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October 25, 2015

To: Texas Board Of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Hello,

I am a California resident and minutes ago was sorely disappointed when I learned that my right to solicit Dr. Hines for help has already been denied by the Texas Veterinary Board. I had high hopes that his direction would serve me well for the care of my dog who was recently diagnosed with "severe' heart failure.

I have two local veterinarian's reports for their examinations, blood tests, xrays and echocardiogram that I was prepared to allow Dr. Hines to review. I have never contacted him before and I do not know if he would have agreed to advise me. I merely wanted advice as whether or not I should seek a third opinion from another local Veterinarian for her care. This, because after close scrutiny of my own, I suspect that the "severe" diagnosis from the other two doctors who have 2 years and 5 years experience (versus Dr. Hines' 30+ years) may be hasty and the treatment plan involving several medications proposed (with side effects) may be premature. My dog is eating, breathing well, has no irregular heart rate/beat, no swollen abdomen and is fairly active throughout the day. Her right tricuspid valve is only showing mild change. She did develop a cough recently that disappeared after one day on furosemide. Imaging tests justified the furosemide which I do not oppose. Dr. Hines direction would have been very useful indeed.

In short, I strongly disagree with your decision to ban Dr. Hines from offering advice or other appropriate help via internet to consumers who have the right to request it. He should be trusted with his Texas license and experience after a lifetime career of responsible practice to continue using good judgment for helping pets and their owners. Wrong thinking abounds in this action against Dr. Hines similar to the organized action by veterinary hospitals to disallow 1-800-petmeds which essentially amounts to price fixing in my opinion.

I predict that some of the very same veterinarians who rallied to bring this action against Dr. Hines will regret it in the future when they see the value of his internet work for their own lives as professionals. They will need to do some fancy back stepping then. You cannot suppress the advancement of internet commerce for very long.

I suggest that you change the course of your efforts by spending your taxpayer's dollars instead on writing new regulations with respectful consideration to the constitutional rights of consumers which fully address and allow the ongoing progress of internet veterinary consultations.
I urge you to desist in your effort to revoke Dr. Hines license.

Yours truly,
N. B.
Citrus Heights, CA

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April 21, 2016

To:The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

I once had the belief that all those that went into veterinary medicine did so because of a love of animals and animal welfare. Your organization has opened my eyes that this is not the case! You have proven that your organization is made up of people with no integrity, those who only care about lining their greedy pockets, and CARE NOTHING ABOUT ANIMALS!
Because of your disgusting WITCH HUNT against a very good man, Dr. Ronald Hines, I am now am embarrassed to be called a Texan!! You are responsible for ruining the reputation of a wonderful human being, Dr. Ronald Hines!! Have you no shame?! Your greed obviously knows no bounds. You are clearly being paid by the lobbyists for the pet hospital and Just Answer corporate scum, not to mention the pet pharmaceutical industry!! You have added to the horrid and backward reputation of Texas! For all those animals and those that love them, you have caused countless deaths, not to mention horrible suffering. I went through horrible things when my cat was diagnosed with lymphoma. I was told by one of the big hospitals in Texas that chemo was the answer. After spending thousands and thousands of dollars and putting my cat through unfathomable pain, I tried the cannabis oil cookies, and IMMEDIATELY this gave him relief and an appetite. I saw the joy come and the pain go away!!! HOW DARE YOU TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME AND EVERY LOVING PET PARENT!!!!! You people sicken me! I hope you lose sleep at night!
L.S., Houston, Texas

From:
Nicole Oria <nicole@veterinary.texas.gov>
Apr 21, 2016

Dear Ms. S: Your complaint was received and forwarded to the Enforcement division. An investigator will be in contact with you at a further date. Thank you.
Nicole Oria
Executive Director
Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
333 Guadalupe Ste. 3-810
Austin TX 78701
(512) 305-7555

From:
Nicole Oria <nicole@veterinary.texas.gov>
Apr 21 2016

I am sorry Ms. S. I misunderstood what you were interested in in my previous reply. We have finished the litigation on this matter. Dr. Hines is able as always to write articles about anything he wishes to write about. He cannot, per the Texas Legislature and the US courts, practice veterinary medicine without first establishing a veterinary client patient relationship, which the Texas Legislature, through the Veterinary Licensing Act, states cannot be established by electronic means only. Please inform your Texas legislators if you wish for the Veterinary Licensing Act to change as I, nor anyone at this agency can change it. Thank you for your interest in this matter.

Nicole Oria
Executive Director
Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
333 Guadalupe Ste. 3-810
Austin TX 78701
(512) 305-7555