Barbara Butler, DVM, CVA, CCRT
North Carolina State University

About Dr. Butler

Dr. Barbara Butler is a Raleigh native who attended Broughton High School. Dr. Butler knew she wanted to be a vet from the time she was 6 years old. After high school, she went to NSCU and graduated with a BS in animal science and biology. Dr. Butler also attended NCSU-CVM for veterinary school. She was certified in acupuncture through the Chi Institute in 2006, and certified in canine rehabilitation through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.

One of her favorite websites for pet parents is from the Cornell Feline Health Center. It is a great website and resource tool for those who have cats:

Another one of he favorite resources is This is a great website for parents to use – it teaches kids how to properly interact with dogs so they don’t get bitten. It has fun videos and songs, with a different set of songs and videos for different age groups.

In her spare time, Dr. Butler enjoys gardening, hiking, and spending time with her family and her dogs. Her husband is a large animal veterinarian, her daughter works in the Research Triangle, and her son just started Vet School at Virginia Tech. She has 4 English setters (Rusty, Pearl, Smoke, and Pixie) and 1 feisty feline named Mew Mew.

One of her favorite stories is about treating a dog with acupuncture. About 1 month after she was certified in acupuncture, her boss asked her to look at a Rottweiler with severe neck pain. They had tried treating him with prednisone but he developed terrible GI upset. They then tried Rimadyl and he also developed severe GI upset. The client could not afford referral to a neurologist. The first time Dr. Butler saw the patient he would scream if he even tried to lift his head. She began treating him the first day they met. He came back 3 days later and he could move his head a little and did not scream. Dr. Butler treated him again 1 week later and he could move his head from side to side and up and down and did not cry. Dr. Butler continued to treat him every 4 to 6 weeks for a few months and the pain did not return. She was so happy she had learned acupuncture and was able to help him.

If you are interested in learning more about canine acupuncture and rehabilitation, Dr. Butler runs Peak Pet Performance (a canine rehabilitation clinic) located in our Glenwood Ave. facility. 

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