Dr. Eugene Aversa

Dr. Eugene Aversa given gentle sentence even after serious c

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Published: 13 August 2017

Posted by: Raymond V. Vickers

Dr. Eugene Aversa was found to have not treated 20 animals in keeping with humane treatment. In some cases, his handling was considered to be grossly negligent and incompetent. Yet, the State Board of Veterinary Medicine only suspended his license for a minimum of 30 days. He was fined $5,000, and was told to complete 64 hours of work in an animal shelter facility in New Mexico.
The Taos veterinarian doled out substandard and inhumane level of care to animals. This led to a dog losing its paw and a cat dying.
The license suspension could be lifted after 30 days, and Aversa will be put on probation for 3 years. He has 30 days from the date of the order being issued (October 17th) to appeal to District Court.
Aversa should turn in his license and look for another job. He tossed Taffy the cat angrily to the floor during a surgical procedure. He neglected to change the bandage on Petey the dog’s foot. This led to the paw rotting and falling off. This is not the commitment one expects from a vet. He was reported by volunteers and workers at the Stray Hearts Animal Shelter in Taos. Under New Mexico’s animal cruelty law, vets cannot be charged with animal cruelty unless they violate the Veterinary Practice Act. Criminal charges should be pursued, given the serious nature of the complaints against Aversa.

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