Alternative Veterinarian Fined Thousands; Dr. Andrew Jones Resigns from the College of Veterinarians of B.C.

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Dr Andrew Jones, a popular local Veterinarian in Nelson BC, and owner of the Nelson Animal Hospital, is resigning from the College of Veterinarians after a lengthy battle over his Alternative Pet Health Internet newsletter and business. Dr Jones was fined $30,000, plus a minimum $10,000 in Inquiry Fees, by the College of Veterinarians of B.C. See the Global TV News Story here: http://www.globaltvbc.com/video/index.html?releasePID=Qgxoz_tvJiA258vNUpHRXHPrJWge_Msr

Dr Andrew Jones

Dr Andrew Jones, a popular local Veterinarian in Nelson BC, and owner of the Nelson Animal Hospital, is resigning from the College of Veterinarians after a lengthy battle with his College over his Alternative Pet Health Internet newsletter and business. Dr Jones was fined $30,000, plus a minimum $10,000 in Inquiry Fees, by the College of Veterinarians of B.C.

See the Global TV News Story, which aired on Friday November 12, 2010, here: http://www.globaltvbc.com/video/index.html?releasePID=Qgxoz_tvJiA258vNUpHRXHPrJWge_Msr

This decision comes after a lengthy battle with his College over his Alternative Pet Health Internet newsletter and business. Dr Jones began publishing an Alternative Pet Health Newsletter and Digital Book in September 2003.- Dr Jones Internet Newsletter and E-book covers all aspects of Natural Dog and Cat Health Care. He has been openly critical of of Conventional Veterinary Practices, advocating pet owners to be more involved with their pet’s own care.

Dr Jones has been a strong champion of Natural and Alternative pet care, with his book ‘Veterinary Secrets Revealed’ being a compilation of At Home Remedies for common dog and cat health problems.

Dr Jones has also been openly critical of his Veterinary College, in his free daily newsletter, ‘Veterinary Secrets’

The College of Veterinarians Inquiry committee first began investigations of Dr Jones in December 1 2005. The panel released their report on April 20, 2010. According to the Inquiry committee's report, Dr Jones was found guilty of violating numerous sections of the Code of Ethics and Bylaws with respect to marketing of his Natural Dog and Cat Health Internet Business. Dr Jones has resigned from the College of Veterinarians – losing his ability to practice in his Veterinary clinic, The Nelson Animal Hospital, as he no longer is willing to be under the scrutiny of his College.

“I am tired of fighting, and I no longer want to face further disciplinary action. My Veterinary College may proceed with actions against me again as I am continuing to publish alternative pet health information, and market my Internet business in ways that is not to their liking.’ Dr Jones was disheartened with the conclusions of the Inquiry committee as he does not hold an overarching ‘disparaging attitude towards his colleagues and profession’, as is claimed by the authors of the Inquiry report.

"Clearly the College of Veterinarians wants me to stop publishing on the Internet, especially alternative dog and cat health information. By the constant harassment, and ultimately having me resign, the Veterinary College is not serving their members nor the public well. My clients lose as I am no longer able be their Veterinarian in Nelson BC. I have been in practice here in Nelson for over 12 years, and during that time I have had zero client disciplinary complaints. The profession loses as the College of Veterinarians has directed disproportionate resources towards prosecuting me, and further muzzled any current practicing Veterinarians who are inclined to speak out. Who wins? A small group of conservative Veterinarians who want to keep practicing Veterinary medicine conventionally, with no room for dissenting opinions.”

The College of Veterinarians ( formerly known as the BCVMA) has been in the news frequently with many lengthy and costly legal battles with other Veterinarians. As such, Veterinarians in BC have the highest annual dues across Canada, and the College has had to demand multiple levies ( additional fees) to cover their legal bills. Source DVM360) http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/dvm/Veterinary+news/BCVMA-cites-mounting-financial-troubles-as-legal-b/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/654796

Dr Jones regrets having to leave his clients, his veterinary practice, and his profession. “ Ultimately, someone has to make a stand, and I am frankly tired of The College of Veterinarians being the big Bully on the playground that no one is willing to stand up to . I feel that the public deserves better- pet owners need someone to champion their rights, and it’s not by prosecuting competent Veterinarians. I sincerely hope that other Veterinarians do not experience what I have gone through.”

Contact: Dr Andrew Jones , Tel: 250-354-5332, Fax Number: 250-352-1901,
Email Address: internetvet(at)gmail(dot)com,
Global TV Story Link: http://www.globaltvbc.com/video/index.html?releasePID=Qgxoz_tvJiA258vNUpHRXHPrJWge_Msr

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