For Immediate Release - January 17, 2012

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Veterinary Medicine Announces Enforcement Action

BOSTON - January 17, 2012 - The Board of Registration in Veterinary Medicine announced today disciplinary action against the following licensee:

William Ambrose, Worcester

The Board found in a Final Decision and Order that Ambrose violated the Massachusetts Code of Regulations and Massachusetts common law in September 2009 by advertising 24-hour emergency animal care when no such service was actually available and by engaging in unprofessional conduct and conduct that undermines the public confidence in the integrity of the veterinary profession. Among other things, the Board found that Ambrose violated Sections 7.01(1) and 7.01(2)(c) of Title 256 of the CMR for failing to conform to currently accepted professional or scientific standards in the profession of veterinary medicine and for providing false or misleading information about office hours, emergency coverage, overnight coverage, or 24-hour attendance of a veterinary facility. These violations were discovered following a complaint filed against Ambrose by a pet owner who was unable to receive emergency care for her cats after Ambrose de-clawed them using a laser procedure. 

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