Dr. Randall provides a number of integrative treatment modalities to improve your pet’s
health in a natural and balanced way. He is an active member of the following
professional organizations for integrative and holistic veterinary medicine.

College of Animal Chiropractors

From the CoAC website (http://www.collegeofanimalchiropractors.org)
 

“Animal Chiropractic offers non-surgical, drug-free options for correcting joint, disc, and soft-tissue disorders related to improper skeletal alignment and/or movement. When a joint become restricted in its movement(or ‘jammed-up’), through trauma, injury, degenerative wear and tear, or structural stresses, surrounding tissues are affected, this in turn further affects the joints ability to move freely and can become painful as surrounding nerves and pain sensitive structures are activated. Nerves are the communication links from joints to the brain and spinal cord; messages to other areas of the body can be affected, leading to pain, weakness and reduced function. Animal Chiropractic focuses on the restoration of movement and promotion and preservation of heath by restoring normal joint mechanics, and soft-tissue function, thus, normalizing
neurological patterns that facilitate optimal healing. Chiropractic care is not limited to an injured or sick pet. Healthy and athletic animals are ideal candidates for chiropractic care. Maintaining proper structural alignment allows
optimal function of muscles, nerves and tissues supporting the joints, resulting in improved movement, stance and flexibility. Good alignment promotes increased agility, endurance, and overall performance. Broader benefits include superior immune function, healthier metabolism and a vibrant nervous system, facilitating your animal’s natural ability to heal. Chiropractic care can enhance the quality of your pet’s life, ensuring active and healthy years.”

American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

From the AHVMA website (https://www.ahvma.org/)

“Holistic medicine, by its very nature, is humane to the core. The techniques used in holistic medicine are gentle, minimally invasive, and incorporate patient well-being and stress reduction. Holistic thinking is centered on love, empathy, and respect. In treating an animal, a holistic veterinarian will determine the best combination of both conventional and alternative (or complementary) therapies for a given individual. This mixture of healing arts and skills is as natural as life itself. Therein lies the very essence of the word “(w)holistic.” It means taking in the whole picture of the patient—the environment, the disease pattern, the relationship of pet with owner—and developing a treatment protocol using a wide range of therapies for healing the patient. The holistic practitioner is interested not only in a medical history, but also genetics, nutrition, environment, family relationships, stress levels, and other factors.”

American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture

From the AAVA website: (https://www.aava.org/)


“The original theories of traditional Chinese medicine formed the basis of acupuncture-needling certain spots on the body regulates the flow of “Chi” (energy), which flows throughand nourishes the tissues and organs.” Restoring the proper flow of Qi energy will rebalance the body and allow healing of tissues and organ systems. Balance is essential for optimal health, where there is imbalance there is disease."

World Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

From the WATCVM website (https://watcvm.org/)

“Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), although relatively new to the Western world, is a medical system that has been used to treat animals in China for thousands of years. It's an adaptation and extension of traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which is used to treat humans. Speaking broadly, Chinese Medicine is a complete body of thought and practice grounded in Chinese Daoist philosophy. Though it can be traced back over two millennia in recorded history, it, like any medical system, continues to evolve today. Current research on acupuncture and herbal medicine is beginning to shed light on its mechanism of action. Though the terms Chinese Medicine and acupuncture are often used interchangeably in Western societies, acupuncture is actually only one modality or “branch” of TCM and TCVM. There are actually four branches of TCVM – Acupuncture, Herbal medicine, Food Therapy and Tui-na.  Acupuncture is a treatment that involves the stimulation of points, achieved through the insertion of specialized needles into the body. Acupuncture points typically lie along the body’s Meridian Channels where Qi flows. Most veterinary acupuncture points and
Meridian lines are transposed to animals from humans, however, we are fortunate to have knowledge of some species-specific “classical points” from ancient times. Herbal Medicine, as the name suggests, utilizes herbal ingredients listed within the Chinese Herbal Materia Medica to treat specific disease patterns. Herbal formulas are administered orally and are typically given in powder form to horses and other large animals and in tea pill or capsule form to cats and dogs. Food Therapy is the use of diet to treat and prevent imbalance within the body. This therapy utilizes knowledge of the energetics of food ingredients to tailor diets for individual animals. Tui-na is a form of Chinese medical massage in which different manipulations are applied to acupoints and Meridians to promote the circulation of Qi and correct imbalances within the organ systems.”

Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association

From the VBMA website (https://www.vbma.org)


“The Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association, or VBMA, is a group of veterinarians and herbalists dedicated to developing responsible herbal practice by encouraging research and education, strengthening industry relations, keeping herbal tradition alive as a valid information source, and increasing professional acceptance of herbal medicine for animals. VBMA recognizes that the herbal product industry has faced quality control and
regulatory challenges, and we recommend supporting those companies attempting to self-regulate in a meaningful way. Companies that manufacture herbal products marketed for humans should be members of the American Herbal Products Association, an industry organization which explores issues, interacts with regulators, and establishes policy. Veterinary product companies should be members of the National Animal Supplement Council, an organization which develops policies and procedures on adverse event reporting and quality control.”

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