Poco West Veterinary Clinic and DVM,Clyde Rendell Shoopin convicted on animal cruelty – Jim Thorpe

State reinstates convicted veterinarian’s license

Saturday, March 25, 2017
By Chris Reber creber@tnonline.com

A local veterinarian who was convicted on animal cruelty charges last year will be allowed to continue his practice under probation.

Earlier this month, the State Board of Veterinary Medicine approved an agreement with Clyde Rendell Shoop ending the suspension of his license, imposing a probation and paving the way for him to start practicing again.

Shoop is the owner of Poco West Veterinary Clinic in Jim Thorpe.

His license was suspended last February after state police removed nine horses in critical condition from a Lower Towamensing Township farm he owned.

He was found guilty of 10 counts of animal cruelty last April, and assessed a fine of nearly $20,000. He has since appealed that sentence.

Shoop has maintained that while he owned the 75-acre farm, he did not live there, and the horses belonged to his estranged wife, who lived at the home. The settlement agreement approved March 15 is unrelated to the criminal charges and resulted from a petition to the Board of Veterinary Medicine to suspend Shoop’s license filed last year.

It’s unclear whether Shoop will be able to resume immediately as his license actually expired in November, and has not been renewed.

According to the settlement Shoop’s license to practice as a veterinarian will remain under probation through February 2019. At that time, he can submit a letter asking for full reinstatement.

The terms of the probation include 100 hours of community service, completion of an online remedial course on veterinary ethics, and $4,000 in fines and court costs.

The community service must be completed at animal rescues or other programs such as animal shelters, rescue shelters, 4-H programs, and school programs.

Shoop must also notify the state if he is charged with a crime, changes address, or changes his place of employment.

Shoop acknowledges that he violated the board’s regulations on professional responsibility “by failing to conform to the principle objectives of the veterinary profession,” and by “Failing to protect the health and welfare of an animal that was endangered.”

Shoop declined to comment on the case, and directed calls to his attorney, Armin Feldman. Feldman was unavailable for comment Friday evening.


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