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Friday, March 29, 2013

The Seriously Twisted Story of Dr. Bruce Langlois: The Registered Sex Offender Traveling Veterinarian (how DOES he find the time?)


Bruce Langlois, Michigan Sex Offender Registry photo


If you ask Dr. Bruce Langlois to describe himself, he’d likely tell you that he’s been the owner and Medical Director of the Animal Hospital of Lowell since 1984. And he’d show you the Bachelors of Science degree in Dairy Science he earned from Michigan State University in 1980, on the wall next to his 1984 MSU Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. According to his Spay Neuter Express web site, Dr. Langlois “prides himself on offering advanced diagnostics and treatments, while still providing personalized, comprehensive care for his patients and clients.”





And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.

What Dr. Bruce Langlois won’t tell you is that he’s a registered sex offender, with lifetime supervision by the State of Michigan as a two-time loser. Although his record as a vet is nearly as scandalous as his criminal history, Langlois recently formed a Michigan non-profit corporation to help fund his mobile surgical program.

Dr. Langlois: Sex Criminal 

Langlois was convicted twice for CSC 4th degree:

750.520E Criminal Sexual Conduct 4th Degree (Multiple Variables)MI 04/12/1988 17th Circuit
750.520E1A Criminal Sexual Conduct 4th Degree(Force Or Coercion)MI 12/13/1995 17th Circuit

According to official State of Michigan court records, in 1995 Langlois pleaded guilty to one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct 4th Degree after an incident with his receptionist/office assistant. The woman had worked for Langlois since 1994. Langlois testified that he and the woman had become friends, and admitted in court that he "misinterpreted her behavior as flirtatious", also known as the "she asked for it" defense.

Langlois admitted that the incident occurred in the office while the receptionist was on a stool, reaching for something and he "put his hands up her shorts on her bottom in an attempt to stop the fall". Langlois went on to admit that he had attempted to put his fingers in the woman's vagina.

(A transvaginal grip is such a novel way to avert a fall, don't you think?)

In October 2011, the Allegan County Educational Service Agency (AAESA) held a free spay and neuter clinic in the AAESA’s Allegan County Area Technical Education Center’s parking lot. Langlois, working in his mobile surgical van, was assisted by students, all high school seniors and juniors.

Langlois was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for violating the law that prohibits sex offenders from working, living and loitering within 1,000 feet of a school.

Some guys never learn!
And his veterinary record is almost as shocking. 

Dr. Langlois: Bad Doctor


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 Name : BRUCE PHILLIP LANGLOIS
 Address : Lowell, MI 49331
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 Profession : Veterinary Medicine Type : Veterinarian
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 6901006100 Active 08/17/1984 12/31/2014
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 Open Formal Complaints :   None
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Probation02/23/2012
Fine Imposed02/23/2012
Probation06/27/200903/22/2010
Reclassified w/o Sanction11/19/2004
Probation05/26/2000
Limited / Restricted05/26/2000
Suspended10/19/1998
Reinstatement Denied09/04/1998
Summary Suspension Dissolved05/30/1996
Suspended05/30/1996
Summary Suspension02/07/1996
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Dr. Langlois’ Disciplinary Action reports from the State of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs indicate an extensive history of suspension and probation.

Dr. Langlois’ most recent Consent Order and Stipulation on his veterinary licenses is dated February 2012. In the orders, Dr. Langlois does not admit nor deny allegations of fact and law set forth by the complaint but the Disciplinary Subcommittee of the Michigan Board of Veterinarian Medicine treats the allegations as true for purposes of their Consent orders. Dr. Langlois has been ordered several times, and is on probation now, to adhere to the stipulations of the Subcommittee, including things such as meeting with a board member bi-annually, having 10 random cases reviewed at this meeting (10 others chosen by the vet) and continuing education credits in addition to other stipulations.

The following is a summary of the complaints against Dr. Langlois, as well as Consent Orders and other documentation provided by the Michigan Board of Veterinarian Medicine.

• On February 7, 1996, the Department filed an Order of Summary Suspension and an Administrative Complaint against Respondent based on his conviction for Criminal Sexual Conduct 4th Degree. On May 30, 1996, the DSC issued a Consent Order and Stipulation dissolving the Order of Summary suspension and suspending Respondent’s license for a minimum of six months and one day.

