The team at CAWC is highly qualified in using many different modalities to help your pet achieve optimal health. We treat your pet as we would like to be treated. We appreciate all that you know about the uniqueness of your pet, and we will work with you to come up with the best approach to support, diagnose and treat your pet. We will take your goals and views of health and help you achieve these through a collaborative process. Our job is to listen and share our knowledge with you so that together, we can make an informed decision on your pets' care. It is a truly individualized form of health care. The days of one size fits all medicine are over.
Communication is vital to our collaboration process. First and foremost, we listen to you. We will have an open dialogue about your goals, hopes and needs for your pets health care. An operating principle at CAWC is that “nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”. We care. We keep it simple and explain what a test is, why we do it, and what it will help us figure out about your pet. This approach takes longer than the typical medical appointment but it's worth it. We will always ask you if the approach we are discussing makes sense, and if this is the route you would like to pursue. Our doctors and staff are available via phone, email, and texts to suit your preferred communication style, and we strive to return your messages quickly. Communication begins before your first appointment when you fill out a simple questionnaire ahead of your visit, so we can learn about you and your pet. Whether your pet needs vaccines, vaccine titers, holistic services, diet advice, or if you have a more complex medical issue that needs addressing, we are here to help guide and work with you. Continue reading to find out what makes our approach to veterinary medicine different.
Integrative medicine is what we do here at CAWC. This means our staff is well trained in conventional western modalities as well as holistic medical treatments, which allows us to create a well rounded approach to your pets care. We offer the very best, most advanced conventional medical treatments. We pride ourselves with keeping up to date with the latest aspects of diagnostics, internal medicine, dermatology and surgery to name a few. We work with board certified surgeons, radiologists, cardiologists and internal medicine specialists to give your pet the best possible treatment outcome without ever leaving CAWC. Visit our CONVENTIONAL SERVICES section to learn more.
We also pride ourselves in providing the best in holistic medical modalities to use either on their own, or in conjunction with conventional therapy. Our holistic treatments include acupuncture, herbal medicine,VOM/chiropractic therapy, dietary therapy, and laser therapy to name a few. Check out our HOLISTIC SERVICES for a more detailed description of our holistic medical offerings.
Exotic Animal Services
Our staff is highly experienced and knows how to handle your special exotic pet in a safe and compassionate manner. We have over 25 years of experience in treating birds, reptiles, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters and mice. Treating exotic species requires a whole different level of medicine and knowledge of common and uncommon medical conditions that affect these unique pets. They have very specific dietary and husbandry requirements, that if not met will frequently result in serious medical problems. To safely treat exotic animals with conventional or holistic therapies, exotic pets often require different medicines or dosages tailored to each unique species for effective and safe treatments. Find out more about our EXOTIC ANIMAL SERVICES.
Fear Free Certification
At CAWC, we encompass and uphold the principles of Fear Free health care. The Fear Free mission is to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety and stress in pets through techniques that foster trust and comfort. Fear Free is a philosophy in which we not only look at your pet’s physical well being, but also their emotional well being. By keeping your pets emotional well being in mind throughout your visit, we do our best to make the commonly fearful experience of going to the vet fun, or at the very least, a more positive experience. We are passionate about creating an environment where both you and your pet look forward to veterinary care. To learn more this and why it is important to us, visit our FEAR FREE CERTIFIED page.
Cat Friendly Practice
Companion Animal Wellness Center is striving to become a certified Cat Friendly Practice. There are very few hospitals that seek to obtain this distinguished status. This unique combination of being a Fear Free and Cat Friendly Practice will allow CAWC to provide a unique combination of calm and respectful care for your noble feline. This approach reduces stress and improves the quality of care for your unique companion. We understand the specific needs and behavior of cats. We understand how to approach, examine and handle them in a gentle and compassionate manner, and we have set up a feline friendly environment to make your cat more comfortable while here. To find out more about what makes us cat friendly, visit our CAT FRIENDLY PRACTICE page.
Our hospital is designed to create a calm, stress free experience for you and your companion. The reception area separates dogs from cats and exotic animals. It is also infused with calming pet pheromones to create a sense of ease for your pet. There are separate exam rooms for our cat and exotic patients, so that they are not exposed to the smells and pheromones of our canine visitors. The treatment room is also designed with these principles in mind. There are separate dog, cat, and exotic animal rooms for hospital stays. This again serves to decrease fear and enhance comfort for your pet. The exam rooms and all treatment areas are double insulated to absorb and limit sound transmission in a continued effort to comfort your pet. To tour our hospital, please click HERE
Meet our Doctors
Dr. Bausone is the owner of Companion Animal Wellness Center. He is passionate about combining the best of Western and Eastern medicine to treat and keep your dog, cat and exotic companions healthy and thriving.
A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Bausone graduated from the University of California at Davis, with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1996. He has a special interest in working with birds, rabbits, reptiles and other exotic animals and in addition, he has a passion for providing holistic medical therapies to all species. Dr. Bausone has had extensive training in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), and received his Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2008. He is also trained in Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation, which is similar to chiropractic medicine in humans. Dr. Bausone is skilled in the use of both Chinese and Western herbs, and he uses laser therapy and prolotherapy to help achieve healing for his patients. With the mantra of "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food", Dr. Bausone is keenly interested in dietary therapy and how food is the cornerstone of health and well being.
Dr. Bausone has lived in San Diego County for over 20 years, and shares his home with his wife, 2 sons and a variety of animal companions.
