Hi. My name is Marc Smith. I am the one and only veterinarian at Natchez Trace Veterinary Services.
My main craft is practicing individualized, innovative veterinary medicine to solve problems, deliver results, and make your pet feel better.
I am a progressive veterinarian who continually searches for the best way to treat your pets.
You see, veterinary medicine faces two almost insurmountable problems:
- Excessive pharmaceuticals
When I say standardization, I am referring to the fact that the majority of treatment and prevention strategies follow the book. They are the same.
By too many pharmaceuticals, I mean if your pet gets sick, throwing a myriad of drugs at the problem seldom works and can even harm your pet.
Good veterinary medicine demands the ability to change and be open-minded to the vast array of problems encountered each and every day.
To overcome these problems, I practice with a straightforward philosophy.
First, I focus on the presenting problems and the problems most pressing to your pet.
Then, my focus changes to you, the pet parent. Our communication – what you want and your expectations – are paramount to a successful treatment.
Finally, so you don’t feel trapped, you are offered options. You make the decision.
Isn’t it nice to be in control?
Why do I practice the way I do?
People ask me this question frequently.
A better way to put it might be: “Why do you incorporate alternative medicine into your practice?”
You see, for ten years, I practiced straight-up, traditional veterinary medicine. I did it all and had the good fortune to be mentored by some of the best veterinarians ever to practice in the Volunteer state.
In fact, a large part of my practice today includes Western veterinary medicine and a variety of tactics taught to me by my mentors.
But, clients ask questions and demand answers. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t know all the answers. Many pets, therefore, I could not help.
Much to my dismay and definitely due to my ignorance, I fell into the trap of assuming that if I didn’t learn it in vet school, it must not work.
I was wrong.
So, I did what I now preach.
I went back to school to learn the answers for myself.
After ten years and many hours of classroom study, I am now equipped with the skills to treat pets more efficiently, more effectively, and ultimately better.
Even if I chose not to use alternative veterinary medicine techniques in my practice, I am definitely a better practitioner and veterinarian because I know the options and techniques. People ask questions and deserve credible answers.
Non-traditional veterinary techniques have forced me to become a better communicator, a more critical thinker, and a more meticulous diagnostician.
That’s why I do what I do!
Here’s what a few people think about my practice:
“Before meeting Dr. Marc Smith, I had a difficult time finding a vet I could relate to and trust with my animals’ health. I’m a horse trainer and horse owner. I look at animal care in the same way I approach training: a symptom (whether physical or behavioral) is a sign of an underlying problem. I am grateful to Dr. Smith because he doesn’t focus on making the symptom go away. He seeks the underlying cause and then works toward bringing the animal back into a state of health. I love his comprehensive and practical approach that includes the important of diet, management, and exercise. I also appreciate that he has taken it upon himself to seek knowledge beyond his primary education and embrace a broad spectrum of modalities. Anything that adds tools to the tool belt is an advantage when it comes to diagnosis, treatment, and routine care, and in my opinion, is a testament to open-mindedness and a deeper level of understanding and caring. I turn to Dr. Smith when I need advice and help with my horses. I also happily recommend him to my clients.”
–Dale Rudin, Franklin, TN
“Dr. Smith and staff are so caring! I drive over an hour just to see Dr. Smith. His knowledge of both Western and Eastern medicine is very useful to keep my dog Sherman in the best health. I would definitely recommend this practice to everyone!”
-Cheri Bauer, Lebanon, TN
“We absolutely love coming here with our two little dogs. Dr. Smith takes the time to give our puppies attention and really cares about their overall health. Our Yorkie Hope was walking around poorly and was very lethargic. Dr. Smith did an x-ray on her back and found that she had swallowed the metal cover of an earbud from our headphones. Dr. Smith was able to remove the metal piece through her throat without doing invasive surgery, and she is getting better every day. Even more than that, the whole practice calls and checks on us, they are great with follow-up, and they text us to see how the puppies are doing. We really appreciate the service and care and will refer all of our friends!”
-Michelle Cieslak, Hermitage, TN
A few of my professional accomplishments:
- Featured in The Tennessean newspaper explaining my incorporation of alternative medicine into veterinary practice.
- Interviewed by WKRN Channel 2 News Nashville in Local Vet Clinic Offers Acupuncture for Pets
- Founded PET | TAO Holistic Pet Products, a nationally distributed, all-natural, holistic pet diet recommended by over 400 veterinarians.
- Received UT College of Veterinary Medicine’s Distinguished Alumni Award for service in the field of alternative medicine and the creation of PET | TAO Holistic Pet Products.
- Received accolades in the Whole Dog Journal Canned Food Review from 2011-2015 for PET | TAO