Dr. Sue Howell has placed a priority on acupuncture and
nutrition as she treats
pets in her new Thiensville location.
Photo by Mark Justesen
THIENSVILLE — Pet owners know that a trip to the
veterinarian is not something that most pets, or their
humans, typically enjoy. It can be anxiety-inducing for
everyone involved, especially when claws and teeth are
four-legged clients at Thrive Wholistic Veterinary Care
in Thiensville often have a drastically different
response during an appointment. They have a tendency to
While Dr. Sue Howell is trained and has worked as a
traditional veterinarian for many years, in December she
opened a unique practice, one that focuses on
alternative approaches, such as whole food therapy and
“For many animals, acupuncture triggers a relaxation
response and it’s not uncommon for them to fall asleep
during a treatment,” she said.
road to opening a wholistic veterinary practice actually
started during Howell’s childhood.
grew up with animals and my dad was a big softie; he
always took animals in,” she said.
bachelor’s degree was in fine arts, but when she moved
to Alaska to be with her husband-to-be, she took a job
at a veterinary clinic.
worked with an amazing vet,” she said. “I loved the
work. Every day was different.”
Thrive Wholistic Veterinary Care recently opened in a
storefront in downtown Thiensville.
Photo by Mark Justesen
went on to obtain her veterinary education and worked in
traditional veterinary medicine for 20 years. But she
started to see how, along with more traditional
approaches, integrative care could also help pets lead
optimal lives. Like humans, pets also benefit from
eating whole, fresh foods with the right diet formula
turning point was a cat named Star, a patient that
Howell did not expect to survive. Howell added whole
food supplements and a diet change to the cat’s medical
“She not only survived, she thrived and outlived her
diagnosis by several years,” said Howell.
That approach forms the core of her practice, which
opened in December in Thiensville and focuses on three
primary elements: nutritional analysis, whole food
therapy and acupuncture, which can be helpful for a
variety of acute and chronic pet ailments.
do not have a traditional veterinary practice,” she
focusing on wholistic pet care, Howell is able to
deliver services that enhance a pet’s health and quality
of life. She has seen the impact these techniques can
have on a pet’s life through numerous patients she’s
helped over the years.
opportunity to open a practice solely devoted to
wholistic care was an opportunity she could not pass up.
“Most of my practice is through word of mouth or
referrals from other veterinarians,” she noted, but any
pet owner can contact her for an appointment.
Thrive Wholistic Veterinary Care
188 S. Main St. Thiensville