An Ontario veterinarian who illicitly harvested dairy embryos, falsified documents and misrepresented them to export customers has had his licence to practice suspended for six months.
Dr. Brian Hill of Woodstock, Ont. was sanctioned by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario following a recent disciplinary hearing. He was earlier convicted of criminal fraud and sentenced to nine months of house arrest for violating the Health of Animals Act.
Following a complaint, a Canadian Food Inspection Agency investigation revealed inconsistencies in the information provided by Dr. Hill to the complainant, Holstein Canada and to the CFIA. The information appeared to misrepresent the numbers of embryos collected from the complainant’s cows and the sires used for fertilization.
The investigation concluded that between
January 2006 and December 2007, Dr. Hill made false written statements in 103 Veterinary Certificates to six veterinary inspectors regarding 7,670 embryos he exported.
The case has been dubbed “one of the largest, if not the largest, cases of livestock fraud in Canadian history.”