After graduating from the Chi Institute, Dr. Fuentes travelled to The Caring Vet for hands-on acupuncture experience in our Long Island-based animal hospital. Originally from Queens, Fuentes now practices standard veterinary medicine in Connecticut, and recently received a certification in animal acupuncture, to have additional health options to offer her patients.
We loved having Dr. Fuentes join our team during her internship. She was warm, receptive and truly masterful as a veterinarian, leveraging her years of experience as a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), formal veterinary school training at Ross University, a year of clinical work at Kansas State University, and extended study in holistic modalities at the CHI Institute to provide ideal health for pets.
What are the top three things you learned from our beloved Dr. Selmer?
- Veterinary medicine CAN truly be integrative. You can truly use both western and eastern medicine. I’ve seen too many veterinarians choose one or the other, when they actually work most ideally together, and complement each other very well.
- Education of our market is critical, as we depend so much the pet parent to both inform us of what they are seeing and also to carry out medical care at home. Dr. Selmer so generously shares his knowledge and expertise with his clients.
- The veterinary environment actually CAN be calm, balanced and serene. This isn’t the typical experience, so it was amazing to see a truly zen atmosphere in a successful veterinary hospital.
What Changes Would You Like to See Made in the Veterinary Industry?
I’d like to see more veterinarians breaking out of the 60+ hour work weeks and have more balance in their work lives. The industry as a whole would benefit if we as practitioners would place a higher value on our work. This would allow us to pay our support staff what they’re really worth. I’d also love to see more veterinarians willing to work together with their peers.
Dr. Fuentes, What Are Your Future Goals?
I love my job in Connecticut but look forward to creating a more sustainable schedule for myself, as well integrating Eastern medicine and acupuncture into my daily veterinary life.