#TheList veterinary surgeon Jatinder Dhami, born 16/07/1971, of 10 Woodlands Close, Leicester LE2 4QP – for violence towards animals in his care
Dr Jatinder Dhami, a vet with the Vets4Pets practice in Springfield Retail Park, Market Harborough, admitted attacking a Staffordshire bull terrier named Sasha after she supposedly bit him following her booster injection. A receptionist at the practice witnessed Dhami kicking the helpless dog twice and then stamping on her.
She described how she saw Dhami kick Sasha “with the front of his toes, the kick propelled her to slide along the floor to the extent of the lead, she looked up and whimpered, cowered and had her ears back.”
She continued; “She got up and the respondent then took a step towards her and kicked her again, causing her to slide along the floor again.”
The receptionist then swore at Dhami, who is her employer, before leaving in tears.
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) committee had the power to strike Dhami off the register, leaving him unable to practise.
But instead they decided that, based on good references and character witnesses, it would be unlikely to happen again and a suspension was appropriate.
Dr Dhami told the committee he had domestic and family pressures and had been working long hours. He said in his statement: “I do not, and never have, sought to defend what was an irrational and adrenalin-fuelled action, but equally my actions were in no way premeditated.”
The committee also heard Dr Dhami and his family had been receiving “hostile communications” due to the case.
The committee took that into account during its decision making. It said in its report: “As recently as yesterday, the respondent received an anonymous letter couched in clearly racist terms.
“The committee deplores the fact that the respondent and his family have been subjected to this campaign.”
The committee also said they were assured by one of his colleagues who gave evidence on his behalf that Dr Dhami would not kick another animal.
The report stated: “The committee was particularly impressed by the evidence of a registered veterinary nurse who has worked with the respondent for about 12 months.
“She had no doubt about the respondent’s professionalism and care for animals.”
The committee members decided to give him a suspension of four months.
The report said: “The committee is satisfied that a period of suspension is sufficient in this case to protect the welfare of animals, maintain public confidence and to declare and uphold proper standards of conduct.”
Two other allegations relating to a kitten and a Jack Russell dog were dismissed by the committee.