Veterinary clinic Employee with history of drug-related criminal convictions scammed customers to support drug habit_12416

By Michael Klazema on 4/16/2012

After the suspicious death of his dog, an Akron man decided to look into his vet’s credentials and found that she had none.  After further investigation from authorities, it was found that she had been posing as a vet at the C&D Animal Hospital for about a year.  During that time, she accepted only cash from customers and then did not give real care to their pets.  Instead, she used the money to feed her drug habit.  It turns out she had several previous drug-related convictions on her record as well.  Other employees were often on assignment for short periods at the hospital and so didn’t notice that Brandi Tomko was a fake.  Instead, when they stopped getting paid for their time there, they simply stopped accepting hours there.  After the deaths and mistreatment of several animals, she is now facing charges, including animal cruelty and practicing without a license.

Because veterinarians work with animals and not humans, some may not go through background checks upon hiring.  Of course, they do have to meet rigorous medical standards, but since Tomko successfully faked her certification, nobody thought to look any further.  By working with a background check company like, institutions like C&D Animal Hospital can get access to products like Education Verification and Professional License Verification to ensure their vets are truly qualified for that career.  And they could opt to have prospective and current employees screened for drug use. The owners of the pets who suffered at the hands of an unlicensed person, will certainly hope that this will be the case from now on.

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