Joey’s Legacy is a not for profit organization whose mission is to educate pet parents and provide assistance when a pet is lost through the negligence or malpractice of a veterinarian.  The organization was founded in 2017, after founder Scott Fine lost his beloved Doxie, Joey to an act of medical malpractice.  It is Scott’s desire that his loss and this organization can prevent another pet parent’s future loss.   

On average, Joey’s Legacy receives two to three inquiries per week regarding the loss of a loved pet.  Although the majority of veterinarians are caring and compassionate people, like all professions, they have their “bad actors.”  These are the individuals who do not provide proper treatment or the proper standard of care for their animal patients.  As a result, there may be injury or death to the loved pet.   

If you are looking for a qualified veterinarian, consult with family and friends.  Also review online organizations like Yelp or the Better Business Bureau to see whether there are any complaints.  You can also contact your state veterinary board to see if there have been any complaints or disciplinary action.  Visit the American Association of Veterinary State Boards at to look up a license or file a complaint.   A licensing board will take action to discipline the licensee if they find evidence that proves the licensee was incompetent, provided unprofessional services or engaged in unethical or unprofessional or illegal behavior.    

Historically, pets have been considered to be personal property.  As a result, damage awards for their injury or death have been minimal.  However, the law is changing and so is the perception of the American public.  Pets are valued and priceless members of our family.  Today, damage awards are rising and a recovery for several thousands of dollars is becoming more common.   

Joey’s Legacy works with a team of respected veterinarians and attorneys across the country.  The expert veterinary team reviews the medical records from the claimant and compiles a letter of opinion regarding the standard of care provided.  If negligence or malpractice is determined, the attorney team can pursue the case with the veterinarian.  This process generally starts with a demand letter and could proceed to litigation if a settlement is not received.   

Joey’s Legacy also supports the effort of our k-9 officers across the country and has made donations to several law enforcement agencies.  You can support Joey’s Legacy with your donation today.  You can also join their FaceBook Group – Joey’s Legacy-VetMalVictims.   

Scott has Just launched is a weekly radio show called Joey’s Legacy – Do No Harm that airs weekly on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. on 98.9 WGUF, or the WGUF app for Android and iPhone.    

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