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Embattled ASPCA veterinarian resigns over carriage horse death
Dr. Pamela Corey talks about the lessons learned from a very public event


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"I'm supposed to be objective in the humane law enforcement department and as a veterinarian. I'm very concerned that a veterinarian was put in this position," she says. "I certainly have never wanted to be out there saying bad things about anyone. The reason for the clarification was to maintain my objectivity and do the right thing."

The veterinary community and her clients have been supportive throughout the ordeal, Corey says.

"It's been very stressful and the saving grace is that my horse community and my veterinary friends are very much behind me and understand," Corey says, adding she had even gone as far as to register a complaint with the New York Attorney General's Office over the way the whole ordeal unfolded.

During the three months of her suspension, Corey says she wasn't given a reason for the disciplinary action and received very little communication. After her attorney pressed the organization, Corey says she was told she was legally suspended for "serious misconduct," but never explained what policy she broke.

In the end, Corey says she was given the option to sign an agreement that would have given her a small severance package but forbidden her from ever working in or speaking about equine welfare again, or resigning.

"My interest in welfare predated that job, and I really didn't want to lose that," Corey says. "I couldn't sign away my ability to continue working to improve the lives of working horses in NYC and speak out about those issues."

Corey hopes other veterinarians will see her experience and learn from it, understanding that when you work for organizations like humane groups, you may be put in a position to push an agenda rather than remain an objective medical expert.

"I guess for awhile I felt that I was maintaining my objectivity in my department until this crisis occurred. Then it became clear, I couldn't do that," she says.

Her advice to others in advocacy roles is to stick to the facts and maintain scientific objectivity.

Corey is now working as a solo practitioner in private equine practice.

She is in a good place now and happy to have the ordeal behind her.

"It's been a real lesson learned," she says. "I didn't sign my life away. I think I have a lot to say, and I think I've really helped get a lot of the agencies that work together to come together to help horses more... All of the attention on (the carriage horses) has resulted in improvements for them."


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