Vet says being used as cobalt scapegoat

Vetsaysbeingusedascobaltscapegoat

September21,20163:00pm。

byAAP

Avetwhodeniesbeinginvolvedinsupplyingcobaltsaysheisbeingusedasascapegoatbyhisformerboss。

DrAdamMatthewsdeniesfellowveterinarianDrTomBrennansclaimhesuppliedbottlescontainingasubstancecalledvitamincomplexthatBrennangavetohorsesinDannyOBrienandMarkKavanaghsstables。

AfterbeingsummonsedtoappearattheVictoriantrainersappealsagainsttheircobaltdisqualifications,Matthewsmaintainedhedidnotsupplythebottles。

BrennantoldstewardsinJuly2015thatMatthewssuppliedthevitamincomplex,sourceditfromCanadaandassuredhimthebottlesdidnotcontaincobalt。

MatthewssaidBrennansevidencewasincorrect。

Thatwasthefirsttimeheusedmeasascapegoat,MatthewstoldtheVictorianCivilandAdministrativeTribunalonWednesday。

BrennanhastoldVCATheandthetrainersdidnotknowtheywereusingcobaltandhewashoodwinkedbyMatthews。

MatthewsalsodeniedbuyingcobaltfromotherpartiesandsaidhedidnotknowwherethecobaltthatledtoapositiveresultforanotherFlemingtonEquineClinicclient,harnessracingtrainer/driverCraigDemmler,camefrom。

Ihadnothingtodowithit,hesaid。

AbarristerforMatthewsfailedtohaveasummonsforthevettoappearasawitnesssetasideonmedicalgrounds。

ThetribunalhasheardMatthews,whoadmitshavingaseveregamblingproblem,issufferingfromasignificantpsychiatricdisorderthatrequiresongoingtreatmentinhospital。

KavanaghandOBriensbarristerDamianShealesinterruptedRacingVictoriabarristerJeffGleesonQCsquestioningofMatthewsnumeroustimes。

Itlookstomelikejustasmashcharacterassassination,Shealessaid。

Thiswitnessgivesnoevidencethatassiststhestewardsatall。

Itsadisgrace。

Theyvepulledhimoutofamentalhealthinstitutiontocomeandgiveevidencethathesgiventhreetimesbeforethattheyknow。