A Nottinghamshire-based veterinary surgeon has been suspended from the Registrar following a harassment conviction.\r\nVictor Daniel Pousada Garcia appeared before the Committee on 18 and 19 December following his conviction for harassment at Nottingham Magistrates\u2019 Court in September 2017 for which offence the magistrates sentenced him to six weeks\u2019 imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.\r\nThe magistrates also imposed a restraining order and ordered Mr Garcia to pay compensation and costs as well as a surcharge to fund victim services.\r\nThe Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Disciplinary Committee has requested that the Registrar suspend the veterinary surgeon from the Register for five months after he was convicted.\r\nThe harassment conviction related to incidents between 30 September 2016 and 27 December 2016 in which Mr Garcia engaged in conduct that amounted to harassment towards a woman including sending offensive text messages, visiting her place of work, attempting to contact her through social media, going to her home address and driving past her home address.\r\nAt the outset of the hearing Mr Garcia admitted the College\u2019s charge against him and that his conviction rendered him unfit to practise veterinary surgery.\r\nFollowing cross-examination of Mr Garcia on the facts of the case and having\u00a0 considered representation from his counsel, the Disciplinary Committee found that Mr Garcia\u2019s conduct leading to conviction and the conviction itself rendered him unfit to practise as a veterinary surgeon.\r\nMehmuda Mian, chairing the Committee and speaking on its behalf, said: \u201cIt was a serious conviction as demonstrated by the sentence imposed and by the nature of the harassment. It brought distress on [the victim] and will have damaged the reputation of the veterinary profession. The respondent was right to accept that this was the case.\u201d\r\nMs Mian concluded: \u201cThe Committee has determined to suspend the respondent\u2019s registration for a period of five months. This sanction reflects the seriousness of the conviction and the concerns expressed by the Committee in this determination.\r\n"It will send a message to the respondent and to the profession that conduct such as this is unacceptable. It will afford an opportunity to the respondent to reflect further on his behaviour.\u201d\r\nMr Garcia will have 28 days from the end of the hearing to appeal against the Committee\u2019s decision.