To work as a veterinarian or veterinary technician, a person must receive extensive education and training, and they must obtain the proper license that will allow them to practice veterinary medicine. Maintaining these licenses is essential to ensure that a veterinary practice can continue operating, and any potential threats to a professional license, including the possibility of disciplinary action such as license suspension or revocation, should be addressed with the assistance of a skilled attorney.
The lawyers of Williams & Nickl, LLC have assisted thousands of clients throughout the state of Illinois in defending professional licenses before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Attorney Edward Williams is the former Chief of Prosecutions for IDFPR, and he and Attorney Fred Nickl have more than 55 years of combined legal experience. We understand the best strategies for defending a veterinary license against discipline, and we can help you achieve a positive outcome to your case.
Veterinarians and veterinarian technicians are licensed and regulated by the Veterinarian Licensing and Disciplinary Board. The Board may take disciplinary action against a licensee in cases involving:
Due to the multiple laws that apply to veterinary licenses, it is important to work with an attorney who has an understanding of the state’s statutes and rules. Our attorneys are well-versed in the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act of 2004 (225 ILCS 115, et. seq.) and the Illinois Controlled Substances Act (720 ILCS 570/100, et. seq.). When preparing for administrative hearings, Edward and Fred can address the requirements defined in the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois (20 ILCS 2105/2105-1, et. seq.) and the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act (5 ILCS 100/1-1, et. seq.), and we will work to minimize the potential discipline you may face.
We have worked with many clients to address professional licensing issues, including discipline to veterinary licenses. In one successful case, we represented a veterinarian who was facing disciplinary action for issues such as fraud and negligence in practice. In addition to potential license suspension by the IDFPR, our client was facing the loss of a Controlled Substance Registration from the DEA. We were able to resolve the case with a simple probation of our client’s license, and we helped obtain a new DEA registration with very limited restrictions.
An applicant for a veterinarian or veterinary tech license may receive a Notice of Deficiency Checklist or another type of information request from the IDFPR. These notices may ask an applicant to provide background information about issues such as previous criminal convictions or sister-state discipline, and a response will be required before a license can be issued.
In these cases, responding properly to the IDFPR’s requests can make all the difference between the issuance of a license and the denial of a license application. Before responding or providing any information, we encourage you to contact us and discuss your case with our attorneys in a free, one-hour consultation. We will review your information and work with you to determine your best strategy for responding to the IDFPR. In some cases, you may be able to address these requests on your own, while in others, we can assist in drafting a response that answers any questions and explains why your license should be issued.
If you are facing discipline to your veterinarian or veterinarian technician license, our lawyers can provide you with high-quality, experienced legal representation. During your complimentary consultation, we will assess your needs, determine the potential forms of discipline you may be facing, and explain the steps we can take to defend your license. No matter how serious your situation may seem, you should not feel that you are doomed to lose your license. We can present explanations and mitigating evidence to the IDFPR and represent you in any administrative hearings or appeals. In many cases, Edward and Fred are able to help our clients resolve licensing matters without any public discipline. To learn more about how we can help with your case, contact us today by calling 312-335-9470.