By Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM
Blue juice in a veterinary clinic can kill you; it is food colouring added to a barbiturate anesthetic called sodium pentobarbital. In the veterinary world, it is called euthanyl, and if you have ever had a pet “put to sleep,” it was likely with this blue-colored anesthetic being injected into the veins. Veterinarians are fortunate to be able to humanely end an animal’s life. With the more than two thousand euthanasias that I performed, I often heard clients express their gratitude for ending their pet’s suffering. But I can never legally perform another humane euthanasia.
My name is Dr. Andrew Jones, and I was a practicing veterinarian for over seventeen years. I came to question conventional veterinary medicine, I began openly educating pet owners about the benefits of alternative, holistic veterinary care, yet my public writings led to my expulsion from the British Columbia Veterinary College, which banned me from practicing veterinary medicine.
My recently published book, Veterinary Secrets, serves as a tale of what is wrong with conventional health care for our animals, in particular for our dogs and cats. It’s a warning call about how large drug companies, food companies, and corporate veterinary medicine are harming your pet. It’s also a wake-up call to illustrate to pet owners how veterinary associations are persecuting holistic practices and practitioners.
I resigned from the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia effective December 1, 2010, following a five-year investigation into my online holistic pet health book and newsletter. The college found me guilty of professional misconduct on April 20, 2010, claiming that I had committed various offences under its Bylaws and Code of Ethics. For these offences I was fined $30,000 and required to pay an additional $9,500 for the Inquiry Committee costs.
During my years of practice at my clinic, The Nelson Animal Hospital, I had zero client complaints recorded by my governing body, the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia. My alleged professional misconduct was based on what I wrote in an online newsletter, not based on any client complaint or harm done to an animal.
I came to believe that natural, holistic veterinary care is not only undervalued, it is being strongly discouraged- even if your local veterinarian is open to holistic care, they may face reprisals from their veterinary governing body if they choose to publicly advocate for it. I really believe that many of our dogs and cats are over vaccinated, over medicated, poorly fed and exposed to far too many harmful chemical toxins.
In spite of the dramatic advances in veterinary medicine, we have dogs and cats getting serious diseases at younger and younger ages. Illnesses such as allergies, kidney failure, diabetes, auto-immune disease, urinary tract disease, and cancer. In my opinion many of these can be linked to these outdated, conventional, veterinary practices.
Fortunately you can change this, by becoming an empowered pet parent who takes charge of your own dog or cat’s care. I encourage you to learn about natural veterinary care, to question your vet, to feed your dog or cat better, and avoid as many chemical toxins as possible.
Blue juice comes in many forms: for Superman it is kryptonite, for holistic veterinarians it is the conservative governing bodies, and for your pet it can be conventional health care. I never quite imagined that my career as a practicing veterinarian would end this way, but it did. I have moved on, and I can now show you how alternative veterinary care can, and will, help your dogs and cats.
 College of Veterinarians of British Columbia, “Inquiry Committee Report re: Dr. Andrew Jones,” May 5, 2010.