Local veterinarian suspended

ALBANY -- The Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine recently accepted the suspension of an individual practicing in Albany.

The indefinite suspension of Dr. Jim T. Lewis became effective at the board's Aug. 4 meeting.

Documentation provided by the Secretary of State's office indicated the chain of events was started by an incident late last year.

"On or about December 11, 2009, Respondent entered a guilty plea to five felony counts of an Indictment filed against him in Case Number I:09-CR-2-(WLS) in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia (Albany Division) which counts related to the acquisition of controlled substances by forgery and/or fraud," the documents read.

"On or about February 25, 2010, the United States District for the Middle District of Georgia sentenced Respondent to two years probation for each count to run concurrently."

The records indicate Lewis is not to practice veterinary medicine in Georgia until further order from the board. He is also expected to obtain continuing education and pay a license renewal fee.

Lewis may not petition to have the suspension lifted for another two years, the documentation states.

"At such time, the Respondent may petition the Board to lift the suspension by providing evidence that he has complied with all the terms of the federal criminal probation. Prior to the Board considering Respondent's petition to have the suspension lifted, the Board shall review and evaluate the Respondent's current condition and his compliance with the federal criminal probation," the document read.

A call to a home phone listing for a Dr. Jim T. Lewis resulted in a Herald reporter being told Monday afternoon the call would be returned. A phone call was not received as of 6 p.m.