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Pets and Vets: Veterinarians at San Diego Zoo Safari Park perform C-section on gorilla
Imani, 18-year-old gorilla mother, recovering after rare procedure.

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Ohio

Ronald C. Anders, a Celina, Ohio, veterinarian, has pleaded no contest in Celina Municipal Court to four "certificate of practice" violations for practicing acupuncture on humans, according to The Daily Standard of Celina, Ohio. The misdemeanor charges are related to separate incidents that occurred in 2009 and 2011.

The judge on the case ordered Anders to pay court costs and follow conditions already issued in a related 2011 civil case filed against him in Mercer County Common Pleas Court, in which he was "permanently prohibited and restrained from rendering diagnosis or performing medical procedures on human patients" in Ohio, according to the judgment.

In July 2011, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing board warned of issuing a reprimand or suspending or revoking Anders' veterinary license after receiving a complaint that the had performed laser acupuncture therapy and administered injections of traumeel and cyanocobalamin to a human twice in May 2011, according to the Standard. A settlement was reached and Anders waived his right to appeal, paid a $2,000 fine and had his license suspended for several days. The board also settled another complaint in December 2012 related to treatment for a diabetic dog that fell "below the minimum standards of care."

Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences plans to partner with the KOSU public radio station and the Kirkpatrick Foundation to broadcast Vet Med Moment, a radio program, according to a university release.

The short, weekly series will air Wednesday afternoons and Sunday mornings on several radio stations in the Stillwater and Tulsa area and on http://KOSU.org/. The idea for the program arose after discussion among OSU officials and the Kirkpatrick Foundation, whose Safe and Humane initiative seeks to improve the lives of animals in Oklahoma and those who care for them.

Texas

A police sting carried out in conjunction with the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners has led to the arrest of a pet store employee on charges that he practiced veterinary medicine without a license, according to a criminal complaint filed in the Pharr, Texas, Municipal Court.

Louis Alfredo Torres, an employee of Andy's Feed and Pet Store in Pharr, was arrested after preparing to administer an injection to a dog. According to the complaint, Torres said he could inject the dog with medication because it was sick. Instead he was arrested. Two months earlier, in January 2014, The Monitor (McAllen, Texas) reported that at least one pet owner had said his dog died after receiving vaccinations at the store, and a reporter took a picture of an employee about to administer a shot to a puppy. The store is licensed to sell certain vaccines over the counter, but because it does not have any licensed veterinarians on staff, employees are not qualified to administer them.

Torres was charged with violating veterinary regulations, a Class A misdemeanor that could result in up to one year in county jail and a $4,000 fine.


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