• On March 5, 1997, the Department issued an Administrative Complaint alleging that Respondent practiced veterinary medicine while his license was suspended. During this time, Respondent had also filed a Petition for Reinstatement. Both patters proceeded to an administrative hearing. On October 19, 1998, the board issued a Final Order suspending Respondent’s license for a period of six months and one day.

• On May 26, 2000, the Board issued a Final Order Granting Reinstatement granting Respondent a limited license to practice under general supervision for a minimum period of three years. The Board also placed Respondent on probation with terms. On November 19, 2004 the Board issued an Order Granting Reclassification giving Respondent a full and unlimited license to practice veterinary medicine.

• On October 1, 2008, the Department filed an Administrative Complaint against Respondent based on Respondent’s performance of remote area medical event surgeries on approximately 200 cats and dogs without maintaining records of controlled substances used and administered, and his failure to adequately sterilize the surgical instruments. On May 28, 2009, the DSC issued a Final Order pursuant to a consent agreement placing Respondent on probation for a period of six months with terms including a requirement Respondent comply with all applicable provisions of the code.

• The Administrative Complaint dated April 12, 2011 replaces the Complaint previously filed on February 17, 2011 and includes the following counts:

- Since May 2009, Respondent, who does not hold a pharmacy manufacturing license, has been manufacturing a solution to mimic the federal FDA veterinary-approved product, Yohimbine. Respondent is manufacturing the solution from pharmaceutical ingredients that are not approved by the FDA and then injecting the solution into cats and dogs immediately following surgery to reverse the effects of Xylazine, a drug veterinarians use as an anesthesia in animals. The solution that Respondent manufactures is not FDA approves. Respondents conduct as described above constitutes negligence and incompetence in violation of Codes 16221(a) and 16221(b)(i).

- In May 2009, Respondent performed spays and neuters on multiple cats placed side-by-side on the operating table. Occasionally during the procedure, the cats would come in contact with one another, compromising the sterile environment.

- In his November 4, 2009 interview with Department Investigator Sergio Grijalva, Respondent admitted that there were occasions during spay and neuter clinics when he lined up cats on an operation table during surgery and that the cats would be placed close enough together as to be almost touching. He also stated that although he changed gloves and instruments before moving from one cat to another, he did not wash his hands in between procedures. The Respondent’s conduct as described above constitutes negligence and incompetence in violation of Codes 16221(a) and 16221(b)(i).

- On October 29, 2009, Respondent performed a neuter procedure on Mak, a four-year-old male Newfoundland from Great Pyrenees Rescue, an animal rescue program operated by Marcie Tepper. As part of the procedure, Respondent placed a blue compression bandage around Mak’s scrotum to prevent swelling following the neuter procedure. Respondent did not remove the compression bandage. Following the procedure, an employee from Great Pyrenees Rescue transported Mak from Respondent’s office to Lansing, Michigan where a foster volunteer was waiting to transport him to her home.

- On October 31, 2009, the foster volunteer took Mak outside for a walk. When Mak lifted his leg up to urinate, the volunteer noticed that his scrotum was purple in color and swollen to the size of a baseball. The volunteer immediately called Ms. Tepper to advise her of Mak’s condition. Ms. Tepper then called Respondent to inform him what the volunteer had reported and indicated that Mak needed to see a veterinarian. Respondent advised Ms. Tepper that Mak did not need to see a veterinarian as swelling was normal and that she should have the foster volunteer call him if there were any further problems. In a May 13, 2010, interview with Investigator Grijalva, Respondent stated that he did not remember having this conversation with Ms. Tepper.

Instead of calling Respondent, the foster volunteer had her daughter take Mak to the Gasow Veterinary Clinic near her home so that the dog could receive immediate care. Myda Korkigian-Fisher, DVM, was the attending vet at Gascow when Mak was brought in on October 31, 2009. Dr. Korkigian-Fisher found blue surgical wrap tied around the base of Mak’s scrotum which had caused the scrotum to swell and the tissue at the base of the scrotum to become necrotic. As a result, Dr. Korkigian-Fisher had to perform a scrotal ablation to remove the rotted tissue.

In his interview with Investigator Grijalva, Respondent admitted that he used a blue compression bandage during Mak’s neuter procedure to keep the scrotum from filling with fluid following the surgery. He indicated that his veterinary technicians must have forgotten to remove the compression bandage following the procedure and that had they done so there would have been no need for the scrotal ablation.

