Dr. Vanessa Flores, VMD, CVA, CVCH, CVFT, CVTP

Veterinarian

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.

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