jmsAbout Dr. Shoemaker

Judith M. Shoemaker, DVM, is an internationally known practitioner and educator in complementary veterinary medicine and therapy.  Dr. Shoemaker is a 1980 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.  She is licensed to practice in most of the states on the East Coast and in Colorado, Kentucky, Indiana, and Alabama. Dr. Shoemaker was awarded the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association’s Practitioner of the Year 2011-2012. She was honored with induction into the first class of the Animal Chiropractic Hall of Fame in the fall of 2015. Throughout her career, she has received many honors and recognition for her work in the Integrative Medicine field.

Dr. Shoemaker’s equine and companion animal veterinary practice focuses on complementary medicine and holistic therapy — integrating chiropractic, acupuncture, and other alternative modalities.  The practice’s equine patients include Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses, pleasure horses, draft and gaited horses, top-level competition horses in dressage, open jumping, endurance, western sports, and combined training.  Dr. Shoemaker has been affiliated with premiere equine sports therapy centers, providing comprehensive maintenance, therapeutic management, and consultation to equine competitors in the US and internationally.  Many of Dr. Shoemaker’s canine patients are competitors in performance events such as obedience, agility, lure-coursing, and tracking.  She provides therapy and maintenance support to service dogs and to search and rescue dogs as well as many wonderful family companions.

Dr. Shoemaker has taught anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She has advanced training in both small and large animal orthopedic internal fixation surgical techniques from the Ohio State University and ASIF/AO, advanced training in animal reproduction from Colorado State University, and training in multiple modalities from private internships.  She is certified as a veterinary acupuncturist through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, in which she has also served as an instructor and a representative of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture.  In the 1980’s, she received private tutelage in chiropractic, and since 1989, instruction through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association — of which she is a charter member.

Dr. Shoemaker teaches the most sophisticated level of expertise available in animal chiropractic and acupuncture through the Diplomat and Continuing Education programs of the AVCA, AAVA, AHVMA, and Maximum Horse Power.  Dr. Shoemaker lectures extensively, both in the United States and abroad, on Integrative Medicine and therapy, as well as providing instruction through her practice.  She has served as a board member and representative for AVCA, AAVA, IVAS, and AHVMA.

Judith’s personal interests include horse training, music, gardening, and continuing education in self-improvement and spiritual practice.