Ad­dict vet takes pets’ drugs

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS - Vanessa Sch­mitt

A HALLS Head Small An­i­mal Clinic ve­teri­nary sur­geon pre­scribed drugs for an­i­mals but used them her­self.

Kather­ine El­iz­a­beth Jean Barker was found guilty of un­pro­fes­sional con­duct by the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal (SAT) on Oc­to­ber 31.

The Ve­teri­nary Sur­geons’ Board of West­ern Aus­tralia claimed Dr Barker made records for Di­azepam on seven oc­ca­sions that she knew were false.

Dr Barker di­verted Di­azepam, which she falsely recorded, to her­self for use when self-ad­min­is­ter­ing.

The board claimed Dr Barker forged an­other ve­teri­nary sur­geon’s sig­na­ture on a pre­scrip­tion.

Dr Barker pur­chased Di­azepam when she was not au­tho­rised.

It was also al­leged Dr Barker tried to cover up a false record by ask­ing a nurse at Man­durah South Ve­teri­nary Clinic to pro­vide false in­for­ma­tion.

Dr Barker no longer works at the clinic and lives in­ter­state.

She did not par­tic­i­pate in the SAT pro­ceed­ings.

Orig­i­nally she was con­tactable by email, but stopped re­spond­ing.

The tri­bunal was sat­is­fied Dr Barker had a fair op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in pro­ceed­ings but had cho­sen not to.

Dr Barker ad­mit­ted to the al­le­ga­tions in her statu­tory dec­la­ra­tion on Jan­uary 4 and sub­stan­tially agreed with the al­le­ga­tions in a Depart­ment of Health in­ter­view.

On Novem­ber 15, 2017, Dr Barker im­ported 60 Di­azepam tablets from In­dia and 120 tablets from Ro­ma­nia. The Di­azepam was de­liv­ered to the clinic and seized by the Depart­ment of Health.

On the same day, Dr Barker sent a Face­book mes­sage to a ve­teri­nary nurse.

“I dis­pensed some Di­azepam 2 or 5 mg to Frankie but took them my­self as I was so stressed,” Dr Barker said in the mes­sage.

“The Dept of Health is now search­ing my house for Di­azepam but there isn’t any here. Can you please tell them that you got those tablets?

“I am so sorry to drag you into this, but they might call.”

In her statu­tory dec­la­ra­tion, Dr Barker said she was de­pen­dent on Di­azepam and was pre­vi­ously ad­dicted. She had been suf­fer­ing from post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der and anx­i­ety.

The tri­bunal found dis­ci­plinary mat­ters ex­isted. The board has un­til Novem­ber 20 to file sub­mis­sions for the or­ders and penalty. Dr Barker has un­til De­cem­ber 11 to file sub­mis­sions.

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