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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Update On Veterinarian Dr. Nolte

"Dear Joe,

I want to Thank-you for posting about our tragedy with Dr. Nolte and our Sweet Diva. Its been a long fight..dealing with Dr. Nolte's lies. But the end result we won our battle. Today we received a letter from the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Enclosed with the letter is the court findings. Dr. Death was found Guilty. the order stats that #1 Dr. Nolte is assessed a civil penalty in the amount of five hundred dollars , #2 Dr.Nolte's Veterinarian license is suspended for two weeks-one week of which is stayed; #3 Dr. Nolte will complete 6 hours in continuing education in surgical technique, as approved by the board and #4 Dr Nolte will serve a period of probation of one year from the date of this order .. November 23rd 2009. (Dr.Nolte is charged and the board ultimately concludes that Dr.Nolte was in violation of the Maryland Veterinary Practices Act during the period of probation) will result in the stay being lifted , and Dr. Nolte will have to serve the remaining one week suspension for the charges resolved here.

Although this seems like a small price he has to pay for the loss of our Diva and for the memories that my kids witnessed on that horrible day..I feel like its better than nothing. If It wasn't for you Joe..we wouldn't have been able to file a complaint. It was you who got us in contact with Staci Sakai and with yours & Staci's help we got some comfort in knowing he didn't get away with what he did and how he treated our Diva. So Thank-you Joe!

Sincerely,

Melissa Brittingham"

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is the exact reason why I refuse to use him, and switched immediately to another vet... After reading here on the blog what he does and how he handles them... Makes me sick to think he still will have a practice after all this... I hope they will keep an eye on him from now on...

Also let me recommend a vet on main street across from the new Tech Solutions office... Very nice people and they seem to know what their doing... Sorry for your loss...

Anonymous said...

I don't know your story, but am very sorry for your loss. Please feel as though you've accomplished something big, by exposing this situation as well as the result of the official report and the reprimand.
I wouldn't have known this guy isn't good without this post. I hope an animal was saved somehow. Maybe many. Thanks for taking the time to alert us.

Anonymous said...

10:58 That practice is Healing Hands, awesome practice, great people! cj

Anonymous said...

Ocean City Animal Hospital is great. Dr John Maniatty.

C Lynch said...

Our beloved family pet was also a victim of Dr. Death. I am glad to hear you stood up against Dr. Nolte. An autopsy after our cat's death concluded it was negligence of the vet. We never pursued it. I wish we did. Since our cat's death years ago I have heard many terrible stories of Dr. Nolte and his practice. I hope by sharing our story it will save other pets. Do not take you pet to Dr. Nolte!

Anonymous said...

ABSOLUTELY love Healing Hands! all 5 of our dogs go there, wouldnt have it any other way!

Anonymous said...

Dr. Death botched my Bichon's neutering awhile back as well, Luckily my puppy recovered from it without any long term problems. I now use Dr. Longs office in Delmar and am very happy.

Black Cat in the Hat said...

I had to out down my Princess back in I think it was 07. Healing Hands took me and explained the process and gave me all the time I needed to be with her for the last moments. After it happened they held my hands literally [sorry tears are flowing again] gave me encouragement and knowing I was doing the right thing by ending her suffering and even told me to relax driving home[i was a mess] and folks days after it happened I got a card signed by the staff for more encouragement and thoughts of my big girl going on to the Rainbow Bridge so yes Healing Hands, hands down is the best for service not only for you fuzzy love ones but for us two legged breeds also.

Judy Coulbourne said...

In my opinion, the best vet in town is Melanie Culver with Johnson-Mckee Animal Hospital.

She is an excellent vet, very caring and has a heart of gold!

She takes care of my 12 year old kitty and helped us decide what to do when he had some rather complex problems.

We wouldn't go anywhere else!

Anonymous said...

11:10,

Couldn't agree more! He is great.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Dr. Eric Palmer at Berlin Animal Hospital. We have a chocolate lab who had both ball joints in her hips sawed off due to a birth defect. With his exceptional surgical ability and our four months of intense care, our "Ruby" runs, jumps, chases the ball and keeps our 10 year old black lab young. She is our angel and without Dr. Palmer would be in constant pain.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Death killed my cat 10 years ago. I was shocked when I heard in the news that more people's pets suffered the same fate. When I heard that in the news I had wished I had taken stronger action when he killed my cat. I was devistated and too sad to think beyond my sweet kitten having suffered. Thank you for persuing this case. I feel like my sweet Sunny got justice too.

Anonymous said...

11:41 After yrs and literally yrs with J&M I met the Vet who you mentioned ( I don't think she had been there very long)it was for my lab. She had hunted for me for about 6 yrs before being retired at 6 yrs old..She lived the balance of 14yrs happy and at home (slept in bed ...lol)My point being I had contacted J&M about her incontinence and it was determined that kidney failure was the culpit. That said at 14 yrs old and I was told that she suffered from a progessive condition she (the vet mentioned) would in NO WAY consider putting her to sleep until every medical solution had been exhausted! reeks of a buisness plan vs. ethical treatment! I loved my lab more than you could know! but come on...

