Forestburg vet faces injunction for practising without registration

Dr. Serfas (Facebook)
Written by Sarah Baker

Dr. Serfas (Facebook)

Forestburg veterinarian Dr. Jeff Serfas has been summoned to court for an injunction by the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA).

Dr. Serfas is accused of continuing to practise on animals despite having his registration with the ABVMA cancelled in 2020.

Dr. Serfas was a registered vet with the ABVMA since 1997 and the sole owner of the shutdown Forestburg Veterinary Clinic.

After breaching an order that prevented him from practising veterinary medicine and attempting to deceive the ABVMA, on Oct. 8, 2020, Dr. Serfas had his registration cancelled for a minimum of five years.

According to complaint reports by the ABVMA, Dr. Serfas has a history of misconduct and malpractice.

In 2014, an order was filed against Dr. Serfas in regards to his conduct, professionalism and treatment of a feral cat. The order included $16,000 in fines, a 30-day suspension, education and anger management courses.

After the order was issued, three Calgary-based vets; Dr. Kent Morley,  Dr. Lia Morley and Dr. Miguel Moncayo, wrote to the ABVMA regarding the punishments given to Dr. Serfas.

“The punitive measures delivered by the ABVMA are grossly inadequate when considering the damage Dr. Serfas has inflicted on his community and our profession,” they wrote in the letter.

Once more in 2016, Dr. Serfas was charged with inappropriately dispensing amoxicillin, an antibiotic, for his infant son in what was described as an “unsafe manner, specifically un-reconstituted.”

This led to another 30-day suspension, $14,000 in fines and required him to attend more training.

In 2019, Dr. Serfas had his registration suspended for one year and was charged $50,000 after botched operations on two dogs that resulted in their deaths.

Finally in 2020, Dr. Serfas breached the suspension order he received in 2019 alongside attempting to deceive the ABVMA. Dr. Serfas lost his registration with the ABVMA, was forced to close the Forestburg Veterinary Clinic and charged $100,000 in fines.

Although he is no longer registered under the ABVMA, Dr. Serfas has been accused of continuing to practise on animals according to locals in Forestburg and reports by the Edmonton Journal.

Dr. Serfas will appear in court in July.

Daniel Gonzalez
ECA Review

About the author

Sarah Baker

Sarah Baker graduated from the Holland College Journalism and Communications program in May of 2021. From there she worked with other organizations as a multimedia journalist. 

Sarah joined the ECA Review in November of 2022 and comes from Castor, Alta.