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Faculty

Our faculty is a key strength of the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies. Our teachers are recognised experts in their own fields and as practitioners they bring a practical experience to theory that makes learning relevant and engaging. By selecting some of the best teachers and practitioners throughout the world we can ensure students receive the highest academic standard of education that is also professionally and practically relevant.

Students enter our classrooms from all over the world. Our innovative curriculum and learning technology allow access to teachers and tutors at home or work any time any place. You will find our faculty helpful and sensitive to cultural and language differences, we are here to help you in your studies.

 

Dr Steve Marsden

 

Dr Susan Wynn

Dr Erin Bannink

Dr Gary Richter

Dr Joyce Harman

Dr Jodi Van Tine

Dr Richard (Rick) Palmquist

Dr Jean Dodds

Dr Jodi Van Tine

 

 

 

 

Dr Liza Schneider

Dr Sabina Holle


 

 

 

Dr Susi Lam

Dr Barbara Fougere

Colin Daly

Dr Lyndy Scott

Dr Joanna Milan

 

PRINCIPALS

Dr Steve Marsden

DVM, ND, MSOM, Grad Dip Vet Acup, Grad Dip VCHM, Dipl.AC, Dipl.CH, CVA, AHGDr Steve Marsden
Dr Steve Marsden received his doctorate in veterinary medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 1988. At the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon he obtained a doctorate in Naturopathic medicine, a Master's of Science in Oriental Medicine, and his licensure in acupuncture and Diplomat status in Chinese herbology. He treats both pets and people in his Edmonton, Alberta practice. He has instructed veterinarians in Chinese Medicine at IVAS, Tufts and AVAC. He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild. He is the co-author of several texts, including the Manual of Natural Veterinary Medicine. He is a frequent guest lecturer to veterinary audiences world wide. He is perhaps one of the best known and highly qualified Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine masters worldwide. He was awarded Canadian Veterinarian of the Year in 2009 and was honoured as a veterinarian making a difference with BARK magazine in 2010 and Herbal Educator of the Year by AHVMA in 2010.

Dr Barbara Fougere

BSc BVMS (Hons) MODT BHSc (CMed) MHSc (Herb Med) Grad Dip VA Grad Dip VCHM Grad Dip VWHM CVA (IVAS) CVBM CVCP CMAVA Dr Barbara Fougere
Dr Barbara Fougere is a 1986 graduate from Murdoch University Veterinary School Western Australia. She practices in Sydney Australia, exclusively in veterinary integrative medicine. She has served on the Australian Veterinary Association Policy Council, Therapeutic Advisory Committee, Feline Health Research Fund and has held positions as President of the Australian Veterinary Acupuncture, President of the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association, House of Delegates IVAS and President for IVAS and is one of the first veterinarians to be certified in Veterinary Botanical Medicine worldwide. She is currently the chairperson for the American College Veterinary Botanical Medicine. She holds a Masters degree in herbal medicine and a bachelors degree in Complementary Medicine as well as a Masters in the field of education and training. She is a member of the National Herbalists Association of Australia, Australian College of Nutrition and Environmental Medicine, AVA, AHVMA, VBMA and IVAS . She is also holds qualifications in veterinary acupuncture, spinal integration, homeopathy and other therapies and has authored Healthy Dogs a Manual of Natural Therapies (2003), The Pet Lovers Guide to Natural healing for Cats and Dogs (2006) and coauthored two veterinary texts Veterinary Herbal Medicine (2007) and Integrating Complementary Medicine into Veterinary Practice (2008). She was awarded the AHVMA Practitioner of the Year in 2010 and Educator of the Year in 2011. 


FACULTY

Dr Susan G. Wynn

DVM, DACVN, RH(AHG), CVA (certified veterinary acupuncturist)
CVCH (certified veterinary Chinese herbalist)  Dr Susan Wynn

Dr Susan G. Wynn is a 1987 graduate of the University of Georgia and completed an internship with the Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington D.C. and became a Diplomat of the American College of veterinary Nutrition in 2016. She held a post-doctoral fellowship in viral immunology with the Emory University School of Medicine from 1993-1997. She has served as an ad hoc expert panelist for the National Institutes of Health, the Wellcome Trust and Commonweal, and is a consultant for the Alternative Medicine forums for both the Veterinary Information Network and the AVMA's Network of Animal Health. She has served on the Advisory boards of the National Animal Supplement Council and the Veterinary Research Council. Dr. Wynn led the profession by organizing professional associations such as the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association and the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine. Her publications include scientific papers and seminal texts, including Veterinary Herbal Medicine (Elsevier, 2007), Manual of Natural Veterinary Medicine (Mosby, 2003), and Emerging Therapies (AAHA Press, 1999); she also co-authored Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine (Mosby, 1998). Dr. Wynn has lectured from Australia to Brazil to Canada for veterinary audiences, including keynote lectures. She has taught the student elective in herbal medicine for the University of Georgia. She has been a visiting lecturer for the veterinary schools at University of Pennsylvania, University of Minnesota, University of Tennessee, Auburn University, Virginal Polytechnic University and University of Guelph. Presently Dr. Wynn is adjunct faculty for University of Georgia and is in private specialist practice in Georgia, USA. 

