Annual Meeting in Veterinary Homeopathy 2018


The 16th Annual Meeting will be held on February 28 – March 4, 2018. We will again be offering a pre-conference optional extra day on February 28, 2018. Each year the conference features lectures by Dr. Richard Pitcairn, PIVH faculty, and a selection of guest speakers. Topics vary from year to year, but include theory, case study, and practice management specific to the homeopathic veterinary practice.

The Annual Meeting is routinely held in March at the Saguaro Lake Ranch in the mountains outside of Phoenix, AZ. This beautiful location provides an excellent opportunity for focused study, catching up with friends and old classmates, relaxation, and connecting with other veterinary homeopaths in the intimate atmosphere of the Saguaro Lake Ranch.

  • For further details including information on presenters, lecture topics and venue, please visit Dr. Richard Pitcairn’s ANCH Education Programs website
  • To register for the Annual Meeting please follow this link: Registration form
  • Below are details of the guest speakers and topics:

Wendy Jensen

Urinary Disease — Human and Animal — How Homeopathy Solves the Problem
Persistent and severe urinary disease was difficult to cure in Hahnemann’s time and remains a problem of the same difficulty in the medicine of today.  Three cases of chronic urinary dysfunction are compared, in an elderly woman and two middle-aged male cats. All are resolved with just a few doses of single remedies.

Jody Bearman

Radiation is Not the Last Step
Two improved cases of homeopathic treatment of advanced cancer in dogs — colon cancer and fibrosarcoma of the carpus — demonstrate that the exhaustion of other treatment methods is not the final step.

Lori Blankenship

Vaccinosis is Alive and Well!
Several cases of health issues after vaccination are presented, ranging from abnormal growths, balance problems and metabolic dysfunction are resolved with the appropriate homeopathic treatment.

Jan Allegretti

Treatment of wildlife: Resolution of “Lumpy Jaw” in a deer.  (tentative)
Wild animals are about as far from possible placebo as possible, yet they respond to remedies given to them without their awareness of it being given. We will see one example of this.

Practicality of Changing to a Plant Based Diet
When their animal companion is perceived to be a carnivore, it can be difficult to accept the advice of changing to a non-meat diet. The common obstacles and considerations will be discussed.

Leslie Brown

Seizures — Then and Now
Seizures have been seen in people and animals for centuries and many ways of treatment have been suggested. These usual methods will be contrasted with three cases of dogs with this disorder that have been greatly helped with homeopathy.

Rosa Ramirez

The Story of Amy Who Had Disagreement with Distemper
This young dog, a schnauzer, developed bloody diarrhea and then limping. Conventional treatment did not return health but she recovered with homeopathic treatment and a raw diet.

Michael Dym

The Initial Downfall of Homeopathy in the Early 20th Century: Allopathy vs Homeopathy Then and Now
Though homeopathy has demonstrated success, even superiority, to allopathic medicine especially in epidemics it is a challenge for veterinarians to use today. A primary obstacle is codependency and the understanding of this psychological pattern and its recognition will be investigated.

Carolyn Benson

Moose, the Wobbly Dog
A young dog began to stumble, then within a few days was unable to stand. After several consultations with allopathic veterinarians, including a neurologist, he was given a grave prognosis and re-presented for euthanasia. Client was encouraged to try homeopathy before the final act was performed and, mirabile dictu, he ran and played again.

Julie Matthews

Holding Out for the Right Medicine:  Dolly the Golden Retriever
Dolly suddenly could not open her mouth and was found to have very inflamed jaw muscles due to an immune condition. Conventional suppressive drugs had no effect after a trial of three weeks and even worsened the condition by causing severe nose bleed. The needed homeopathic remedy saved the day and, once again, Dolly enjoys eating and has been able to resume her favorite habit of carrying things in her mouth!


Richard Pitcairn

The Action of Similars
We know that the foundational principle of homeopathic prescribing is to use a medicine that induces similar symptoms to what the patient has. How similar does this have to be? What aspects of the patient’s condition are significant for this determination? We look at some animal cases from this perspective.

Case of Mammary Tumor
This is a case from Cyrus Boger, MD in which little information is available to him, yet he was able to cure it. For us, this is like an animal case with little guidance. Let’s see what we can learn from it.

A Case of Severe Cough
This is a one-sided case by Cyrus Boger, MD with very little information available. While Boger is guided by a sensation, the remedy used is not familiar to us and worthy of further study of it for our cases.

Horse Cases
A series of historical homeopathic cases of horses, with common disorders successfully treated.

Rabies — Then and Now
Rabies an important disease for veterinarians to deal with. It is rarely seen in dogs or cats, at least in the US. Yet, the influence of rabies is very prominent in our work because of the extensive vaccination of animals for this condition. By looking at the natural disease pattern in dogs and people we can more readily recognize when rabies influence exists in our patients. We will also look at some homeopathically cured cases.

Snake Bite
We know that Lachesis a very important remedy in our work, this being a venom from the Bushmaster snake of South America. In this presentation we examine another remedy, that of the Copperhead snake, Cenchris contortix which is rather similar to Lachesis. Reviewing cases we will learn how to recognize it.

Lack of Development
A rather common condition, especially in our patients, is lack of full development physically or mentally. Domestic dogs were selected to not mature so we often find the remedies for development important as constitutionals. We will look at some human cases in which other remedies used for this condition, ones that may be of use for our work.

Interesting Cases
Looking at a number of cases from the historical literature, we will see how earlier veterinary homeopaths worked with their animal cases. Emphasis on, for us, remedies not often used.