Saginaw Veterinarian Summarily Suspended for Diverting Controlled Substances Intended for Animals

Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280
Email: mediainfo@michigan.gov

October 17, 2018 – The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) served an order summarily suspending the veterinarian license of Virginia Leis of Saginaw for diverting controlled substances intended for animals.

The Michigan Public Health Code provides for summary suspension of licenses when the public health, safety, or welfare requires emergency action.

LARA also served an accompanying administrative complaint on Leis that specifically alleges she withdrew controlled substances from Agawa Companion Hospital’s inventory – including Buprenorphine, Tramadol, and Dolorex – for her own personal use. Dolorex is only approved for use on animals.

Additionally, the complaint alleges that Leis mistreated staff members and neglected animals entrusted to her care at Agawa.

An order of summary suspension is a temporary measure to protect the public and not a final determination that a licensee has violated the Public Health Code.

LARA encourages all concerned residents, patients, parents and peers to file complaints against licensed health professionals who may allegedly be risking public health, safety or welfare.

LARA values and relies on complaints from patients and residents to spur investigations into licensed health professionals who are potentially violating the Public Health Code. Each and every complaint received by the department is reviewed and analyzed by LARA staff members.

For more information on filing a complaint with the department, visit Michigan.gov/BPL or review the Citizen’s Guide to Filing a Complaint.