Pet peeve: People who say they want to try holistic alternatives (by which they seem to really mean "home remedies") because "vets are just in it for the money."
I worked for seven years for the world's largest veterinary database. I have worked with literally hundreds of vets. With almost no exceptions, none of them was operating out of anything other than genuine concern about the animals in their care. Just as with any group of individuals of any profession, there was sometimes incompetence, lack of common sense, denial, "getting in a rut," and burnout.... but there was very, very little greed or selfishness, and no malice.
Just like human medicine or any other profession, including my own, there is an overwhelming majority of vets who are just barely competent. That is how life is, and it has nothing to do with veterinary medicine. They are no more likely to be greedy or uncaring than members of any other profession, and probably less so, as veterinary medicine is a very difficult field and (contrary to popular belief) it does not pay very well. Most vets enter the profession out of a love for animals, so if anything, I'd say you get a better class of people than in a lot of other professions.
There is a saying... "Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity." Most of the bad vets I've seen in my life have simply been not the brightest bulb on the string, or were in a rut and weren't keeping up with their profession, or were somewhat arrogant and didn't like having their ideas or methods questioned or challenged. These are common human failings and in no way specific to the veterinary profession.
The good vets were smarter than average, somewhat "workaholic," and had an active curiousity about their profession.
The great vets were extremely intelligent, very well trained, kept up with their profession, and had brilliant intuitive minds. Some of these had terrible bedside manner (at least with the owners!), some of them were indeed quite arrogant, but as long as they retained an objective scientific approach to new ideas, that never held them back. In fact, sometimes that confidence is what pushed them to achieve more in their field, not less.
So many of us select our vets because of their bedside manner (we like them and like the way they interact with our animals), or because of their prices, or their hours or location, or because they really listened to us and thus were able to help an animal. But while these things all matter, they don't make the vet a good or a great vet. A vet with a wonderful facility, convenient hours, reasonable prices, and a way with animals and with us, can be a poor or mediocre vet.
Again, this is just a fact of life and not restricted to the veterinary profession. I could say this about hairdressers, golf pros, MDs, car mechanics, and editors.
I have had my share of bad experiences with vets, and I have no doubt my name appears on a number of blacklists at several veterinary practices in Northern California. But I have also been privileged to know, and had my animals benefit from the expertise of, some of the finest vets in the country, both holistic and allopathic.
There are vets who, if they told me the sky was blue, I'd run outside and look up, but I feel that way about the guy who fixes my car, too. We can't let normal human fallibility and the law of averages - or an unwillingness to pay what it costs to provide good medical care to our pets - poison us against an entire essential profession.