A Southern Californian man was charged with a criminal misdemeanor last month for allegedly posing as a veterinarian.
After receiving a consumer complaint alleging negligence, the Veterinary Medical Board commissioned the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI) to conduct an investigation of the activities of Hector Menjivar. An undercover operation conducted by the DOI’s Chatsworth Field Office revealed that Menjivar was practicing veterinary medicine, including performing surgeries, without a license. Menjivar, who identified himself as “Doctor Hector,” was seeing patients after-hours at his veterinary clinic in North Hollywood. Menjivar is the owner of Holiday Humane Society Veterinary Clinic, but is not a licensed veterinarian.
Following the undercover operation, DOI investigators issued a misdemeanor citation to Menjivar for the unlicensed practice of veterinary medicine. The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office subsequently charged Menjivar with one misdemeanor count of practicing veterinary medicine without a license. Menjivar could face up to one year in jail, if convicted.
The Veterinary Medical Board will pursue disciplinary action, as appropriate, against any licensee involved in the unlicensed practice of Menjivar.