The January 7, 2011 funeral service for veterinarian, Dr. Thomas Van Cise, will honor one of holistic medicine's greatest advocates.
Those who sought his services called him Dr. V, and as the working veterinarian and owner of All Animals Exotic or Small in Norco, CA, he practiced a unique blend of holistic and conventional veterinary medicine. Dr. V passed away from a heart attack on December 30, 2010 at the age of 60.
Holistic Medicine for Dogs, Cats and Other Creatures
Dr. Van Cise, DVM, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Diploma Vet Homeopathy and Reiki Master, received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University in 1974 and soon began his immersion in alternative medicine.
He was passionate about holistic healing and natural pet care, but he never forced his beliefs on those not ready or willing to hear them, and when All Animals Exotic or Small was opened under his guidance in 1981, he found a way to treat animals as their human owners wished — conventional for some, strictly holistic for others.
I was one of Dr. V’s holistic clients, and as I detailed in my April 2010 article, Digger’s Holistic Triumph Over Legg-Calves Perthes Disease, in Animal Wellness Magazine, my dog is healthy and happy today because of Dr. V’s extraordinary depth of knowledge and his willingness to treat Legg-Calves Perthes disease holistically. Everyone said it couldn’t be done, and Dr. V stated honestly that the protocol he designed had never been proven. He believed it would work. I trusted him. I trusted Digger to him. And I was right to do so. His efforts proved to be perfect, and Digger was cured without being subjected to less-than-desirable conventional treatment options.
Natural Healing for the World
Dr. V didn’t confine his practice to Southern California. He spoke at holistic
conventions and wrote papers that helped others train and learn. He took calls from
people all over the world and created an online presence to educate the public about
acupuncture, acuscope, aquapuncture, auricular medicine, lasers, moxibustion, Reiki,
aromatherapy, herbal therapy, stabilized oxygen therapy, and whole body supplementation.
Some described him as eccentric, some as brilliant. Most of his clients simply
described him as gentle, caring, and devoted to a better life for all animals. Yet animals
weren’t his only passion. He cared about humans as well and held multiple black belt
rankings in a variety of martial arts. He conducted self-defense training courses and
freely shared all he had learned from his continuing education and life experiences.
The world hasn’t nearly enough holistic healers, and the loss of Dr. V leaves a huge void, not just for the animals who have never known another vet, but for animals the world over who will never have the opportunity to benefit from Dr. V’s passion for natural healing, as well as his wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise. Those who were fortunate enough to be able to entrust the well-being of beloved pets to him will surely miss him the most.
Dr. Thomas Van Cise
Visitation for Dr. Van Cise will be held from 4 to 8 pm on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at Thomas Miller Mortuary, 1118 E. 6th Street, Corona, CA, and services will be at noon on Friday, January 7, 2011 at the same location.
Dr. Van Cise believed in a charitable world, and donations made in his name should be made to any charity striving for a better life for humans or animals.