Dr. Tricia Horton graduated from Kansas State University in 2005. Following graduation, she completed a one year small animal rotating surgical and medical internship in a busy specialty practice in the greater Chicago Metro area. She then moved to Michigan to join her husband, who had previously purchased a family home. She practiced standard CWVM for 3 years in White Lake followed by 6 years in Lansing. During this time, Dr. Horton realized that her clients’ options for alternative therapeutic options were restricted. With the aim of providing the highest quality IVM, she enrolled in the Chi Institute for in-depth study of TCVM (read about the journey on her blog) . Dr. Horton is now practicing IVM in Kalamazoo. She is also available for personalized consultation on multiple ancient TCVM techniques.
In her free time, Dr. Horton loves to run. Her favorite distance is the marathon. She also enjoys gardening and producing much of her own food to eat. She lives with her husband, Josh, and 4 fur babies: Eddie (a terrier mix) and Titus, Bruce, and Atticus (her cats).
Vetapuncture was founded by Dr. Horton in 2015 with the aim of providing the highest quality Integrative Veterinary Medicine (IVM) available. IVM combines the individual strengths of Conventional Western Veterinary Medicine (CWVM), strength lies is rapid identification of a specific causal-based diagnosis, and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), strength lies in holistic approach to managing chronic disease. When these individual strengths are merged the unwanted limitations of each approach can be reduced, CWVM limitation is potential for significant side-effects associated with use of conventional pharmaceutical agents, TCVM limitation is potential for extended duration to onset of beneficial effects. IVM greatly expands the range of therapeutic options and offers the flexibility to personalize care to maximize therapeutic benefit for the individual patient. IVM frequently employees use of one or more of the ancient techniques including: acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tui Na, and Food Therapy.
Conventional Western Veterinary Medicine (CWVM) is the modern practice of diagnosis and treatment of diseases in animals. CWVM relies heavily on the standard physical exam taught in western colleges of veterinary medicine and interpretation of blood-work and radiographs for arrival at a causative diagnosis for disease. Treatment and cure of disease employs conventional pharmaceutical medications and/or surgical interventions to promote a successful outcome.
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is the ancient practice of management of health and chronic disease processes in animals. TCVM relies heavily on examination of the well-being and energy state of an animal as described in historical eastern manuscripts and oral traditions. Maintenance of ongoing health and cure of disease employs a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tui Na, and/or food therapy to promote a successful outcome.
Integrative Veterinary Medicine (IVM) is the combination of the advantageous elements of both CWVM and TCVM to broaden the diagnostic and therapeutic options for an individual patient while simultaneously reducing the possibility of unwanted limitations. Typically an individualized therapeutic strategy is developed that utilizes a mixture of CWVM and TCVM for holistic diagnosis and management of disease or maximization of peak health.