State Senator Practicing Veterinary Medicine- IA

“State Senator Joe Seng agrees to stop practicing veterinary medicine”


DES MOINES, Iowa (KWQC) — State Senator Joe Seng reached a settlement with the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine allowing his vet license to become inactive.


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According to the final order, the board received numerous complaints about Seng’s practice at St. Francis Veterinary Hospital ranging from unsanitary conditions to diverting controlled substances.

The order says Seng has been struggling with severe health issues.

The settlement agreement does not detail whether those complaints were substantiated and all other state files related to the investigation are kept confidential by Iowa law.


TV-6 Investigates looked into Seng’s ability to represent his constituents earlier this year. We found court filings from some of his family members raising questions about his ability to care for himself. Legislative records showed Seng delegating his work on the Senate Agriculture Committee to other senators. We also captured video showing Seng’s wife and legislative aide Mary physically helping him cast his votes on the senate floor.

As part of the settlement agreement, Seng’s vet license will be set to inactive. He must surrender his controlled substances registrations on file with the Iowa Pharmacy Board and the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

Seng will be allowed to maintain his existing building and equipment, transfer patient records, and assist clients in finding substitute care. Seng will not be allowed to practice veterinary medicine.

A sign on the door of his practice and a recording on the practice’s voicemail says the clinic is temporarily closed until a full-time veterinarian can be hired.

The Iowa Veterinary Board may reactivate his license if Seng submits an evaluation by the neurologist/oncologist in charge of his health stating that Seng is competent to return to practice.


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