Dr. Nicole Sheehan, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CVFT, MATP
Special Interests: General medicine and surgery, acupuncture, herbal and alternative medicine, orthopedics, cardiology
Education: The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Hometown: Strongsville, Ohio
Pets: Cooper and Skippy (dogs), Kaya and Simon (cats)
Dr. Nicole Sheehan founded The Veterinary Hospital of Davidson in 2013 to provide a workplace for herself and others that they could love and be proud of. As an integrative veterinarian practicing both acupuncture and herbal medicine, people were bringing her cases from all over North Carolina and other states. This further expanded her desire to learn new modalities to help her patients. After several years of operation, she found a new love for both her career and her industry. She realized that the kindness to animals, desire to provide great results for patients, efficiency, and desire to create a good working environment for others was also gaining attention throughout the industry. This inspired her to create new hospitals free of negative corporate culture and open to new philosophies and treatments. She rebranded The Veterinary Hospital of Davidson to Whole Pet Veterinary Hospitals and opened a Wilmington, NC location as well. As long as vets and other veterinary professionals need a great place to practice medicine, she will continue to create new opportunities!
Dr. Nicole Sheehan has always had a love for and ability to communicate with animals since she was a young girl. After graduating from veterinary school and moving from Ohio to North Carolina, she felt at home in the area but not in her profession. She was blessed with mentors as a new graduate who pushed her to practice detailed and advanced medicine, but she wasn’t happy with her quality of life. As she started a family and alternative treatments such as acupuncture, she sought different opportunities to improve her medicine and life. She found herself frustrated by inefficient systems and poor work cultures. Although her son was only one year old and she was pregnant with her daughter, she decided she had to do it differently. So she set up The Veterinary Hospital of Davidson in 2013 to create a place where she could pay her bills and still love going to work. Little did she know this would create so much more!
What resulted was a place where EVERYONE liked coming to work—where people are free to develop their skills and talents in an encouraging and supportive environment. Being free to learn and try new treatments, her clients pushed her harder and harder to move beyond standard treatments that weren’t working to discover new medications that actually reversed the disease. As animals were healing permanently from chronic diseases, she joked that she was “the worst business owner in the world” because her patients were getting better and only needed to come back for yearly check-ups. She was wrong—her results brought her new clients from all over the state and, eventually, phone consults all over the United States, as well as Europe, Australia, and Asia.
In seeing mostly second opinions (or what we lovingly call “sixth opinions”), with a careful history, thorough physical exam, and subtle changes in lab work, she has identified a handful of triggers for animals’ common diseases. Her practice’s mainstay is “Food First,” where high-level nutrition is used first to improve the health and balance of the body. Any signs of toxins or disease triggers are treated with herbal or pharmaceutical medication. While she identifies herself as a holistic Veterinarian, she is willing to use whatever treatments give the best results, and so she still does surgery and chemotherapy when necessary. In the hospital, she will often use laser, ozone, PRP, and acupuncture to improve mobility and treatment outcomes.
After years of reversing chronic diseases that typically are considered irreversible, such as skin allergies, autoimmune disease, kidney failure, and paralysis, she has become convinced all diseases are treatable, including cancer. For example, she has successfully treated her own dog’s heartworm disease with homeopathy, her cat’s kidney failure and hepatitis with herbal medicine, and her own autoimmune disease with herbs and meditation. This outlook on healing has greatly impacted the outlook of her clients and coworkers on their own health and the health of their animals. A common saying you will hear around here is, “Once you see it, you can never unsee it.”
Advanced Courses and Certifications:
Chinese food therapy
Veterinary Chinese herbal medicine
Meridian autonomic testing (muscle testing)
Tick and vector-borne diseases
Abdominal and cardiac ultrasonography
Publications and Appearances:
Glycoflex National Commercial
VetriScience National Advisory Board
Veterinary Practice News
Fox News Rising
She recently has developed a way of sharing her treatment strategies outside of The Veterinary Hospital of Davidson through Nicole the Vet, where she highlights cases, offers classes to vet professionals and speaks out about problems within the industry. Visit her on Facebook and Instagram at @nicolethevet and see videos on pet care and nutrition on YouTube at @nicolethevet. Be on the lookout in 2020 for her book on healing animals naturally, as well as new holistic veterinary hospitals in the area to serve more animals and people!