The Integrative Veterinarian is a series of conversations with Integrative Veterinary Practitioners and how they approach their craft. We talk about things like their history, their veterinary school experience, life in conventional veterinary practice, and what led them to Integrative Veterinary Medicine. We also talk about their current veterinary practice, interests, and self-care practices. This podcast is sponsored by the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies. CIVT provides word-leading education in natural medicine, including three accredited post-graduate qualifications, industry-recognized certifications and a wide range of evidence-based courses and webinars delivered by qualified and experienced practitioners. Learn more at www.civtedu.org.
Dr. Tanya Grantham
Dr. Tanya Grantham received her Veterinary Science degree from the University of Pretoria in 1994. Prior to Veterinary School, she got a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology and Genetics and an Honors Degree in Genetics from the University of Pretoria as well. She also holds a Certificate of Safety and Competence in Veterinary Acupuncture from the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists, is certified in Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner from the University Of Tennessee, and is a certified Caninology Canine Body Worker. Dr. Grantham is also certified in veterinary acupuncture by Chi University, and has completed the Canine Sports Medicine module with Dr. Chris Zink at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She has also recently passed the examination for the Caninology Canine Myofascial Release Course Level One. Please enjoy this conversation as we talk about her upbringing on a farm in Zimbabwe, her veterinary training, the events that led to her interest in holistic medicine and rehabilitation, what her rehabilitation practice looks like today, and her upcoming webinars for CIVT.
Dr. Michelle Tilghman
Dr. Michelle Tilghman was raised riding horses and showing dogs in Florida. She got her DVM from the University of Georgia in 1982 and was certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1984. She did two years in a small animal practice in Dallas Texas afterwards, where she mentored with an experienced veterinary acupuncturist. Afterwards she moved home to Georgia and established her own integrative small animal practice.
She was certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine by IVAS soon afterwards. Dr. Tilghman was certified in rehabilitation by the University of Tennessee in 2004. She has served as President of the AHVMA, on the Board of the AAVA, and as the Education Chair for IVAS. She was one of the founders of the AAVA as well. In 2017 she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the AAVA.
Dr. Tilghman has lectured nationally and internationally for decades. She has held an Adjunct position at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and was a contributor to the 2nd Edition of Schoen's Veterinary Acupuncture text.
Please enjoy this conversation as Dr. Tilghman and I discuss her upbringing in Florida, her veterinary school experience, learning acupuncture soon after it was introduced into veterinary medicine in the United States, starting her own practice as a new graduate, teaching, being involved in organized veterinary medicine, and maintaining life balance.
Dr. Doug Knueven
Dr. Doug Knueven was born in Cincinnati Ohio. He got his DVM from Ohio State University in 1987, and went into private practice in Pennsylvania directly afterwards. He founded the Beaver Animal Clinic in 1994. He was certified in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1995, and around that time did training in Bach Flower Remedies and Clinical Nutrition. He took the Pitcarin Homeopathy course in 1999. He was certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 2001, and in Chinese Herbal Medicine by the Healing Oasis Wellness Center in 2001 as well. Dr. Knueven has been a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association since 1995. He has lectured on holistic veterinary medicine both nationally and internationally and has published two books- Stand by Me, A Holistic Handbook for Animals, their People, and the the Lives They Share Together, and The Holistic Health Guide for Dogs: Natural Care for the Whole Dog. Please enjoy this conversation with Dr. Doug Knueven.
Dr. Cindy Lankenau
Dr. Cindy Lankenau has an alternative medicine exclusive practice in Colden, NY. She received her DVM from Cornell University in 1981. She was certified in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1992, in animal chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 1994, and in veterinary homeopathy by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopaths in 1997. Dr. Lankenau has extensive training in veterinary herbology. She has studied Chinese Herbal Medicine with IVAS, the Chi Institute, and the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies. She has studied Western Herbal Medicine with Rosemary Gladstar at Sage Mountain and also with CIVT. She is recognized as a Registered Professional Herbalist by the American Herbal Guild. She has worked private practice as a dairy practitioner, served as a veterinary officer in the Peace Corps, in mixed animal private practice, and now practices exclusively alternative medicine in her own practice. She has lectured nationally as well as internationally and is a CIVT faculty member as well. She has served her profession as a Board Member and President of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association, the Committee Head of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine sub-committee for the New York State Veterinary Society, founder and Board Member of the New York Complementary and Alternative Medicine Association, a Board Member of the World Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, and as Secretary-Treasurer of the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine. In this conversation we discuss growing up on a dairy farm, being a female large animal veterinarian, how stubborn cases led her in the direction of holistic medicine, and how she works with her state veterinary association to promote complementary and alternative medicine. Please enjoy my conversation with Dr. Cindy Lankenau.
CIVT August 2020 Update
A brief update on what is happening at CIVT in August of 2020.
Dr. Erin Bannink
Dr. Erin Bannink is from Rochester, Michigan. She received her DVM from Michigan State University in 2002. She then completed a general internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in New Jersey, followed by an internship and residency in medical oncology at the Animal Cancer and Imaging Center in Rochester Hills, Michigan. She was Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, sub-specialty in Oncology in 2008. She was certified in Veterinary Acupuncture by IVAS in 2007. In addition, she has taken multiple advanced courses in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine. She obtained a Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine from the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT) as well. Dr. Bannink practices Integrative Oncology with Classical Chinese Veterinary Medicine at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She is a faculty member at CIVT and lectures to international audiences about integrating conventional cancer therapies with Chinese Herbal Medicine in veterinary cancer treatment. She is also a contributing lecturer for the A Time To Heal Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine courses. She has studied Yogic and Mahayana Buddhist Philosophy and meditation since 2003. She is also a certified yoga instructor and has led classes, workshops, and retreats on the topics of yoga, meditation, Buddhism, pranayama, kirtan, and mantra practice. Please enjoy this conversation with Dr. Bannink as we discuss her Veterinary College experience, her introduction to Acupuncture, her postgraduate training in both Oncology and Chinese Herbal Medicine, and her Integrative Oncology practice.