A vet has been struck off for allegedly ‘injecting friends with horse tranquilliser’ during a ‘drug-fuelled’ weekend, according to reports.
Catherine McGuigan, from Australia, was employed at the Murray Veterinary Services before she was found guilty of unprofessional conduct by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT), reports News.Au.
According to SAT, the vet began socialising with a couple who would use her services. Eventually, she is believed to have begun taking ‘trips away’ with them where they would allegedly use illicit drugs for ‘recreational purposes’.
In October of last year, it’s believed that the group hired out a rented apartment and began to ‘drink and consume cocaine’.
At one point, McGuigan allegedly went to her car and fetched a 100ml bottle of ketamine.
Apparently, she then asked the pair how much they weighed so that she could give them the ‘correct dose’.
The vet then warned them not to tell anyone about the incident, as she could end up losing her job.
On another occasion, McGuigan was accused of providing the woman with diazepam to help with sleeping troubles.
At the tribunal, SAT reportedly stated: “When acting in the lawful practice of her profession as a veterinary surgeon, the respondent was authorised to possess ketamine but was not authorised to administer or use ketamine on humans.
“The respondent was required to make a clinical record of its supply but she did not do so.
“As a veterinary surgeon, she was only authorised to administer, supply or use ketamine, diazepam and clenbuterol hydrochloride for the treatment of an animal.”
It was determined that McGuigan’s actions were ‘disgraceful or dishonourable by registered veterinary surgeons of good repute and competency’.
However, the tribunal acknowledged that the former vet appeared remorseful, and accepted responsibility for her actions.
As well as being removed from the veterinary surgeons register in western Australia, McGuigan was reportedly also fined $1,000, alongside $3,000 in costs.
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