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Kirkland veterinarian's license reinstated following drug abuse charges
A Kirkland veterinarian's license has been reinstated after it was suspended due to drug abuse allegations in August.
However, the Washington State Department of Health and Veterinary Board of Governors sentenced Cathy A. Johnson-Delaney to two years of probation.
Johnson-Delaney took isoflurane, an inhaled anesthetic, on five occasions in March and April, according to charging documents. It allegedly made her intoxicated, agitated and unconscious while she was at her veterinary clinic, the Avian and Exotic Animal Medical Center at 12930 N.E. 125th Way in Kirkland.
The health department and Veterinary Board agreed to allow her to practice again, pending a two-year probation with conditions.
The veterinarian was ordered to undergo a comprehensive evaluation for substance abuse, dependence and mental health issues at the Talbot Clinic in Atlanta, Ga., according to department of health documents entered on Oct. 20.
Other probationary conditions include that the Washington Physicians Health Program will monitor her to make sure she complies with the clinic's recommendations, and her practice may also be audited or inspected up to three times a year, according to the documents.
The Reporter contacted clinic staff, who said Johnson-Delaney is on personal leave for three months and is expected back to work on Feb. 1.
She has practiced avian and exotic companion animal medicine in the greater Puget Sound area for more than 25 years, according to her company's website.