- On July 6, 2010, Respondent provided Investigator Grijalva with records and documents pertaining to Mak’s care. The records were missing the pre-operative assessment, the operative report, a list of drugs administered, a time of placement and removal of compression bandage, and a record of any controlled substances used. Essentially, Respondent provided no records of this surgical procedure, which is below the standard of care. Respondent’s conduct as described above constitutes negligence and incompetence in violation of Codes 16221(a) and 16221(b)(i). and also a board order that was issued.

- In November of 2009, KF took her Airedale Terrier, Copper, to the Grand River Veterinarian Hospital in Lowell to be neutered. Prior to performing the neuter procedure, Grand River staff obtained pre-procedure blood work from Cooper. Following the neuter procedure, one of the staff members informed KC that the blood test results suggested that Copper was anemic and may be suffering from a kidney disease. Later in the day on January 27, 2010, KF brought Copper to Respondent’s office. At that time, Respondent conducted a urinalysis that indicated Copper had increased protein levels. Increased protein levels suggest the presence of kidney disease.

Respondent indicated on Copper’s second January 27, 2010 Examination Report Card that blood and urine results were consistent with intestinal parasites. Therefore, Respondent placed Copper on Doxycycline, Drontal and Metronidazole, a broad spectrum of deworming agents. Respondent indicated in his December 13, 2010 interview with Investigator Grijalva that he chose this course of action after a phone consultation with an internist at Antech Diagnostics of Oakbrook, Illinois. However, there is no record of this consultation or of the internist’s recommendation. Additionally, Respondent was unable to provide Investigator Grijalva with the internist’s name.

Respondent also noted on Copper’s Examination Report Card that Copper weighed 44.5 pounds, however, there is no other documentation to indicate that Respondent conducted a physical examination of Copper during this visit.

- On February 26, 2010, KF brought Copper to Respondent’s office for a follow-up visit. Respondent documented on Copper’s February 26, 2010, Examination Report Card that during Copper’s visit he conducted a physical exam and a feces test. The feces test was negative, which indicates only that there were no parasite eggs in Copper’s feces. In addition, the documentation in the Examination Report Card reflects that Copper weighed 42 pounds, which is 2.5 pounds less than his previous visit a month earlier. Despite Copper’s weight loss and the previous test results, which suggested the presence of kidney disease, Respondent indicated on the Examination Report Card that Copper was healthy and “good to go for obedience class.”

- On May 26, 2010, Copper suffered a seizure. KF immediately brought Copper to Respondent’s office. Respondent ran a series of tests and determined that Copper was suffering from renal failure, end stage. As a result, Respondent had to euthanize Copper. Respondent’s conduct as described above constitutes negligence and incompetence in violation of Codes 16221(a) and 16221(b)(i).

• On February 23, 2012, a Consent Order was issued. This order confirmed the previous second superseding administrative complaint and stipulates that the parties may enter this consent order. It further states that the Disciplinary Subcommittee has reviewed the stipulation contained in this document and agrees that the public interest is better served by resolution of the outstanding complaint. Therefore, the Disciplinary Subcommittee finds that the allegations of fact contained in the complaint are true and the Respondent has violated sections 16221(a), (bI(i) and (h) of the Public Health Code and 1996 AACS R 338.1632.

In the Consent Order, they ordered that the Respondent is placed on PROBATION for a period of one year commencing on the effective date of this order. Respondent shall be automatically discharged from probation at the end of the probationary period provided Respondent has complied with the terms of this order. The terms and conditions of the probation, which Respondent must complete within a period of probation which includes to meeting with a Board member, having Record Reviews, continuing education credits, paying a $250 fine and more.

It was further stated that any violation of the Public Health Code by Respondent during the period of probation shall be deemed a violation of probation and constitute grounds for further disciplinary action.

The Respondent did not contest the allegations of fact and law in the complaint. It stated that the Respondent understands that by pleading no contest, he does not admit the truth of the allegations but agrees that the Disciplinary Subcommittee may treat the allegations as true for resolution of the complaint and may enter an order treating the allegations as true. The Respondent understands that by signing the stipulation, he is waiving the right, under the Public Health Code, to require the Dept. to prove the charges set forth in the complaint by presentation of evidence and legal authority and to present a defense to the charges before the Disciplinary Subcommittee or its authorized representative.

