In my years in veterinary practice, I experienced the limitations of Western medicine time and time again, even with the excellent veterinary schooling I received at the LMU's veterinary school in Munich (link).
As a consequence, I decided to study acupuncture for horses and dogs with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). Besides a very thorough schooling, they offer access to a large network of internationally acknowledged acupuncture therapists. Through my membership in GERVAS (the German branch of IVAS), I am a current member of that network.
Since acupuncture and osteopathy complement each other so well as holistic approaches, an additional education with the TAO (Veterinary Academy for Osteopathy) for treatment of horses and dogs was the next logical step for me. It greatly improved my capabilities in therapeutic, as well as preventative, treatment.
My comprehensive education in Western veterinary medicine and the two alternative techniques of acupuncture and osteopathy provide me the skills to overcome the limitations of each individual technique by using an approach that combines them. This way, I can solve many health issues of your horse, cat, or dog that wouldn't be taken care of very well by using just one of them. For me, practicing this combined method provides me the impetus for constant, continued study of these techniques, in order to continue to offer the most up-to-date care options for your pets.
To me, your four-legged friend is an individual, to which a cookie-cutter approach to diagnosis cannot be applied. Therefore, I take into account both physical and personality differences when treating your horse, dog, or cat. This is only possible through a holistic approach, made possible for me through the use of osteopathy and acupuncture in combination with my extensive Western medical experience.
I belong to a group of holistic vets who believe that the development of Western medicine has been very beneficial over the last 150 years. It has greatly increased the life expectancy of both humans and animals. Unfortunately, Western medicine has its limitations, some of which can often be overcome by alternative medical treatment. I have experienced this personally many times over the years.
I consciously chose to only offer you the alternative medical treatments of osteopathy and acupuncture. This is primarily because both of these methods fascinate me and because I am absolutely convinced of their effectiveness. Another reason is that the fast pace of a typical Western veterinary practice would not allow me the time for a holistic approach to your animal. There are a number of very qualified vets in the area that will offer you a thorough Western medical diagnosis and treatment of your pets' problems. It's my intention to offer additional approaches and treatments to complement and complete those Western methods.
During my treatment, however, should I encounter disorders in your animal that require Western medical diagnostics or treatment, I will, of course, refer you to a competent colleague for that purpose. As with Western medicine, osteopathy and acupuncture have their own limitations, and it is important to acknowledge them. Nearly 10 years of experience as an equine and small animal veterinarian have provided me with the requisite knowledge to make such determinations, to ensure your animal receives the best possible care.