Richard J. “Doc” Holliday, DVM

          a Holistic Veterinarian for over 11 lustrums.

While in  High School during the late 1940’s I read Louis Bromfield’s books Pleasant Valley and Malabar Farm in which he detailed his success in rebuilding worn-out farms near his boyhood home, Lucas, Ohio. Although I had no opportunity at that time to act on the knowledge they contained these books were my earliest exposure to alternative agriculture and holistic veterinary medicine.

At the University of Missouri my studies under the renowned Dr. William Albrecht enlarged my knowledge of the relationship between soil fertility and animal health. I recall that one of Albrecht’s favorite sayings was, “Study books and observe nature; if they do not agree, throw away the books.”  Good advice, even more true today than in former times.

After graduation from Veterinary School in 1959 I conducted a private mixed practice in northwest Missouri for 25 years.  The small farm where we lived for most of those years became my proving ground for the principles of organic farming and holistic animal health that I had learned from Bromfield, Albrecht, and many of my  clients who educated me in practical aspects of holistic thought.  It was during this time, early 1960’s, that I encountered the concept of feeding self regulated individual minerals.  I used this method on my own animals with excellent results and also recommended it to my clients.

From 1984 until 2008 I was employed as a Technical Services Veterinarian by Impro Products, Inc. at Waukon, Iowa and consulted on animal health issues with many conventional and organic dairies throughout the country.  I am currently employed as the Senior Veterinary Consultant for Helfter Feeds, Inc. of Osco, Illinois.

I have been married to my childhood sweetheart. Ruth, for 61 years and we have 3 daughters, 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren and another one on the way.

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Our Family  -  September 2015  - Manti, Utah