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TERRELL Days before the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners planned to take a rare action and revoke his veterinary license, Dr. David J. Snyder voluntarily surrendered it, according to Nicole Oria, the board's executive director.

Complaints began piling up against the veterinarian after News 8 reports began last fall.

Former clients raised questions about how their dogs died causing the board to take emergency action and temporarily suspend Snyder's license in January.

I m striving to do better, Snyder told the board then. I ve just been inundated with lots of stuff. It s just been a tumultuous chain of events. It s just been unbelievable.

Still, in official filings, the TBVME called Snyder s practice an imminent threat to the public.

You re not tending to the needs of your practice, one board member told Snyder last month. You have not taken on the responsibility of securing your controlled substances. You ve had animals die and you have no substantiation as to why, other than just cardiac arrest. The clients' recollection of events are completely different than yours. It seems you really have problems with the details and following through with adhering to the law.

Snyder faced nine state violations in all, including poor record-keeping for clients and drugs.

He has not answered questions from News 8 and repeatedly dodged our cameras.

The Terrell veterinarian has been in trouble before. During the mid-1990s, Snyder went to prison for drugs. The state took away his license for five years then, but eventually reinstated it.

Oria said Snyder would have to wait at least five more years before trying to get his license reinstated again.

Snyder still faces felony charges for possession of drugs in Kaufman County. His trial, supposed to happen this month, is being reset.


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