Vet Board needs to revisit Jayne's case

Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010

As an introduction, I live a subsistence lifestyle along the Yukon River below the town of Eagle. I was the vaccinator layperson for years until the program was canceled. I set up and worked with Dr. Eric Jayne when he came into town. It is important for us that our dogs are in top shape and very healthy. The Alaska Veterinary Board has possibly made that impossible. How? Through its inaction in checking out the facts and following up on the complaints surrounding Jayne.

In order to assure rural communities of veterinary services in the future, two things need to happen. First, Jayne's record needs to be cleared of the complaints. Second, something should be set into place where veterinarians can come into remote areas without having to have a proper surgical clinic or the fear that they will be persecuted if they do work following Humane Society guidelines, but without a proper surgical clinic.

For years I have set up and helped Jayne perform hundreds of spays, neuters and other surgeries in Eagle. Never has there been a hint of a problem. All surgeries were performed in a way sanctioned by the Humane Society of America. They stood behind Jayne and his method of surgeries. That in itself should have been enough for the board to clear his record, but instead they have done nothing and caused a good veterinarian to lose his profession and be unable to work even outside of Alaska.

The Alaska Veterinarian Board has set a precedent on this issue to where veterinarians of Alaska and Humane Society Veterinarians who are willing to come help in rural Alaska are holding back because they do not want to be labeled in the same way as working without a proper surgical clinic.

Please see that a wrong is corrected and safeguards set in place to where rural Alaskan communities can get the services they need for their animals.

Scarlett Hall


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