2619 SW 17th St, Topeka, KS 66604
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Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine

Stem Cell Therapy

In November 2010, University Veterinary Care Center was the first veterinary practice in the state of Kansas to use in-house adipose stem cell therapy to reduce pain and increase mobility in pets. 

Working exclusively with MediVet Biologics we have perfected their in-house stem cell processing to allow us to get the greatest number of stem cells from each animal. We have done over 1000 adipose stem cell procedures in both dogs and cats with greater than 90% success rate.

Stem cell therapy has changed our dogs quality of life so dramatically. I recommend the procedure to anyone with pets that may benefit. The staff is always professional and caring. - Debbie Zerbe

What is Stem Cell Therapy and What Does It Treat?

Adipose Stem Cell Therapy is a state-of-the-art method for treating:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Degeneration or injury to ligaments, tendons, muscles or bones.
  • It helps to increase the speed of recovery and prevent arthritis formation after surgery.
  • Osteoarthritis - including cartilage damage
  • Skin diseases - including atopy and severe allergies
  • Autoimmune diseases in both dogs and cats
  • Chronic kidney failure especially in cats
  • Cognitive dysfunction (Canine Alzheimer's Disease)

Visit MediVets' website today for more information on Animal Stem Cell Therapies.


An Eastern Medicine technique, acupuncture stimulates specific points on the body (often areas in which there is a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles, and lymphatic vessels) in order to produce a therapeutic homeostatic effect. For thousands of years, the goal of acupuncture has been to restore the flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”), the life force or vital energy. Techniques include dry needling, moxibustion, aquacupuncture, and electro-acupuncture. Stimulation of specific points induces the release of beta-endorphin, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters. Acupuncture often works synergistically with chiropractic care.

Candidates for Treatment: We have treated patients with musculoskeletal pain, neurological disorders, gastrointestinal problems, chronic conditions (such as asthma, cough, Cushing’s disease, thyroid irregularities, etc). Clients interested in holistic options are often very receptive to this treatment choice. Acupuncture may be contraindicated in cases of fracture, open wound, infectious diseases, or pregnancy.

Dr. Akers trained at the Chi Institute and is available for scheduling two days each month. Dr. Snyder trained at Colorado State University and is available one day per week.

Electro Acupuncture

Some general conditions that can be treated using animal acupuncture:

  • Arthritis
  • Intervertebral disk disease
  • Traumatic nerve injury
  • Respiratory problems, such as feline asthma
  • Lick granulomas
  • Allergic dermatitis
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Minor sports injuries

For more information about animal acupuncture, visit the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society website.

Herbal Medicine

Dr. Akers often pairs alternative treatment options such as acupuncture and chiropractic with traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine. These medications are prescribed to aid and enhance the positive effects achieved through acupuncture and chiropractic.

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Routine Wellness Care

Routine wellness and preventative care are provided on an annual basis for all patients of University Veterinary Care Center to maintain the patient's health as a whole. This can include; yearly physical examinations, vaccine boosters or titers, bloodwork, parasite checks, and dispensing of parasite preventative medication.

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Rehabilitation and regenerative medicine is a passion of ours here at University Veterinary Care Center. We believe by offering physical therapy, animal chiropractic, and cold laser as additional integrative treatment options, a pet's health outcomes improve.

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Critical Care

We offer several critical care and emergency related services for current patients regardless of species. Our doctors remain on-call for current patients seen within the past 12 months experiencing after-hours emergencies.

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