Withdrawal of vet license
A Florida equine veterinarian is no longer practicing veterinary medicine.
Scott Langton of Orlando voluntarily relinquished his veterinarian license on June 9. He worked out of Avalon Veterinary Clinic and Corner Lake Equine Hospital.
It comes six months after a single car crash into a tree sent Langton to a Seminole County jail. Deputies allegedly found a gram of cocaine, 111 light blue 10DAN5620 pills (generic Diazepam 10 mg), a bottle of Diazepam, and alcohol at the scene.
Langton’s charges include felony cocaine possession, felony drug possession of a Schedule IV substance, and misdemeanor DUI.
Veterinarians can prescribe Schedule IV substances for their animal patients under the Controlled Substances Act. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) enforces the program.
Langton was referred to the Professionals Resource Network (PRN). The non-profit group works with what it calls “impaired health care professionals”. In Florida, PRN states it is “often an alternative to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) disciplinary process”.
It is a voluntary program for veterinarians and other health care professionals. Langton did not reply to a message seeking comment for this article.
Kathleen Keenan Deputy Communications Director for DBPR says, “Dr. Langton can have his license reinstated once the PRN certifies that he is safe to practice.”
In a separate matter, the DBPR filed an administrative complaint in February against Langton. A horse owner was unable to obtain her horse’s treatment records after Langton saw her mare, Tara, in 2015, despite her multiple attempts.
Langton also failed to provide the Department with the records during its investigation, according to the complaint.
Langton responds he wasn’t responsible for records as an employee of Corner Lake Equine Hospital, LLC. He says he was an associate veterinarian. The complaint remains open.
Stay with us as we continue following Langton’s cases.