Background and Practice:
Dr. Richard Palmquist received his DVM from Colorado State University. He is the immediate past president of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, and co-founder and board member of the Independent Veterinary Alliance.
Dr. Palmquist has practiced with Centinela Animal Hospital in Inglewood, CA, for 26 years. The three-doctor practice also has three registered veterinary technicians and 19 staff. The practice is managed by a full-time certified veterinary practice manager and three area managers.
Dr. Palmquist’s areas of veterinary interest are integrative veterinary medicine, clinical practice and research. He lectures internationally on bioregulatory medicine and modified hospice in the treatment of chronic diseases. Among the diagnostic and treatment tools the clinic features are digital X-ray, ultrasound, electrocardiogram (EKG), high-speed dental equipment, stem cell therapy, full laboratory services, low-energy laser, acupuncture, endoscope and mobile MRI.
Why His Nomination Stood Out:
Dr. Palmquist’s multiple nominations all referenced his caring nature and patience in dealing with concerned pet parents. According to one client, “his approach to recovery for [my pet] was specific to her needs, and his comforting ways reassured me that she would heal and be back to her normal self in no time. I have searched for years for the perfect vet and I can safely say that I have found him.”
Another called Dr. Palmquist “kind and patient, and answers all my questions, never rushing me. Our appointments are always very thorough and he is always very up-front and honest.”
In His Words:
What is the most exciting advancement in veterinary medicine in the past 5 years?
“Improved awareness of our profession of how evidence-based medicine can be used to expand our ability to practice more effectively.”
What is the most exciting/needed advancement on the horizon?
“Implementation of translational veterinary research centers will greatly assist the development and availability of technology to professionals and their clients. As veterinary medicine grows to match our human medical counterparts, we will see a great reduction in time from discovery to development. These centers will become self-sustaining and less dependent upon government support.”
What is the greatest challenge in veterinary medicine?
“Maintaining effective communication between the widely divergent components of our profession while we work to deliver high-quality medicine to the public in ways that are possible for them to access.”
A Bit of Fun:
Favorite breed of best friend?
“Aussies (the herding canine kind)”
Funniest pet name you’ve heard?
“WYSIWYG, a mixed-breed rescue dog named with an acronym for ‘What You See Is What You Get’”
Favorite human toy?
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