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About Gentle Vet

Gentle Vet is a peerless practice, focusing on acupuncture, behavior solutions and veterinary chiropractic treatment for pets of all breeds and ages. Our mission is to relieve emotional and physical suffering in animals, creating happier families and healthier pets.

Dr. Rhea Dodd, DVM, MA, IVAS and CSU Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and IVCA Certified in Veterinary Chiropractic–a.k.a. Gentle Vet–earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1992, and holds a Master's Degree in behavioral ecology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2001, and was then selected to help teach the acupuncture course at Colorado State University.

Dr. Dodd has advanced training in behavioral medicine and has 15 years clinical experience solving animal behavior problems. She has trained her own dogs in obedience, rally-O, agility and sheep herding.

In addition to treating patients, Dr. Dodd lectures, teaches and writes about pet behavior and alternative therapies. She has been featured on 9News, WB2, Channel 4, in the Denver Post, the Rocky Mountain News, the Denver Daily News and Colorado Parent. She is a popular speaker for such organizations as the Denver Dumb Friends League, the Cat Care Society, the Denver Veterinary Medical Association and Freedom Service Dogs.


News Articles and Interviews

Denver Post: New trick for shelter dogs: How to conquer separation anxiety

Behaviorist Rhea Dodd worked with Peggy Coolehan to ease her dog Sparky's separation anxiety. She recommended making his environment rewarding with toys, treat and scents. more


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Mo's guest will be Dr. Rhea Dodd, DVM, MA. She is a Veterinarian who practices veterinary acupuncture and chiropractic therapy with astounding results. Dr. Dodd is also a Animal Behavior expert. We'll talk about the animal/human connection, alternative medicine for animals and how to deal with pet issues. Of course, it's live and unpredictable.

Dr. Rhea Dodd, DVM, MA runs Gentle Vet, P.C., in Colorado. She started as a conventional Veterinarian but has shifted to Veterinary Acupuncture, Chiropractic Medicine and animal wellness. She truly loves animals and is a gentle, kind person who keeps our friends from surgery if possible and in as much comfort as possible.

Denver Post | Home alone: Why some dogs go on a rampage
October 24, 2010 - It turns out that whether a dog displays separation anxiety or not depends on whether the canine has an optimistic or pessimistic take on life. And why should anybody care that much? Ask Dr. Rhea Dodd, a veterinary behaviorist who knows of freaked-out canines that have become so agitated that they frantically smashed through windows and drywall... Read full article here


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  • You are always so caring, so absolutely expert, a great teacher to me-I'm a better caregiver because of you-so sweet and loving to my dogs. Your kindness and caring about me as well are so evident. There's no doubt in my mind that you gave Cassie more years. She and I are eternally grateful.
    - Bev, Dog Owner

Dr. Rhea Dodd and Gentle Vet - A Metro Denver, Colorado Veterinary Acupuncture
and Behavior Practice Dedicated Exclusively to your Pet's Comfort and Happiness.

IVAS and CSU certified in Veterinary Acupuncture :: IVCA Certified in Veterinary Chiropractic