Dodd v. State of California Veterinary Medical Bd.
Gloria L. Dodd is a doctor of veterinary medicine who has practiced in California since March 1960. Her current office is in Sea Ranch, Sonoma County. She is well-known in the field of homeopathic veterinary medicine. Dodd employs a range of alternative modalities characterized as energy medicine, including homeopathy, acupressure, color therapy, diet, dowsing, nutrition, dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, and radionics. The last of theseradionicsinvolves diagnosis and healing through extra-sensory faculties in which Dodd broadcast[s] healing energy to animals not present in her office. Typically, Dodd does not examine or treat animal patients in her office. Rather, she has the clientthe patients ownercomplete a detailed questionnaire about the patient, reviews the patients recent medical records, and examines photographs of the patient. She typically requires that an animal patient who is not present have an attending local veterinarian. In her appeal, Dodd contends the ALJ erred in imposing these probationary terms. She urges that she should not be required to comply with the in person examination requirement of California Code of Regulations, title 16, section 2032.1 (regulation section 2032.1) because the Board failed to prove that her use of alternate methods to conduct examinations was not in accord with the states veterinary standards of practice. In the same vein, she urges that she should not be required to maintain a premises permit under Business and Professions Code section 4853 (statutory section 4853) when she sees no animals there. As discussed below, Court conclude the trial court did not err in its partial grant and partial denial of Dodds petition for administrative mandate, and Court affirm the judgment.