Ban on vet for court ratification


The High Court will be asked to ratify the decision of the Irish Veterinary Council earlier this week to strike off its register a Co Meath vet who was convicted of illegal animal drugs offences last month.

Maurice Regan, Kilcloon, Dunboyne, Co Meath, had his name removed from the register following a three hour hearing which took evidence from 10 witnesses in Dublin.

The council's disciplinary committee - a statutory body set up by the Minister of Agriculture - found Regan "guilty of conduct disgraceful to him in a professional respect".

Regan is due to start a six month jail term next week. A letter from him seeking voluntary removal from the veterinary register was read out. His request was rejected.

The vet had pleaded guilty at Kilcock District Court on December 9th last to keeping illegal animal drugs for sale. He was fined a total of £13,000 on 13 charges relating to possessing and keeping for sale the growth promoters in March 1992. Regan has 14 days to appeal the decision.