Dr. Shawn Messonnier, DVM, a 1987
graduate of Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine, opened Paws &
Claws Animal Hospital in 1991. His special
interests include exotic pets,
dermatology, and animal behavior. Dr.
Messonnier is a well-known speaker and
author. In addition to serving clients, he
is a regular contributor to several
veterinary journals, sits on the advisory
board of the journal Veterinary Forum
and regularly consults with veterinarians
across the country and is a holistic pet
columnist for Animal Wellness, Body +
Soul, and Veterinary Forum.
Dr. Shawn Messonnier is a well-known
veterinarian, lecturer, consultant, and pet
care advocate. After graduating from
Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine
in 1987, he opened Paws and Claws
Animal Hospital in Plano, Texas. At that
time it was the first office in Plano to
offer specialized services for exotic pets.
After seeing that the number of cats and
dogs afflicted with chronic medical
problems failed to improve over the years
with conventional medicine, Dr.
Messonnier turned to alternative
therapies. Encouraged by positive
results, he opened the Acupuncture &
Holistic Animal Health Care Center as part
of his ongoing practice.

In addition to authoring numerous
papers and chapters of books on a range
of topics, Dr. Mesonnier has written
eighteen books for both pet owners and
veterinarians. Currently he serves on the
advisory board of the highly respected
international veterinary journal,
Veterinary Forum, and is creator and
editor-in-chief of the leading publication
for doctors treating exotic pets, Exotic
Pet Practice.

He also lectures widely at veterinary
conferences both inside and outside the
United States.
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