Havasu veterinarian’s license revoked – ARIZONA

 

By BRANDON MESSICK Today’s News-Herald

Hermosa Veterinary Clinic, at 53 Mulberry Ave, will close its doors after the departure of owner and chief veterinarian Walter Kurth, whose veterinary license was revoked this year.

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A Lake Havasu City veterinarian has lost his license, leaving the city with one fewer option for animal health care.

Hermosa Veterinary Clinic, at 53 Mulberry Ave, will close its doors after the departure of owner and chief veterinarian Walter Kurth, whose veterinary license was revoked this year.

Brandon Messick/Today’s News-Herald A Lake Havasu City veterinarian has lost his license, leaving the city with one fewer option for animal health care. Hermosa Veterinary Clinic abruptly canceled appointments with customers earlier this month, according to customer posts on Facebook, with no chance of rescheduling. The clinic’s owner and chief veterinary physician, Walter Kurth, had his license revoked after a December vote by the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board, according to Victoria Whitmore, the board’s executive director.

Kurth has been the subject of eleven complaints with the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board since obtaining his veterinary license in 2006, two of which were dismissed, Whitmore said.

According to the board’s records, Kurth allegedly violated Arizona veterinary statutes through unprofessional conduct over the past 10 years. Whitmore said the citations included: Fraud or misrepresentation in procuring a veterinary license, knowingly signing a false affidavit, gross negligence, malpractice and failure to answer or comply with the board’s mandates.

“The last three complaints against Kurth were combined and moved to a formal hearing in December,” Whitmore said. “That was when the board issued its order to revoke his license.”

According to board documentation, the final three complaints against Kurth, involving incidents between 2014-16, were combined for discussion in a single formal hearing on Dec. 15. The accusations against Kurth involved allegedly poor treatment of two of the animals in his care, as well as failure to abide by the conditions of a previously-rendered license-probation.

As a result of that hearing, the veterinary board found Kurth had committed 11 counts of unprofessional conduct, which included failures to document the use of medication and gross negligence. The board revoked Kurth’s license and ordered him to pay a fine of $3,900, according to board documents.

Veterinary Board records state that several dogs and cats in Kurth’s care required treatment from other Havasu veterinarians to assist with conditions misdiagnosed, undiagnosed or otherwise untreated.

Despite the alleged violations, however, he was well-liked by many of his Havasu customers.

“We have been going to Hermosa Vet Clinic for over 10 years and have always had a fantastic experience with Dr. Kurth and his staff,” wrote Havasu resident William Clift in a 2016 Facebook post. “They have always been there for us and have given all of our animals the finest care that any vet could give. They have always properly diagnosed our pets and have successfully treated them.”

ccording to Whitmore, Kurth could still regain his license, should the board approve it.

“He has the right to reapply at any time,” Whitmore said. “If he does, the board will look at past disciplinary action and determine if he will be eligible to be licensed again.”

Kurth filed for a rehearing with the veterinary board in January, but was denied. According to Whitmore, Kurth has until Thursday afternoon to appeal the decision.

While Kurth is still licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Colorado, his license is restricted there, according to the Colorado Board of Veterinary Medicine.

Numerous attempts were made on Tuesday and Wednesday to contact Kurth by telephone at his offices in Havasu and in Denver, as well as his home in Denver. Those attempts were unsuccessful as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

 

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