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry for your loss Melissa. If you were able to get a jugement against Dr. Nolte then your claim had merit.
That being said, Dr. Nolte fills a niche that no other vet offers that
I am aware of. We have a rescue home of sorts for wayward cats. They find us, we do not find them. With the current count at 17, we cannot afford to visit the vets offices mentioned here. I am sure they do good work, but I am equally as sure you pay a premium price. We have been taking our strays to Dr. Nolte for some time and as of now have had no issue. Given that we have a herd, we cannot afford the typical vet bills.
Dr. Nolte's office has been very busy everytime I have visited so that leads me to believe he is not doing eveything wrong.

Judy Coulbourne said...

12:36, Thank you for responding to my post. Our experience was nothing like that. She was very caring and did not pressure us to do anything, just gave advice. I am sorry your experience did not go as well. Please accept my sympathy on the loss of your pet.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry I'm not sure what happened originally here but I have at least 8 or 9 friends who use Dr. Nolte. They and their pets have been very happy. I am sorry for the loss of your pet. It seems that he must be doing SOMETHING right if he has been in business all these years.

Anonymous said...

It is always sad when pets die, it is often as tragic and traumatic as losing a family member. I have no clue the details of the case or care to know. As always there are two sides to every story. I will say that there must have been some amount of human error as evidenced by the findings of the board. Thankfully most of us do not have jobs that result in the loss of a life when we are careless or make a mistake. If we did, how many of us would be in Dr. Nolte’s shoes. I have used him as the family vet for years and will continue to do so. I have never had a problem and have found him to be a very good vet.

JAGER

Anonymous said...

My family has used Nolte for years and he has saved our cat's life twice. I suppose its like a person going to a doctor with a serious illness, some live and some die, doesn't make it the doctor's fault. If he has made a few mistakes, so be it. No one is perfect at any profession. I am just curious about one thing... who gets an autopsy performed on their cat after it dies? What's next, chemotherapy for your hamster?

Rob S

Anonymous said...

I used Dr. Death for awhile as well and stopped after he royally screwed up putting our horse down. I will never forgive him for those long hours laying with her to pass on & after she had 2 seizures we had to shoot her to put her out of her pain. This is still in my mind after many years & I doubt I ever will.

Anonymous said...

He got what he deserved and it was a long time coming....
The best Vets in town and who will always be is Dr. Todd and Dr. Hudson, Salisbury Animal Hospital
They are expensive, but the ol saying is " You get what you pay for"

Anonymous said...

I know Doug well and have been with him on calls to large animals farms. He always showed compassion with the animals. I also know one of his pet peeves is when people do not call him until the pet is almost dead and expect he to perform miracles.

Anonymous said...

My pets are new patients of Dr. Nolte and he has treated them very well and we are happy with his vet skills. I'm sorry for the loss of your pet.

Bryan Records said...

My first and last experience with this man took place twelve years ago. My wife and I were faced with the decision to have our dog put down. Our regular vet was out of town and we contacted Dr. Nolte. We were permitted to be with our dog during the process and I'm glad we were there for her. A collie sheppard mix who gave my family her complete dedication for 16 years.

What I witnessed during the procedure will stay with me forever. I will not go into the horrible details, but I will never recommend or use this vet again. My family has had to put down two loving dogs since due to cancer with very humane methods and good vets. The experience was done professionally and with dignity as it should be.

Our pets are very important and they deserve the best when their time comes. Please do not make the mistake that I did and select Dr. Nolte to bring your pets life to a horrible end.

Anonymous said...

I have used dr. nolte for over 10 years with my animals and my grandmothers, i have about 5 friends that go to him as well, I believe he is a great doctor, he has always been very precise with me, takes his time with each of my animals, I love him I hope theres other loyal customers that will stand by his side.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Culver from Johnson Mckee Animal Hospital is the greatest. My kitty was having a bad time with his eye and we had actually had made the decision to put him down. But she wanted to try the risky surgery to see what the issue was. Well thanks to her Kurplop is home and thriving with only one eye. She is the best by far and have to thank her everyday when I see my boy.

Thanks again Dr. Culver!

Aliceson Newton

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry for all your loses but I have been with Dr Nolte for over 12 years and have had no problems what so ever. I am not saying it could not happen. I love the staff and Dr Nolte they are always very nice to me and my pets.

Anonymous said...

The greatest Vet in Salisbury is Dr Mike Mcallister. Quite professional,realistic,caring and compassionate. The staff with him is great to deal with.......

Anonymous said...

Jager & Anon 3:00...There was no error in the boards findings! We had Pets ER to back us up. Not only that but our two children also. They were with us when Nolte told us to come pick our dog 2 hours after she had surgery. Her insides were hanging out of her wound. Don't tell me there was human error. There is no excuse for what he did to our dog. There was no excuse for him to not hand over the xrays so that we could get a second opinion. There was no excuse for not closing her wound correctly. He was careless! He treated us & our dog like crap! We didn't wait until last minute to take our dog to him. He had seen our dog for 2 weeks prior to the surgery. We took all over our animals to him as did our parents. He got a little taste of what he deserves! How would you feel if you went to pick up your dog or animal and had your children with you ..and they seen there pets insides falling out of her stomach? How would you like to explain to your children that the vet you trusted betrayed you, your children & your animals? My kids were devastated by this..not only that but my daughter still talks about what she saw and how her favorite dog is in doggie heaven. Now every time I take one of my other 2 dogs in to get shots or to see the vet she is terrified she wont see her dog again. In my eyes the punishment he got by the board isn't shit compared to what Id like to happen. And if there was error than why did he settle out of court? anyone in there right mind who was being accused of something and knew they did nothing wrong would fight to keep that off there record.

