For Immediate Release - April 05, 2013

Massachusetts Veterinary Medicine Board Announces Enforcement Actions

BOSTON – The Board of Registration of Veterinary Medicine today announced recent enforcement actions against the following individuals:

John J. Sykes, Randolph:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Sykes, resolving allegations that he failed to report convictions and disciplinary actions taken against him in other jurisdictions. Under the terms of the agreement, Sykes agreed to a two year suspension of his Massachusetts veterinary medical license, followed by a stay of the suspension subject to certain conditions imposed by the Board. 

Jennifer E. Godown, South Hadley:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Godown, resolving allegations that she failed to exercise proper supervision over technicians working under her direction. Under the terms of the agreement, Godown had her veterinary medical license placed on probation for two years.  Godown is also required to use a check list and document said use of the check list for performance of anesthesia procedures.  

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.

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Consumers are urged to visit the DPL’s website at 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.  Follow DPL on Twitter @MassDPL.