A former Lowell veterinarian who lost his license in 2015 for negligence, incompetence and “lack of good moral character" is facing three felony charges in Huron County for practicing without a license.
Bruce Phillip Langlois, 57, was arraigned Wednesday, March 1, on three counts of unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine. The offense is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Langlois allegedly presented himself as a licensed veterinarian and practiced veterinarian medicine with a suspended license, according to a news release from Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.
“An investigation began after complaints were filed alleging Langlois continued to practice veterinarian medicine until December, 2016,’’ the news release states. “Multiple pet owners alleged that Langlois performed veterinary services for their pet, including spay and neutering."
Langlois provided pet owners with a 24-hour phone number in the event of complications. “He was allegedly the only one with access to the hotline,’’ according to the news release.
Langlois is also charged as a habitual offender, which could increase his time behind bars if he is convicted. Langlois has fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct convictions in 1988 and 1995 in Kent County and is on the state's Sex Offender Registry.
Bond was set at $10,000 – 10 percent. His next district court appearance in Bad Axe is scheduled for March 16.
Messages left at Animal Hospital of Lowell were not immediately returned.
“This man repeatedly violated the rules of his profession to the point of his license was revoked, but even that was not enough to stop him," Schuette said in a news release. “People like Mr. Langlois who believe they operate outside the law will end up facing consequences.
“It is a stark reminder that we must remain diligent and do our research when choosing who to trust with our pet’s health," Schuette said in the news release.
Langlois ran the Animal Hospital of Lowell and a mobile business called Spay Neuter Express. A panel of the Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 revoked his license and fined Langlois $25,000 for myriad problems ranging from poor record keeping to inadequate follow-up care.
Langlois took his case to the Michigan Court of Appeals, saying his license revocation was not supported by “competent, material and substantial evidence."
In a three-page ruling released Tuesday, Feb. 14, the Appeals Court disagreed. It upheld the revocation and a $25,000 fine.