The philosophy of holistic medicine is to look at all aspects of the entire animal and be open to using a variety of treatments. Holistic veterinarians use both conventional and alternative therapies in their patients. They recognize that modern veterinary techniques are necessary in caring for an animal but also believe that alternative medicine modalities such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, and chiropractic care have a role as well.
Holistic veterinarians often concentrate on nutrition and diet, the environment and lifestyle of the animal, and psychologic state of the animal in the treatment and prevention of disease. Communication between the animal, owner, and veterinarian are emphasized.