At the end of this Consent order, it states that the parties considered the following factors in reaching this agreement:

- During the compliance conference, Respondent indicated that he believed he was compounding Yohimbine within FDA guidelines. However, as a result of these allegations, Respondent has stopped compounding Yohimbine and now uses other FDA approved products.

Dr. Langlois: World Traveler

Nearly forty years ago, in the mid ’70′s, Stan Brock wrestled alligators and jaguars for the television cameras–in his bare feet–while Marlin Perkins narrated what was happening on “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom”. Today, Stan Brock is the CEO of Remote Area Medical (RAM). The nonprofit started as a strictly overseas venture, helping the needy in hard-to-reach places. Volunteers would fly into remote regions, sometimes parachuting in, to aid people who didn't have access to medical care.

And guess who is listed on  RAM's web site as its Veterinary Director? If you guessed, Bruce Langlois, you win the golden ticket!

http://ramusa.org/projects/spaymanual.htm


Here is an excerpt from the site:


The problem of pet overpopulation is one that reaches almost every community. Despite the work of devoted animal care workers and volunteers, many healthy animals are euthanized as their numbers outpace adoption rates. Communities with limited facilities, funds, medical and educational resources are in greatest need of assistance to deal with this ever-expanding crisis.

Remote Area Medical (RAM) was founded in 1985 by Stan Brock. It is a non-profit, volunteer organization devoted to providing free medical, dental and veterinary care to humans and animals in areas of need throughout the United States and internationally. To date, RAM has provided over 19 million dollars in free medical care and has treated over 60,000 animals. The focus of RAM's Veterinary division is to improve animal health and welfare and to support the people who care for and depend upon animals for their livelihood. Their work involves companion animals as well as livestock, and is accomplished with the support of hundreds of people including veterinarians, veterinary technicians and assistants, and countless other volunteers devoted to animal welfare.

The vision of RAM Veterinary Director, Bruce Langlois DVM, is a concept to help lower the euthanasia rate of healthy, adoptable animals throughout the nation. With the help of Dr. Brenda Kennedy, he has developed this manual to provide instruction on implementing an intensive spay/neuter clinic. A goal has been set to spay or neuter 100,000 animals through a series of these clinics hosted throughout the U.S. and other areas in need worldwide. This program will achieve the desired goal of reducing pet overpopulation, and will have far-reaching impacts on many other aspects of animal welfare within the community. These effects include adoption of altered pets, which will in turn result in lower pregnancy rates and reduced strain on limited resources, stronger volunteer and donor bases, improved media relations, and the creation of alliances with local veterinarians.

In this manual you will find information on how to implement a successful RAM spay/neuter clinic. In addition to instruction on organizing the surgery component of such a clinic, it also contains information on fund-raising, media coverage, volunteer recruitment, and adoption events. A key element to organizing such an event is the involvement of the local community. Collaboration with local veterinarians, volunteers, shelter and rescue groups, philanthropic organizations and local businesses is essential for a successful event, and a subsequent sustainable adoption program.

RAM Vet is here to provide any assistance you may need. If you have questions or concerns about anything, you are encouraged to contact Dr. Bruce Langlois directly. He can be reached via e-mail at brucelangloisdvm@yahoo.com or at his office at (616) 897-8484. Dr. Langlois can also assist you in contacting your local veterinarians. A preparation period of at least 3 months should be allotted to organize the event.

It is estimated that 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters every year and 3 to 4 million of those are euthanized annually. The goal of this manual is to empower one motivated individual at each location with the resources he or she needs to run an efficient and effective spay/neuter clinic on an annual basis. With the help of RAM, we can wipe out the unnecessary euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals in the United States (and then the world?) in our lifetimes. The members of RAM are excited to have you as a part of our team. We have no doubt that your participation will leave you with a great sense of accomplishment. The RAM Spay/Neuter Clinic Manual can be obtained by contacting Dr. Bruce Langlois DVM. Please email him at brucelangloisdvm@yahoo.com. In your email, include the following information: Your Name and contact information, along with the name and contact information for your organization. Bruce looks foward to hearing from you.

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Dr. Langlois: Michigan Traveler

In 2010, the Humane Society of Midland County (HSOMC) hired Beth Wellman to be its new shelter director. Wellman used Langlois' mobile services at her previous job with Ionia County and thought it made sense for Midland.

It didn't.

Although many local vets offered their services to the HSOMC, an insider reports there was no discussion about Langlois or any other options--it was already fait accompli when Wellman walked through the door.

