A teacher who posed as a vet and set up a bogus emergency call-out service for poorly pets has been banned from the classroom indefinitely.
Nigerian-born Olanrewaju Oduloju, of Winson Green, stole the identity of a qualified vet in order to buy animal medicines and give out prescriptions to unsuspecting customers.
Oduloju, also known as Larry, ran the Canalside Mobile Veterinary Clinic with Lynda Lerwill-Carter from their then home in Rugeley, Staffordshire, in 2008 and 2009.
The deception only came to light after worried customers contacted the authorities questioning the firm’s “dubious advice” during call-outs, including one case where Oduloju treated a poorly puppy with honey.
The animal died later that day.
Oduloju, 40, has now been hit with an indefinite ban from the classroom after being found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct at a General Teaching Council (GTC) hearing in Birmingham.
The ruling follows Oduloju’s conviction at Stafford Crown Court in June last year, where he was handed a 26-week prison term, suspended for a year, for two counts of dishonesty, engaging in misleading commercial practice, and two charges of prescribing vet medicines without qualifications.
Presenting officer Mark Pardoe told the GTC panel said: “Oduloju manipulated both his co-defendant and those who trusted him to treat their animals.
“Those who were identified were elderly clients and that the animals themselves were vulnerable, as well as the clients.”
Oduloju claimed at Stafford Crown Court he was a qualified vet, but neither his defence or Staffordshire County Council Animal Health Team were able to prove this.
The GTC panel heard how Oduloju was also fined £270 for sending an abusive letter to a Trading Standards officer who was investigating him in May 2009.
He also had a previous conviction for battery in June 2002, and a caution by for harassment in October 2008.
Mr Pardoe added: “It is a cause of great concern that somebody with this history should be in the teaching profession.”
Chairman Paul Bird said: “We find that Oduloju has no insight into his actions and we have evidence before us which demonstrates deep-seated personality and attitudinal problems.”
Oduloju was not represented at the hearing, and Mr Pardoe said a letter sent to his last known address, informing him of the hearing had been returned marked “gone away”.