October 15, 2012

A Changemaker for Animals, and a TOP TEN AWARD Honoree!

Patrick Mahaney, VMD
Dr. Patrick Mahaney exemplifies qualities that make up the best of any person.  Meeting Patrick with his bright smile and optimistic outlook on life makes you want to be his friend and be like him!  Patrick is more than that.  He is a top-notch Veterinarian with a passion for learning and teaching.

That is why today, on the Blog the Change for Animals day, I am writing about Dr. Patrick Mahaney.  He is an animal hero making positive changes for animals and their owners!  I am also awarding him one of our Top Ten Awards for 2012!

Dr. Mahaney became a certified veterinary acupuncturist (CVA) through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) in 2006.  In 2008 he founded California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness (CPAW) which offers house call based integrative veterinary medicine to Los Angeles dogs and cats. Since many of his patients are geriatric or have cancer, he found a like-minded facility to offer his services: the Veterinary Cancer Group.

Dr. Patrick is also and always a student, however.  He is consistently attending (and often presenting) at conferences, going on site visits to animal wellness facilities and manufacturing facilities and learning about the core of a product before he would dream of endorsing it to others.  His active mind is always thinking of new ways to improve the lives of animals.  This includes an interest in other cultures and is why he is an integrative veterinarian who combines western and eastern perspectives...

Amazon CARES was very fortunate to have Patrick Mahaney, VMD as a volunteer on one of our Vets Abroad trips, sponsored by i Love Dogs, in April of 2011.  The short video below demonstrates his natural curiosity and willingness to experience new things.  Dr. Patrick has an extended playlist on YouTube from his Amazon CARES trip.

To satisfy his creative urges, Dr. Mahaney writes a pet health column (Patrick's Blog) and connects with animal aficionados worldwide through Q & A, videos, and radio interviews. He also guest blogs for Perez Hilton's TeddyHilton.com,Fido Friendlyi Love DogsVeterinary Practice NewsHealthy Pets and People with Dr. Patrick on OutImpactRadio.comMSNBC Sunday with Alex Witt, and Pet Docs On Call. Recently, he's lent his holistic veterinary perspective to Jackson Galaxy’s My Cat From Hell on Animal Planet.

Through the media, he multiplies the reach of his knowledge on important pet topics.

Thank you Patrick for being you.  A friend, a collaborator, a volunteer and a partner in crime.  Joan Collins tweeted that you were her favorite Vet!  You are truly one of the Top Ten People Amazon CARES wants to recognize in 2012.  And thank you for being the change for animals!

Keep up with my hero through Twitter (@PatrickMahaney) and follow his adventures in veterinary medicine by liking Patrick Mahaney: Veterinarian Acupuncture Pain Management for Your Pets on Facebook.


  1. What a wonderful tribute to the continuing good work of a wonderful vet! Congratulations, Patrick!

    To Amazon CARES: Thanks so much for Blogging the Change!

    Kim Clune

  2. I certainly can understand why you call this fellow your hero! Great post for Blog the Change!

  3. Fantastic! It sounds like Dr. Mahaney is definitely deserving of much recognition for all of his hard work. Hopefully his efforts will inspire others to search for more integrated ways to address pet health concerns.

  4. Cheers to Dr. Mahaney! It's so great that you highlighted him and his inspiring deeds. :)

    Be the Change for Animals
    I Still Want More Puppies

  5. Thank you for considering me for this honor! I love being part of the Amazon CARES team and look forward to returning in 2013. Much more work needs to be done to help Peruvian dogs, cats, and people.


  6. What a great piece on Dr Patrick Mahaney! There were a couple of things there I did not know;) Wonderful to see such a community-minded, caring human being - even better that he works to heal and help animals!Thanks for this Blog the Change post.

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