The plants that surround us can provide healing medicine for us and our animals. There is an old wise saying which says that everything we need is growing just outside our doorstep. When we look at the number of plants that we walk around and walk over, little do we realize that those same plants could be the healing tools that our bodies are needing.
Earlier this year I attended the International Herbal Symposium from June 24-26 2011 in Norton MA. It was hosted at Wheaton College. The International Herbal Symposium was wonderful and those members of VBMA Veterinary Botanical Medical Association had such an nice time. Many of the lectures were outstanding and the herb walks were so informative. Such an encouraging gathering of herbalist and botanical experts as well as veterinarians, for a vet tract, brought together a diverse global group with interested participants from as far away as Thailand to Texas.
Hi it’s MASH Geek, Here’s one of my pets favorites. I have two Maine Coon cats and two Pomeranians. We have been a holistic family for around twenty years. I have made all my own pet chow and treats since I learned from a holistic vet back in the ’90’s.
Recently on TV they have been advertising jerky treats for pets. I make them myself and it costs less, and I can select the organic meats and flavors myself. It is a good idea to make them when you aren’t in a hurry. I take a couple of chicken breasts which I have either bought separately or removed from a less expensive whole bird to use for jerky.
This story has such a wonderful back story… In Jan 2011 I had taken our beautiful Dr.ShowMore calendar to the NAVC, which is one of the largest veterinary conference in the world. At the North American Veterinary Conference the calendar was a real hit when all 500 copies were sold. I was so pleased that they were all taken up and appreciated by so many more vets and others in the animal care-taking world.
Well, one of the veterinarians was Dr. Rosama Pusoonthornthu and she works on the faculty at the Veterinary school in Thailand. By coincidence my youngest daughter was in Thailand teaching as well. These connections led to my trip being planned, and so then Dr. Pusoonthornthu invited me to speak at the University. In Thailand I lectured on Feb 28 to the faculty of the Chulalongkorn University School of Veterinary Medicine on Integrative Veterinary Medicine in the US and on Ozone therapy. This was a wonderful way to demonstrate how Integrative Medicine is a global happening. The desire to have comprehensive health is something we have in common, which can be part of all health plans that can save lives and money.
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My commentary as a woman veterinarian began in 1974. At that time, being both a veterinarian and female was difficult and thought to be odd. I have had a lot of crazy and interesting stories that I hope will be dug out of my brain for this new Blog. I hope to entertain and educate the readers with it.
The veterinary profession itself has a long history. It is thought to be at least 250 years old. The first veterinary school was recorded in Lyon France. It is only recently that new beliefs have taken on. Women have only been accepted in the profession in any significant numbers within the past 35 years.
Now women are the majority of students in all the veterinary schools in US. It might be the balance of family and full time practice may interest some women in this growing field.