Woman Allegedly Practices Vet Medicine Without a License

New Jersey's Attorney General has accused a Williamstown woman of lying about her credentials, practicing veterinary medicine without a license, and duping horse owners into allowing her to treat their animals.

A Dec. 24, 2015, complaint, the New Jersey Attorney General's Office alleges that Jacque Smith, also known as Jackie Smith and Jackie Fabrico Smith, delivered veterinary medical and dental services to clients in that state through a pair of businesses named Equine Health and Equine Dentistry. Smith allegedly deceived her clients into allowing her to medically treat their animals by telling them that she had attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and was licensed by the state of New Jersey to practice veterinary medicine there. However, the complaint states that Smith was never licensed to practice veterinary medicine in New Jersey and never attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania.

The complaint accuses Smith of repeatedly administering controlled prescription drugs to clients' horses. In one case, Smith allegedly determined that a horse should be euthanized and injected the animal with a supposedly lethal dose of morphine. When the horse failed to die, Smith allegedly injected the animal again; the horse died two hours later, the complaint states. The complaint also alleges that Smith misdiagnosed a horse with a urinary tract infection and improperly treated the animal for simple dehydration.

The six-count complaint seeks to permanently bar Smith from treating horses and from representing herself as a veterinarian. The suit also seeks civil penalties and consumer restitution.

Steve Lee, acting director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, called Smith's alleged actions outrageous.

"Some of the horses she 'treated' died horribly slow, painful deaths as a direct result of her alleged actions, and others did not get the quality care they should have received from a legitimate veterinarian," Lee said.

Smith was unavailable for comment.

While the case remains pending, horse owners who have employed Smith can file a complaint by calling the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at 973/504-6200. Those with other information about Smith's alleged unauthorized veterinary medicine practice should contact Enforcement Bureau Investigator Hildred Woolley at 973/504-6300.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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