August 6, 2007

The Board of Registration of Veterinarians (" Board ") today announced recent enforcement actions against the following licensees:

George Myers, Danvers:

The Board and Dr. Myers entered into a consent agreement in which Dr. Myers acknowledged that for the licensure cycle March 1, 2005 through February 28, 2006, he failed to complete the minimum 15 hours of continuing educations required by the Board. Dr. Myers must complete the required hours of continuing education within twelve months and pay a fine to the Board in the amount of $300.

Kenneth DeTora, Auburn:

The Board inspected the Hillside Veterinary Clinic, where Dr. DeTora is the lead veterinarian, and found that the clinic had two violations resulting in a $200 fine. The violations included not properly storing or securing controlled substances and not separating expired medications for disposal.

Thomas J. Murtha, Revere:

The Board and Dr. Murtha entered into a consent agreement in which Dr. Murtha acknowledged that if the Board were to proceed they could make the findings of the following violations: failed to keep all original medical records; failed to respond promptly to the Board; and failed to complete continuing education requirements. Dr. Murtha agreed to pay the board a fine of $400 and have his license placed on probation until he completes the continuing education requirements by the end of February 2008.

Tracey Risley, Osterville:

Dr. Risley and the Board entered into a consent agreement placing her license on probation for one year and requiring her to pay a $300 fine. Dr. Risley acknowledges that she failed to complete the continuing education requirements for license renewal. Also, Dr. Risley admitted that she failed to maintain proper and adequate records concerning a prescription.

Kathleen Kanjer, Abington:

The Board and Dr. Kanjer entered into a consent agreement in which Dr. Kanjer was fined $100 for failing to complete the required continuing education credits.

Martin Nugent, Woburn:

Dr. Nugent and the Board entered into an agreement in which the Board fined Dr. Nugent $100 for failing to complete the continuing education requirements for license renewal.

William Damitz, Bolton:

Dr. Damitz's license was suspended for one year per a consent agreement with the Board.

Dr. Damitz admitted that his conduct violated several Board regulations including: failing to maintain adequate and accurate patient treatment records; failing to report the wound of unknown origin on a feral cat patient to the local health department and animal inspector; and failing to conform to currently accepted standards in the veterinary profession. Dr. Damitz suspension was immediately stayed and he will be allowed to practice only if he is supervised by a Board-approved licensed veterinarian. Dr. Damitz also agreed to pay the board a fine of $500.

Julie MacClinchy, Kennebunk, ME:

Dr. MacClinchy and the Board entered into a consent agreement in which Dr. MacClinchy agreed to pay a fine of $100. Dr. MacClinchy acknowledged that she failed to adequately document in the medical records a communication between herself and two clients regarding the treatment of their dog.

Heather L. MacFarlane, Clinton:

Dr. McFarlane's license was placed on probation for one year and she was fined $100. Dr. McFarlane acknowledged that she failed to conform to currently accepted standards in the profession of veterinary medicine, endangered the health and welfare of a patient and engaged in conduct which reflects unfavorably on the profession of veterinarian medicine.

Leslie A. Siewko, Georgetown:

Dr. Siewko has agreed to pay a fine of $300 for failing to complete the 15 hours of continuing education that the Board requires. In addition, Dr. Siewko admitted to failing to adequately document medical records.

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