Bestiality vet Oliver Lown struck off

Oliver Fraser Lown The disciplinary committee heard Oliver Lown trained as a vet at a university in Hungary

A vet who was filmed having sex with a horse and a dog has been struck off his profession's register.

Oliver Fraser Lown of Kesgrave, Suffolk was found guilty of five charges by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) disciplinary committee.

Videos were found in his possession showing him engaging in sexual activity with animals, as were extreme images of animals and people, the RCVS heard.

Lown, believed to be in his 20s, has never practised as a vet in the UK.

'Total lack of respect'

The RCVS panel heard that in 2012 he pleaded guilty at Northallerton and Richmond Magistrates Court in North Yorkshire to seven criminal charges relating to the possession of extreme images involving people and animals, for which he was given a conditional discharge.

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Each of the charges individually amounts to disgraceful conduct”

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The RCVS committee heard the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute him in respect of a bestiality charge that it was considering, but the RCVS found the charge to be proven.

Lown had graduated from the Szent Istvan University in Budapest, Hungary and he had been registered with the RCVS in 2013, the committee heard.

Lown did not attend the RCVS hearing in London, but he was represented by a solicitor.

Three of the charges related to the discovery of images or videos on a laptop and a mobile phone at his home near Ipswich.

Another charge related to footage of him engaging in sexual activity with a horse and a dog, while a fifth charge related to him sending messages that referred to sexual activity with animals.

Prof Noreen Burrows, chairing the committee, said: "The material found in possession of the respondent and his own conduct... involved the abuse of animals and a total lack of respect for their welfare.

"In the judgement of the committee, each of the charges individually amounts to disgraceful conduct and the charges certainly amount to disgraceful conduct when taken cumulatively."

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