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.
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.