For Immediate Release - February 11, 2005

Methuen Veterinarian Agrees to License Probation

Methuen Veterinarian Agrees to License Probation

Hamilton Lincoln III of Methuen has entered into a consent agreement with the Board of Registration of Veterinarians ("Board"), agreeing to a one-year probation on his veterinarian license.

The Board contends that Lincoln failed to gain explicit permission for surgery performed on a golden retriever in March 2004 and failed to maintain adequate medical records for the dog's treatment.

Under the terms of the probation, Lincoln agreed to complete fifteen hours of continuing education specific to gastrointestinal disease and must submit verification of successful completion within 30 days of course completion. Lincoln may petition the Board for full license reinstatement no sooner than November 29, 2005, provided that continuing education requirements have been satisfied.

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, resulting in one licensee consent agreement and two license probations.

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.