#1 Amazon Best-Selling Author, The Ultimate Pet Health Guide
Dr. Gary Richter is an honors graduate of the University of Florida with a B.S. in animal science, an M.S. in veterinary medical science, and a doctorate in veterinary medicine. From 2002 to 2021, he was the owner and medical director of Montclair Veterinary Hospital in Oakland, California. He launched Holistic Veterinary Care in 2009, also in Oakland, California. Dr. Richter is certified in veterinary acupuncture as well as veterinary chiropractic and uses these therapies along with his veterinary medical education to achieve better outcomes for his patients.
Dr. Richter’s animal hospitals have received more than 30 local and national awards, including Best Veterinary Hospital, Best Veterinarian, Best Canine Therapy Facility, and Best Alternative Medicine Provider. Dr. Richter was named one of the top ten veterinarians in the United States in 2012, and America’s Favorite Veterinarian in 2015 by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF). Dr. Richter also received The Holistic Practitioner of the Year Award from the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association in 2019. For more information on Dr. Richter’s work, as well as pet health resources to complement his book, please visit MyPetThrives.com.
As a holistic veterinarian and scientist, Dr. Gary Richter helps dog and cat owners navigate the treatment options available for our pets and separate fact from fiction. He wants us to use what actually works, not just what Western science or alternative medicine say "should" work. This multifaceted approach to health is known as integrative medicine.
A holistic approach to health includes nutrition, as it sets up the foundation for your pet’s health. In the Ultimate Pet Health Guide, Dr. Richter cuts through the hype in the pet food world and explains how to choose the best commercial foods and supplements, and even includes both raw and cooked dog- and cat-food recipes for general diet as well as treat specific needs. He also explains how we can use the right foods and supplements to "hack" the body’s processes, including the immune system.
In addition to full-time practice, Dr. Richter is a vocal advocate for the safe use of medical cannabis for animals. He was involved with the passage of AB 2215 in California, a bill that allows veterinarians to discuss cannabis with pet owners. Dr. Richter is also a sponsor of SB 627 in California which will further protect veterinarians and pet owners by allowing veterinary recommendation of cannabis. As a founding member and co-president of the Veterinary Cannabis Society, Dr. Richter is continuing his efforts to educate the veterinary profession, support safe cannabis products for animals, and advocate for regulatory and legislative change to protect animals and the veterinary profession.