TBVME recommends revoking license of veterinarian who bow-and-arrow killed a cat

On Sept. 30, the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TBVME) recommended revoking the license of Brenham, Texas veterinarian Kristen Lindsey, DVM, reported the Houston Chronicle.

Lindsey bow-and-arrow killed an orange, male cat and then bragged about her “kill” on social media in April of this year, reported NEWStat previously.

In the TBVME's Formal Complaint, Docket No. 578-16-0462, (the Complaint), the cat was identified as “Trigger,” a neighbor’s pet, who has not been seen since the incident.

The rationale for the TBVME’s decision, outlined in the Complaint, included that veterinarians hold positions of public trust with their vulnerable patients, and that Lindsey’s actions, “…demonstrated callous indifference to animal pain and suffering,” and “…her lack of empathy and discretion pose serious hazards to the health and safety of her patients.”

The maximum penalty for actions such as Lindsey’s is license revocation.

The TBVME sent an Agreed Order to Lindsey in September; she failed to respond.

The TBMVME then requested a hearing before the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH), which will not occur until February, at the earliest, Loris Jones, Public Information Officer for TBVME, told NEWStat.

The judge will have 60 days to make a decision.

In the meantime, Lindsey is free to continue practicing veterinary medicine.

For background information on this story, see previous NEWStat posts, including the Austin County Grand Jury’s decision in the case and previous actions by the TBVME.

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