FORT ST. JOHN -- The College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC) has fined a Fort St. John Veterinarian due to several complaints.

The CVBC regulates the delivery of veterinary medicine in British Columbia to ensure the public and animals are served by competent and ethical professionals. They say Dr. Harpreet Dhaliwal, a Veterinarian at Gentle Pet Clinic, is facing disciplinary action including a reprimand, a fine and other costs.

The decision was made on August 9 with the board providing minimal information into the investigation last month.

According to the CVBC, Dhaliwal admitted that he failed to cooperate with the CVBC’s investigation into seven complaints. They say he failed to provide a response to any of the complaints and provide the records requested within the set time.

This comes after numerous complaints from residents in February 2020. A woman spoke up after she said she wasn’t pleased with the care of her deceased cat and pet post-mortem practices.

Dhaliwal was also accused of allegedly abusing animals in his care. Multiple employees left the clinic after the allegations. However, Dhaliwal responded that he was aware of the rules on handling animals.

The College of Veterinarians of British Columbia did not respond to requests for more information on the complaints as of yet.