My journey through life as I know it, would never have happened if I had not become a veterinarian. As a child, I wanted to be a doctor and help ‘fix’ people. I was fascinated by science, biology, mathematics, physics and fixing things. When I got into my second year of premed, I realized it wasn’t for me. After telling a classmate that I was going to drop out, he said, ‘Why don’t you become a veterinarian?’ The rest is history.
That change in my life made it possible for me to witness unconditional love for the past 39 years. The animals saved my life and are my reason for producing this webpage. To them I owe more than I can ever repay.
I graduated from the University of Arizona in 1969 with a Bachelor Degree in Animal Science. From there I attended Colorado State University where I graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1973. I am certified in Veterinary Acupuncture by IVAS and also as a Certified Veterinary Homeopath by AVH. I am presently in a Mastership Program to become an Asui Reiki Master by the Fall of 2012.
In the beginning of my veterinary career, I practiced medicine as best I could with the tools I learned at Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine, which I graduated from in 1973. As the years rolled by, I began to question if what I had been taught was all there was for helping animals.
In the early 1980s I became very ill, and I was lucky to find a homeopathic physician, Dr Gutu, who diagnosed pesticide toxicity. His advice was to stop being a veterinarian or wear rubber gloves or die. The gloves lasted about one patient and I knew that wasn’t going to work. I decided to require all clients not to use pesticides on their pets, or I couldn’t see them.
To my amazement I got busier than ever and realized I had to learn new methods for caring for animals if chemicals were out. Where was I going to find this training? The answer came quickly. I met a fellow veterinarian, Dr. Carvel Tiegert, at a conference where he asked me a simple question, ‘Do you think vitamins are important in treating animals?’ I answered ‘yes’ and he put me on a quest to learn as much as I can about alternative medicine.
I have been certified by the Homeopathic Veterinary Academy as a Homeopathic Veterinarian and as a Veterinary Acupuncturist by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. I mainly use Aromatherapy, Classical Homeopathy, Bach Flowers, massage, acupuncture, Reiki, Esterfied Fatty Acid Complex, Gemmotherapy, Positive visualization, Glandular therapy, and nutrition to care for my patients. I have found that 99% of time I am able to help animals with their medical needs without using drugs, chemicals, vaccines, or surgery. The use of drugs and surgery have a place in veterinary medicine but their need is much less than we are led to believe. The Greek definition of physician is teacher and that is what I do my very best to do when caring for my animal friends.
Any time someone tells me that that these alternatives will not work on animals, I respond with one of my favorite quotes that I found in a box of ginger snaps long ago.“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing
I received an amazing gift in 2011 when my fellow holistic veterinarians at the AHVMA (American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association voted me HOLISTIC PRACTIONER OF THE YEAR. I was amazed and stunned. BUT VERY GRATEFUL and HAPPY for this wonderful award.
Make today a great day and SMILE, Breathe and BELIEVE :O)
Namaste, Dr Stephen R. Blake, DVM, CVA, CVH, Usui Reiki Master