A prominent Perth veterinarian has denied allegations that he engaged in unprofessional conduct — including over the sudden death of a pony after a controversial cosmetic procedure — in six complaints lodged by clients and senior veterinary surgeons.
The Australian is not suggesting Dr Max Hall, 33, has engaged in any wrongdoing. However, he has been the subject of two recent determinations of unprofessional conduct by the industry regulator, the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Western Australia.
In one of those cases, the board reversed an earlier decision to take its allegation to the State Administrative Tribunal, the independent body that reviews the board’s findings and can impose a penalty.
In the other case, the board withdrew an action it launched in the tribunal against Dr Hall in which it alleged he engaged in unprofessional conduct over his treatment of horses.
The vets board is also accused of stalling its investigations into the equine specialist, who is the subject of several other complaints that are yet to be determined. Dr Hall is well connected in Perth’s equestrian community and is regularly described as “charismatic” and “charming” by clients.
When contacted by The Australian, Dr Hall said all complaints against him had all been “100 per cent” rejected by the board.
He suggested other Perth vets had commercial motives in making the complaints about him.
“I’m a new business here in Perth and there’s a lot of veterinarians out there trying to have a go at people making it on their own,” he said.
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