State board restricts Snohomish County veterinarian’s license

Charges say Susan Carroll Connor used sedation rather than general anesthesia on two dogs, who were later euthanized.

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MONROE — A Snohomish County veterinarian’s license has been restricted amid allegations of improper care that may have contributed to the death of two dogs.

In August 2020, Susan Carroll Connor used sedation rather than general anesthesia on the two dogs for surgical procedures, administered doses that exceeded the recommended doses and failed to monitor and document the procedures, among other violations, according to a statement of charges from the state Veterinary Board of Governors.

The two dogs both became very ill and were later euthanized, charges state. One dog was 12-year-old male Bichon Frise and the other a 13½-year-old female of the same breed. Both dogs belonged to the same owner.

The Veterinary Board of Governors restricted Connor’s license pending further legal action. She is barred from performing procedures requiring sedation or anesthesia until the charges are resolved. She has 20 days to request a hearing and contest the charges, according to a news release from the state Department of Health.

Connor, 71, of Monroe, has practiced as a veterinarian in the state since 1981. She was associated with a clinic in Mountlake Terrace listed as permanently closed on Google.

Connor was not able to be reached for comment Friday.

The six-member Veterinary Board of Governors regulates veterinary health care providers and facilities to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and their animals.

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