Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Dr. Vanessa Flores comes to us from Southern California, where she practiced small animal veterinary medicine for twelve years, with a brief layover in Louisville, Kentucky - all warm climes. Perhaps she read one too many Louise Penny novels and decided to simply move to Three Pines - an idyllic Canadian town with a mysterious rash of murders. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is now her Three Pines. She has not weathered her first winter yet, but she has lived to tell the tale of near- Canadian winters spent at Cornell University where she studied as an undergraduate. She went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. Dr. Flores pursued further education in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) at the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and Chi Institute. She is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist, Certified Veterinary Food Therapist, and Certified Tui-na Practitioner. Her dearly beloved twenty-year-old Persian cat, Catfish, earned his keep as a medical model throughout these certifications. Older dogs and cats hold a special place in her heart.
Integrative medicine, the fusion of Western and Eastern medicine, is the medicine of the future. State of the art human cancer centers employ acupuncturists and nutritionists alongside oncologists. When powerful Western diagnostic and surgical tools are combined with Eastern therapies that treat the underlying cause of disease, the outcome is a healthier patient. Integrative medicine provides true whole patient care. Dr. Flores is here to work cooperatively with your general practice veterinarian to add complementary veterinary care to your pet’s life.
Dr. Flores has been offering integrative medical care to beloved dogs and cats since 2013. She is eager to partner with you to help your beloved quadruped achieve robust health. One of the things she enjoys most about TCVM is that it is “slow medicine,” requiring more frequent visits for maintenance during which we build life-long relationships. Her patients are very much her brood.
Outside of work, Dr. Flores loves to hike - she and her better half hiked all fifty of the 50 Best Short Hikes San Diego book. She also might be seen slipping into a milonga (Argentine tango dance) from time to time. She has a sordid past as a philosophy student. And, she believes in community service, she provided integrative care to special-needs cases at the animal shelter in San Diego for many years.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.
We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including Canine Rehabilitation Services, Animal Chiropractic, TCVM Consultations, Bloodwork for Referral Services, Wellness Exams, Vaccines and more!
Beginning June 29, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:
SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us.
Face coverings must be worn to enter the hospital.
Use hand washing station upon entry.
Washrooms will be closed to the public until further notice.
If you wish to remain in your car during the appointment, when you call to inform us of your arrival, we will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.