Department of Business and Professional Regulation and Miami-Dade Police Department Arrest Unlicensed Veterinarian

April 2, 2010


MIAMI—Yesterday,the Department of Business and Professional Regulation investigators, in partnership with the Miami-Dade Police Department Medical Crimes Unit, arrested Cheryl Kelly (Shaffer) for practicing veterinary medicine without a license at the Paradise Animal Center. DBPR investigators also issued a $2,500 citation for practicing veterinary medicine without a license.

Based on a complaint, DBPR investigators initiated a sting operation with MDPD at Paradise Animal Center. Kelly presented herself as qualified to perform veterinary services that require a state license. When the she failed to provide her state-required license, she was arrested and issued a citation.

“Florida’s veterinarians are held to high standards,” said Interim Secretary Charlie Liem. “They are required to have a significant amount of training to get and maintain their licenses. Ensuring high standards for practitioners is essential to the health of our small and large animals.”

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