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Trouble for two veterinary clinics

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 11:37 am

Two area veterinary clinics have had action taken against them.

Sara Hensley, who operated Hilltop Animal Clinic on Lynchburg Highway, has been fined $8,000 and assessed cost by the state Health Department. She was also ordered to voluntarily surrender her license.

The penalties were levied by the state after the State board determined that Hensley practiced “dishonest or illegal practices.”

Last month, Timothy L. Holton, 32, was indicted by a Moore County grand jury on charges of unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine and impersonation of a licensed professional.

The indictments allege that between June 2012 and Sept. 26, 2012, Holton “recklessly practiced veterinary medicine and did diagnose, treat, correct, change, alleviate or prevent animal disease, illness, pain, defect, injury or other physical, dental or mental conditions by any method without being licensed to do so by the Board of Veterinary Examiners.”

Holton is scheduled to appear in Moore County Circuit Court on Friday.

Nancy C. Goldston, who practiced in Manchester, had her license voluntarily surrendered/revoked and assessed $16,000 in civil penalties as well as cost.

The action issued by the state Health Department determined that she engaged in “unprofessional or unethical conduct.” The board determined that she was “guilty of employing or permitting a person who does not have a veterinary medical license to practice veterinary medicine in this state.


—By WAYNE THOMAS (Wayne Thomas may be reached by email a