A veterinarian with a long and distinguished record of acting on behalf of pets and wild animals, Kenneth Langelier is renowned for his work with wildlife. He has been a leader both in research and the provision of medical care to injured or sick animals.
Dr. Langelier’s research contributed to a Canada-wide ban on the use of lead shot, which was poisoning thousands of wild animals. He also conducted research into the health of Bald Eagles, and advocated a ban on the use of wild animals in performances. Dr. Langelier was the long-time chief veterinarian for the Stranded Whale and Dolphin Program of BC.
He established techniques to implant tracking devices on endangered Vancouver Island marmots. He also developed a technique for immobilizing cougars, and identified Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, which has helped researchers understand HIV in humans.
Dr. Langelier provides courtesy veterinary care for Canadian Guide Dogs and the SPCA and began a province-wide tattoo identification program to help reunite lost pets with their owners. He also started a spay/neuter program for adopted animals in Nanaimo, and has worked tirelessly to lower the over-population of cats.
Dr. Langelier is the past chair of the Wildlife Committee of the BC Veterinary Medical Association.