Bellingham veterinarian's license suspended because of alleged drug use

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 14, 2014 

The state has suspended the license of a Bellingham veterinarian who allegedly admitted to diverting drugs from his veterinary clinic and injecting himself for a "long time" and "multiple times daily."

Todd William Perry, the owner of Fountain Veterinary Hospital, is barred from practicing in Washington state until the allegations against him have been resolved. He has 20 days to respond and ask for a hearing, the Washington state Department of Health announced Wednesday, May 14.

The alleged violations occurred March 21 when Perry was treating a client's dog.

The client, who had known him for about nine years, said Perry was "impaired, with glazed eyes, slurred speech and unsteady balance," according to health department documents.

Perry had to lean against the countertop to keep upright, the client said.

Later that day, Perry was taken to the hospital emergency room for an apparent drug overdose.

He told the doctor there that he had injected himself with Telazol - an anesthetic for small animals - that he took from his stock of medication at his veterinary clinic.

The doctor saw many track marks at injection sites on his arms, according to state health department documents.

Perry wasn't in the clinic Wednesday, and couldn't be reached for comment.

Reach Kie Relyea at 360-715-2234 or kie.relyea@bellinghamherald.com .

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