Rhode Island veterinarian’s license under investigation after concerns from past surface

Banfield Hospital has confirmed that Dr. Oliver is a current employee at the Johnston location.

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Department of Health confirmed to ABC 6 News that a Rhode Island veterinarian who works at Banfield Hospital is under investigation — after a number of concerns surfaced from her past.

The Department of Health confirmed that Dr. Janine Oliver currently is licensed in the state and works at Banfield Hospital in Johnston.

Before working in Rhode Island, Oliver was licensed in North Carolina, where she owned her own practice in Greenboro called Benessere Animal Hospital.

A former employee of Oliver tells ABC 6 that she is “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said she filed for an application for license in Rhode Island in early November, before she surrendered her North Carolina license.

Oliver surrendered her license in the midst of when a petition circulated online calling for her removal, after many brought their concerns about the vet online. It now has over 8,000 signatures.

The statement from the Department of Health said in part, “Our licensing and investigatory teams are aware of the concerns that have surfaced. The matter is under review right now.”

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Banfield Hospital said, “The veterinary profession relies on state veterinary boards to confirm the quality and eligibility of veterinarians to practice medicine. At this time, Dr. Oliver remains licensed and in good standing with the state. Should that change, we will reevaluate the situation and take appropriate action.”

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