Dr. Jaclyn Amber graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (Virginia Tech) in 2009. Originally from southern Maryland, Dr. Amber enjoys exploring and experiencing beautiful Asheville with her boyfriend and “furkids.” Her Lab mix, Lexi, loves hiking the mountains. Ella, her hypothyroid beagle mix, enjoys smelling all of the good food all around town and doesn’t understand why Mom won’t let her eat every last morsel of it. Chief Argus (pitt/plot) spends his days jumping through leaves and hanging out with his dad in the wood shop while his brother King Kevin (shepherd mix) goes to work with mom. They are currently down to 3 indoor cats – One-eyed Willy (one eyed tabby cat), a polydactyl named Mack, and Sprocket, an orange tabby who had a head trauma as a kitten. You may see Sprocket around the clinic since she has to come to work with mom for medications and therapy (including underwater treadmill, chiropractic, acupuncture, and laser therapy).
Dr. Amber emphasizes a holistic approach to veterinary medicine as defined by the American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association: “In treating an animal, a holistic veterinarian will determine the best combination of both conventional and alternative (or complementary) therapies for a given individual. This mixture of healing arts and skills is as natural as life itself. Therein lies the very essence of the word “(w)holistic.” It means taking in the whole picture of the patient—the environment, the disease pattern, the relationship of pet with owner—and developing a treatment protocol using a wide range of therapies for healing the patient. The holistic practitioner is interested not only in a medical history, but also genetics, nutrition, environment, family relationships, stress levels, and other factors.” She tries to find a balance of Western and Eastern modalities to help her patients and is particularly interested in geriatrics. On the other end of the spectrum, she adores puppies and for several years led our Puppy Preschool classes. Dr. Amber believes that starting off on the right foot is essential to developing a strong human-animal bond. Maintaining this bond and good quality of life are essential through all stages of life.
Dr. Amber studied at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) in Florida and is proud to offer her services as a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA). She plans to continue studying herbal and food therapies but at this time is not yet certified in these areas. As a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and previously being the proud owner of strong-willed (Moxy) and semi-feral (Lily) felines, Dr. Amber promotes the low-stress handling techniques implemented in our hospital and helped Charlotte Street Animal Hospital become a certified Feline Friendly Practice through the AAFP. Dr. Amber looks forward to welcoming your family to CSAH.