118 episodes

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.

The Integrative Veterinarian College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

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. Marlene Siegel

    Dr. Marlene Siegel

    Dr. Marlene Siegel was born in Cuba and raised in Florida. She knew from an early age that she wanted to be a Veterinarian. During her undergraduate years, she worked as an emergency medical technician and was the first female Paramedic in the State of Florida.
    She earned her veterinary degree from the University of Florida in 1985. Afterwards, she went to work in a five doctor small animal and exotic practice, then worked in emergency practice and did small animal locum work prior to establishing her own practice, Pasco Veterinary Medical Center, in Lutz, Florida in 1987.
    Her introduction to holistic medicine came in trying to heal her own injured horse in 2004. She has since studied chiropractic, nutrition, Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, ozone therapy, and a host of other natural healing modalities, culminating in becoming a Certified Natural Health Professional in 2012.
    In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Siegel has written and lectured extensively. She also offers online instruction for pet owners, office staff, veterinary nurses, and veterinarians.
    Please enjoy this conversation with Dr. Marlene Siegel as we discuss her education, practice experience, introduction to holistic medicine, and her approach to holistic clinical cases.

    • 28 min
    Dr. Shauna Cantwell

    Dr. Shauna Cantwell

    Dr. Shauna Cantwell was raised in the Canadian Prairie Provinces. She earned her veterinary degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1989. After graduation, she worked in mixed and small animal practice before returning to the University of Saskatchewan to complete a Residency and Master's Degree in Anesthesiology and earn her Board Certification in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia.
    She then served as a faculty member on the Anesthesia Service at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine for ten years, working not only in the clinic, but being funded for research and publishing in the areas of basic science, anesthesia, and acupuncture. In addition to teaching veterinary students, interns, and residents, she has lectured extensively in the areas of anesthesia and acupuncture.
    Her holistic training includes acupuncture from Chi University, Veterinary Spinal Manipulation from the Healing Oasis, Veterinary Postural Rehabilitation, and Medical Qigong.
    In 2007, she left academics to start her own practice, Medicine Wheel Veterinary Services in Ocala, Florida, where she serves both equine and small animal patients and provides anesthesia consultation.
    Please enjoy this conversation with Dr. Shauna Cantwell as we discuss her education, work history, and the change from academia to solo holistic practice.

    • 43 min
    Dr. Sasan Haghighat

    Dr. Sasan Haghighat

    Dr. Sasan Haghighat was born in Germany and raised in Iran. After earning his veterinary degree, he moved to Canada and worked at an SPCA in Newmarket, Ontario and then an emergency practice in Toronto.
    After working for a short period in general practice, he began working at the Holistic Veterinary Clinic in Newmarket. He was certified in Acupuncture by Chi University, and trained  in Postural Rehabilitation with Dr. Judith Shoemaker. He also has training in rehabilitation and Matrix Repatterning.
    He earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Bio-Regulatory Medicine from Bio-Medic.
    Dr. Haghighat took over the practice in 2010 and has grown the practice exponentially since then.
    Please enjoy this conversation with Dr. Sasan Haghighat as we discuss his childhood, education, holistic interests, and how he manages patients using Nutrition, Acupuncture, and Bio-Regulatory medicine.

    • 31 min
    Dr. Aish Ryan

    Dr. Aish Ryan

    Dr. Aish Ryan always knew that she wanted to be a Veterinarian. She earned her Veterinary Degree with honors from the University of Melbourne in 2003. She then worked in small animal clinics in Melbourne and London prior to starting her practice, Vets at Home, in 2010. The practice began as a full service mobile practice, but as her interests evolved, it transitioned to be limited to integrative medicine.
    Dr. Ryan earned a Graduate Diploma in Animal Biomechanical Medicine and is also certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and Animal Nutrition. She also has advanced training in Balance Method Acupuncture, Food Therapy, and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
    In addition to her clinical practice, she serves as an Anatomy Demonstrator for the University of Melbourne Veterinary School.
    Please enjoy this conversation with Dr. Aish Ryan as we discuss her education, work experience, holistic training, and her new position at CIVT.

    • 41 min
    Dr. Monica Chapman

    Dr. Monica Chapman

    Dr. Monica Chapman was raised in Bethesda, Maryland. She knew from an early age that she wanted to be a Veterinarian, and she received guidance about medical education from her father, a US Army surgeon.
    She studied biology as an undergraduate, and earned her veterinary degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. After graduation, she worked in small animal practice for ten years, then transitioned to shelter medicine for fifteen years.
    At the end of her time in shelter medicine, she took a course in Western Herbal Medicine from the Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine, followed by an Internship in Western Herbal Medicine. She enrolled at CIVT afterwards and earned her Graduate Diploma in Western Herbal Medicine in 2017.
    Monica has been a member of the CIVT faculty since then, teaching in the Western Herbal Medicine section. She also joined the Small Animal Practice at Piedmont Equine in The Plains, Virginia, where she practices Integrative Medicine.
    Please enjoy this conversation with Dr. Monica Chapman as we discuss her education, work history, earning her certification in veterinary acupuncture after over 30 years in practice, and her licensed hemp growing operation that provides raw material for her side business, Mojo Medicinals.

    • 34 min
    Dr. Lorena Lloret Nadal

    Dr. Lorena Lloret Nadal

     Dr. Lorena Lloret Nadal was raised in Spain. She earned her veterinary degree from the University of Murcia in Spain in 2002.
    While still a student, she was fortunate to see acupuncture used successfully in small animal practice. After graduation, she was certified in acupuncture by the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists in 2003. Afterwards, she started a TCVM practice for horses and small animals in the UK.
    While visiting Thailand in 2005, she met Dr. Xie from Chi University. She was certified in acupuncture by Chi University in 2006 and was an Intern at the University of Florida in Integrative Medicine in 2006 as well. She completed additional certifications in Chinese Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy, and Tui Na from Chi University at that time.
    After her time in Florida, she returned to Spain to start a TCVM practice, culminating in becoming the Chief of Service in Integrative Medicine at the Veterinary College in Madrid. In 2022, she relocated to Ireland to continue TCVM work for both small animals and horses.
    In addition to her clinical practice, she has been very active in teaching, writing, and lecturing on various TCVM topics all over the world.
    Please enjoy this conversation with Dr. Lorena Lloret Nadal as we discuss her education, clinical practice, and involvement with the establishment of Chi University in Europe.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

LIZDVM ,

Neal is great

I love that Neal has such a diversity of guests. It showcases the vast array of opportunities that the integrative veterinarian has to pursue our love and passion within this profession.
Neal is a master host! He is relaxed and curious. This encourages the guests to be relaxed and open. The conversations are informative, fun, and wide ranging while also having depth and offering powerful life and professional insights.

gritdoc ,

Enjoy this podcast!!

I am a house call holistic veterinarian and listen to podcasts driving between appointments. I found this a while ago, maybe not long after Neil started it and I have learned so much! It is very nice to hear other veterinarian’s stories of how they got started along their paths to where they are now and to realize how much we all have in common, going our own way but also knowing we are not alone. It is encouraging hearing how we can all make a difference in our little parts of the world in service to our patients and their people. Thank you for doing this! Peg LaCombe

Lori Palmieri ,

Pet Mom - animal lover

I came across this podcast and cannot stop listening. My daughter is a pre-vet animal science major. I support alternative treatments beyond traditional western medicine for animals (and people). I love to hear about their careers and how they treat the animals to prevent disease instead of prescribing drugs and surgery. I am a retired (almost) attorney involved in wildlife rescue, rehab and release. I love it all! TY and keep producing these podcasts.

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