Vet Caught Harming Patients Returns to Work

February 27th, 2017 at 9:16 am EDT
Hello Friend,

Welcome to Monday. 

This is a disturbing news story, but one that needs to be told.

Vet Caught Harming Patients Returns to Work

Residents of the community protested the return of Mahavir Singh Rekhi, DVM, after he was suspended for choking and punching his patients.

If a veterinarian who was caught on tape punching and choking his patients comes back to work, will the community ever forgive him?

That’s a question the staff of Skyway Animal Hospital in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada may soon find out. That’s because the lead veterinarian and owner of the practice, Mahavir Singh Rekhi, DVM, is returning after he was suspended for professional misconduct by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario. Dr. Rekhi pled guilty after his four of employees filed complaints against him for mistreating animals. As CP 24 reports, the employees said Rekhi “improperly handled or restrained and/or mistreated, struck or abused animals in his care,” and included video evidence.

“According to the statement, in Oct. 2013, Rekhi ‘grabbed Taz, a Chihuahua, by the throat and punched the dog multiple times in the face.’

Another incident documented in the case indicates that Rekhi also hit a husky in the face while the dog was under anesthetic during a neuter procedure.”

Rekhi was given a $10,000 fine and a 10-month suspension, though there was an option to reduce the suspension to six months if he attended training classes. At the hearing, Rekhi’s lawyer said the videos were taken out of context, and he came from a country where animals were treated differently.

If the community as a whole believes that remains to be seen. On his return, residents of St. Catharines protested outside of his clinic.

One resident, Mike Robinson, who was one of the owners whose dog was part of the investigation into Rekhi, was there. "We are trying to get the message out there to as many people as we can that this is the vet who abused these animals," Robinson told CP 24. "We can't stop him from practicing but we want to put a dent in his business and try to force him out of here.”

Veterinarians who are caught harming or killing animals often face anger and calls for justice from the community and country at large, as in the case of Kristen Lindsey, DVM, who killed a cat with a bow-and-arrow. After her Facebook post her standing showing a dead cat with an arrow piercing its skull and described the image as “my first bow kill” went viral, Dr. Lindsey was fired from her position at the practice she worked at, and later had her license suspended.

The video posted on youtube can be viewed here:

Heal Your Pet At Home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
P.S. This veterinarian should not be practicing.

If you live in in this area, please let any of your pet parent friends know about him so as to never take your pet there.

I would not trust him with an animal.

Yes occasionally people 'lose it'.. we have all made mistakes and done things we regret.

But when you see how he was so quick to react, with a staff member present tells me about how he *really* feels about animals.

This man should not be a veterinarian.

To lenient of a fine, and to short of a suspension.

But as it appears you can't fully trust the 'governing bodies' to ensure your pets are safely and respectfully treated by competent veterinarians, it's up to YOU.

Do your own due diligence in deciding on a veterinarian.

In my opinion most veterinarians are trusted, caring, competent professionals.

Just NOT Dr. Rekhi
DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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