HARRISONBURG, Virginia (WHSV) – A Harrisonburg veterinarian has been suspended from his license and his observe stays closed till additional discover.
Dr. Ayman Salem has had his license suspended indefinitely by the State Veterinary Council and his observe, the Harrisonburg Emergency Veterinary Clinic, has been closed since March.
After two days of hearings in Richmond late final week, the Council suspended Salem’s veterinary license indefinitely and for no less than two years. Former Salem prospects and staff mentioned it typically failed to offer satisfactory pet care and took benefit of pet house owners.
“Folks got here in and panicked and it was virtually as in the event that they have been making the most of it. She took benefit of their vulnerability and their worry. It was at all times the worst case situation, “mentioned Allison Prepare dinner, who labored for Salem as a veterinary assistant in 2017.
Throughout his time on the clinic, Prepare dinner mentioned issues have been very disorganized and he noticed continued instances of neglect.
“He had left the medication on the FedEx retailer unrefrigerated over the weekend, which is an enormous no-no, after which tried to take them and provides them to the animals,” Prepare dinner mentioned.
One other incident that remained with Prepare dinner was when a lady introduced her cat that could not transfer the again of her physique. She mentioned she noticed Salem inject a needle into the cat’s hind leg to see if there was any blood circulation.
“There was no blood circulation, so as an alternative of doing extra diagnostic exams, extra blood exams, he informed her ‘He will not make it, you must put him down.’ He was so obnoxious and he or she was devastated, “Prepare dinner mentioned.
Prepare dinner recalled an incident by which he witnessed surgical procedure when a canine swallowed a fish hook. Whereas the surgical procedure went easily, he mentioned Salem despatched the canine again to the proprietor with bleeding stitches oozing blood after he did not correctly bandage the wound.
Quite a lot of former shoppers have shared comparable tales of Salem not taking correct care of the animals and generally leaving them in worse situation than earlier than. Folks additionally say that Salem had a historical past of overloading.
“No person, no one went wherever for lower than $ 1,000 and everybody mentioned that is ridiculous. After which the horror tales, some even misplaced their pet, “mentioned Cynthia Prieto, a former shopper of the clinic.
Seven years in the past Prieto introduced a canine he was breeding to the clinic when he could not cease the bleeding from a minimize on his leg. What he did not know was the value he would pay for the remedy which included three pictures and bandaging the wound.
“I went out and in $ 1,100 later. I’ve had canine for years and I do know there isn’t any go to that entails a minimize on a pad that might be $ 1,100, ”Prieto mentioned.
Prieto mentioned she had heard many comparable tales of Salem’s extreme prices from different former prospects and mentioned she was shocked that it took so lengthy for her license to be suspended.
“My state of affairs was seven years in the past, it ought to have closed years in the past and it must be everlasting or there must be a greater stage of accountability as a result of it is a con artist,” he mentioned.
Prepare dinner mentioned conditions like this have been widespread throughout his time on the clinic.
“I feel it was extra a query of cash than the rest. There wasn’t a lot look after the animals, he was simply hungry for cash, “he mentioned.” 9 occasions out of ten, no matter downside the animal had, it will be unhealthy sufficient that the animal needed to keep in a single day, which routinely equated to $ 1,000 extra “.
Prepare dinner mentioned his final straw earlier than leaving the clinic was when Salem refused to launch a canine to his proprietor after remedy as a result of he could not afford to pay for every part. Nonetheless, Salem’s agency’s status adopted Prepare dinner when he utilized for his subsequent job.
“After I bought my subsequent job after I left, they noticed the identify on my resume and it was an automated purple flag for them. It was the primary query she requested me, she mentioned “Have you ever labored for him, this issues me, we have had quite a few issues” and I needed to clarify to her that I left her out of ethical judgment, “she mentioned.
One other former shopper, Donna Knight, talked about an incident the place she took her canine to the clinic and Salem gave him an injection that was contraindicated with the drugs he was already taking.
“After I was in a position to are available in with my common vet, I took the log of what had been carried out with me. The blow might have killed my canine. My vet mentioned it was a miracle that it wasn’t, ”Knight mentioned.
Knight additionally recalled having to pay upfront earlier than any remedy was given to his canine after which having to pay once more for the remedy.
Salem’s lawyer couldn’t be reached for touch upon Thursday.
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