Dr. Christy Betz, DVM, CVA, CVH, CVSMT
Dr. Christy Betz started her career like many veterinarians, in a traditional animal hospital. But about 10 years ago, she was ready for something different. “Helping animals is not what I do, rather it’s who I am as a person, and I knew there had to be a different way, a way that I could help my patients more,” says Dr. Betz. “I became frustrated and felt rushed in and out of exam rooms; I just wasn’t getting the whole picture regarding my patients’ health.” It was then she found an alternative way to practice veterinary medicine or “good old-fashioned state-of-the-art medicine,” as she calls it. She purchased a mobile veterinary hospital and began taking the hospital to the animals. Her mobile hospital is a custom built, state-of-the-art vehicle equipped with digital x-ray, ultrasound, EKG, dental equipment, surgical suite, and an exam area. “When most people hear mobile vet they think of a practitioner who shows up in his pick-up truck to treat horses and other livestock, we’re definitely not your typical farm vet. We mostly see typical pets such as dogs and cats, but we have a good portion of large animal clients and even a few exotic pets too.” By visiting patients in their home Dr. Betz says she gets a more accurate picture of the scope of health of the animal. It is beneficial to me as a veterinarian because the animal is more likely to show me what is really going on. By the time animals have been corralled in a cage, endured a car ride, and sat in a noisy lobby with other animals, they can be very stressed before they even see the veterinarian. Her mobile practice aims to change that experience. I get to observe the animals in their own environment and I feel it helps to create a better course of treatment.
Additionally, Dr. Betz offers several types of alternative medicine such as acupuncture and “veterinary” chiropractic. She has completed over 200 hours of coursework in acupuncture and recently graduated from the only U.S. Department of Education accredited Veterinary “chiropractic” school. “I have seen tremendous results with these treatments from everything from pain relief to helping animals walk again after debilitating injuries of illness.” “Acupuncture and veterinary ‘chiropractic’ are emerging fields in veterinary medicine that are becoming quite mainstream” says Dr. Betz. She has even treated horses representing the United States in the World Equestrian Games, as well as the Pan Am games . “We recently added a therapeutic K-Laser to the practice. I’ve seen some amazing results from patients with various conditions that weren’t responding to typical treatments. It’s been used in human medicine with great results in the past decade; often utilized by professional and performance athletes, the K-Laser is now being utilized in the veterinary field and I am seeing great benefits.”