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How is Solano Animal Clinic different ?  SIX reasons: 

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Dr. Craig is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS), and a Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist (CVCH), by the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. As of 2015, of the 105,358 veterinarians, only 3500 are practicing CVAs, and only 180 are CVHCs.

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The old "family" doctor approach. We know your pet personally. You and your pet know us personally. We are a "low volume" clinic. We choose to see fewer patients per day, allowing us to spend more time with each patient. We seldom see more than eight to ten patients per day.

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We realize how difficult it is to remember everything said in the exam room. To help you, we provide you with printed notes. It includes the physical exam findings, lab test results, the doctor's diagnosis or tentative diagnosis, treatment plan and options, a list of meds dispensed, and complete home instructions.

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We practice "proactive" medicine instead of "reactive" medicine. We believe in examining our patients twice a year to help us detect any changes in their health. Remember, one year of their lives is equal to three to five years of ours. We advise age appropriate diagnostic tests to aid us in diagnosing hidden medical conditions.

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We have elected to focus on internal medical conditions, general medicine. If surgery is the treatment of choice, we will refer patients to our local colleagues.

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We vaccinate our patients based upon the individual pet. We consider what is necessary based on the age of the pet, the overall health status of the pet, and the risk of exposure. The benefits of the vaccine must outweigh the potential side effects of the vaccine.

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About Our Doctor

Dr. Craig graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia Veterinary College in 1983. After graduation, she worked in Fulton, a small town just outside of Columbia, Missouri. In 1985, Dr. Craig moved to “The Land of Enchantment,” and commuted between Las Cruces, NM and El Paso, TX managing Sun Valley Animal Clinic from 1986 to 1988. In June of 1988, Dr. Craig purchased Solano Animal Clinic. After practicing twenty-one years, she became interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine, specifically the use of acupuncture for pain management. After researching and a positive personal experience with acupuncture, she enrolled in the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society Acupuncture (IVAS) course in 2004 and completed the requirements for certification as a veterinary acupuncturist in 2006. Dr. Craig elected to further her education in Traditional Chinese Medicine in the field of Chinese Herbs, enrolled in the Chi Institute Herbal course, and completed the requirements for certification as a veterinary herbalist in 2008. As of December 2016, she is one of 3500 Certified Veterinary Acupuncturists and one of 180 Certified Veterinary Herbalists in the United States. 
Her next challenge is to pass the FAAVA exam, an exam similar to board certification. 

In 2006, Dr. Craig started DVMNeedles in nearby El Paso, TX. Unlike Solano Animal Clinic, an integrative practice merging modern western medicine with eastern medicine, DVMNeedles is dedicated to alternative treatment modalities, acupuncture, and Chinese herbs. In 2008, Dr. Craig elected to give back to the IVAS community. She applied for one of the teaching assistant positions for the IVAS Basic Acupuncture course in San Diego. That was only the beginning. She acted as the IVAS Basic Acupuncture Course Teaching Assistant Coordinator from 2011 to 2015 and served as the IVAS Small Animal Course Coordinator from 2013 to 2105. She has been a course instructor since 2012, currently lecturing on Bi Syndrome and Five Element Theory. Dr. Craig has presented at the IVAS Introductory Acupuncture Technician Course in 2014 and the Introductory Acupuncture Course at the Oquendo Center in 2015.

Her professional memberships include the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, IVAS Education Committee, IVAS Point Committee, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, American Veterinary Medical Association, El Paso Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association Integrative Committee, and the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association. In her free time, she enjoys photography, scuba diving, underwater photography, hiking, class five white water rafting, and playing duplicate bridge. She and her husband, Russell, share their home with their pets Maximus, Sparkles, and Sylvester.

Our Services Include...

Internal Medicine Focus
Keeping current on all medical and surgical conditions is difficult. To better serve our clients, we have elected to focus on internal medical diseases. Should surgery be the ideal treatment protocol, we will refer our surgical cases to our local colleagues.
Multimodal Pain Management
After determining the cause or causes for your pet's pain, we are able to offer you several options to help control your pet's pain, including modern conventional medicines, laser therapy, physical therapy, dietary supplements, acupuncture. and Chinese herbs.
Geriatric Medicine and Cognitive Dysfunction Recognition
Our pets are living longer lives. We are able to help you care for and support your pet during their "golden" years. We are also here to help you recognize and manage the symptoms of cognitive dysfunction.
Acupuncture
Sometimes modern medicine is not enough to treat your pet's medical conditions. In other cases, the western medications are causing unwanted side effects. We can offer you other modalities to help your pet, such as acupuncture. Chinese herbs, and laser therapy.

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Laser Therapy Photobiomodulation
Our clinic has a class 3 B Laser that is helpful for pain management. Laser therapy is used in human medicine for chronic pain management by surgeons, chiropractors, and physical rehabilitation technicians.

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Diet Recommendations
Unfortunately, the pet market has become a lucrative business. There are a multitude of diets being sold. While Dr. Craig is not a nutritionist, she can help you find the better products to help maintain your pet's health.
Dietary Supplements
Dietary supplements are not regulated by the FDA. The majority that are being sold over the counter have never been evaluated by a third party for the validity of their ingredients, let alone their effects. We offer you supplements that we trust.
Microchipping
Up to 8 million animals land up in shelters every year. Sadly, only 15 to 20% of the dogs and less than 2% of the cats are reclaimed. Placing a microchip helps increase the chances of your pet being returned. If can also assist where the ownership of a pet is in dispute.
Boarding
We are not a boarding facility. We offer boarding services to our established clients.

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