Colorado-trained vet sparks social media firestorm after allegedly killing cat with arrow

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A Texas veterinarian who graduated from Colorado State University has made worldwide headlines after she apparently killed a cat with a bow and arrow and then posed with the animal’s carcass for a Facebook photo.

Kristen Lindsey has since been fired from her job as a vet, but will not face criminal charges, ABC13 reported. She graduated from CSU in spring of 2012, the school confirmed.

The text on the photo posted to social media reads, “my first bow kill. lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it’s (sic) head. Vet of the year award…gladly accepted.”

There is some debate over whether the cat actually was feral, or was simply a domesticated cat wandering loose.

Co-workers of Lindsey’s at Washington Animal Clinic in Brenham, Texas, said they received hundreds of calls from people outraged about the post, as well as one bomb threat.

“Our goal now is to go on and try to fix our black eye and hope that people are reasonable and understand that those actions don’t any way portray what we’re for here at Washington Animal Clinic,” Dr. Bruce Buenger told ABC13.

Photo via Facebook
Photo via Facebook

CSU’s vet school released the following statement on Sunday:

We write to address a troubling issue that has drawn attention in our college, and is gaining attention in the nation and around the world.

Many of us are aware of the deeply disturbing news involving a Colorado State University veterinary graduate from 2012 who has worked in Brenham, Texas, and appears to have posted on Facebook a very distressing photograph and boastful comments about killing a cat with a bow and arrow. In the course of one day, the post and outraged response have blown up through social media and as a news story in traditional media outlets.

At Colorado State University, we join the veterinary clinic that earlier employed this individual, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and countless others who strongly decry the grotesque actions and comments displayed in that post. We trust that the Austin County Sheriff ’s Office will continue its investigation of the case, and that the case will be appropriately adjudicated through both the law-enforcement system and the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

We also wish to express our support for you, as students and veterinary professionals who joined this field with integrity and concern for animal welfare. Each day, you uphold our shared values as people who profoundly care about the health and wellbeing of living creatures. You work with determination, knowledge and compassion to improve animal welfare. Our students and our many graduates, with support and guidance from dedicated faculty and staff, achieve great things each day; you are committed to learning and discovery because you want to embody principles that form the foundation of veterinary medicine.

These principles are encapsulated in the Veterinarian’s Oath – an oath that each of us takes upon graduation from veterinary school. It is a promise to ourselves and society. A promise we hold dear.

“Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge. I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.”

We hope these words and principles will help guide us in our personal and professional lives. The public holds our profession in high regard and entrusts us to practice excellent medicine and to demonstrate compassionate care for the benefit of animals and the people who love them.

Thank you for all you do to make our college a place of meaningful learning and concern for others.

Best regards, Dr. Mark Stetter, Dean Dr. Melinda Frye, Associate Dean for Veterinary Academic and Student Affairs

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