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TBVME UPDATE: ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS
Thank you for posting comments on TJT News Page after the recent breaking news about Tiger’s case. We appreciate your interest in the process, and your thoughtful questions provided many topics for future articles. Today, we’ll answer a few questions about TBVME procedure, as it pertains to the Lindsey case.
“DID KL LOSE HER LICENSE?”
The vet board voted to revoke her license, but the license is valid until the case has been decided by a judge. After the board’s informal conference in late August, the TBVME Enforcement Committee sent KL an Agreed Order informing her of their decision, which she had the option to accept, reject, or ignore. She rejected it.
“HOW CAN SHE ‘REJECT’ A LICENSE REVOCATION?”
The right to appeal board decisions is a normal part of the board’s complaint process. Now the matter will proceed to an administrative hearing as a “contested case.” We will share more information about the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) in future articles.
“WHAT ABOUT HER LICENSE NOW? CAN SHE STILL WORK AS A VETERINARIAN? WHAT IF HER LICENSE EXPIRES BEFORE THIS IS OVER?”
KL’s license remains active until the case is resolved. KL’s current license expires on March 1, 2016. Until the case is settled, she has the option to renew her license. Even if her license expires, a final order to revoke is very important, as it will become a matter of record for other licensing boards to view if she applies for a license in another state.
“SO, WHAT’S ALL THE EXCITEMENT ABOUT? KL STILL HAS HER LICENSE. HOW IS THIS A BIG DEAL?”
It’s a HUGE deal! The TBVME Enforcement Committee could’ve responded to our formal complaints against KL in a number of ways. They could’ve found no violation, and the case would have been dropped. Or, they could have found a violation, but sought a lesser penalty, such as a fine, reprimand, or temporary license suspension. Instead, the board sought the maximum possible penalty for KL: revocation of her Texas veterinary license. If KL had been offered and accepted a lesser disciplinary action, such as a fine, it would put an end to the case, leaving Tiger supporters with no option to appeal the decision. The case would have ended once and for all with a slap on the wrist. This makes the board’s decision to revoke even more important. KL was judged by her ”