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RCVS issues bogus vet warning

College takes the unusual step of releasing photograph to alert potential employers to the fraudster’s identity.

The RCVS has issued a warning to the profession to not employ a bogus vet who has also admitted animal cruelty charges.

Jayson Paul Wells.
Jayson Paul Wells.

As a visual aid for potential employers who may be duped by the fraudster, the college has released a photograph of Jayson Paul Wells, who has fraudulently practised as a veterinary surgeon in the UK.

Conviction

The RCVS previously assisted Humberside police in their investigation of Wells, which resulted in his conviction for animal welfare charges, offences contrary to the Veterinary Surgeons Act, and fraud.

Wells has been known to use aliases, including Kesby, Ceswell, Simpson and Cheswell.

In 2014, he received 19 months in prison and a 7-year ban from owning, adopting, treating or being in contact with animals. He was released in March 2015 and is believed to be in the Republic of Ireland.

Vigilance

RCVS registrar Eleanor Ferguson said: “Although it seems Wells is currently operating in the Republic of Ireland, we would urge veterinary practices to be vigilant when interviewing for new veterinary positions.

“For example, it is recommended that potential employers contact the RCVS registration department to make checks, always interview a potential employee face-to-face, ask to see supporting identity documents, prepare questions which confirm where and when they studied, and obtain references.”