I launched this site to educate horse and pet owners about injury, disease prevention and (natural) treatments as well as to help them sort through various treatment therapies, trends, claims, and products they are bombarded with every day. I also hope that this web site becomes a frequently used portal of contact and information for my clients and their friends! The goal is to help every owner to learn how to look upstream and prevent disease in your animal before disease materializes.

 

What is my expertise?

 

Title-wise, I am a graduate from the University of Florida college of veterinary medicine with a doctorate in veterinary medicine.  I am also certified in 5 element theory Chinese medicine based veterinary acupuncture from the Chi Institute.  I am certified in equine medical manipulation (chiropractic) through the integrative veterinary medical institute (IVMI).  

 

Experience-wise I owned three veterinary practices; An equine only advanced reproduction practice, a holistic mixed animal veterinary clinic and presently an equine acupuncture and holistic mobile practice that specializes in sport horses. I have personally owned, shown and bred some really great horses and ponys in a variety of disciplines, since I was 7 years old.  I have been teaching veterinarians acupuncture and Chinese medicine for Dr. Xie, my mentor, at the Chi Institute since 2005.

 

Over the years of practice, my expertise and passion has become figuring out WHY an animal has a health issue, not just that it has one, and how to correct it then prevent it from happening again.

 

What do you do?

 

Presently my methods are largely based on a combination of the 5 element Chinese theory (TCVM), equine veterinary medical spinal manipulation (EVMM)   and the most up to date western medicine information.  Merging the most recent western science with proven integrative techniques gives me a different perspective for my approach to animal health.  In doing so I have found it to be crucial to enlist your help with this task!  Doctor means teacher. That is my job - to teach you how to help your animal and quite possibly yourself, to live a healthier life and sort through the propaganda both from the "natural" aspects of medicine and the "coventional" aspects of medicine out there on your behalf.

 

Who are your typical patients?

 

My typical patients are equine athletes.  Athletes that are being pushed to their physical and psychological limits on a regular basis.

 

  • dressage horses

  • jumping horses

  • eventing horses

  • polo horses

  • barrel race horses

  • endurance horses

  • pleasure horses  

 

Some are young rising stars, many are older and at the apex of their careers. Many are now working as schoolmasters or retired, with chronic health issues associated with old age.  Just about every horse farm has a host of other miscellaneous barn pets associated with it and I can help with them as well. Dogs, cats, pet toads....

 

Do you practice what you preach with your pets?

 

I do. And I do my best for myself and my family as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Vickie's Philosophy and Treatment Methods