RIP DIVA!

Bad Vets Nightmare said...

Dear Diva's family! I am so sorry about Diva. It is devastating when your pet suffers because of vets' errors. It is no less devastating when you are treated to a bag of the vet's lies in the aftermath. A similar thing happened to me and my family when my pet's heart disease was missed on an X-ray at College Park Animal Hospital in suburban Maryland. I hope you find a measure of peace in the Board's findings. It is, as is often the case with the boards, not enough, but it is better than nothing. A lot of cases of malpractice that have merit are dismissed with no action at all, which only adds to the devastation. What I find interesting, and I experienced something very similar, is that when you tell the story of what happened to your pet, a whole army of "fans" comes out of the wooodwork to refute your story. Some of my horror story vet's fans were downright nasty. I see that at least in your case, some of the people who find your former vet's services to be good at least express some regret for your pet's suffering. I got none of that, just sheer nastiness. I wish you and your family peace and healing. Diva would be very proud of you for the fight you put up to get justice for her. A lot of people just give up, which is sad. Take care of yourselves.

Natalie Kramer
If you wish, please visit the blog in my beloved pet's memory
http://cpahclientsbeware.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Sorry about your loss but i believe in Dr Nolte, one morning my dog was very ill and i called the pet er who informed me they would be closing at 8am this was 7:50 they never even offered to wait until i could get there by 8:10 so Dr Nolte said bring him right over. Thank god he had got into some acetone and was very sick but Dr Nolte saved his life . He never said sorry i cant wait he took him right in. I have taken Rocky there many times and I truly enjoy Dr Nolte and his staff. So to each his own everybody has opinions.

Anonymous said...

To all of you who stand by Nolte and continue to take your pets there..I truly hope that he takes very good care of your pets. I hope he has learned a lesson. I doubt it. but hey miracles do happen.

Stefani said...

I am so sorry for your loss. You are a very big person to allow these veterinary fans to post on your page. Frankly, anytime you tell the awful truth about a vet, a veritable lynch mob of incensed cheerleaders show up to try to drown you out. Personally, I don't believe that most pet owners spend time surfing the web to post in defense of their vets, therefore, I believe the vets are putting them up to it.

Frankly I don't allow comments for this reason on my website (http://www.TheTooncesProject.com) or my blog (http://badvetdaily.blogspot.com)

BTW, I have one of Nolte's disciplinary records up on my site:
http://www.thetooncesproject.com/images/MD_2006_Nolte_James_05-035.pdf

Maybe it is past time for me to feature him on the Bad Vet Daily. Do you have a PDF of the disciplinary decision you can send me?

Also, anyone else here who had a disciplinary action against him, please send me. I think he deserves a special feature on my blog.

I am in Maryland, and I try to keep up on news about vets here as well as stay on top of what the vet board is doing. What they did in your case was more than they did in mine, but it is still a pathetic travesty how LITTLE they do. 1 week enforced suspension? What do you want to bet they let the vet take his suspension any time he pleases -- so he can schedule it to coincide with planned vacation? $500 fine? Puhlease.

I would be interested in communicating with you about your experiences with the veterinary board here. There are about 5 of us consumers here in Maryland whose pets were harmed or killed by vets, and we are forming a coalition to put pressure on the board to do more.

You can reach me through my Toonces Project website.

blutojthetotmom said...

I am not going to pass judegemtn because there was obviously a problem if the board penalized him,
However......I have also used Dr.Noltes services in the past,back when I had dogs and I never had a problem with him or his
staff.
Sorry about those of you who have lost pets,its not pleasant.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely agree with 5:39. Dr Mike McAllister is wonderful, caring and very professional and knowlegable. I will never change.

Anonymous said...

Without a doubt, 100% Mike Mccalister is best vet on eastern shore... My family has 5 dogs and 2 cats, and I have a dog as well.. All rescued dogs and Mike treats them as if they were his own.. Great man, great vet... Nolte is not a bad guy, he doesnt doesnt have a care for ur pet! PERIOD

Anonymous said...

Dr. Eric Palmer is an excellent vet. I have also used Healing Hands and they are excellent as well.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear of this lady's loss but Dr. Nolte has been wonderful to our family. We have used his services for the better part of twenty years and he and his staff have been nothing but professional, courteous, and friendly towards us and our pets. We have had an array of situations that they have handled for us and have done a fantastic job each time. Hang on there Dr. Nolte and keep your head high. Truth be none, people can find jabs and complaints about anyone they choose to condemn. Heck even Joe has had his fair share of junk from Robinson, Webster, and Tilghman because he doesn't mind sharing their views.