The state Department of Health suspended the license of a Kirkland veterinarian, alleging that she abused drugs in her clinic.
According to a statement of charges, Cathy A. Johnson-Delaney took isoflourine, an inhaled anesthetic, making her intoxicated and unconscious while she was in her veterinary clinic.
Johnson-Delaney operates , which apparently moved in May from north Juanita to the Totem Lake area, according to the clinic’s website. A message on the clinic’s phone said the facility was closed and would not be open Saturday.
She faces a hearing and cannot work as a veterinarian in the state pending the outcome of the hearing.
Kirkland Patch is attempting to reach Johnson-Delaney and will update this story with any developments.
The clinic’s website calls Johnson-Delaney “an international speaker on all aspects of nontraditional companion animals and is the author of the best-selling Exotic Companion Medicine Handbook for Veterinarians."
Here is the Department of Health's news release:
Drug allegation results in King County veterinarian’s suspension
Charges say woman was intoxicated, unconscious in her Kirkland clinic
OLYMPIA -- The Veterinary Board of Governors and the Washington State Department of Health have immediately suspended the license of Kirkland veterinarian Cathy A. Johnson-Delaney (VT.00002784) because of drug abuse allegations.
According to the statement of charges, on multiple occasions Johnson-Delaney took isoflourine, an inhaled anesthetic. It made her intoxicated and unconscious while she was in her veterinary clinic, the charges say.
She cannot practice or work as a veterinarian in Washington pending the outcome of a hearing.
Consumers who believe a health care provider acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call the Department of Health at 360-236-4700 to report their complaint. A complaint form is also online (www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/documents/complaint.pdf). The form can be mailed, e-mailed, or faxed to the agency’s Health Systems Quality Assurance division.
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