Dr. Phillip Raclyn grew up in Brooklyn, NY and attended Brooklyn College for six and a half years, spending his time playing Frisbee, getting stoned, and trying to stay out of the Vietnam War. He graduated with a degree in Sociology, which was in his opinion, for the most part, worthless. He planned on using his degree to become a member of the NYC Police Department, thinking that if nothing else, it would be an interesting job if he didn’t get killed. Unfortunately, NYC was in the midst of a near bankruptcy and stopped hiring police officers. With nothing else to do on the horizon, he discovered he could go to veterinary school in Italy with a non-science degree and terrible grades. Two months later, he was on a plane to Parma, Italy. He graduated with high marks 9 years later (it was work at your own pace program).
Dr. Raclyn is the founder and one of the two Managing Veterinarians of Riverside Animal Hospitals – two sister veterinary practices on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He has been a pioneer in integrating high quality, high tech medicine with alternative medicine. He’s performed Stem Cell Therapy, as well as Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Dr. Raclyn earned his Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and has had extensive post graduate training in traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine. He is also a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, American Veterinary Medical Association, New York State Veterinary Medical Association, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture.
Dr. Raclyn has made numerous television appearances, including The Martha Stewart Show, Everyday with Joan Lunden, MTV, New York Views with Roz Abrams, New York Channel 4 Live at Five, Fox News at Noon, Inside Edition (as an authority on Alternative Veterinary Medicine), the TV Food Network (as a nutritional consultant), American Journal, Fox Pet News, Japan’s National Television (Fuji Television) (as an expert on veterinary acupuncture), Fox News (National) for his expertise in behavioral issues, and his favorite, The People’s Court! He’s also been featured in articles from the NY Times to Cat Fancy.
His current passion is finding an end to the scourge of Puppy Mills. He believes he has the answer to ending this abomination, and has started on the road to fixing this by creating the Veterinary Council for Breed Stewardship (www.VETcbs.com) and the PuppyProject (www.PuppyProject.org) Dr. Raclyn lives in Westchester with his wife, kids and six dogs.
During our talk, we discuss:
- The winding path that haphazardly led him to veterinary medicine
- Going to vet school in Italy without speaking Italian
- How he earned his veterinary degree in 9 years by doing it his way
- How he supplemented his Federal loans to help support himself while living in Italy
- Why he returned to the United States after earning his DVM degree
- Beginning his veterinary career on a temporary license earning $50 a day
- How he failed the National Board Exam the first time he took it yet still bought his first practice
- How he managed learning to be a doctor at the same time he was learning to run a business, while also studying for the National and State Board Exams and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT) required at that time for foreign graduates – while simultaneously being blackmailed by one of his employees
- What he thinks the key to being a great veterinarian is
- As the owner of four practices, the question he asks veterinarians who want to work for him
- What he thinks all clients really want from their veterinarian
- Our views on holistic medicine
- The market economy of puppy mills and why legislation against puppy mills doesn’t work
- His plan for ending the abomination that is puppy mills and how veterinarians can profit by supporting his program while simultaneously undermining the financial viability of puppy mills
- The corporatization and feminization of veterinary medicine and why he thinks the only sensible path for a veterinarian these days is practice ownership
Click here to watch the interview on YouTube.
Whether you’re a student or veterinary assistant or technician or veterinarian, if you’d like to help support Dr. Raclyn’s mission to abolish puppy mills, please send your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit the Veterinary Council for Breed Stewardship website (www.VETcbs.com)
If you’re looking for a purebred puppy from a reputable certified breeder, visit the PuppyProject online (www.PuppyProject.org)
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