The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is warning the veterinary profession not to employ Jayson Paul Wells, who has “fraudulently” practised as a veterinary surgeon in the UK and who has “pleaded guilty” to a number of animal cruelty charges.
In 2014, he received 19 months in prison and a seven year ban from owning, adopting, treating or being in contact with animals. He was released in March 2015 and it appears that he is now active in the Republic of Ireland, running an animal rescue sanctuary.
Eleanor Ferguson, registrar, RCVS said: “Although it seems Wells is currently operating in the Republic of Ireland, we would urge veterinary practices to be vigilant when interviewing for new veterinary positions.
“For members of the public we recommend that, if they have concerns about the legitimacy of either a veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse, they talk to someone else in the practice about their concerns or contact us so that we can make further enquiries. Members of the public can also check on the status of veterinary professionals using our Find a Vet search tool.”
RCVS stress cases similar to Wells are “extremely rare” and the “unprecedented actions” of one fraudulent individual should, in any way, “undermine the confidence and trust that animal owners place in their veterinary team”.