In memory and honor of one very special cat, victim of negligent and incompetent QUACK Edward J. Nichols, DVM, Crestway Animal Clinic, San Antonio, Texas.
For the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners investigation of Edward J. Nichols at Crestway Animal Clinic, see the official allegations here.
For the travesty of the informal conference in Austin where sole board vet Martin E. Garcia DVM of Raymondville, Texas, ignored all documented evidence of Nichols' mistreatment of Suki, see my account here along with the correspondence from the board agency.
For a detailed account of the facts and proof that Garcia chose to ignore, allowing Nichols to walk scot-free, read A State of Disgrace: Is the Texas Veterinary Board Really Protecting the Public?
For information on the lawsuit Nichols filed against me in his failed attempt to dismantle this site and his failed attempt to get unconstitutional injunctions to try to prevent Suki's Story from being told, see the timeline here.
Note: Ed Nichols, Crestway Animal Clinic, and their lawyers failed in their legal attempts to squash the truth of what Nichols did to Suki. There is no judgment, ruling, verdict, gag order or court order controlling the content of this or any of my sites.
Never has been, never will be.
This site is an independent consumer advocacy site and not connected with any state licensing board or government agency in any way.
Do you need to file a state veterinary board complaint against a veterinarian? Start here:
NOTE: ONLY the state vet board can discipline a vet.The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is NOT a vet board. It has no authority over a veterinarian's license.
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In memory of all victims of veterinary incompetence, negligence, malpractice and abuse.
Message from the founder
Veterinary incompetence, negligence, and abuse are alive and well in the
United States and all over the world. Every day, untold numbers of
defenseless animals are left in the hands of some negligent, incompetent
doctors who inflict cruelty, injury, and death on our pets -- and get away
of people take their pets to vets every year. Although skilled, competent
veterinary care certainly outweighs the incidences of negligence and
abuse, the damage that BadVets do is incalculable in terms of
animal suffering, public health and safety, consumer fraud, and the
emotional devastation caused by knowing that our beloved pets were harmed
or destroyed by the very person entrusted with their care.
This site was originally established in 2000 and renamed in 2003 as the Veterinary Abuse Network as a way to
Educate the public about protecting their pets in a veterinary care setting
Monitor conduct by state licensing boards who allow known or suspected violators of the Veterinary Practice Act to remain unaccountable for their actions
Provide links to public record, media coverage, and resources on this subject
Let animal guardians who have lost their pets under tragic circumstances know that they are not alone. There are growing numbers of educated consumers and ethical veterinarians who are speaking out about abusive veterinarians and the systems that protect them.
Our mission: To expose incompetent veterinarians who are protected by state veterinary boards, civil, and criminal court systems even when there is evidence of malpractice, incompetence, negligence and fraud; and to expose the state veterinary boards that protect the worst of these offenders instead of protecting the public and our companion animals.
If you believe that no veterinarian anywhere would ever deliberately harm an animal...never abuse client or public trust...never abuse their positions as doctors...or would never violate the laws of their profession...you will learn that public record, disciplinary actions by vet boards, and increasing media coverage on this ugly and disturbing subject say otherwise.
if you think that it can't happen to you and your pet...think again.
I stand by all original material on this site. It is protected under freedom of speech, the First Amendment, and the greatest protection of all -- the TRUTH.
What is Veterinary Abuse?
Any form of deliberate mistreatment -- physical battering, psychological torment, or medical abuse -- of a living, sentient being by a veterinarian for the purpose of inflicting pain, suffering, fear, injury, or to cause death; or the negligent mistreatment by a vet who does not adhere to the statutes of his profession regarding standard of care resulting in needless suffering
The deliberate administering or withholding of medical treatments known to cause any of the above, or to use medical knowledge or other means in order to achieve a personal agenda that overrides or interferes with the guardian's right to make health care decisions for their pets
Abuse of client trust by misrepresenting the medical condition of an animal; withholding information from a guardian in order to control patient outcome or client choice; lying to client about treatments administered or not; falsifying patient charts, lab results, or other medical records; withholding patient records from the client and/or the state veterinary board when requested
Abuse of public trust by false advertising, lies, manipulations, or misrepresentation of facilities, skills, or specialties
Abuse of staff members by making them accomplices in known wrongdoing by threatening their present jobs or future employment; using threats, bribes, or intimidation to guarantee their silence and continued cooperation
Abuse of clients or staff in the form of threats, verbal or physical assaults, displays of rage or violent temper, or by any intimidation tactic designed to inflict emotional distress or physical injury or to instill fear
Abuse of position as doctors and licensees of the state by interfering with or manipulating board, civil, or criminal justice systems in order to escape accountability for actions; abusing or manipulating any system that was designed to protect the public and our pets and instead using it to protect veterinarians
If you suspect any of the above, or any form of veterinary negligence, incompetence, or malpractice in conjunction with the treatment of your pet, contact the appropriate parties:
Your state licensing board web site to research procedures for filing a complaint, how the board system operates in your state, or to perform a search on a vet's disciplinary records and/or complaint history. To write, call, fax, or email for information go to state licensing boards. If you are outside the United States go to international veterinary boards web site.
An attorney specializing in veterinary malpractice. For more information, do an Internet search on animal law, animal law centers, animal lawyers, veterinary malpractice, and veterinary negligence.
Law enforcement for animal cruelty (not applicable in states where vets are exempt from prosecution for animal cruelty).
State consumer affairs offices or the Better Business Bureau for questionable business practices. State boards generally do not handle any complaints regarding billing problems.
Appropriate state agencies for sexual harassment, racial discrimination, hostile working environment or other employee-related complaints if you are an employee.
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DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this site is intended to be legal or medical advice. The Veterinary Abuse Network assumes no responsibility for actions taken as a result of information provided here, or provided by any links from this site. We are not responsible for the accuracy or content on any linked sites, or in any form of online or offline media, resources, or any personal web pages or sites, nor does their inclusion here constitute an endorsement of those sites. If you have a problem with any of the links included here, please contact the owners of those sites. Media coverage in newspaper, radio, television, online news agencies is PUBLIC RECORD. Disciplinary action taken by state licensing boards against a veterinarian is PUBLIC RECORD and must be provided by the boards upon request. A vet's complaint and investigation history may or may not be public record depending on the state. For information on filing a civil lawsuit against a veterinarian, please consult an attorney licensed to practice law in your state. For more information please read Disclaimers and Guidelines.
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