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Spiritual healing charge against Brighton vet

A vet faces being struck off for trying to “spiritually heal” a dying dog.

Marie-Louise Schlemm is accused of “disgraceful conduct” with regards to a Jack Russell terrier, named Ratzy, and the dog’s owner, who she also purported to have treated.

The incidents took place while she worked at Coastway Veterinary Group in Freshfield Business Park, Brighton, in May 2010.

Yesterday (November 19) Ms Schlemm, of Brighton, appeared before a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons panel for the start of an eight-day hearing.

Pre-hearing papers say the vetinary practitioner repeatedly contacted the victim, named only as Ms B, between May 22 and May 25 2010.

Eastern medicine

It is stated that during this period she performed chakra – the Eastern medicine where the centres of spiritual powers in the body are rebalanced – on Ms B.

All of this contact and treatment was unsolicited and not in her capacity as a vet, the papers say.

Ms Schlemm is accused of making telephone calls, visiting the victim’s home in Hove and sending her text messages.

The papers claim that Ms Schlemm said the victim and Ratzy should move in with her.

She is accused of calling a fellow vet “a witch” in a conversation with Ms B and deliberately misleading the woman over the condition of her dog.

Ms Schlemm is said to have taken money from the victim for purposes “other than legitimate veterinary treatment”.

She also allegedly told Ms B “there was no need” for her to be ill, made comments about the amount of medication she was on and told her that staff at the animal charity PDSA had “missed something” and that Ratzy was not dying.

The hearing continues.

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8:33pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Morpheus says...

What happened? Did the dog die?
What happened? Did the dog die? Morpheus
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10:57pm Tue 20 Nov 12

martyt says...

this is why i use cliffe for my dogs needs real vets for real pets
this is why i use cliffe for my dogs needs real vets for real pets martyt
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1:42am Wed 21 Nov 12

matlock says...

Absolutely barking mad
Absolutely barking mad matlock
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8:01am Wed 21 Nov 12

Euly says...

martyt wrote:
this is why i use cliffe for my dogs needs real vets for real pets
Well said could not agree more
[quote][p][bold]martyt[/bold] wrote: this is why i use cliffe for my dogs needs real vets for real pets[/p][/quote]Well said could not agree more Euly
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8:22am Wed 21 Nov 12

nosolution says...

We use St.Francis,have done for 20+ years,they are professional and kind..
We use St.Francis,have done for 20+ years,they are professional and kind.. nosolution
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8:53am Wed 21 Nov 12

John Steed says...

a bit of spiritual rebalancing yes,I could go along with that, as to misleading about the conditionof a dog, I must remember not to say Oh what a sweetie when I realy mean horrible worm infested fleabag.
a bit of spiritual rebalancing yes,I could go along with that, as to misleading about the conditionof a dog, I must remember not to say Oh what a sweetie when I realy mean horrible worm infested fleabag. John Steed
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8:55am Wed 21 Nov 12

Juleyanne says...

Meridian Vets - great vets
Meridian Vets - great vets Juleyanne
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9:06am Wed 21 Nov 12

BornInBrighton1968 says...

As soon as I read the headline, I knew that this vet would be a woman; it is always middle-aged women who get obsessed with the spiritual healing/crystal healing/angel healing nonsense...
As soon as I read the headline, I knew that this vet would be a woman; it is always middle-aged women who get obsessed with the spiritual healing/crystal healing/angel healing nonsense... BornInBrighton1968
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9:14am Wed 21 Nov 12

Beethoven says...

At least she tried.....I do not accept that much in the way of "complimentary medicine" is any good, either but if the owner was willing to pay for it, who am I to stop her?

She does not need veterinary qualifications , or any other, to do it.

Of course the facts of this case are incomplete and there may be an element of fraud, but in a free society we may use "odd" remedies if we wish.
At least she tried.....I do not accept that much in the way of "complimentary medicine" is any good, either but if the owner was willing to pay for it, who am I to stop her? She does not need veterinary qualifications , or any other, to do it. Of course the facts of this case are incomplete and there may be an element of fraud, but in a free society we may use "odd" remedies if we wish. Beethoven
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9:20am Wed 21 Nov 12

Crystal Ball says...

John Steed wrote:
a bit of spiritual rebalancing yes,I could go along with that, as to misleading about the conditionof a dog, I must remember not to say Oh what a sweetie when I realy mean horrible worm infested fleabag.
Would the "horrible worm infested fleabag" be the dog, owner or vet?
[quote][p][bold]John Steed[/bold] wrote: a bit of spiritual rebalancing yes,I could go along with that, as to misleading about the conditionof a dog, I must remember not to say Oh what a sweetie when I realy mean horrible worm infested fleabag.[/p][/quote]Would the "horrible worm infested fleabag" be the dog, owner or vet? Crystal Ball
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12:19pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Tailgaters Anonymous says...

Seem to remember it was spelt 'veterinary' when I was younger.
If someone wants to try something other than medication what odds?
As long as the animal didn't suffer - wonder if compensation is behind the complaint?
Seem to remember it was spelt 'veterinary' when I was younger. If someone wants to try something other than medication what odds? As long as the animal didn't suffer - wonder if compensation is behind the complaint? Tailgaters Anonymous
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12:38pm Wed 21 Nov 12

GIVE UP says...

Are we allowed to comment on this case when it's still on going ?
Are we allowed to comment on this case when it's still on going ? GIVE UP
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4:03pm Wed 21 Nov 12

puddingandpi says...

My cats have been cared for by Coastway for years & they've boarded there too & we've always been perfectly happy. The costs are not excessive & several times we haven't been charged - for dressing changes & things.
They were very, very nice whan my old puddy-tat was put down, very understanding that I'm a complete wimp. It's not Coastway's fault that this woman was a idiot. She probably didn't say that on her CV or at the interview & she's gone now.
If Ratzy had a terminal illness, the poor thing is probably dead by now, but I hope the end was painless & peaceful, as my cat's was.
My cats have been cared for by Coastway for years & they've boarded there too & we've always been perfectly happy. The costs are not excessive & several times we haven't been charged - for dressing changes & things. They were very, very nice whan my old puddy-tat was put down, very understanding that I'm a complete wimp. It's not Coastway's fault that this woman was a idiot. She probably didn't say that on her CV or at the interview & she's gone now. If Ratzy had a terminal illness, the poor thing is probably dead by now, but I hope the end was painless & peaceful, as my cat's was. puddingandpi
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4:22pm Wed 21 Nov 12

elainepkils says...

Great now it is a good business to say you can speak to animals and they will tell that person what is wrong with them.
Beats talking to the dead, who seem always to be in heaven and not hell.
Great now it is a good business to say you can speak to animals and they will tell that person what is wrong with them. Beats talking to the dead, who seem always to be in heaven and not hell. elainepkils
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4:24pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Batgirl17 says...

My cats have been treated by Marie Louise and I have always found her to be extremely professional and caring.
Very surprised to read this. There are always 2 sides to a story!
My cats have been treated by Marie Louise and I have always found her to be extremely professional and caring. Very surprised to read this. There are always 2 sides to a story! Batgirl17
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7:19pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Tom V says...

In my experience, Coastway vets are very good, caring and professional. It sounds like the dog was not being treated there but at the PDSA.
In my experience, Coastway vets are very good, caring and professional. It sounds like the dog was not being treated there but at the PDSA. Tom V
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