Tammy Bender, of Carroll County, is charged with impersonating a licensed professional. Tammy Bender

Tennessee Woman Charged with Impersonating Veterinarian

A Tennessee woman is facing charges in three counties after she allegedly posed as a veterinarian and treated horses. Tammy Bender, of Carroll County, is charged with impersonating a licensed professional.

Bender advertised Ber Vet Services on Facebook to find clients. She also utilized a network of horse rescues, some of which did not know about her, although she allegedly used their names.
Bender is accused of taking prescription medications that were legally written for her animals and selling them to her “clients” for theirs. “You can’t take your own hydrocodone prescription and sell it to your neighbor,” Investigator Morris Rogers from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Crime Unit tells Rate My Horse PRO.

Investigator Rogers says Bender preyed on new horse owners and gave them information that could have been harmful to their horses. “She took some online courses, but didn’t finish them.”

Bender is accused of telling one man that she could do an eye exam to test for EIA or equine infectious anemia. A blood test is the actual method of testing for EIA.

Investigator Rogers says Bender also told one horse owner his new horses didn’t need to be quarantined because EIA is not contagious. In actuality, EIA is a deadly and contagious disease with no cure. Since there aren’t any options for EIA infected horses, the USDA requires euthanasia or strict lifelong quarantine from other horses.

Bender is charged in Carroll, Madison and Chester counties and is out on bond. She did not return our message seeking a comment.

If you utilized Bender’s services contact Investigator Rogers at (731) 225-5391.