Online Vet Fight Continues

By Bill O'Neil

An online veterinarian wins a legal round--as the State of Texas continues it's fight to keep him shut down. 

"Ron has been physically disabled, and can not run a veterinary practice--so this is his way of giving back to the pet community" said Institute for Justice Texas Chapter Executive Director Matt Miller of Ron Hines, insisting his client has always had the best of intentions.  

Hines had been giving out veterinary advice online for about ten years--until the state ordered him to close shop last year, prompting a legal challenge. Miller told 550 KTSA Nedws Hines' clients have been a select few.  

"These are often people who do not have access to veterinary care because they are on an oil rig or in Africa or in parts of the world where they can't access veterinary care" Miller said, adding his client never offered any surgical advice--nor prescribed medications. 

Hines claims a state law preventing him from advising clients online is a violation of his right to free epech. Last week, a federal judge in Brownsville tossed out the state's motion to dismiss Hines' claim against the state. 


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