Hooksett veterinarian's appeal denied by NH Supreme Court
The state Veterinary Board was correct to reprimand a Hooksett veterinarian for using excessive force while restraining a 5-month-old Shih Tzu puppy, which later died, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.
The New Hampshire Veterinary Board found Dr. R. Eric Bloomfield engaged in “unprofessional conduct” in 2007 when he deemed the male puppy, named Toby, to be “dominant,” and demonstrated a submission technique to its owners that included picking the dog up by the scruff of his neck and pinching his snout, the judges said in the 5-0 opinion.
”Toby then began to urinate,” Associate Justice James B. Bassett wrote in rejecting Bloomfield’s appeal of the board’s ruling.
“(Bloomfield) restrained Toby on the examination table. Toby defecated, struggled briefly, lay still, and then began bleeding from his mouth. Toby died later that day,” Bassett continued.
The cause of death was non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema.
Toby’s owners filed a formal complaint with board in May 2010. The veterinary board determined Bloomfield’s engaged in “unprofessional conduct,” failed to do a physical exam on the dog before demonstrating the restraint technique, that the restraint was excessive and he failed to respect the dog owner’s opinions.
But the board did not find Bloomfield engaged in misconduct as defined as incompetency to practice his profession and that his actions did not cause the death of Toby, the court wrote.
Bloomfield, who bought Northside Animal Hospital at 574 Arah St., Hooksett in 1994, did not return a call for comment Friday.
According to the Northside Animal Hospital website, Bloomfield served in Vietnam and graduated from Michigan State University Shool of Veterinary Medicine in 1977. He practiced large animal medicine across the country before moving to small animal practice, the website firstname.lastname@example.org