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Man sentenced for practicing veterinary medicine without a license

August 26, 2010|By DON AINES

A Westminster, Md., man who claimed to be a veterinary technician was sentenced to 90 days in jail Thursday after pleading guilty in Washington County District Court to practicing veterinary medicine and giving rabies vaccinations without a license.

Bryan Lance Primo, 36, received the maximum sentence for practicing veterinary medicine without a license from District Judge Mark D. Thomas.

"All I was really trying to do was provide a service that was affordable," Primo said before the sentencing. "I am a veterinary technician in New Jersey."

In exchange for his plea, the state dismissed one count each of practicing veterinary medicine without a license, administering rabies shots without a license and theft of less than $1,000, court records show.

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Thomas said Primo has a long criminal record dating to 1994 and faces a related charge in Carroll County.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office began investigating in May when a victim in the case said she had been contacted by an acquaintance who knew a veterinarian who could come to her house and vaccinate pets, according to the application for statement of charges in the case. Primo, who told the woman he was a veterinary technician, went to her Marbern Road home May 26, vaccinated two dogs and sold the woman other medications, the application said.

Primo told the victim his wife was a veterinarian working at a Reisterstown, Md., clinic, the application for statement of charges said. He gave the woman two vaccination medallions and told her the certificates would be e-mailed, the application said.

When the certificates did not arrive, the woman called the clinic and was told that Primo did not work there, the application for statement of charges said. Investigators also interviewed another victim, the application said.

Investigators determined the medications were stolen from the clinic, where Primo's wife once worked, the application for statement of charges said.

The vaccinations and medications sold to the two victims were worth $842.40, the application said.

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