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Madeline Yamate, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CVFT, MBA

 Dr. Yamate received her BA in Biology from Amherst College in 1982, MBA in Marketing and Organizational Behavior from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1991, and DVM from the University of California, Davis, in 2005.  Dr. Yamate is certified in veterinary acupuncture, veterinary Chinese herbology, Chinese food therapy and veterinary Tui-na by the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and the China National Society of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.  

 As a veterinary medical student, Dr. Yamate created and conducted three seminar courses on Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine (CAVM) at UC Davis.  Following graduation, she was in private practice in Northern California before completing an internship in large and small animal acupuncture at the University of Florida under the supervision of Dr. Huisheng Xie.  Dr. Yamate has been a faculty member of the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine since 2006 and the Chi Institute of Europe since 2008, teaching veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbology, Tui-na and Chinese food therapy.  She lectures internationally on CAVM and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine for veterinary medical schools, conferences and clubs as well as for general public events.

Currently, Dr. Yamate practices and teaches veterinary medicine at the Center for Integrative Animal Medicine in Davis, CA and is a contributing author to the upcoming text “Practical Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine”.  She is a founding advisory board member of the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and was a board member of the Natura Nutritional Advisory Board.  




Judy - Support Staff

I have 2 passions in my life – teaching and dogs.  I spent many years as a classroom teacher, reading specialist and science specialist.  While on sabbatical with a Christa McAuliffe Fellowship in 1998, I began raising puppies for Canine Companions for Independence and have happily continued that avocation for the past 14 years.   Many of my pups were raised in my classroom allowing me to share the fun and challenges of raising service dogs with my students.  I also saw,  over and over,  the powerful impact animals have on children.  I joined Dr Yamate’s  staff because I recognize how deeply passionate she is about each of her patients. She is an avid advocate for the integration of Western and Chinese veterinary medicine.  I also recognize that Dr. Yamate’s greatest strength is that she is a life-long learner; she is constantly researching and learning new ways to make her patients more comfortable.  Finally, I love the office atmosphere – not at all like walking into a veterinary clinic as I have experienced them, and the pets love it, too!


Jill - Business Manager

I met Dr. Yamate in 2008 when my shepherd mix 'Maddy' was diagnosed with advanced chronic renal failure.  My Western vet offered condolensces and an unappetizing bag of prescription low protein dry kibble.  I was heartbroken and desperate and scoured the internet with the keywords "veterinarian, integrative, acupuncture."  I found Dr. Yamate and was overwhelmed and comforted at the same time by her passion, knowledge and desire to help me try to heal my dog.  I had read the internet too much and my hopes were not very high.  Having Dr. Yamate with me every step of the way - all the way to the end was obviously life changing as here I am after a 25 year career at Hewlett Packard.  I love that I can help Dr. Yamate with her practice so others can benefit from her tremendous energy and ever growing and evolving skillset.

Standing on me is my pet dog Hollie.  I say that very loosely because it's obvious who is in charge.  Her favorite past time is agility and lusting after squirrels.  Since 1999 I have been a volunteer puppy raiser for
Canine Companions for Independence, a national non-profit that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities other than blindness at no cost to the recipient.  On my lap is Lars who is the 10th dog I have raised.  #11 will be coming along shortly. 

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