New Zealand vet John Green and his colleagues at the Canterbury Vet Clinic have been fined $2,5 million for selling health care supplies that the vets deemed unnecessary.

The Veterinary Association of New Zealand (VANZ) says Mr Green sold a large quantity of vet supplies to veterinarians in a single year.

“The fact that the vet supply industry has been fined by the government means the supply industry needs to be better protected and better regulated,” Mr Green said.

VAN ZA spokesman Tom Macpherson said the vet community was “disappointed” with the fine.

“It shows the government’s concern about veterinary supply in New Zealand.”

We’re very disappointed that we haven’t seen any action from the government on this.

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“We want to make sure the veterinary supply industry does not fall victim to this type of behaviour.””

We feel this is a gross injustice to vets who were caught out selling unnecessary supplies,” he said.

“We want to make sure the veterinary supply industry does not fall victim to this type of behaviour.”

The Canterbury Vet clinic was fined $1.9 million in 2013 for breaching the Animal Protection Act, while a similar fine was handed down in 2015.

New Zealand Veterinary Care Services (NZVCS) is also facing an investigation by the Veterinary Accreditation Authority.