Vet clinic remains open despite state orders

Created: 02/12/2014 5:18 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The state was back at an Albuquerque veterinary clinic Wednesday, ordering it to shut down, but the clinic says it has no plans on closing.

For the second day in a row, VetStat near Louisiana and Paseo del Norte was open even though the state revoked the license of the clinic's vet, Gretchen Chapman-Steininger.

A state inspector found multiple violations at the clinic, including dirty surgical tools, no sterilization and expired medication.

Since Steininger is no longer licensed, the state says the clinic cannot operate.

That order was given last week, and Wednesday, just before noon, the state re-severed papers stating Steininger no longer had a license.

Someone at the office signed the document, but the clinic remains open.

There's no sign that the clinic is going to close. Receptionists are still scheduling appointments.

A receptionist told KOB Eyewitness News 4 the clinic does not plan on shutting their doors.

A spokesperson or the state says if VetStat is not closed by Thursday they'll file an injunction to get the clinic shut down immediately.

KOB has been told Steininger is planning to appeal.

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