PIVH Annual Meeting

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Annual Meeting 2015. Great group, great fun!

Information for the PIVH Annual Meeting in spring of 2019

The Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy Annual Meeting in Veterinary Homeopathy is scheduled for February 28 to March 3, 2019 at Saguaro Lake Ranch outside of Phoenix, AZ. This meeting is primarily for veterinarians that have trained with Dr. Pitcairn, veterinarians that are experienced in homeopathy, or qualified veterinary health professionals.

Saguaro Lake Ranch, location of the Annual Meeting

Saguaro Lake Ranch

Our location is a lovely guest ranch in the desert, just outside of Phoenix. There are small rustic cabins, each with its own bathroom, and a large main house for meeting and meals. March should be rather nice weather and they have a swimming pool, grassy lawn for yoga, trails for hiking and optional horse riding at the stable across the road. The view is spectacular.

View of the country at Saguaro Lake

View from Saguaro Lake Ranch

Meeting Schedule

The “official” meeting is from Thursday through Sunday. There is also an optional day on Wednesday, February 27 (information to follow).

We start on Thursday, February 28, at 8:30 AM after a hardy breakfast at the main house. The morning session for the following days starts at 9 AM and go to about 12 noon. Lunch and break will be 2 hours or 3 hours depending on the day’s schedule. Afternoon meeting goes until 6:00 PM. Dinner and free time after this. Sunday we go from 9 AM to 1 PM (with breaks), the meeting ending at 1 PM. Lunch is available for those not needing to leave immediately.

If you are coming for the 4-day meeting, then you should plan to arrive Wed. afternoon as there will be a dinner that evening about 6 PM or so. The meal plan includes all meals from Wed. evening through Sunday morning breakfast.

The Optional Day

The meeting described above is scheduled every hour with speakers and topics. This optional day (Wednesday, February 27) is organized a different way. Richard Pitcairn is the moderator for both sessions. It is an option to come to just this Optional Day if you wish though makes sense to also attend the 4-day meeting since you are here.

Morning session (about 9 am to 12 noon): (Topic not yet determined)
We will dialogue together while sitting on the lovely grass outdoors by the pool. 

Afternoon session (about 2 pm to 5 pm): (Topic not yet determined)
Likely we will meet in the meeting room for case discussion but this still not worked out.

If you are coming to this optional day, plan to arrive Tuesday evening for dinner about 6 PM (but this dinner is optional). 

Meeting Content (This is the content presented last year, 2018. When we have our schedule worked out this will be updated)

Jody Bearman, DVM —  graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Bacteriology and from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine with a DVM in 1992. She worked in small town mixed practice then small animal and exotic practice for 13 years. She completed the Pitcairn Institute for Veterinary Homeopathy course in 2016 after working with Dr. Robin Woodley in Hawaii for 2 years and seeing the miracles of homeopathy.

  • 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.

Jan Allegretti, D.Vet.Hom. – holds a Diploma in Veterinary Homeopathy from the British Institute of Homeopathy, and is the author of The Complete Holistic Dog Book: Home Health Care for Our Canine Companions (Ten Speed Press; 2nd edition by Tenacity Press 2017). 

  • 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.

  • Treatment of wildlife: Resolution of “Lumpy Jaw” in a deer (with Doug Yearout, DVM)
    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.

Wendy Jensen, DVMhas been practicing 100 percent homeopathy since 1992. She graduated from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987, before being certified by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (AVH) in 1994. Together with Dr. Richard Pitcairn, Dr. Jensen wrote the New World Veterinary Repertory. She lives in New Hampshire and plays violin whenever she can take time out from her busy house call practice.

  • 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.

Julie Matthews, DVM, CVA, CVHgraduated from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. Opening her own practice in 1996 she saw limitations to the conventional method, was cured of asthma with homeopathic treatment, and began the use and study of this method. Subsequently her son, diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome was also cured with homeopathy which has strengthened her commitment to this method. At this time, her practice offers conventional and alternative therapies with an emphasis on homeopathy. 

  • 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!

Michael Dym, VMD – is a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. After six years “of frustrating, non-curative, palliative and/or suppressive conventional veterinary practice” Dr. Dym came across homeopathy and received training in this method. This has become his focus. He also recognized the importance of the psychological component in human/animal relationship, the emotional component of codependency and has developed insights into working with clients in this way.

