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Your Animal Is In Good Hands With Dr. Newkirk And Dr. Tran Of Newkirk Family Veterinarians When you bring your pet into Newkirk Family Veterinarians, you are immediately made to feel like part of their family. Theirs is a unique approach to veterinary health: combining traditional medicine and surgery with holistic and alternative medical options. This combination allows patients to access the best of both worlds. It is a formula that has worked for Dr. Newkirk, who will celebrate his 36th year in practice. He adds, “I am so fortunate to work in my chosen career and I still love treating patients every day.” Their office treats primarily dogs and cats, but also sees birds, rabbits, reptiles, ferrets, guinea pigs, and other exotic pets. Becoming a Veterinarian is no easy task. First, you must have the grades to get admitted into Veterinary School. There are only 23 schools in the entire country, so the competition is fierce. Second, you must have the discipline to study. Not only do you have to learn medicine, surgery, and all the things that human physicians must learn, but also you have to learn it on many different species. “We are required to know all about dogs, cats, horses, cows, and birds. They are all different and have different diseases,” he says. Finally, you need the ability to communicate with people, for they are the ones caring for the pet. You must be able to talk in layman’s terms about diseases and life-and-death issues. And most importantly, you must have a degree of compassion for the animal, whom you really represent.

Getting to Know Dr. Mark Newkirk Dr. Mark Newkirk started working in the Margate Animal Clinic when he was just 14 years old, cleaning cages, bathing dogs, and mopping floors. After being exposed to medicine and surgery, he developed a real interest in the field. He adds, “As I returned to work every summer, I became more convinced that this was the profession for me.”

His office holds a strong belief that no two patients are alike. They believe in looking at the pet’s health and wellness as one big picture, rather than a series of smaller puzzles. This is what holistic medicine is all about and Newkirk Family Veterinarians are proud to offer both a traditional and holistic approach when making a diagnosis. Holistic veterinary medicine uses herbs, homeopathy, chiropractic acupuncture, and other treatment modalities. Often in the chronically ill pet when traditional medicines and practice have not helped (or reached a plateau), holistic medicine can help the pet in other ways. “Essentially, each aspect of your pet’s health can affect the others and we pay attention to the big picture when making a diagnosis,” he says. Dr. Newkirk became interested in non-traditional veterinary medicine several years ago. He adds, “After 15 years in practice, all veterinarians have patients that are no longer benefitting from traditional medicine. This may be true for example, in the case of severe allergies, cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease. I just decided that there had to be “other things” out there “somewhere” that might help these pets. I started with home-made diets, raw foods, and chiropractic, since I knew what healthy diets and chiropractic did for humans.” When he got some positive results, he started to delve more into other alternative therapies, such as herbs and ozone. Dr. Newkirk is a believer in the importance of the right diet and nutritional

supplements for the overall health of animals as they age. Most commercial foods are plant-based protein but we are feeding carnivores. They need meat protein. He adds, “As certain diseases or conditions result from aging, such as joint issues, additional supplements are very helpful. We analyze blood tests in a nutritional way that shows us where an animal is deficient in nutrients or is in need of vitamins. This is called the Nutritional Blood Analysis and it is very helpful in designing a nutritional program specific to each pet.” Because so many holistic vets find the commercial foods to be lacking, it is even more important to add the use of holistic medicine to protocols. He adds, “We are giving too many antibiotics and vaccines. Almost any condition can benefit from the addition of, or switch to, alternative medicine. It is important to realize that no one system of medicine has all the answers. A good doctor trained in the scientific method will evaluate what is best for each patient. Usually, I combine diet, traditional medications, and alternatives together for the best result. It is never an all-or-none situation.” In the last ten years, the world of veterinary medicine has changed drastically. There are new technologies available, such as the use of stem cells and ozone therapy. “In short, there is almost no limit to what we can now provide. This is a big reason why we promote pet insurance. It is cheap and will help you pay for all of the above,” he says. Dr. Newkirk has had many incredible experiences working with animals, but his favorite was working with wildlife in Africa and during an internship at the Philadelphia Zoo. He adds, “To be close to these magnificent creatures was just so exciting. In Africa we-live captured giraffe and zebra so we could move them to other areas for breeding and conservation. We also tracked and tagged leopards to map their territories via GPS radio collars, which allowed us to learn about their lives.” For over 35 years, Dr. Newkirk and his team has provided top-notch veterinary care to the Egg Harbor Township community and residents are lucky to have such a compassionate team working with their animals.

The County Woman Magazine

March/April 2017

Atlantic County Woman - March/April 2017  

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