Troubled vet clinic set to reopen

Posted at: 03/11/2014 8:32 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4



The doors to VetStat have been closed for nearly three weeks, but not for much longer.

The clinic closed after The State Board of Veterinary Medicine revoked Dr. Gretchen Chapman-Steininger's license.

The board’s executive director said the doctor closed her doors because of pressure from KOB Eyewitness News 4.

Now the state says another veterinarian who does have a license plans to take over the clinic and soon reopen.

According to documents from her disciplinary hearing, she left surgical sponges inside animals an inspector found dirty surgical tools and there were allegations the vet was just being cruel to pets.

Since KOB Eyewitness News 4 broke this story multiple customers of VetStat came forward with complaints.

Chapman-Steininger’s office employees say she is seeking an appeal, but state officials say if she touches an animal in the clinic she could be charged for practicing without a license.

As for the animal cruelty investigation the district attorney tells me there is an open case on Gretchen Chapman-Steininger. The DA will be working with the state to determine whether to file any charges.