Herbal Medicine

Herbal therapies can be very useful in the treatment and support of many conditions that our companion animals face. They also need to be approached with caution. With the general availability of herbs and supplements, it can be overwhelming trying to find what is best for your animal. This was my incentive for studying herbal medicine. Clients and friends would bring various supplements and ask about them, and with no knowledge, the only answer I had was, better safe than sorry - best to avoid them. It didn't seem like a very educated answer.

Over time, I found simple herbs that had such lovely, gentle, supportive effects, and I felt the need to learn more. I have always enjoyed growing things, and culinary herbs are so tasty as well as healthful, that was a simple place to start. Soon I was making ointments for skin wounds and seeing great results. I joined the VBMA (Veterinary Botanical Medical Association), a wonderful group of veterinary herbalists from all backgrounds. Then began taking the Graduate Diploma course in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine from CIVT (College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies), put together by the well respected veterinary herbalists Drs. Barbara Fougere and Susan Wynn, authors of the tome "Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine". I attend the annual meeting of the AHVMA (American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association) almost every year, where they have joint meetings with the VBMA and world-renown speakers on herbal medicine providing traditional and scientific perspectives.

Now (as of 2017) I am teaching herbal medicine to veterinarians in a full 9-month course (Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat) as well as lecturing at various veterinary meetings. I continue to enjoy learning and sharing with an approach that integrates conventional and herbal medicine to bring the best of both worlds to my students and patients.

This has been an amazing journey and I am so pleased to be able to offer high quality herbal treatments formulated to meet individual patients' needs. For additional information on useful supplements click here.