What Vets Aren’t Taught Part 3 with Dr. Joyce Liy

What Vets Aren't Taught part 3 with Dr. Joyce Liy on your natural dog podcast

As pet parents increasingly seek advice on nutrition and natural remedies like CBD and mushrooms from their vets, many are discovering a gap in their conventional veterinarian’s knowledge and resources, prompting them to search elsewhere for the help they need. In this episode of Your Natural Dog, Angela Ardolino is joined by Dr. Joyce Liy, an integrative veterinarian specializing in holistic therapies and nutrition. Continuing our “What Vets Aren’t Taught” series, Dr. Liy shares insights from her veterinary school experience, shedding light on the lack of emphasis on nutrition and holistic care in traditional veterinary education. Together, Angela and Dr. Liy delve into the importance of viewing food as medicine for pets, and challenging the standardized overuse, or misuse, of pharmaceutical drugs in veterinary treatment. They explore holistic veterinary practices, including Traditional Chinese Medicine, CBD, and the benefits of medicinal mushrooms, advocating for a personalized approach to pet health and wellness. 

Episode Recap: 

  • Dr. Liy’s Vet School experience
  • How much do vets learn about nutrition?
  • Not taught to see food as medicine
  • Vet school emphasis on standardized conventional treatment
  • The value of mentorship after vet school
  • Seeking further certifications and education after vet school
  • Veterinary students seeking holistic education on their own
  • A shift to holistic veterinary care
  • Challenges faced by new vets out of school
  • Using hemp and mushrooms in her practice
  • Integrative veterinary care, using diff holistic tools
  • Mushrooms & CBD for cancer, chronic illness, pain and inflammation
  • Dangers of long term use of pharmaceuticals like Apoquel & Cytopoint
  • Financial incentives of pharmaceutical drugs
  • Conventional vets taught not to trust natural medicine
  • Nutrition needs of senior dogs

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About Angela Ardolino

angela ardolino your natural dog podcast cbd dog health mycodog pet health expert holistic Angela Ardolino is a holistic pet expert and educator who has been caring for animals for over 20 years. Angela owns and operates Fire Flake Farm, an animal rescue. She’s also the founder and formulator of CBD Dog Health, which offers high quality, all-natural cannabis health and wellness products for pets; and MycoDog, which creates and produces high-quality medicinal mushroom and adaptogen tinctures specifically for pets.

Accordingly, she has used CBD Dog Health’s CBD for Dogs, and now MycoDog mushrooms for dogs, on all her pets at her rescue farm every day since 2016. Angela’s pack includes rescues Jolene, Maza and Rhemi. In addition, she has 4-10 more any time she is fostering or boarding. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and the Veterinary Cannabis Association. In fact, Angela has educated hundreds of medical doctors and veterinarians on the therapeutic uses of medical cannabis on animals.

About Dr. Joyce Liy

Holiystic Veterinarian Dr. Joyce Liy on Your Natural Dog podcast Joyce was born in Tapachula, Chiapas. She grew up in Houston, Texas (where she found her love for horses on her family’s ranch). She was an equestrian for most of her childhood years and participated in the Houston Rodeo parade with her family.

Dr. Liy studied at New Mexico State University where she earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communication Studies. She then later attended Veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical rotations at Louisiana State University in 2018.

Dr. Liy is passionate about promoting optimal health in pets with holistic therapies in addition to traditional veterinary medicine. She looks forward to working with pet parents to offer their pets a new, more complete approach to wellness.

In addition to her DVM, Dr. Liy is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and certified veterinary food therapist through the Chi University.