A man who worked as a vet in a Taunton practice with no qualifications has been jailed for three years.
59-year-old Patrick Keniry used the identity of a registered veterinary surgeon for his job at Priory Close Veterinary Surgery.
He worked at the practice for almost two years.
Taunton Crown Court heard Keniry had been previously convicted in his native South Africa and elsewhere in the UK.
He admitted one charge of fraud and one of practising as a registered veterinary surgeon when he was not qualified.
Eleanor Ferguson, Director of Legal Services at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons says the case is 'unprecedented' but is a reminder that practises should be vigilant.
RCVS has issued advice for both practices and the public.