Appeal against dismissal of charges against hendra vet
THE ABC has reported that Workplace Health and Safety has appealed the dismissal of charges against a Queensland vet accused of failing to comply with his duty of care while handling a case of hendra virus in a horse.
Bundaberg Magistrate Aaron Simpson dismissed a charge of failing to comply with health and safety duty against Dr Luke Annetts, when the prosecution failed to attend a mention of the matter two weeks ago, ABC Rural reported.
Some Gympie region vets have been criticised for introducing a new policy that they not personally attend horses that have not been vaccinated against the deadly virus, though the vets say they have had little choice in the matters because of the grave workplace health and safety issues surrounding hendra.
" ...a spokesman for Workplace Health and Safety said an appeal against that decision had been filed with the District Court last week," the ABC reports.
"Dr Annetts is one of three vets who were the first charged under Section 28 of the Workplace Health and Safety Act, and was accused of putting himself or others at risk while treating a horse that was later found to carry the deadly bat-borne virus.
"Gold Coast vet Dr Matthew George Morahan will face trial in March.
"The case of former Olympic dressage team vet Dr Janine Frances Dwyer, from Carbrook, south of Brisbane, will be mentioned in the Southport Magistrates Court again in February," the ABC reported.
"If convicted of the category two offence, each vet could face individual fines of up to $100,000."