Dr. Hakam Singh Bhullar of Atlas Animal Hospital in East Vancouver has lost his license. The B.C. Veterinary Association held hearings into the allegations and stated that “The findings demonstrate such a high level of moral turpitude that Dr. Bhullar’s conduct is deserving of the most extreme penalty, that of erasure.” And what is the good doctor’s explanation? Why racism of course. What other reason could there possibly be? Actually there’s a number of other reasons.
The association posted it’s decision and cites 17 charges including “debarking” surgery that led to the death of a dog. I question why any vet would perform such surgery on an animal and support the association’s decision based on that alone but there’s more to the story. Dr. Bhullar owns the veterinarian clinic which employs nine vets and is present but not actively practicing. He called the revocation “unbelievable” and vows to go to the B.C. Supreme Court to have it overturned based on racism. He has rejected the 17 charges against him and says the association is biased against immigrant veterinarians by making it impossible for them to pass the licensing exam. That’s absurd because Dr. Bhullar himself received a license before having it withdrawn based on his poor performance. He maintains that the association is carrying out a vendetta against him and three other Indo-Canadian vets because they charge less for their services. What a pile of doggy-doo! Canada thrives on competition and lower rates would be embraced by pet owners if the quality of care was comparable to other available services. Would the general public stand idly by if an association forced its members to maintain high costs? Probably not as I’d be first in line to pound on their door and demand changes. And for that reason I dismiss Dr. Bhullar’s idiotic claim.
Dr. Bhullar may have had my support if he didn’t pull the standard race card as a defence for his behaviour. From what I’ve read he deserves to lose his license especially if he points the finger of blame at everyone but himself. I’m guessing there’s lots of pets in Greater Vancouver that are drawing a huge sigh of relief right now. Me too.