Dr. Wayne Etherington, a Langley veterinarian, is expected to appear in court this week, charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of committing an indecent act.
The charges relate to the adults who encountered Etherington as a vet, according to the Langley RCMP.
Etherington has been banned from practicing by the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia.
The college launched an investigation earlier this year and took action "due to the number and seriousness of formal complaints," said its online disciplinary registry.
The complaints of sexual misconduct involved both clients and employees, said the college.
"Although unproven at this time, these allegations, if proven, suggest a high degree of professional misconduct and conduct unbecoming a registrant that extraordinary action to protect the public interest must be taken," said the college's reason for imposing the ban on practicing.
Initially, the college had given Etherington the option of continuing to practice with a chaperone present, but he did not contact the college to ask them how to assign such a chaperone.
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