Finding the Best Holistic Vet Near You
“I can’t find a holistic vet near me!”
Many people write us explaining their troubles in finding a good holistic vet. We can help!
Just take advantage of our links and tips below to find a holistic vet near you.
Start by searching popular search engines like Google, Bing, or Yahoo.
Use search terms such as “holistic vet,” “integrative vet,” “alternative veterinary care,” or “TCVM vet” along with your location. For example, try searching “holistic vet in [your city].”
Explore online directories designed explicitly for finding holistic veterinarians.
Some popular directories include:
- The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) Directory
- The American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA) Directory
- Directory of Chi Veterinarian Alumni Certified in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM)
The above directories allow you to search by location and provide details about each veterinarian’s practice.
Ask for Recommendations
They might be able to recommend a reliable holistic vet in your area.
You can also ask for recommendations on social media, neighborhood platforms like NextDoor, or pet forums.
Contact Local Veterinary Associations
Contact local veterinary associations or organizations and inquire about holistic veterinarians in your area.
They may have a list of practitioners or be able to provide recommendations.
Consult with Conventional Veterinarians
Call or visit local veterinary clinics and ask if they have any holistic veterinarians in their network or if they can provide referrals.
Conventional veterinarians often have connections with alternative medicine practitioners.
Holistic Pet Care Providers
Contact other holistic pet care providers, such as holistic pet stores, animal chiropractors, or animal acupuncturists.
They may have information about local holistic veterinarians.
Choosing the Best Holistic Vet Near You
Once you find potential holistic veterinarians, you must conduct further research to ensure they have the qualifications and experience.
Check their websites, read reviews or testimonials from previous clients, and verify their credentials and certifications.
When evaluating a veterinarian to determine if they are an excellent holistic vet, consider the following tips:
- Holistic approach: An excellent holistic vet will approach pet care from a holistic perspective, considering the whole animal—body, mind, and spirit. They should promote overall wellness rather than just treating symptoms or specific conditions.
- Extensive knowledge: A holistic vet should have in-depth knowledge of various alternative therapies and complementary medicine modalities, such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy, chiropractic care, nutritional therapy, or energy medicine. They should be able to explain these modalities and their potential benefits for your pet.
- Individualized treatment plans: A good holistic vet will create customized treatment plans based on your pet’s specific needs. They should consider your pet’s medical history, lifestyle, diet, and any existing conditions to develop a comprehensive plan tailored to your pet’s well-being.
- Open communication: A holistic vet should be open to discussing and explaining treatment options, answering your questions, and actively listening to your concerns. They should take the time to educate you about holistic practices and involve you in the decision-making process regarding your pet’s care.
- Integrative approach: While focusing on alternative therapies, a good holistic vet should also understand conventional veterinary medicine. They should be able to integrate traditional and alternative methods, recommending a combination of treatments when necessary to provide the best care for your pet.
- Continuous learning: Holistic medicine is a rapidly evolving field, and a good holistic vet should demonstrate a commitment to staying updated with the latest research, advancements, and techniques in the holistic veterinary world. Look for signs of ongoing education and participation in relevant workshops, seminars, or conferences.
- Professional affiliations: Check if the vet is a member of reputable professional associations or organizations related to holistic veterinary medicine, such as the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA), the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA), or others. Membership in such organizations indicates a dedication to holistic practices and adherence to certain standards.
- Positive reviews and recommendations: Read reviews or seek recommendations from other pet owners who have visited the vet. Positive feedback and testimonials from satisfied clients can indicate the vet’s competence, compassion, and effectiveness in providing holistic care.
- Schedule a consultation: Once you have shortlisted a few holistic vets, call and schedule a consultation. Doing so will allow you to meet the vet, discuss your pet’s needs, and determine if their approach aligns with your expectations.
Remember that finding a holistic vet may be more challenging in some areas compared to others. Be patient, ask questions, and choose a veterinarian who resonates with your beliefs and can provide the best care for your pet.
Finding the right holistic vet is a personal decision, and it’s essential to see a veterinarian whose philosophy aligns with your beliefs and values regarding pet care.
Trust your instincts, and you’ll ensure your chosen holistic vet provides your pet’s care and support.
What If I Still Can’t Find a Holistic Vet Near Me?
If you get a TCVM telemedicine consultation with one of our veterinarians ($125), you’ll get personalized recommendations specific to your pet, including:
- Food Therapy Recommendations
- TCVM Herb Recommendations & Veterinary Authorization
- Supplement Recommendations
- Alternative Medicine Recommendations
- Answers to Your Questions
You can learn more about our founding veterinarians and their expertise and/or schedule by visiting their websites: