M.D., Medical Director, North Carolina Physicians Health Program (NCPHP), joined the meeting. He presented an update on the status of program since the June meeting. After a question and answer period with the Board, he left the meeting at 8:30 a.m.

Mr. Michael Crowell appeared before the Board to request that the Board clarify the status of the October 17, 2001, letter of reprimand against Kevin A. Monce, D.V.M., by formally withdrawing the letter. Mr. Crowell left the meeting at 9:20 a.m.

The meeting of the Board recessed at 9:20 a.m. for a break, and reconvened at 9:30 a.m.

John R. Pascoe, BVSc, PhD, Chair of the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) joined the meeting at 9:30 a.m. He presented information about the PAVE program. He left the meeting at 11:20 a.m.

The meeting of the Board recessed at 11:24 a.m. for a break, and reconvened at 11:41 a.m.

The Board's Investigator presented a report on his activities since the March meeting. No further action was taken.

The meeting of the Board recessed at 12:09 p.m. for a break, and reconvened at 12:28 p.m.

The Executive Director reported on activities of the Board office since the last meeting. No further action was taken.

A financial report was distributed to the members of the Board.  Following discussion, Mrs. Robinson made a motion to approve the report.  Dr. Martin seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Beth Sabin, DVM, PhD, Assistant Director, Education & Research Division of the American Veterinary Medical Association joined the meeting at 12:45 p.m. She presented information about the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certification program. She left the meeting at 2:20 p.m.

The meeting of the Board recessed at 2:20 p.m. for a break, and reconvened at 2:25 p.m.

Dr. Bull made a motion, pending review and possible further discussions, to amend G.S. 90-817(c) to include other nationally recognized certification programs for graduates of nonacredited colleges of veterinary medicine such as PAVE. Dr. Davidson seconded the motion. Following discussion Dr. Bull amended her motion to state that the language used by the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine should be used as a model. Dr. Davidson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Martin made a motion that the Board issue a letter clarifying the result of Dr. Monce rejecting his Letter of Reprimand and requesting an administrative hearing. Dr. Marshall seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the letter from Veterinary Answers, LLC concerning medical consultations. Dr. Bull made a motion that a letter be sent informing they [sic] that they are able to fully provide these services without further licensing issues. Dr. Hawkins seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Hawkins presented information to the Board about the Whelp Wise Service provided by Veterinary Perinatal Specialties, Inc. A Letter is to be sent requesting that they clarify their business model with the Board.

Upon a motion by Dr. Martin, seconded by Mrs. Robinson, The Board approved the actual expenses for this meeting.

The Board set the date of the next meeting to be Friday, February 08, 2008. If the case load permits both Committees on Investigations will meet on Thursday, November 7 [sic], with Committee 2 meeting in the morning and Committee 5 in the afternoon. If there are too many case [sic] the Committee on Investigations No. 5 will meet on Wednesday, November 6 [sic] and the Committee on Investigations No. 2 will meet on Thursday.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 2.

2007026-2   Trenna Louise Man Warren, D.V.M. (complaint of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2007027-2   Melissa M. Matthews, D.V.M. & Steven D. Matthews, D.V.M. (complaint of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board) - Disciplinary actions. The Committee recommended that the Board enter into consent orders with both Melissa and Steven Matthews. Dr. Davidson made a motion to approve the Committee's recommendation. The motion was seconded by Dr. Martin. The motion passed unanimously.

2007023-2   John Joseph Sherman III, DVM. (complaint of Ms. Lynne N. Thomson) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006071-2   Richard L. Cotton, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Sarah Moore) - The Committee reconsidered its previous decision to issue a letter of caution and determined that the complaint should be dismissed with a finding of no probable cause.

Mrs. Robinson made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations No. 2 report. Dr. Bull seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 5.

2007022-5  Carla Louise Gartrell, DVM (complaint of S.H.S. Kwa, DDS and N.L. Hopfensperger, DDS) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2007024-5  Heather Ann Jones, DVM. (complaint of Mr. Charles E. Gainer) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

Dr. Bull made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations No. 5 report. Dr. Marshall seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously with Dr. Davidson abstaining from the vote regarding complaint 2007022-2 (Dr. Gartrell).

The Board discussed preparing draft language to 21 NCAC 66.0203 that would require an applicant applying for a faculty certificate to take and pass a North Carolina Examination to evaluate the applicant's knowledge of Article 11 of Chapter 90 and 21 NCAC 66 of the North Carolina Administrative Code within 90 days of the offering of an exam. No further action was taken.

Dr. Marshall made a motion to initiate rule making to revise 21 NCAC 66.0207(b)(10). Dr. Bull seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Mrs. Robinson made a motion to initiate rule making to revise 21 NCAC 66.0203. Dr. Hawkins seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously with Dr. Davidson abstaining from the vote.

Dr. Marshall made a motion to initiate rule making to revise 21 NCAC 66.0206. Dr. Hawkins seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The meeting was adjourned by unanimous vote upon a motion by Hawkins and seconded by Mrs. Robinson at 4:48 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

 

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