Dr Erin Bannink

DVM DACVIM (oncology) GDipVCHM CVA (IVAS)

Dr Erin Bannink received her DVM from Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She completed internships in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery and then Medical Oncology, continuing as a Resident in Medical Oncology at the Animal Cancer and Imaging Center, Rochester Hills, MI. She became an American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Diplomat (Oncology) in 2008. Dr Bannink received her IVAS Basic Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2007 and qualified with a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine (CIVT) in 2016. Dr Bannink is in Specialist practice, Oncology and Complementary and Alternative Medicine, at Oakland Veterinary Referral Center, MI. She has published refereed articles in JAVMA on oncology subjects and spoken at a range of cancer and complementary and alternative veterinary medicine conferences.

Dr Joanna Milan

DVM, GDipVA, GDipVCHM, CVA (IVAS), D Vet Hom

Dr Joanna Milan received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ontario VeteriJoanna Milan DVMnary College at the University of Guelph in Canada in 1990.   She now practices in Perth Western Australia. Prior to then she was in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in a holistic medicine practice under the guidance of Dr Steve Marsden and Dr Karen Marsden .  She is the Past President of the Australian Veterinarian Acupuncture Group and a current teacher and tutor on the IVAS Australian Acupuncture course as well as a tutor and assessor on the Graduate Diploma Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine.  Joanna was certified in acupuncture through IVAS in 2004 and her Graduate Diploma CVHM through CIVT.  She has been an online tutor for the CIVT courses "Introduction to TCM" and "IVAS Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine" since the courses began in July 2008, utilising her solid experience in practice as an acupuncturist and herbalist. Joanna also holds qualifications in Cranial Sacral Therapy and homeopathy.

Dr Jean Dodds

DVMDr Jean Dodds

Dr Jean Dodds received her DVM in 1964 from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Toronto. She worked as a Research Scientist with the New York State Health Department and became Chief of the Laboratory of hematology Wadsworth Center. Her love of blood took her to become Executive Director of the NY State Council on Human Blood Transfusion Services in 1980, She moved to California and established the first non profit blood bank for animals in 1986 and has been dedicated to non profit services and education ever since. She was awarded Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year in 1974 by the AVMA, and received the Award for Outstanding Service to the Veterinary Profession from the AAHA in 1977, many awards have since been bestowed upon Dr Dodds, including Holistic veterinarians of the Year AHVMA. She is an active member numerous professional societies including the National Research Council/ BANR Committee on National Needs for research in veterinary Science. She is considered a world expert on Thyroid Disease in Dogs and has authored The Canine Thyroid Epidemic, numerous scientific papers and in her spare time she is the inventor on numerous patents and runs Pet Life Line which adopts retired Greyhound blood donors. She teaches pet owners, animal fanciers and veterinarians in immunology, hematology, endocrinology, nutrition and holistic medicine internationally.

Dr Cynthia Lankenau

DVM GDipVWHMC ACVHM CVA  

Dr Lankenau graduated from Cornell in 1981 and moved into 100% dairy practice and became very frustrated with the limitations of western medicine.  After a stint in the Peace Corps and time in a mixed animal practice, Cynthia began her path towards complementary and alternative veterinary medicine. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine, an Advanced Certification in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine (IVAS) and certifications in veterinary acupuncture (IVAS), chiropractic, reiki and homeopathy.

Dr Lankenau runs a sole practitioner mixed animal 100 % alternative modality practice in western NY State. She is active in the CAVM community being past-president of VBMA and having been responsible for the maintenance of the VBMA Listserver, with untiring devotion generously sharing advice and knowledge.

Dr Gary Ritcher

M.S., D.V.M., C.V.C., C.V.A.,

Dr Richter is a graduate of the University of Florida with a B.S. in animal science, an M.S. in veterinary medical science, and a doctorate of veterinary medicine with honors. Since 2002, he has been the owner and medical director of Montclair Veterinary Hospital in Oakland, California, and he launched Holistic Veterinary Care in 2009. Dr. Richter is certified in veterinary acupuncture as well as veterinary chiropractic and uses these therapies along with his veterinary medical education to achieve better outcomes for his patients.

