A DISGRACED vet has been convicted of two drink driving offences - just weeks after being found guilty of animal cruelty.
Alan Tait, 57, has been banned from driving for three years.
Only last month it was revealed he had allowed his Shetland pony's hooves to grow so long it was in pain and had difficulty in walking.
Huddersfield Magistrates heard yesterday that Tait had been caught drink driving and drunk in charge of a vehicle by police twice last December.
On December 5 he was caught on Woodhead Road, Holmbridge, and on December 22 he was caught at Yateholme Reservoir in Holme.
He was banned from driving for 36 months, but that will be reduced by nine months if he successfully completes a drink drive rehabilitation course, which he agreed to do.
He was also given a community supervision order for 18 months.
During this time he must take part in a drink-impaired driving scheme which lasts for 22 sessions and also keep all appointments with his supervisor.
Tait was also convicted of having no insurance, but no separate panalty was imposed.
He will also have to pay prosecution costs of £200.
At the court case in Manchester in November Tait was sentenced to do 240 hours unpaid community work and also banned from keeping any animals for five years.
He had been convicted in his absence in August of two counts of causing the pony unnecessary suffering.
The pony's hooves were turned up so badly they had the impression of Persian slippers.
It was found in a field in Failsworth, Manchester.
Tait was struck off in 2003 for what was described as "disgraceful professional conduct" by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons - claiming for work he hadn't carried out.
At Manchester Crown Court in May this year he was given a suspended six-month jail sentence for continuing to practise in Oldham while banned.
He had been a vet for 30 years with two thriving practices until he was struck off.
He had practised at surgeries in Holmfirth and Uppermill.