What is Integrative Veterinary Medicine?

The Integrative Veterinary Center (IVC) was established in 2000 by Dr. Signe Beebe, and is dedicated to providing the highest quality veterinary care through the integration of complementary and alternative medicine with conventional medicine.

Integrative veterinary medicine practice focuses on treating the whole animal, partnership between the client and the veterinarian, and the use of all appropriate therapeutic options to achieve optimal wellness for your pet. At the Integrative Veterinary Center we combine conventional medicine with Chinese medicine and all other complementary and alternative veterinary medicine (CAVM) therapies 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. CAVM therapies that are included in an integrative medicine approach at our practice include but are not limited to: acupuncture, botanical (herbal) medicine, laser therapy, prolotherapy, neural therapy, IV Vitamin C for cancer and infections, tuina (Chinese medical massage), chiropractic, medical honey, therapeutic nutrition and nutritional supplements. CAVM 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.

Treating The Whole Body

All of these therapies treat the whole body and as such can be referred to by the generic term “holistic,” meaning that they view the body as an integrated whole and take the body, mind and spirit into account when formulating a treatment plan. CAVM 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.

The Integrative Veterinary Center (IVC) was established in 2000 by Dr. Signe Beebe. IVC is dedicated to providing the highest quality veterinary care through the integration of alternative and complementary medicine with conventional medicine.

At IVC, we believe that using a combination of all reasonable therapies or systems of medicine together provides the veterinarian with an increased ability to prevent and treat disease that would not be possible using one system of medicine by itself. This type of veterinary care focuses on evaluation of the whole animal and on the prevention of disease and maintenance of health, not just on the treatment of disease, and the suppression of symptoms. An integrative approach to veterinary medicine is designed to improve the likelihood of resolving an animal’s underlying disease condition, prevent or minimize adverse drug effects, maximize successful treatment outcomes and improve the quality of life. As our client, you are given all of the available options for the treatment of your pet.

Our Practice

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; ONE medicine, the one that works.

Our Veterinarians And Staff

The veterinarians of IVC are extensively trained in both conventional and complementary and alternative medicine and can effectively treat any of the medical conditions normally seen in veterinary practice. In addition we can help formulate individual pet nutrition and wellness plans to prevent disease from developing to promote an excellent quality of life.

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Dr. Signe Beebe DVM

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Dr. Tsung Yu Tsai DVM

Tour IVC

The Integrative Veterinary Center provides you and your pet with a peaceful, serene ambiance to naturally promote health and well being.

We have used feng shui principles to enhance our center, which has three spacious exam rooms with a calm and quiet atmosphere. The water fountains, cushioned exam tables, chimes, plants and classical music help your pet to relax and promote maximal healing. Please feel free to stop by and make an appointment for a tour of our center by one of our friendly staff members. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our compassionate, dedicated team of professionals are ready to assist you and your pet.

IVC Policies

Pet Arrival Policy

For your safety and that of your pet and other clients, please keep dogs on a leash at all times and properly controlled. All cats, must be confined in an appropriate carrier. If you do not have a leash or carrier, one will be provided for you.

Payment Policy

Payment in full is expected at the time of service; no exceptions. Most major pet insurance companies will reimburse acupuncture, alternative and complementary services offered by IVC. Please consult with your insurance company before your visit to see what they will cover.

Payments accepted are cash, personal checks, Visa, American Express and MasterCard.

Late Policy

Due to the high volume of patients that require our services, we are sorry that IVC doctors will be unable to see patients that arrive more than 10 minutes late for their appointment. Each IVC client has reserved a specific time for their pet; if late arrivals are seen regardless of time, then other clients who are on time would be asked to wait unfairly. We know that traffic and other difficulties can sometimes make a client late for their appointment and, time providing, we will try to work you into our schedule; however, this is not always possible. Please call us as soon as possible if you know you will be arriving late. In the event that we are unable to see your pet, we will work with you to schedule another appointment.

Cancellations

Should you need to cancel your appointment, please call us 24 hours in advance to avoid a cancellation fee. Canceling your appointment on the same day or not keeping your appointment makes this time unavailable for other sick pets that need our help. This is especially true for new consultations. In the event that you cancel more than three times, we will need you to prepay before you and your pet can be scheduled to be seen by our doctors.

Golden Rule Policy

At the IVC, we do our best to treat each of our clients and their pets with kindness, compassion and courtesy. Our staff will make every effort to keep your waiting to a minimum, answer your questions and address your concerns. We know that anyone can have a bad day, and that the illness of a pet can be a difficult, emotional time but please extend courtesy to the ones who are here trying to help.

New Client Appointments

  • 1 IVC is accepting new clients. Please call us as at 916-454-1825 to set up an appointment
  • 2 Please download and bring in your completed client registration and medical history forms
  • 3 New client consultations are 30-45 minutes in duration. Acupuncture is not typically performed during a new client visit. If you wish to have acupuncture at the time of your initial consult, you must schedule additional time prior to your consultation. Additional fees will apply if acupuncture is performed on the first visit.
  • 4 Please bring or have all your pets medical and surgical records faxed to IVC to include: UC Davis VMTH records, all diagnostic (radiographs, ultrasound, endoscopy, biopsy) and laboratory reports. Failure to provide previous veterinary records will slow and/or prevent a full comprehensive evaluation of your pet at the time of initial consultation. This information is also required for all nutritional and or phone consultations
  • 5 Please bring in all current prescription medications, diet supplements and vitamins
  • 6 If you have not completed your paperwork before your appointment, please arrive 20 minutes prior to your appointment to do this. Late arrivals and delays in registration decrease the amount of time the doctor has to meet with you to discuss your pet’s condition
  • 7 The amount of information given at the initial visit can be enormous. It is encouraged that you write down any information you need to take home with you. Likewise, if you have specific questions you would like to ask, please write them down before your visit so they may be discussed during your appointment.
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Wellness and Recheck Appointments

  • Wellness Checks and recheck appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes
  • Rechecks include maintenance acupuncture treatments, herbal medicine rechecks, chiropractic, laser, neural and prolotherapy appointments