A few months later, a sign was posted in front of a home on Eastlawn Avenue in Midland: Spay Neuter Express Killed My Dog!

According to a Midland source, Langlois and his tech left before the dog had awakened from its surgery, leaving it in a cage with an untrained HSOMC volunteer. The volunteer was horrified when the owner came and found her dog dead in the cage, having never come out of the anesthesia.

Langlois stills visits Midland every second Tuesday.

Dr. Langlois' Fees: What, You Want Pain Medication? That's Extra!

Langlois charges an additional $10 for pain control- see highlight.

We're pleased to offer the following services at the Spay Neuter Express:
Dogs:
Neuter (male) $50        Spay (female) $65
Additional Services

Pain Control injection $10.00
Microchip $20.00
General Dewormer $10.00
Rabies Vaccination $10.00
Distemper combo Vaccination $10.00
Fecal Parasite Test $15.00
Frontline application $15.00
Heartworm Test $15.00



Cats:
Neuter (male) $30            Spay(female) $45
Additional Services

Pain Control injection $10.00
Microchip $20.00
General Dewormer $10.00
Rabies Vaccination $10.00
Distemper combo Vaccination $10.00
Fecal Parasite Test $15.00
Frontline application $15.00
Cats Felv/FIV test $25.00
Cats Ear Mite Treatment $10.00 

 

Dr. Langlois: A Michigan Non-Profit Corporation

According to the local organizers at a recent Traverse City Spay-Neuter Express event, Dr. Langlois spayed and neutered 53 dogs and 41 cats. Dr. Langlois said his cat spays average about 4 minutes; cat neuters about one minute; dog spays about 8-10 minutes and dog neuters about 4-5 minutes. Dr. Langlois operates a full service hospital in addition to the Spay-Neuter Express. He admits that he personally did 10,000 to 12,000 spay/neuters with the mobile unit in 2012.

So why does he need a non-profit assistance fund? We don't know but maybe the corporation's board of directors might--Langlois, his wife and daughter.

By our estimation, there may hundreds of thousands of dollars washing through the non-profit every year.

Searched for: SPAY NEUTER EXPRESS ASSISTANCE FUND
ID Num: 71067X  
Entity Name: SPAY NEUTER EXPRESS ASSISTANCE FUND
Type of Entity: Domestic Nonprofit Corporation
Resident Agent: BRUCE LANGLOIS
Registered Office Address: 11610 E FULTON ST  LOWELL   MI  49331
Mailing Address:   MI 
Formed Under Act Number(s): 162-1982          
Incorporation/Qualification Date: 9-22-2011
Jurisdiction of Origin: MICHIGAN
Number of Shares: 0
Year of Most Recent Annual Report: 12
Year of Most Recent Annual Report With Officers & Directors: 12
Status: ACTIVE   Date: Present


38 comments:

  1. Okay - this is pretty disturbing... After a quick Googling I'm concerned about this guy. Hey - How come no one else seems to be reading this blog? Are you trying to get it out there a bit more or are you content to let (internet-) nature take its course with it?? Just curious. I hate to see such valid, interesting, and craftily-written information go unread, if you know what I mean.

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    1. Langlois admitted that the incident occurred in the office while the employee was on a stool, reaching for something and he "put his hands up her shorts on her bottom in an attempt to stop the fall". Langlois went on to admit that he had attempted to put his fingers in the woman's vagina.

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  2. I appreciate your comments. This blog is my method of telling the stories that no one else seems to tell. Although I'm not content to just let nature take it's course, I am working on getting my work out there.

    And yes, Langlois is one scary hombre. The larger issue with his story is the lack of options for low-income pet owners--vet fees are very expensive and few vets offer low-cost spay/neuter services.

    Just the fact that he's a registered sex offender (who's on the Michigan registry for LIFE!) and drives a van around the state just begs for more attention.

    The 160-page State of Michigan document I received after a FOIA request would curl your hair.

    Stay tuned!

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    1. FYI: https://www.facebook.com/GlobalVeterinaryAssistanceTeam He has a new project.

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    2. I just had a look at this link; it has 117 members, and started in November 2011 so he is not exactly doing great with his Facebook presence. What bothers me is the backward areas and people he is moving among, who probably think he is something special. I hope they have their daughters locked up!

