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State board reprimands veterinarian for 2 cases of misconduct

New Hampshire Union Leader

September 29. 2018 9:45PM
Dr. Deborah Kelloway, center, is shown at a Board of Veterinary Medicine disciplinary hearing that took place Feb. 13, 2018. (MARK HAYWARD/UNION LEADER FILE PHOTO)

CONCORD - The Board of Veterinary Medicine has reprimanded the owner of Advanced Veterinary Care after determining that her professional misconduct led to substandard care for several animals.

The board did not find Dr. Deborah Kelloway responsible for causing the deaths of any pets, as she has been accused of doing by several pet owners, including one who filed a lawsuit against the clinic and several veterinarians earlier this month.

Kelloway did not immediately return a request for comment.

The reprimand stemmed from two accusations of misconduct presented at a February hearing.

The Board cleared Kelloway of several accusations, but ruled that she did not provide the results of an ultrasound on a dog named Lady to the referring veterinarian for nine days, in violation of rules that require such reports to be completed within 24 hours.

Kelloway told an investigator that she did not send the results because the dog's owner had not paid for the test, according to a Sept. 27 report from the Board of Veterinary Medicine.

The board also ruled that Kelloway pressured a client into surrendering a cat to a nonprofit organization because the client could not afford the cost of a surgery.

When the client raised a portion of the money for the surgery and asked to set up a payment plan, in exchange for the return of their cat, Kelloway did not respond for nine days and at that point the client no longer had the necessary funds for the surgery.

As a result of the ruling, Kelloway must complete a retraining course on medical records.

She still faces a lawsuit brought Sept. 6 by Jill Gorski, who claims she brought her schnauzer Chester to the Concord AVC for an infected tooth and that Kelloway removed 26 teeth, none of which were infected.

When Gorski brought Chester back to the clinic, the dog died while a different veterinarian tried to surgically remove the infected tooth, according to the lawsuit.

Gorski told the Union Leader that she hopes to make her case a class action lawsuit, with as many as 33 other owners of dead or injured pets signing on as plaintiffs.

In an interview last week, Kelloway said she had warned Gorski about the risks of the surgery.

"It's just incredible harassment," the veterinarian said.

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