Wellspring Holistic Veterinary Care
Wellspring is a nontraditional veterinary practice located in midtown Wilmington. Our approach is to integrate holistic and allopathic medicine, choosing the most appropriate methods from each discipline to create an effective and safe treatment plan for your pet.
We cover everything from your yearly
physical checkup to everyday concerns
about lumps, bumps, bruises, and more.
We offer the AKC microchip. All of the profits from these microchips go to stock & fund AKC's mobile disaster relief pet vans.
We offer all standard vaccinations, such as rabies, bordatella, and distemper/parvovirus.
Placement of acupuncture needles in established locations treats internal medicine issues, skin disease, orthopedic problems, and more.
A raw, balanced diet is often a key
component of achieving optimal health for your four-legged friend.
COLD LASER THERAPY
Light therapy relieves pain, inflammation, and promotes rapid healing by increasing cellular metabolism.
We provide ultrasounds by appointment, performed by Dr. Joanne Thompson of Eagle Mobile Veterinary Service.
CHINESE HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS
Based on TCVM diagnoses, Chinese herbal medications can be very effective in helping treat many internal medicine issues and dermatological problems.
3150 Wrightsville Avenue
Wilmington, NC 28403
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WELLSPRING & DR. KERR
Dr. Kerr, formerly a native of Indiana, studied pre-veterinary medicine at Indiana University in Bloomington , Indiana from 1980-1983, and was accepted into the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine graduating class of 1987.
After graduation, Dr. Kerr practiced small animal and equine medicine in Bloomington for a year, and was drawn to Wilmington, NC after visiting the area. He practiced at Needham Animal Hospital in Wilmington for one year prior to opening Companion Animal Hospital, in Shallotte NC and practiced there for 14 years. Dr. Kerr then returned to Wilmington, opening Wellspring Holistic Veterinary Care in 2004.
Dr. Kerr began studying Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine(TCVM) at the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine in Reddick, Florida in 2001. After completing training in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Tui-Na, he began applying these techniques at the practice in Shallotte, and began practicing primarily Complementary Medicine, incorporating TCVM with standard veterinary medicine after opening Wellspring Holistic Veterinary Care.
The main objective of Holistic Veterinary Medicine (HVM) is to design a treatment program for each pet individually. In order to develop an individualized program for each animal. It is important to take into account the animal’s diet, home environment, exercise regimen, their relationship to the owner and other pets in the home, the length of time the problem has been occurring, and stress factors.
In some acute situations, treatment may involve the use of conventional western veterinary medicine techniques, such as surgery, or even allopathic medicines, combined with or followed by holistic practices. Holistic medicine, however, does not stop at treating the symptoms of an illness. Instead, it aims to discover and treat the root of the problem. When using holistic medicine, it may take longer to reach the treatment goal than conventional medicine (treating the symptoms) but the end result is a longer lasting and more complete state of health than can be achieved by treating the symptoms alone.