Dr. Richter and his two animal hospitals have received more than 30 local and national awards, including Best Veterinary Hospital, Best Veterinarian, Best Canine Therapy Facility and Best Alternative Medicine Provider. Montclair Veterinary Hospital was named one of the top ten veterinary hospitals in 2013 while Dr. Richter was named one of the top ten veterinarians in the United States for 2012, and America’s Favorite Veterinarian in 2015 by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF).  

 

Dr Liza Schneider

BVSc

Dr. Liza is one of New Zealand’s leading authorities in holistic animal healthcare. Growing up in South Africa, with majestic landscapes and a rich diversity of wildlife, Liza’s childhood was full of incredible animal encounters. From a young age Liza knew she would be a vet when she grew up. 

In 2003 Dr. Liza established award winning Holistic Vets in Tauranga, a fully integrated veterinary practice combining conventional veterinary medicine and surgery with complementary therapies, which is the first of its kind in New Zealand.

Dr. Liza is also the founding trustee of ARRC Wildlife Trust, a charitable trust which provides veterinary care and services to rehabilitate wildlife.  Education is a key focus of ARRC, especially of children. To help achieve this ARRC has produced a series of children’s books illustrating the human impact on wildlife and what children can do to help. Throughout her veterinary career Dr. Liza has sought and applied complementary and natural therapies which are easy to learn, practical to apply and highly effective at assisting her patients to heal.

Dr Lyndy Scott

BSc BVMS MBA MACVSc FAICD Dr Lyndy Scott

Dr Lyndy Scott is a veterinarian who's areas of expertise cover animal health, welfare, behaviour, research and development, project management and continuing veterinary education. She is an active volunteer - from national boards, University Senates and corporate governance tuition in the Pacific, to fighting fires in her rural community. Lyndy is committed to animals and their wellbeing. Lyndy embraces integrative therapies and, after a CIVT course with Steve Marsden, put Chinese herbal medicine into practice on her dog. They took Bella from aggressive cancer and imminent death, to an amazing further 16 months of happy, healthy life. 

Dr Joyce Harman

DVM MRCVSDr Joyce Harman

Dr Joyce Harman graduated in 1984 from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, then completed her membership exam into the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1985. In 1990 she became certified in veterinary acupuncture, and in 1994 certified in veterinary chiropractic. She has completed advanced training in homeopathy, and herbal medicine and is currently working a masters degree in Chinese medicine. She is the author of Pain Free Back and Saddle fit book and Homeopathic First Aid for Horses. She has published over 60 articles in professional journals, textbooks and lay magazines. She has served on many board of directors, is past president of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, current president of the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association. She was the chairman of the Alternative Medicine (Therapeutic Options) committee for the American Association of Equine Practitioners when that organization created their first set of guidelines. She was a member of the task force on alternative medicine for the American Veterinary Medical Association. In her spare time she rides a Connemara cross and photographs nature. 

Colin Daly

 BHSc (Comp Med) ADHerb Med Cert IV TAAColin Daly

Colin Daly is  medical herbalist in Sydney Australia. He has also practiced with a team of veterinarians for a number of years within a veterinary practice. He has been an active member of the National Herbalists Association of Australia and was awarded the Herbal Educator of the Year by the NHAA for his innovative and engaging teaching style. He received his Graduate Diploma Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine through CIVT. He has taught at a number of undergraduate and graduate herbal schools in Australia and when he is not teaching he is a world traveller and gourmand. 

Dr Richard (Rick) Palmquist

DVMDr Rick Palmquist

Dr Richard Palmquist is the Chief of Integrative Medicine at Centinela Animal Hospital in Los Angeles. He is currently president of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, chairs the Research Committee, and sits on the Editorial committee there. He is an alternative medicine folder consultant for VIN and an international educator in hospice, integrative medicine and homotoxicology. He blogs on holistic and integrative health for animals for the popular Huffington Post, and has consulted for NBC and CBS news shows. He recently released a book, Releasing Your Pet's Hidden Health Potential. Rick has also published numerous scientific papers and is a popular presenter at veterinary conferences throughout North America. He is a coauthor of the text book Integrating Complementary Medicine into Veterinary Practice and is considered a pioneer in a number of integrative approaches including homotoxicology. His favorite quote is "Seek Truth and healing follows. Anything that accomplishes healing is medicine and to this there is no alternative"

Dr Susi Lam

VMD GDipVA GDipVCHM, CVADr Susi Lam

Dr Susanne Lam studied at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna when she was first exposed to acupuncture through Dr Oswald Kothbauer. For the past 15 years Susi has lived in Hong Kong with veterinarian husband and two children. She has worked mainly at the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Hong Kong Island. She also studied human acupuncture at Hong Kong University in 2000 and underwent Certification by IVAS in 2001.  After studying with Dr Steve Marsden in 2006 she commenced Chinese Herbal Medicine practice. She has attained her Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture and Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine Susi has run the Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine clinics at the SPCA in HK which is mainly small animal, but also saw race horses (mainly retired) for TCVM consultations. She comes to the College with an in-depth experience and knowledge of Chinese medicine and commitment to sharing that knowledge. In her spare time Susi spends time with her boys and lives in Austria where she rides her horse and enjoys returning to Hong Kong  where she honed her skills of Chinese veterinary medicine since most of the people speak “TCM” language as part of their culture!

