Susan Beal | Mentor
Susan Beal, DVM, CVH comes from a long background of holistic veterinary practice. After her 1987 graduation from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, Dr. Beal continued her education with courses in homeopathy, acupuncture, animal chiropractic, and craniosacral therapy. Dr. Beal’s formal homeopathic studies include completion of: Dr. Richard Pitcairn’s Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy in 1995 and his further Advanced Courses in Veterinary Homeopathy, as well as a Masters in Human Homeopathy at the Hudson Valley School of Classical Homeopathy. For over two decades she has been actively involved with mentoring veterinarians and others who are studying homeopathy and holistic medicine. Dr. Beal also provides educational programs and coaching for her clients as well as farmers, producers, and consumer groups. She is particularly interested in whole-farm/whole-system pasture-based ecology, and offers common sense advice with the goal of health from the ground up – thriving individuals and ecosystems. Dr. Beal serves on the Boards of the Pennsylvania Forage and Grazing Lands Conservation Coalition and the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association and is past President of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. She is also involved with providing training in Holistic Management, a decision-making and planning process that simultaneously considers the triple bottom line of relevant economic, environmental and social considerations.
Carolyn Benson | Mentor
Carolyn Benson, DVM, received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree with distinction from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, in 1996. After a year of practice experience she was challenged with the serious illness of her own young cat, Ben, who was experiencing a severe persistent fever over 106 F (41 C), thirst, weakness (yet restlessness), blindness, and enlarged lymph nodes. Dr. Benson applied all her veterinary school knowledge and a full course of conventional therapy to no avail and it was apparent that Ben was dying. As plans for euthanasia were being finalized she happened to open Dr. Pitcairn’s book which suggested homeopathic remedies for this condition, one of which seemed clearly indicated. Cancelling the euthanasia appointment, Dr. Benson instead obtained Arsenicum album 6c, which she administered to Ben with him showing clear improvement each day until he fully recovered. This was the impetus to register for the Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy, which she completed in 1999 followed by the Advanced Course in Veterinary Homeopathy in 2002. She has continued to study under Dr. Richard Pitcairn since that time. Ben passed away at the ripe old age of 17 years. Dr. Benson is a long standing member of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy. She lectures and writes articles about veterinary homeopathy. She is currently an associate in small animal practice in Toronto as well as Port Perry, Ontario, where she applies a holistic approach to each of her patients with an emphasis on classical homeopathy and nutritional counseling.
Wendy Jensen | Mentor
Wendy Jensen, DVM, received her veterinary degree from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She worked in a small animal practice, also seeing horses, sheep, and goats. Dissatisfied, in 1990 she left practice and spent four years in the non-profit sector. During this time, she attended a lecture on veterinary homeopathy and was captivated by this medicine’s logical, straightforward and yet profoundly satisfying philosophy. She went in search of training, attending Dr. Richard Pitcairn’s Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy before being certified by the AVH in 1994. At that time, she opened the Jensen Homeopathic Veterinary Practice. After serving on the initial expanded board for the AVH, she edited their journal, continuing through its first 12 years in publication. Dr. Jensen has published articles in JAVH, JAHVMA and Homoeopathic Links, among others, and has lectured widely. She has taught for the Professional Course, and mentored veterinary homeopaths in the Course’s on-line community. In 2011, her New World Veterinary Repertory, co-authored with Dr. Pitcairn, came out as software, followed by the published textbook in 2013. She currently writes, lectures, plays violin, and continues to practice homeopathy from her home in New Hampshire. Her new textbook The Practical Handbook of Veterinary Homeopathy will be available in print in November 2015.
Karen Lyons | Mentor
Karen Lyons, DVM, CVA graduated from Cornell University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and in 1982 obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. She practiced in small animal hospitals in Latham, N.Y.; Walnut Creek, CA; and Mesa, AZ; before starting a housecall practice in Gilbert, AZ in 1991 called Desert Mobile Veterinary Service. Dr. Lyon’s practice began as a way of balancing work and family life and over time has evolved into a busy, integrative small animal practice. Her interest in complementary therapies arose from a frustration with allopathic medicine great enough that she considered leaving the veterinary field. Dr. Lyons’ journey into alternative medicine began with her certification in Acupuncture through IVAS. Her interest in homeopathy arose from her attraction to the science behind homeopathy — the testing of medicines and the careful observation of illness and cure. Dr. Lyon’s early study was rewarded by the success she experienced with her own acute cases. After completing her training in the Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy in 2009, studying homeopathy has become a passion.