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    3. How is he even ALLOWED to go to places like this (Ecuador) and meet his probation requirements?He should NEVER be allowed to be near ANY female without being supervised, and what sort of wife and daughter does he have, if they are sticking up for him, let alone living with him?? My GOD I am just LOST with this, how is he not in JAIL, let alone keeping his Veterinary licence?? ARe these authorities really THAT UNCARING as to let him do what he damn well wants to?? Miss Fortune, I hope once you have gone through that 600 page doc, you will inform us of anything else we can use to close this VILE bastard down for good!! :(

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    4. If you'd like a peek at the complete record, send me an email at tcmissfortune@yahoo.com

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    5. Actually, his daughter is an adult who moved out and his wife lives at his home and he lives at his clinic..

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    6. He lost his licence...I feel sorry for his family..his brother dad are good people and have tried to get Bruce to get things right...he didn't need to take the shirt cuts as a vet..or practice bad medicine..sad sad....and what's also sad are the parents that took $ instead of pressing charges when their daughter was fondled...

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    7. watch out people. i know this man is a real creep! Should never be allowed around women or girls of any age without supervision. Lowell and surrounding areas be careful.

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    8. To the June 7 10:10 poster. No one has taken money instead of pressing charges. If you access his criminal record you will see that no civil suit was ever attempted for monetary compensation from his assaults. Charges were filed and he was convicted. No money ever asked for.

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  3. You might have just saved my dogs lives.... I made an appointment to take my dogs for routine vaccinations with this guy. I am cancelling the appointment now. How can I spread the word about this freak??

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  4. I'm happy to help! Please feel free to forward a link to my story to your friends, and also get in touch with Pet Friends Magazine.

    The editor, Jennifer, has also published stories about Langlois and may have some ideas. Here's a link to her site: http://petfriendsmagazine.wordpress.com/

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  5. I agree that this info is scary, but did you meet this guy before writing all of this? We took our cat to Dr. Langlois last year for a check-up shortly after adopting her because we received a free coupon to his clinic from the agency that we adopted her from. My husband and I left the appointment in agreement that we were really impressed and planned to keep him as our normal vet, even though he was a bit of a drive from our home. When our cat got really sick a few months later and needed emergency care, we again brought her to Dr. Langlois. He said that she'd need to stay overnight at the clinic for a few days because she needed to be on IV fluids. When I got home from leaving her at the vet, I was searching for the clinic's website and came across an article with negative comments about Dr. Langlois. I then started searching and came across a TON of similar articles, all stating similar things as you did above. I was terrified - wondered who we left our sweet kitty with and was wondering if she'd ever make it home.

    We finally were able to pick her up, and were happy and relieved to find that she was healthy, happy, and safe. Dr. Langlois took extra time to explain her condition to us, and we decided that we trusted him despite what we'd read and made our follow-up appointments with him. We've now brought our cat to Dr. Langlois several times, and have been more happy with him than we have with any other vet we've been to before. He's always been really kind to us (and his staff is awesome), his prices are reasonable, and he's been flexible with us in making a payment plan when she was in the "kitty hospital" right before the holidays.

    We're self-proclaimed crazy cat people and think of our two kitties as our kids, and wouldn't take them to someone that we didn't trust. Dr. Langlois was incredibly good to us, and we decided to stick with our gut and continue seeing him. It's obviously true from your findings that he has some skeletons in his closet, but, at least when it comes to the sexual predator stuff - yeah that's scary and gross, but people make mistakes, and it was decades ago, and it's sad to think that people can't try to make up for that and do good things.

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    1. "It's obviously true from your findings that he has some skeletons in his closet, but, at least when it comes to the sexual predator stuff - yeah that's scary and gross, but people make mistakes, and it was decades ago, and it's sad to think that people can't try to make up for that and do good things."

      Would you feel that way if it was your daughter?

