May 21, 2009 in City

Veterinarian’s license suspended

State alleges he diverted drugs from humane society in ’07
Mike Prager And John Stucke Staff writers
 
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Mohney
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The veterinary license of Douglas C. Mohney, a former veterinarian at the Spokane Humane Society, has been suspended by state regulators.

Mohney, of Post Falls, who now works at Liberty Lake Veterinary Center, is accused by the state of diverting drugs from the humane society from May to December 2007. The drugs were a tranquilizer and an anesthetic.

In addition, he is accused of ordering in September 2008 two bottles of hydromorphone and six bottles of morphine for personal use, according to the statement of charges. The order, placed under his name, was to be shipped to the Liberty Lake clinic, documents show.

The suspension means Mohney is prohibited from practicing as a veterinarian in Washington pending further disciplinary proceedings by the Veterinary Board of Governors. He has 20 days to respond to the charges.

Contacted by telephone, Mohney said he was unaware of the suspension. He acknowledged seeking treatment through the state for a drug problem.

He said he is in a rehabilitation program and thought his legal problems were resolved. He said the problem stemmed from chronic back problems that required multiple surgeries and medications.

“I am just in a state of shock,” he said.

“The 2008 stuff is not correct,” Mohney said. “That was all used for pain medication for the patients (animals).”

Dave Richardson, executive director at the humane society, said he would defer comment until he could review information about the suspension.

The veterinary board determined that Mohney posed an imminent risk of harm to the public as part of its findings, signed Monday.

Portions of the charges involving Mohney’s health history were blacked out of the state document for privacy purposes, according to a cover letter attached to the charges.

The board regulates veterinarians in Washington. The program establishes, monitors and enforces qualifications for licensing, standards of practice, competency and discipline.


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