Integrative veterinary medicine is a comprehensive medical approach to pet care that combines the best of conventional medicine and complementary and alternative therapies.

This type of veterinary practice focuses on treating the whole animal, partnership between the client and the veterinarian, and use of all appropriate therapeutic options to achieve optimal wellness for your pet.

Working Together to Provide More

The emphasis is on using all reasonable therapies or systems of medicine that work together to provide an increased capacity to prevent and treat disease that would not be possible using one system of medicine alone.

This integrative approach to veterinary medicine is designed to minimize adverse effects, maximize successful treatment outcomes and improve the quality of life. Any veterinarian who uses therapies outside of conventional medicine and combines them with conventional medicine is an integrative veterinarian. The future of veterinary medicine lies in integration.

Treating The Whole Body

Complementary and alternative veterinary medicine therapies may include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, chiropractic, therapeutic nutrition, and nutritional supplements.

All of these therapies treat the whole body. This holistic approach means that they take the body, mind and spirit into account when formulating a treatment plan. Complementary and alternative therapies are designed to stimulate adaptive homeostatic mechanisms in the body and/or to provide the body substances by which the body can heal itself.

Integrative and alternative medicine terminology:

  • Complementary medicine: used with conventional medicine
  • Alternative medicine: used in place of conventional medicine
  • Holistic medicine: generic term for any treatment / therapy session that is intended to treat the individual as a whole
  • Allopathic medicine: conventional or Western medicine

Animal Handling & Restraint

We were founded with the philosophy that all patients should be treated with respect, kindness and understanding. That means we do our best to make Mariposa Veterinary Wellness Center a safe and happy place for them whenever they step through our doors. We see many pets who have a history of fear and even aggression. With patience and gentleness, we can often get them comfortable with anything we need to do for them. This makes us different from most other veterinary clinics. Our goal is cooperation, NOT control! We believe this can be done in a safe and rewarding manner, which is why we take our time with “difficult” patients.


We have a lot of experience working with feral cats. If you are caring for feral cats and are interested in providing medical care for them, please call us for more information.