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  6. Continued:
    From everything I've read, the next major concern is the breach of sterile field and sometimes poor outcomes from spays/neuters. Yes - this is obviously a concern and honestly I probably wouldn't want to bring my pet to be spayed/neutered there after reading the articles. But from what I've gathered, Dr. Langlois' major goal is to reduce the number of EUTHANIZED ANIMALS by decreasing reproduction. Many people fail to sterilize their pets simply because they can not afford it. Spay Neuter Express offers low cost spays and neuters, which allow for people who otherwise wouldn't be able to spay their pets, thereby reducing the number of cats and dogs born who live as strays, are attacked by wild animals, or are otherwise abandoned by their owners. And if the way he is able to do this is by spaying multiple pets, quickly and successively, well, maybe that is just the way to do it. Obviously it's unacceptable if this is causing health problems in the pets, but I just think that maybe we should view this as one persons' (maybe unsuccessful?) attempt to make a well-intentioned impact, rather than making it a personal attack. Maybe if he is used to spaying and neutering many pets in other, less wealthy countries, he is used to working under different standards, and the importance to him is just reaching his goal. (This is all just speculation based off of the MANY articles, both positive and negative, that I've read, and on personal experience in appointments with the Dr.) And in terms of charging extra for the pain medications with spay/neuter, we've gotten other pets spayed/neutered at other, very well-reputed vets, and they have charged separately for pain medication as well - and a LOT more than $10!!!!!)

    I just want to point out that I had such a good experience with Dr. Langlois, despite all of the things mentioned above. I think it's great to raise these concerns, but I also think that it's unfair to only have a one-sided view. Before reading all of this stuff (elsewhere), our unbiased experiences with Dr. Langlois were exceptional, and we really felt that our cat was in great hands. I agree that his past records don't seem to make a good case, but I also think that it'd be a shame for everyone to avoid him for the rest of his career without giving him a chance to make up for his mistakes. In comparison to the person that I met when taking my kitty to the vet, I was shocked to read this history and never would have expected it. And, to be honest, I feel bad that people are so vocal about spreading around his bad history. Isn't it only fair to base judgement on one's current practices and demeanor in addition to their past?

    Can't we let someone ever live down the mistakes that haunt them, and allow them to move on with their lives and contribute to society? I agree that we need to watch out for one another and share our bad experiences, but I'd also hope that, as a community and a society, we'd give someone a chance to prove (or disprove) themselves before completely placing judgement. For someone who's seemed like such a generous and well-intentioned person during our many encounters, it's just sad for me to see the Dr. slandered all over the web, and I hope that others decide to give him an unbiased chance. I wouldn't take the time to write all of this or defend someone I hardly know if I didn't sincerely mean it; we've truly felt that Dr. Langlois has been the best vet we've ever had and has truly cared about our pets, and to find only passionate, negative writings online about someone who, in our experience has been so kind and generous, just seems unjust.

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    1. Well, Dr. Langlois, you neglected to mention that Hitler loved his dog.

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  7. LJCQ,

    Are you for real? Have you met Dr. Langlois? The most generous comment I have ever heard from people who know him is narcissist (hard to believe when you see him face to face). I have often dealt with his most rabid acolytes and don’t hear him called generous by them. . You should hear what his wife and kids say about him off the record. If you have spent any time with him you don’t even have to see his palatial house in Lowell to know that making money is his only passion. I have don’t have any problem with that by itself. I will eat a McDonald’s hamburger occasionally, but I am not under the delusion that they are offering cheap food out of the goodness of their hearts to benefit the poor. Of course when you choose McDonalds over Ruth’s Chris pets don’t die. His fast and furious surgery style which he calls a technique, real vets call irresponsible and the State of Michigan calls incompetent. Talk to his female employees about how deeply his skeletons of sexual misconduct are hidden in the closet. My married sister showed me an illicit text from the good doctor from November 2013. When she confronted him he claimed his phone was hacked.

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  8. This so called Dr. was just in Atoka Tn. He was paid 1500.00 a day set up shop for 2 days and people paid a rescue 20 for a spay or neuter with a rabies shot. he literally would make an incision and then rip out every thing then put in a stitch. No cutting no stitching inside nothing just ripped it out. Dipped stitching needle in alcohol and reused it. This man should be locked up for animal cruelty!!!!!!!!!! Also Is he even Licensed in every State he practices in?

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    1. I just checked with TN--he needs a vet license to practice and doesn't have one from TN, just Michigan.

      I have info on making a complaint, if you'd like to send me an email (anonymous is fine) at tcmissfortune@yahoo.com

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  9. Good question and horrible situation. I'll check on the licensing issue in TN; was the van near a school?

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  10. In response to the September 19 comment, I've posted this story:http://glisteningquiveringunderbelly.blogspot.com/2014/09/michigan-veterinarian-dr-bruce-langlois.html

    Looks like Langlois was practicing without any Tennessee license!

