For Immediate Release - June 14, 2005

Gardner Veterinarian Agrees To License Probation

Muhammad B. Malik of Gardner has entered into a consent agreement with the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Veterinarians ("Board"), agreeing to a one-year probation of his veterinary license effective March 10 th, 2005.

Malik admitted that in treating a dog for a sore paw on several occasions in 2002, he did not comply with the Board's accepted standards of practice. Malik must successfully complete twenty-five hours of continuing education in radiology and orthopedics before becoming eligible for full license reinstatement.

The Board of Registration of Veterinarians licenses approximately 2,600 veterinarians throughout the Commonwealth. In fiscal year 2004, the Board received 112 new complaints and resolved 109 complaints.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at www.mass.gov/reg and select the "check a license" option to determine whether a professional they are considering doing business with is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is an agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. It is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the licensing process for 43 trades and professions regulated by 29 boards of registration, the updating and renewal of approximately 330,000 licenses and the maintenance of databases for licensing, enforcement and revenue collection. In fiscal year 2004, the Division of Professional Licensure imposed record levels of enforcement, including 829 disciplinary actions, $128,000 in fines and the return of more than $25,000 to consumers.