For Immediate Release - April 12, 2013

Veterinary Medicine Board Announces Recent License Surrender of Veterinarian

BOSTON - The Board of Registration in Veterinary Medicine today announced disciplinary action against Adam Magdy of New Bedford, who entered into a consent agreement with the Board resolving two complaints against him and permanently surrendering his license to practice as veterinarian in the Commonwealth. 

The first complaint, filed in November 2011, alleged that Magdy failed to properly diagnose and treat a 5-year-old female dog named Elizabeth and further failed to adequately examine an adult, domestic short-haired cat named Maddie in violation of accepted professional or scientific standards in the profession. 

The second complaint, filed in December 2012, alleged that Magdy failed to meet required professional standards relating to record-keeping, surgical procedures and sterile surgical practice. In addition, a Board investigator found expired medications and controlled substances that had been neither properly stored nor logged, as well as gunpowder, ammunition, and an ammunition reloading device, all in an unsecured area in the facility during a recent inspection of Magdy’s facility, Buttonwood Veterinary Hospital.

Magdy began serving a two-year term of supervised probation in April 2011, as a result of discipline imposed on him in response to a separate, 2010 complaint. Magdy was on probation when both the November 2011 and the December 2012 complaints were filed.

After receiving the December 2012 complaint, the Board acted to summarily suspend Magdy’s license to practice as a veterinarian, pending a hearing. During that proceeding, but before the hearing, Magdy agreed to voluntarily surrender his license. 

The Board of Registration in Veterinary Medicine licenses those applicants who have received a degree in veterinary medicine from an approved school, passed national exams, and passed 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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