About Dr. Bernard

Dr. Clay Bernard received his undergraduate and veterinary medical degrees from Louisiana State University and has been practicing small animal medicine since 2005. Having practiced several years in both Las Vegas, NV and Southlake, TX, he has now settled comfortably in Austin, where he has thoroughly enjoyed helping pets and people in the community since 2010.

During his years in private practice, Dr. Bernard has become increasingly amazed at the innate, natural healing tendencies of the animal body, and he has recognized the importance and value of the Holistic approach to treating and managing disease. He began studying Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) under Dr. Shen Xie at the Chi Institute in Florida and is now certified in veterinary acupuncture, while continuing to study Chinese herbology, food therapy, and Chinese Medical Manipulation (Tui-na).

Dr. Bernard understands the powerful healing effects our animal friends have on our own lives, always reminding us to live in the present moment and to “wag our tail” in all weathers. It is that endearing quality that makes them, too, deserving of a comprehensive wellness plan.

When Dr. Bernard is not traveling the Austin area helping dogs and cats, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, running, and spending time with his two canine compadres, Staley and Baker, at Zilker Park. He also enjoys playing guitar (being careful not to offend anyone by singing), is a frequent spectator at Austin’s live music venues, and he has on his “bucket list” the exploration of all of our National Parks.