WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a retired Texas veterinarian who was barred from evaluating animals and giving advice over the Internet.

The justices on Monday let stand lower court rulings against Ronald Hines of Brownsville, Texas. Hines' online clients included pet owners overseas who had limited access to veterinary services.

The Texas veterinary board suspended Hines' license for a year after finding that his Internet practice violated state laws.

Hines claimed that the board's action violated his right to free speech.

The case is Hines v. Alldredge, 14-1543.