Daily Caller: VA dog experimenter Alex Tan received big bonuses and a salary increase even after reports emerged that he had botched numerous dog surgeries and was banned from various animal experiments.
A Freedom of Information Act request from the White Coat Waste Project, a group dedicated to fighting waste in animal experimentation, reveals that Tan, a cardiologist, received a $15,000 performance bonus in 2016, which was the same year he was banned from animal experimentation protocols for repeated abuses. He also received another bonus in 2017.
His total salary in 2015 was $309,332. This increased to $310,365 in 2016. His salary in 2017 was $340,000 — well after reports of abuses and being banned.
Internal VA reports indicate that Tan botched dog surgeries so badly he was eventually banned from experimenting on dogs. In one case, back in December 2015, he caused a dog to overdose on a sedative. By the time he left work, the dog was not recovering from surgery and unresponsive. Tan’s technician came in the next day and found the dog in major pain and accidentally delivered the wrong drug to ease the suffering. read more