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Disciplinary Committee restoration hearing adjourned

The Disciplinary Committee of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has adjourned a hearing into an application to be restored to the Register by Mr Ian Beveridge, as new evidence came to light which was relevant to his application.

Towards the end of last week, the RCVS brought forward new evidence alleging that veterinary drugs were ordered by or on behalf of Mr Beveridge in the period after which his name was removed from the Register. Although Mr Beveridge accepted the evidence, he wished to rely on evidence from two witnesses regarding the circumstances of these events. Neither of these witnesses were able to attend the hearing in person.

Noreen Burrows, chairing the Disciplinary Committee and speaking on its behalf, said: “We must apply the rules of natural justice to these proceedings and we are of the view that we must adjourn this hearing to give Mr Beveridge the opportunity to call the witnesses he wishes to.”

The date at which the hearing will be resumed is not yet known.

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