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Veterinary Homeopathy: A Panel Discussion

Veterinary Homeopathy: A Panel Discussion
Moderator: Christina Chambreau, DVM
 Susan Beal, DVM; Natasha Kassell, DVM; Francie Rubin, DVM

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Time: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Commonwealth B-D

 Credits: 2 CPD, 2 Foundational Studies
 Will this session be recorded? Yes

Session Description:
As passionate as we are about homeopathy, sometimes we forget that the animals in our lives can benefit from the same careful prescribing we give our patients and friends/family. A panel of homeopathic veterinarians will share the significant role homeopathy is playing with the treatment of our animal friends, including those used to produce the healthy food needed in human practices. Because of shorter life spans, we can show the power of homeopathy to improve intergenerational health. Treating animals with homeopathy is very similar to treating infants, who also cannot speak.

What can be cured in animals? Many of the obstacles to cure are the same – diet, vaccines, lifestyle, exercise, emotional environment – but the answers are a bit different. How do you avoid chemical flea preventatives, heartworm prevention, legally required vaccines and other obstacles? Building health from the first day your companion joins your family is based on great case taking even if the treatment is a diet change rather than a remedy.  Learn how to track symptoms and respond to the first hints of vital force imbalances. Understanding how cure, palliation and suppression appear in animals is crucial to successfully enhancing health.  Resources and next steps will be available.

About the Speakers:
Christina Chambreau, DVM is an internationally known homeopathic veterinarian, lecturer and author of the Healthy Animal’s Journal, Healthy Dog Journal and Fleas Be Gone, a kindle book. Graduating from the University of Georgia Veterinary College in 1980, she began using homeopathy in her veterinary practice in 1983, and has used primarily homeopathy since 1988.  She is a founder of the Academy Of Veterinary Homeopathy and currently teaches classes in Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced Homeopathy for Animals for the lay and veterinary communities. She regularly taught for the NCH summer school for over 10 years. She lectures on a wide array of topics from the holistic approach to healing animals to knowing the best approach to heal people to having happy and profitable practices and lives that sustain the planet. Her lectures have included the World Small Animal Veterinary Conference, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy Annual conferences, LIGA conference, American Veterinary Medical Association, Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference, North American Veterinary Conference, National Center for Homeopathy and more. She is co-author of the Homeopathic Repertory: A Tutorial and How to Have a Stress Free Wedding.

Dr. Susan Beal comes from a long background of holistic veterinary practice, and is dedicated to providing holistic care for animals, humans and the environment. She is particularly interested in whole farm/whole system pasture-based ecology and offers common sense advice and counsel, with the goal of health from the ground up - thriving individuals and ecosystems. Dr. Beal is involved in Holistic Management, a whole farm/business-decision making and planning process that considers the triple bottom-line of relevant economic, social and environmental considerations simultaneously. She lives at Laughing Oak Farm in west central Pennsylvania.

Dr. Natasha Kassell, DVM received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. She then practiced conventional small animal medicine in Gig Harbor, Washington. Though she loved being a vet, she found herself frustrated by what she could offer her patients with conventional medicine alone. When she learned of a year-long course in homeopathy specifically for veterinarians, she jumped at the opportunity to take it.  The course was taught by Dr. Richard Pitcairn, author of the well-known book, The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats and founder of The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy.  The experience transformed her veterinary practice, and her life.  After completing the course, Dr. Kassell opened a small animal holistic house-call practice in Gig Harbor, specializing in preventive health care, nutrition, herbal medicine and homeopathy for dogs and cats. In 2002, Dr. Kassell returned to Philadelphia with her family and opened a similar holistic veterinary house-call practice. She is thrilled to serve the people and pets of metropolitan-area Philadelphia in this fashion.

Francie Rubin, DVM began her career as a veterinary technician in 1974, knowing that her passion for animal care and welfare would only be realized by becoming a veterinarian. In 1989 she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. After starting her own practice in 1994, Dr. Rubin enrolled in and completed Dr. Richard Pitcairn’s Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy. In 1994, Dr. Rubin founded Rockledge Veterinary Clinic in a small building on Sylvania Avenue. In 2003, she purchased “that old house behind the trees” on Huntingdon Pike and, while keeping the integrity of the original Victorian structure, turned it into a modern veterinary clinic. Twice a year, Dr. Rubin travels to Arizona and New Mexico with a group of veterinarians who donate their time to spay, neuter, vaccinate and provide veterinary care to the pets of Native Americans. She finds this opportunity to give back extremely fulfilling. Dr. Rubin lives in Rydal with her partner of 20+ years and her beloved dogs, Gemma and Hopi.