Dr Jodi Van Tine

MA DVM GDipVA GDipVCHM CVADr Jodi Van Tine

Dr. Jodi Van Tine is a 1994 graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, Companion Animal (Equine and Canine Track).  After 10 years of mixed practice and then personal experience of Chinese medicine's effect on cancer in her own dog, Dr. Van Tine  was inspired to pursue specialization in Eastern Medicine.She received certification in Canine and Equine Veterinary Acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) in 2006. She also worked in Integrative Veterinary Center from 2006-2007, with practice restricted to Chinese Veterinary Medicine, acupuncture and Chinese Food Therapy for dogs and cats and at the end of 2007, she returned to the versatility of integrating Eastern and Western veterinary medicine, including surgery, internal medicine, dentistry, acupuncture, Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine and nutritional therapy.  She is the first veterinarian to complete the current Certification in Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine through IVAS. Additional degrees include a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Arizona State University (1982), and a Master of Arts degree in Biology (Cellular Immunology) from San Jose State University (1990). As an enthusiastic online learner and graduate of the Certification Course, she brings a wealth of practical experience and knowledge to inspire new students.

Dr Anthony Chu

BVSc CVADr Anthony Chu

Dr Anthony  Chu graduated from the University of Sydney. After spending 8 years in small animal practice he started his mobile veterinary practice in 2005. As well as surgery, Anthony has a special interest in holistic medicine. He is IVAS certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and has studied Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine and homeopathy. He routinely uses electroacupuncture and myofascial release technique for his small animal patients. Anthony is currently a member of the Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Association, the Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Group and the Centre of Veterinary Education.

Dr Joseph Demers

Dr Joseph DemersDVM, CVA, CVH

Dr Joseph Demers graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1974. He began his professional life on the east coast of  Florida where he could enjoy his passion of surfing. Hestarted working ata mixed practice, then he open his own small animal medicine practice. In the late 1980s he became interested in alternative medicine and in 1992 became certified in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). After that, he completed a three-year IVAS course in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine. To round out his alternative medicine education, he became a Certified Veterinary Homeopath by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy and became a Homeopathic Master Clinician in human homeopathy by completing a two-year certification course. Joseph is the Past-President of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and Past-President of the Florida Homeopathic Medical Society. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on many aspects of Integrative Veterinary Medicine from Chinese veterinary medicine, veterinary and human homeopathy, homotoxicology and bioregulatory medicine. He really enjoys the integration of homeopathy and acupuncture with the homotoxicology injection therapy which can be a very powerful alternative therapy for many medical conditions. He feels that an integrative alternative medical approach of treating patients with nutritional supplements for supporting the sick terrain, herbal medicine for symptom reduction and homotoxicology injection and oral therapy for addressing the energetic disharmony and immune support is truly a “holistic approach to healing”.

Dr Paula Jo Broadfoot

DVM

Dr Paula Jo broadfootDr Paula Jo (PJ) Broadfoot attended Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, and graduated with a BS in Animal Science and Industry, with an emphasis on Genetics. She graduated KSU School of Veterinary Medicine 1981, Cum Laude and started a solo practice in Van Buren, AR 1982. She has lectured on nutritional aspects of healing, and the influence of environment and nutrition on children with learning and behavior difficulties. In the fall of 2001, she was hired as a veterinary consultant and speaker for Heel, Inc., and was invited to an international speakers meeting in Germany in 2002. Currently, she participates on the Scientific Review Board for VetriScience, AHVMA Board, Board Member American Society of Bioregulatory Medicine (ASBRM), Registration of Alternative and Integrative Veterinary Education (RAIVE) board member, Council of Elders, and the Research Review Committee of the AHVMA. PJ has published a number of articles and lectured extensively. She has also presented national teleconferences and webinars on Homotoxicology, including an annual workshop in conjunction with the AHVMA in Denver, since 2004. An opportunity to lecture internationally was offered by Vetri Science in 2008, to veterinarians in five cities in China. PJ is also one of the co-authors of the book Integrating Complementary Medicine into Veterinary Practice

 
 
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