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Dedicated to Developing Responsible Herbal Practice

Established in 2002 by Susan Wynn, DVM, CVA, CVCH, AHG, DACVN





Scheduled Webinar Programs


Monday June 11th, 2018, 8:00 PM Eastern US Time


You asked, we listened! Introducing a new, exciting educational format - WEBINARS! Now you'll be able to use your computer to attend and learn. Only $70 for VBMA Members!


For our seventh webinar, Drs. Clare Middle and Cheryl Schwartz will be discussing the use of Food Therapy as a behavior management tool. This webinar has been awarded 2 IVAS CE.




FOOD THERAPY FOR THE HEART, SPIRIT AND GUT – A Practical and Classical Approach for Influencing Behavior in Dogs and Cats.


Invite food as the first medicine in your integrative holistic protocol. Join Drs. Clare Middle (Perth, Australia) Natural Prescription Diets for Dogs and Cats, and Cheryl Schwartz (California) Four Paws Five Directions A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats & Dogs, to discuss balanced homemade diets using classical Chinese Food Therapy and Science for managing behavior issues in dogs and cats. And, if your patient is too fussy to eat homemade, what are the possible commercial alternatives?





As a pioneer in the field of veterinary holistic therapies, Dr. Schwartz has learned from animals themselves for over thirty years of her clinical practice.  A 1978 graduate of Washington State University Veterinary School, Dr. Schwartz expanded her healing techniques to combine Traditional Chinese Medicine ~ acupuncture, acupressure, tuina massage and herbs ~ along with Classical Homeopathy, bio energetics and tuning fork resonance for balancing the whole animal. Dr. Schwartz’s unique ability to synthesize holistic modalities using knowledge, skill and intuition has helped thousands of animals around the world, and empowered their humans to continue their care at home. An educator for more than twenty years, Dr. Schwartz believes animal caregivers can be guided to use various holistic modalities for their own animal friends’ well being.



As one of the founding members of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, and an educator for over twenty years, Dr. Schwartz has taught veterinarians acupuncture and herbal medicine across the U.S. and around the world. As part of the teaching team for accreditation courses for Chi Institute and foreign International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, Dr. Schwartz shared her unique blend of knowledge, experience and sense of humor with graduate veterinarians in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America, Australia, China and Japan. Dr. Schwartz’s is focusing these days on classes and workshops for the public. She enjoys working with animal care givers around the world who want to learn more for their own four-legged family members. These classes and workshops involve practical applications of Traditional Chinese Medical theory, acupressure, food therapy, homeopathy and herbals.



Dr. Schwartz is the author of Four Paws Five Directions A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats & Dogs (Celestial Arts Press: 1996), the first book of its kind to be used as a textbook by veterinarians learning Chinese Veterinary Medicine and by the public to help their own animals. Four Paws has been translated into German, Russian and Japanese. Dr. Schwartz’s second book Natural Healing for Dogs & Cats from A-Z (Hay House 2000), also user friendly, is dedicated to quick at home treatments for common problems and has recently been translated into Japanese. Dr. Schwartz is also a contributing editor to two textbooks: Veterinary Acupuncture Ancient Art to Modern Medicine, edited by A. Schoen, and Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine, edited by S. Wynn and A. Schoen. Dr. Schwartz is on the Board of Advisors for the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. The newest venture is The HealLearn Deck, a set of emergency treatment cards. You can order Dr. Schwartz’s books from local bookstores, or the author.





I am a veterinarian who treats animals primarily using natural therapies. Over the last 35 years, since I graduated from Murdoch University as a veterinarian, I have increasingly used natural therapies. Most of my patients have been dogs and cats who have not improved with conventional veterinary treatments at their regular vet.


I have been using acupuncture for 34 years, and gained the Certificate of Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1991. This is the Australian Veterinary Association recommended qualification for Australian vets using acupuncture. I completed a Brauer professional practitioner diploma in homoeopathy in 1996. I have reiki 2 and have several sets of flower essences which I enjoy using for behavioral and physical problems. I was the founding president for several years of the Australian Association of Holistic Veterinarians (now known as Integrative Veterinarians Australia), an organisation who encourages vets to use a holistic approach. The AAHV introduced the first veterinary specific professional course in classical homoeopathy for Australian vets, from which I was awarded the certificate of the International Association of Veterinary Homeopathy.


I am not associated with a veterinary hospital, and work from a private consulting room at Bibra Lake in Perth, Western Australia, using acupuncture, classical homoeopathy, herbs, kinesiology, flower essences and reiki.


I assume that most of my clients will have a local or regular vet for conventional medicine, surgery and emergency services, and they will bring their pet in to see me for chronic or ongoing problems where ongoing conventional drugs are not preferred or not working, for example skin allergies, lameness or spinal pain, colitis or behavioural problems.


I am particularly interested in setting up a healthy lifetime for young animals using diet and minimal drugs. This interest includes keeping up with recent research into vaccination protocols and advising clients on optimizing the combination of minimal safe conventional vaccination with alternatives.


In 2004 I sold the East Fremantle Veterinary Clinic, where I had increasingly incorporated natural therapies into a standard vet clinic environment. However, I found that I could not with full conscience continue to provide standard vaccination, drug and dried pet food protocols, so I have set up a natural therapies only consulting room, which will hopefully be complementary to existing conventional vet clinics, providing clients and vets with a holistic choice for companion animals.


In 2006 I published the book "Real Food for Dogs and Cats" and I gained a certificate in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Food Therapy with the Qi Institute (USA) in 2014.












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