Unlicensed veterinarians facing time

Unlicensed veterinarians facing time
Friday, January 10, 2014 - 4:51pm

Jermaine Dawson and Diana Hernandez are in hot water for allegedly treating animals without a veterinary license. 

They're accused of illegally providing vet services out the back of their pet grooming business. 

"They were diagnosing these animals for illnesses or ailments," Edinburg Police Sgt. Oscar Treviño said. "They were giving them treatments, they were administering medications or injections, and … they were also doing surgeries."

The pair caught the attention of law enforcement when it was discovered they had made business cards.  On the cards, they offered to make house calls and had discounts. 

"We have been working with the Texas board of veterinary examiners," Treviño said. "And we have confirmed with them that neither one of these persons have any type of a license or certificate to be conducting any types of these examinations."

They both face a misdemeanor charge of practicing veterinary medicine without a license. 

They charge carries up to a year sentence and a $4,000 fine.

"I think people need to realize veterinary medicine is real medicine," Palm Valley Animal Center Director Tim Ousley said. "You can't just go to your next door neighbor or your friend down at the farm and have them practicing veterinary medicine.  It's why you go to a legitimate doctor."


Both Dawson and Hernandez are being held on a $10,000 bond.

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