For Immediate Release - July 05, 2012

Board of Registration in Veterinary Medicine Announces Enforcement Action

BOSTON - July 5, 2012 - The Board of Registration of Veterinary Medicine today announced recent enforcement action against the following individual:

Christine Miner, Holyoke

Miner, an unlicensed individual, agreed to stop practicing veterinary medicine and pay a fine of $250 for engaging in unlicensed practice.

The Board of Registration in Veterinary Medicine licenses those applicants who have received a doctor's degree in veterinary medicine from an approved school and passed national exams and the state's jurisprudence exam with grades considered satisfactory by the Board. Veterinarians generally diagnose, treat and prescribe for disease, pain or injury in animals.

The Board protects the public by monitoring the practices of the veterinarians it licenses to insure they practice according to the laws of Massachusetts and the Board's established standards and code of conduct. The Board currently licenses approximately 2,969 individuals in the veterinary profession.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure’s web site at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the “Check a Professional’s License” link to determine whether a professional with whom they may do business is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for approximately 365,000 licensees in trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 boards of registration.