02/22/2013 09:12 EST | Updated 04/24/2013 05:12 EDT

Langley Vet Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

The College of Veterinarians of B.C. has obtained a court order to stop a Langley vet from practicing, pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.

According to an application filed in B.C. Supreme Court Friday, both Langley RCMP and the college are investigating the allegations against Dr. Wayne Etherington.

The college says it told Etherington last week he could still practice with a chaperone present, but decided to take further action after a private investigator hired to check on him reported back.

College president Dr. Christiane Armstrong said the college is not treating the allegations lightly.

"Extreme measures were taken in this circumstance given the very serious nature of these allegations," she said.

The private investigator claims she was alone in the surgery with Etherington when he treated her dog, Spike.

She alleges he asked if she was married and looked at her breasts instead of her eyes more than once.

Etherington says the allegations are all false and that the college is targetting him because of previous disputes.

Friday's court order prevents Etherington from practicing and allows the college to post a notice of suspension on his clinic.