MACHIAS — A Machias veterinarian practicing without a license since January 2018 has been found in contempt of court and fined $10,000.
At a hearing Jan. 21 at Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta, Cynthia Teer was found to be in violation of court orders issued on Aug. 6, 2018, and Dec. 7, 2018. The state Attorney’s General’s Office made a motion in December asking the court to find her in contempt, according to court documents.
Teer, who practices at Machias Animal Hospital in Machias, also was ordered for a third time to stop practicing veterinary medicine without a license.
“It is within Dr. Teer’s power to cease practicing medicine as ordered by the court,” stated court documents, which also provide a summary of disciplinary action taken against Teer since 2014. Her failure to comply with the requirements of those disciplinary actions resulted in her license being revoked on Oct. 16, 2019.
Teer signed a consent agreement Oct. 25, 2018, in which she admitted to practicing without a license. She was placed on probation and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine with the condition that she could apply to get her license back if she successfully completed the terms of probation. However, she did not, documents say.
Since August 2018, the Board of Veterinary Medicine investigated numerous complaints alleging Teer had examined, treated, prescribed medication and even performed surgery without a license.