A vet walked free from court after being put on trial for poisoning her own dog because she was looking for attention.
Georgina Bretman got away without a jail sentence after injecting her cocker spaniel Florence with insulin back in 2013.
Following the injection, the pet experienced hypoglycemia, seizures, and convulsions. In order to overcome the condition and avoid falling into a coma, Florence was put in immediate care.
Four years later, the 28-year-old veterinary nurse, who used to work at Pets A&E, was removed from the register and sentenced to 140 hours of unpaid work.
While Bretman never bothered to show any remorse or explain the reasons behind her callous actions, the vet’s former employer spoke out and claimed the 28-year-old has always been an “attention seeker.”
“Florence was vulnerable and she depended on you,” the Sheriff said while addressing Bretman in the court.
“The motivation for you to cause Florence’s suffering will never be known, as you did not shed any light on this when you spoke to social workers. You have shown no remorse.”
In order to prevent the nurse from harming other animals for her own gain, the RCVS Veterinary Nurse Disciplinary Committee decided to remove Bretman from the register.
“The Committee recognized the impact this was likely to have on Miss Bretman, which was unfortunate given her young age and her obvious passion for a career as a veterinary nurse,” they wrote.
“However the need to protect animal welfare, the reputation of the profession and thus the wider public interest, outweighed Miss Bretman’s interests and the Committee concluded that removal was the only appropriate and proportionate sanction in this case.
“The Committee determined that it was important that a clear message is sent that this sort of behaviour is wholly inappropriate and not to be tolerated. It brought discredit upon Miss Bretman and discredit upon the profession.”
After her career fell apart, Bretman admitted she made a big offense and said she wanted nothing more than getting back on track with her passion – working with animals.
“I miss working as a veterinary nurse more than I can say. It is my vocation. But I lost everything,” she said.
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