Stop veterinary negligence and malpractice
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Stop veterinary negligence and malpractice

    1. Reemer Bailey
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      Reemer Bailey

      Northumberland, United Kingdom

Every year millions of animals and their owners are put through unbearable and unnecessary trauma at the hands of unscrupulous veterinary practitioners.

The veterinary industry is no longer run by caring 'James Herriot' types. It is a multi-million pound, 'profit -driven - industry. As consumers we pay into a multi-million pound industry and yet we and our animals have no rights or recourse.

Read the following story from one ex-vet:

In 1999 Dispatches (produced by Twenty Twenty Television) released a half hour, one off programme called "Who Vets the Vets" this documentary scratched the surface and revealed some of the grim truth for the first time. Pulling back the curtain on sadistic practices, cruelty beyond belief and all for money! Animals put through unnecessary operations, beloved pets entering the veterinary environment for relatively simple treatment and ending up in a living nightmare of pain and suffering (one beautiful dog went in for something simple and returned home in a bin bag in pieces!); drugs administered unnecessarily, animal companions euthanized for no good reason and all for money.

Since the making of the Dispatches programme NOTHING has changed. Why? Because the veterinary industry is SELF REGULATED by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). If you study and qualify and become a member of the RCVS - what do you think the chances are of you ever being found guilty BY THEM of negligence? THIS MUST CHANGE FOREVER.

We the undersigned are asking for three things: 1. regulation of veterinary fees by the Department of Trade, 2. for any animals that have to stay overnight in veterinary hospitals to be constantly overseen by qualified staff whilst also allowing access at any time to family and 3. to establish an independent regulatory body for the veterinary industry above and beyond the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons so that any claims of negligence or malpractice will be dealt with in an unbiased and transparent way. Without these fundamental changes, atrocities will continue!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Previous Story

      Reemer Bailey
      Petition Organizer

      Apols for the previous story - my mistake I thought it was from last year. It was from 2003. I am always on the look out for UK based stories to add to the evidence base however. So please feel free to forward any sources you know of. Many thanks, Reemer.

    3. We're getting through bit by bit!!

      Reemer Bailey
      Petition Organizer
      Vets accused of appalling cruelty - Telegraph

      A wire-haired dachshund was "carved open like a slab of meat at the butcher's", even though its owner had expressly not given consent for such surgery. A Middlesex woman's border collie was operated on with little or no anaesthetic.

    4. A useful link - for info?

      Reemer Bailey
      Petition Organizer

      I have no direct experience of them so this is for information only...

      Veterinary Negligence | Professional Negligence Team

      Withy King Veterinary Negligence

    5. Current numbers

      Reemer Bailey
      Petition Organizer

      Dear supporter,

      Thanks again for lending your signature to this petition. I wanted you to know that we are now at 2077 signatures so this is great news. But we still need more people on board, to get it to a level whereby it would be heard at parliament.

      I am not giving up and it is especially appreciated when I hear from you about your experiences. I want you to know that I will continue to gain as much support as possible.

      Keep sharing the link whenever you can please and I hope to be able to tell you one day that we have reached our 10,000 signature target.

      With peace and best wishes,


    6. Reached 2,000 signatures
    7. First 1000 signatures reached!

      Reemer Bailey
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to all who have signed this petition so far. 1000 signatures reached! :)

      As you will know the cruelty and abuse that goes on because of veterinary abuse does not come with shocking photos, there are no undercover investigations, very few newspaper headlines, no protests, no helplines, no counselling groups; and no global organisations working to fight this. This because we are dealing with a corruption that goes right to the top! All we have is each other - the grieving individuals who have found the strength to get behind this cause.

      Those responsible for negligence do not want us to unite. They do not want our voices heard. But we will not be silenced. We' ll fight for justice and independent regulation to control a profit driven, 'out of control', god-complex industry.

      I have also set up a website. If you wish to add your story go to the contact page.

      Thank you again for your support and my heartfelt thoughts go out to your animal(s).

    8. Reached 1,000 signatures
    9. Press interest - case studies sought

      Reemer Bailey
      Petition Organizer

      Dear petition supporter,

      I have been contacted from an interested party who works as a journalist and would like to start to get this campaign into the mainstream spotlight, to build awareness and also to get more signatures on the petition. (I have a glitch on the petition site currently and have not been able to share the petition for around 3 months.)

      I am therefore looking for people who would be willing to share their stories of veterinary negligence. Plus it would be useful for you to be prepared to say a bit about why you have supported this petition and why you believe an independent body to regulate the industry is desperately needed (along with the other reforms the petition calls for).

      Please email me at if you would be willing to help the campaign gain momentum by sharing your story.

      Many thanks,


    10. Reached 750 signatures
    11. Veterinary Negligence Solicitors

      Reemer Bailey
      Petition Organizer

      If you care about the animals in your life then this petition is important. Veterinary medicine has forgotten who an animal is… largely your animal is just a pay cheque. You have no recourse beyond the Royal Veterinary College and who do think they will side with? You or the people THEY trained?
      First of all sign this petition.

      Next read some of the updates on the petition page.

      And then arm yourself solicitors who are experienced in fighting… and WINNING veterinary negligence cases. See below:

      General reading:

      UK Prime Minister: Stop veterinary negligence and malpractice

      Every year millions of animals and their owners are put through unbearable and unnecessary trauma at the hands of unscrupulous veterinary...

    12. Reached 500 signatures
    13. Papers by Dr A Knight on educating veterinarians about animal welfare

      Reemer Bailey
      Petition Organizer

      This information shows how the profession is often "lagging behind" animal welfare standards. This is written by an acclaimed veterinarian and bioethicist.

    14. Reached 100 signatures
    15. Examples of bias in the RCVS' disciplinary procedures.

      Reemer Bailey
      Petition Organizer

      There are many cases across the UK of bad practice amongst vets but the Royal College of Veterinary Medicine fails to find in favour of the customer.. below is one such example.

    16. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 8 days ago

      My bulldog is a high risk breed and any vet knows his salt is aware of this yet my girl who went in for a c-section died on the surgery table along with her 10 beautiful pups. I only found out the next day that the vet had only been qualified for 3 mths prior to her operating on my girl. They knew she was going in and they knew she was high risk so why wasn't another more experienced bulldog aware vet present? I left the surgery at 3:00a.m. with nothing only to be told "could you pay the bill in 2 days please?" I couldn't believe that anybody be so insensitive it was never about the money for us especially as we had just lost £25:000 worth of prize bitch and pups. It obviously was all about the money for them!

      • 9 days ago

      My Bulldog bitch died during a c-section along with her 10 beautiful pups any vet knows that Bulldogs are a complexed breed and need extra care and attention

    • vivian aspdin OAKHURST, NJ
      • 12 days ago

      my dog was misdiagnosed by our vet, given medicine that caused internal bleeding. He had a lump on his side the vet said was a fat pocet, which was a tumor. My dog died due to internal bleeding

    • Diane Hasty CALILF, CA
      • 23 days ago

      stop profit driven industry's unnecessary procedures done jus to make money stop this

    • D. Hadley AB, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      Vets all over the world are being wrongly protected by their governing bodies, despite their sheer recklessness, indifference, negligence, blatant malpractice, and even outright abuse shown towards people's cherished animal family members. I've heard of too many of these cases already, know others whose animals ended up dead by a bad vet's hand, and my own cat suffered such negligence once, too. We cannot allow such money-grubbing, callous treatment to continue anywhere! So anything and everything we can do to halt such tragedies and egregious betrayals is the RIGHT thing to do!


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