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Therapy Without Limits

About Tom Schell, D.V.M.

Dr. Tom SchellTom Schell, D.V.M, CVCH is 1995 graduate of the Ohio State University. He has owned and operated his private practice in North Carolina since graduation and became certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2006 with a focus on equine practice. He also became certified in Veterinary Chinese Herbal therapies in 2010. He is an active member of the NCVMA, AAEP and AVMA.

Dr. Schell is highly experienced in surgery, lameness and internal medicine in both equine and companion animal fields, having performed orthopedic, colic and numerous soft tissue procedures over the years. He is also experienced in equine reproduction and neonatology working with critical care foals in private practice.

Dr. Schell’s main area of focus over the past several years is on lameness and health conditions, researching the underlying cellular pathophysiology and impact of unregulated inflammation. Through the application of enhanced nutrition and targeted supplementation, he has been able to assist in overall recovery, improving cellular health and reducing demands for long term pharmaceutical medications. By stepping back and seeing the patient as a whole, not just focusing on the specific problem at hand, results can be enhanced for the patient.  As part his approach to each patient, Dr. Schell will evaluate bloodwork, radiographs, ultrasound and other diagnostic testing, then combine a whole horse approach which includes diet, proper supplementation, barefoot applications to improve hoof health and balance, and proper exercise to stimulate body and mind.  Through this, Dr. Schell has been able to get horses back under saddle in less than a month with tendon, joint and hoof problems.  Laminitic patients have responded nicely, often improving steadily in 30 days or less.

Dr. Schell currently consults with horse owners around the world and rehabilitates horses with injuries and health concerns in his private facility. He is also head of product research and development for Nouvelle Research, Inc.

Through a higher level of understanding and applying nutrition with targeted supplementation, Dr. Schell has assisted many horses in coming back to an improved level of soundness and health. He believes that through a more complete understanding, we can better see the problem at hand and through this, better understand options that may provide better results for both animal and owner.

"The science has been done for us already...all we need to do is apply it properly"


Secondvet.com was created to assist the equine and companion animal owner through a better understanding of certain health and lameness conditions that impact their horses or pets on a daily basis. Specific health or lameness issues are common, but often persist for years, impacting health and soundness. Through a better understanding of these conditions and viewing the animal as a whole, we can gain a better perspective on how factors interplay and through this, create options that improve long term recovery and health.

The information presented on this site and through consultations is not intended to replace a veterinary diagnosis or proper veterinary attention. Our goal is to supplement current regimens, helping to educate and provide a higher level of understanding regarding health in horses and companion pets, interweaving diet, nutrition and supplementation to achieve a higher level of success.

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