For Immediate Release - June 25, 2004

State Board Places Veterinary License on Probation

State Board Places Veterinary License on Probation

The Massachusetts Board of Registration of Veterinary Medicine ("Board") and Dr. Richard Z. Segall of Sharon have entered into a consent agreement under which Dr. Segall's license was placed on probation for one year beginning May 24, 2004.

Dr. Segall admitted that while providing veterinary services to a dog during a three-month period beginning in September 2002, he failed to properly maintain the dog's medical records and misdiagnosed the dog's medical condition.

In addition to probation, Dr. Segall must complete 30 hours of Board-approved continuing education in the areas of endoscopy and oncology. These courses are in addition to the regular courses required for licensure renewal.

"This Board is committed to enforcing professional practice standards to protect people's pets," said Anne L. Collins Director of the Division of Professional Licensure.

Consumers are encouraged to exercise their rights and visit the Division's web site at www.mass.gov/reg and select the "check a license" option to determine if a professional is licensed and in good standing before doing business with him/her.

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 licensure process for 43 trades and professions regulated by 29 boards of registration, the updating of licenses for approximately 330,000 licensees and the maintenance of databases related to licensing, enforcement, and revenue collection. In fiscal year 2003, the Division of Professional Licensure imposed record levels of professional discipline including 949 disciplinary actions, resulting in more than $27,000 in fines and over $50,000 in refunds for consumers.