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The price of pain
How a veterinarian facing license revocation exposes an unwritten mandate to treat animal pain


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That could be answered in the administrative law judge's order. Although the MBVM isn't bound to accept the judicial verdict, a ruling has never been ignored, King says. If either party contests the decision, the case goes to an appeals court for consideration. The Minnesota Supreme Court is the final step in the state's system.

Attorney Baer is counting on a ruling in his client's favor. In the meantime, Seemann plans to take his story to the state Legislature.

"I want to create a setup where veterinarians can get a hold of client complaints and mediate them to avoid some of the board of veterinary medicine's crazy judgments. These people seem to be having fun destroying a veterinarian's life. I want to raise hell every way I can," he says.

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