Dr. Lockwood was born and raised in San Diego, being ever grateful to her parents for moving here from the Ohio so she could grow up in sunny southern California. She did her undergraduate studies in sports medicine at the University of the Pacific and then returned to San Diego for work, further schooling and to start her family. She began her veterinary schooling at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine when her daughter was just 9 months old! Luckily, and with lots of help from family, she graduated in 1997 and has been a practicing small animal veterinarian in North County ever since.
When western medicine alone did not bring consistent relief to her patients, Dr. Lockwood decided to dive into the study of acupuncture with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) in 2009, and has been a certified acupuncturist for over a decade. When one acupuncture professor described Chinese herbal therapy as “acupuncture in a bottle,” she saw the wisdom of further study to expand the reach of her treatments, and completed a course in Chinese Herbal therapy in 2015. Dr Lockwood is passionate about blending high quality traditional western medicine with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, cold laser and other therapies, using a tailored approach to foster health and well-being in each patient.
Dr Lockwood is Fear Free Certified, working hard to have each patient’s visit to the hospital be as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. She is excited to be a part of Companion Animal Wellness Center- working with such a highly qualified, compassionate, fun and dedicated staff to provide patients with the highest quality integrative medicine brings her joy.
Dr Lockwood lives in Oceanside with her husband and loves spending her time outside of work with her family- human and animal, and working in her organic garden, traveling, reading and dancing.
Dr. Vicario became a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at the University of California, Davis. After vet school, she completed additional specialty training with an Internship at the Pet Emergency & Specialty Center in La Mesa.
After five years practicing Western/Conventional medicine, Dr. Vicario wanted to expand her treatment options and ability to provide preventative care for her patients. Dr. Vicario became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) through the Chi University in Florida. She is currently working on her Veterinary Chinese Herbalist Certification (CVCH) as well.
Like all staff at CAWC, Dr. Vicario likes to take time to get to know her patients and their families. It is through honest communication and teamwork that we can combine the best medicine Western and Eastern approaches have to offer. The result is an Integrative Medicine plan tailored to each individual pet.
Dr. Vicario is a local San Diegan (Del Martian), visits her family in Argentina, and is interested in international work and travel. While in veterinary school she conducted research in Nicaragua and South Africa. Dr. Vicario enjoys snorkeling, scuba diving, dancing, vegetarian home cooking and appreciating the nature California has to offer.
Dr. Vicario is fluent in Spanish and available for consults in Spanish.
Disponible para consultas en Español.
Dr. Dore Pei is a proud Chinese-American, born and raised in the Los Angeles area. She graduated UC Irvine with a Biology degree then decided to quench her thirst for adventure and travel by earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Ross University in St. Kitts. Her time in the Caribbean allowed her to appreciate slowing down and enjoy the small things, such as sunsets in thunderstorms and the simplicity of living in a country with no traffic lights! She trained in mixed animal medicine where she was the caretaker of sheep, donkeys, pigs and assorted dogs and cats. Dr. Pei finished her clinical medical rotations at the University of Minnesota, School of Veterinary Medicine then moved back to sunny California to serve as a veterinarian to the San Diego communities in 2013.
Every travel opportunity has allowed her to experience and learn from different fields of veterinary medicine including the integrative aspect of animal wellness. She firmly believes that a balance of mind and body is paramount to a happy healthy life.
Dr. Pei is a level 3 Fear Free practitioner and is currently working on her acupuncture and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine certification with Chi University. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and two dogs.
Chiropractor, DC, CVCP
Dr. John Harrison has been a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine since 1976. He has made a career of serving his patients in a "wholistic" way, focusing in the area of muscle and structural integrity/correction while using a Kenesiological approach to health and well being.
He has been an instructor of biomechanics and anatomy, a certified health coach and consultant, and for the past 15 years a certified practitioner of Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation also known as VOM. He has worked closely with Dr. Carmine Bausone for the past 12 years, and is passionate in helping a wide variety of animal patients suffering from muscle and skeletal conditions and weaknesses.
Dr. John believes in providing compassionate service to all of his patients and clients, using his skills in tandem with the veterinarians at CAWCC to give the best care possible for the animal's health and long term recovery.
Dr. John is married and a family man, with 2 children and 3 grandchildren. He is an avid surfer, a practicing yogi, and one who loves to use the best techniques and approaches for both human and animal conditions. He feels that Companion Animal Wellness Center is the best of all worlds, with its caring and compassionate group of technicians and doctors working hard together for the benefit of their animal patients.
Meet our Team
Myra is the Practice Manager of Companion Animal Wellness Center and is a licensed Registered Veterinary Technician. A lifelong lover of animals, Myra knew that she wanted to be in the veterinary medical field by the time she was 3 years old. She has been working in veterinary medicine for over 30 years, and loves working with clients and their cherished pets.
Born and raised overseas, Myra came to live in California in 1985. Her parents always considered felines as part of the family, and Myra has continued with this sentiment. Myra has always had a cat companion in her life. This passion for felines is extended to all animals, and she is dedicated to their care and gentle treatment both in her professional career and personal life. Myra has the highest level of Fear Free Certification and encourages all staff members to adopt these gentle handling techniques for the betterment of our pet companions.
In addition to her love for felines, Myra has an affinity for training cats and has been deemed by her husband and 2 sons as a crazy cat person, who by the way, are as crazy about their cats as she is!