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  11. Looking at the extensive amount of abandoned animals at Tipton county shelter, it is heart breaking. Euthanasia rates at the shelter are high.
    Rescues have talked to local vets about adjusting rates to save lives. This fell on deaf ears. No price break offered. This vet spayed and neutered
    a lot of animals for people that other wise would continue to let there animals reproduce. The mobile clinic is our only hope to control over population and abused animals in this part of Tenn. I am sure local vets feel this costing them business. People in this area can not afford a $300
    spay fee.

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    1. You completely missed the point: Langlois is not licensed to practice in Tennessee, and was breaking the law by conducting the clinic in Tipton.

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  12. I get the point about the license. So what do you suggest to fix the over population problem in a poorly funded county? Believe me the sex offender charge was blown out of proportion. I worked for doctors and have seen behaviors that certainly could have been charged as sex offenses.
    Things aren`t always as they appear in the real world. Surgery is a risk to animal or human, things can and do go wrong. I had a dog being treated for heart worms who was given a medication That caused his compromised heart to race and killed him (not this doctor).Does the good out weigh the bad, I say yes! This is the only hope Tipton Co. animals have.

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  13. Curious that you would use the phrase "blown out of proportion" when describing a sex crime.

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  14. Back in the news: http://fox17online.com/2014/09/25/spay-neuter-express-lowell-veterinarian-risks-losing-license/

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  15. I live in the area where he practices and am not surprised by his track record with sterile field problems. When I was a kid, my mom brought me to dog obedience classes that were held in the large animal exam and treatment section of his clinic. The Classes were offered by a friend of the family and occurred weekly in the evening after office hours. Most weeks the area smelled bad. Some weeks it had been used during the day and clearly not washed down. One week I sat down on a feed bag in the corner next to what looked like an ultra sound machine for large animals and found there was a bloody glove hanging off the machine.
    Our classes were in the evening, so that meant that the machine was used some time and never cleaned during the day and allowed to grow God knows what all day and all night.I pointed it out to the class and we found a new meeting place.
    I was shocked at the condition of the area week after week. I assumed he was cleaning down before surgery at least, but was surprised the area was not cleaned for scheduled guests.

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  16. Wow, what a terrible sensationalizing article. Because of the mean spirit style, it waters down everything. What is the charge? Sex offender? Yes, already did the time. Volunteered overseas? Why is that suppose to be bad? Complaints from customers? Every doctor, dentist and vetrinarian has them. Guaranteed. Even the list of the infractions against him - looks bad until you realize that most are for procedural issues. Charging for pain control? Have you been to a hospital lately? It's $10 for asprin!

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    1. Dr. Langlois, the next time you respond please do so under your own name. The old excuse "everybody does it" won't work anymore.

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    2. Like you use your own name?

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    3. Yes, I do. Just look in my profile!

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    4. It is very confusing the way that the term volunteer can be used today. Apparently it only means that the end customer doesn't pay the bill. If public and private donations pay the expenses then it is volunteering.

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  17. It states Grand River Vet of Lowell in the one about the Terrier dies That is wrong this Dr is not on staff at the Grand River vet hospital of Lowell I just wanted to make that clear

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  18. My boyfriend and I took our cat to Spay Neuter Express and he was fixed just fine no problem, however we found out it was not Dr. Langlois that did the procedure, we took our cat in a week later for shots and within hours he developed a horrible balding, wet spot on his neck. It took 5 visit's to the Lowell location and a surgery he tried to get us to pay to fix what they did to our cat. Before the surgeries and during our visits we were told to paroxide the spot and put an equvilant of neosporen for cats on it. On top off all that they nenever officially told us what was wrong or how it could have happened, all we know is it definitely happened at the Spay Neuter Express. Wish I saw all this before I took our cat there and we definitely won't be returning.

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    1. Did he vaccinae your cat in the scruff of the neck? If so this is a big no no in the veterinary industry. Cats are known to sometimes develope tumors at the vaccine site; because of this there is a vaccine "map" each vaccine must be done in a specific leg. If a tumor forms it can be removed if it is in a leg. Vaccine related tumors in the neck are fatal. This is common knowledge.

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  19. We took our cat to him only because it was an emergency and he was the only one open at the time. He told us our cat had a very serious heart problem. After all the xrays and ultrasounds it cost nearly $400. Just to be safe we went to our normal vet who specializes in cardiovascular stuff. Turns out it wasn't that serious at all and that Langlois was a complete idiot. We refused to pay Langlois because of it.

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