  • 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 the understanding of this psychological pattern and its recognition will be investigated.

Carolyn Benson, DVM – graduated with distinction from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, in 1996. She completed the Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy in 1999, followed by the Advanced Course in 2002, and has recently joined the faculty of the Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy. She is a longstanding member of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy and now sits on their Board of Directors. She is currently an associate in small animal practice in Toronto and Port Perry, Ontario, where she emphasizes classical homeopathy and nutrition.

  • 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.

Leslie Brown, DVM – a graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999 began the study of homeopathy six years ago, completing training in the Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy course in 2013. Becoming increasingly interested in homeopathic practice she withdrew from conventional medicine, provided house calls for several years, and then opened Louisville Integrative Veterinary Services in Kentucky two years ago. This practice is now very successful and providing optimal care for her animal patients.

  • 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.

Lori Blankenship, PhD, DVM, CVA – received a PhD in Genetic Toxicology from George Washington University in 1996 and her DVM degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Her practice first emphasizing conventional medicine with acupuncture has evolved into one which utilizes homeopathy and Chinese Food Therapy as primary treatment approaches. 

  • 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.

Rosa Isela Ramirez, MVS, CVH – a graduate of Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México in 1998 practiced with small animals for the first years. She started her own practice in 2003 and, like others described here, saw the limitations of the conventional approach. In 2009 her daughter was born with severe allergy problems and these finally resolved with homeopathic treatment. A recent graduate of the Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy (2016) she now uses homeopathy in her practice 100% of the time.

  • 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.

Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD – has been in homeopathic practice 38 years. His practice in Eugene, Oregon, provided exclusively homeopathic care and nutrition. Now retired from practice and living in Sedona, AZ, he continues to teach and write. Recently, with Wendy Jensen, DVM, a repertory for veterinary use was completed and is available for MacRepertory (computer) use and in book form (English and German) published by Narayana Press of Germany. 

  • 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 paitent 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 avabile 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, Cencrhris 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, for us, on remedies not often used.

Meeting Tuition

Tuition for the 4 day meeting is $695 if by check (made out to ANHC Education Programs and sent to 7149 Lantana Terrace, Carlsbad, CA 92011). (If paid in Canadian or Mexican currency then $556 US).
If by credit card it is $723 and after you register you will be sent an email invoice with the option of paying through PayPal. You need not be a member of PayPal to use this service. (If paid in Canadian or Mexican currency then $578 US).

Tuition for the optional day, Wednesday, is $174 if by check (as above) (Canadian or Mexican currency $139 US). If by credit card $181 (Canadian or Mexican currency $145 US).

Tuition for optional day + 4 day meeting = $869 by check (Canadian or Mexican currency $695 US); or if by credit card $904 (Canadian or Mexican currency $723 US).

If you register and then cannot make the meeting, you can receive a refund less $50. Please do let us know as soon as you can if you have to change your plans as the closer we get to the meeting, the more awkward for us in terms of meal planning.


There is a separate charge for staying at the ranch. They ask us to organize the lodging and collect payment which we then give to the ranch at the time of the meeting. The Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy does not add any charges to this (other than 4% for bank fees & bookkeeping) and the prices reflect what we will be paying the ranch for their service.

The prices listed below includes the lodging & meals provided, and also the tax and gratuity, so you will not have any charges beyond this. 

The choices are:

  • Triple rooms, price is $174/night lodging, meals & day use; $695 for 4 days; $868 for 5 days.
  • Double rooms, price is $192/night lodging, meals & day use; $769 for 4 days; $961 for 5 days.
  • Single rooms*, price is $229/night lodging, meals & day use; $918 for 4 days; $1147 for 5 days (These single rooms are very limited and not always available.)
  • Day use only (including lunch), price is $43/day or $172 for 4 days; $215 for 5 days.
  • Children, ages between 7 and 17, price is $93/night lodging, meals & day use; $372 for 4 days; $465 for 5 days.
  • Children, ages 3 to 6, price is $37/night lodging, meals & day use; $149 for 4 days; $186 for 5 days.
  • Children under age 3, no charge.

*  There is a very limited number of single room options. We assign the few available based on the dates of registration — precedence to the early registrants. If you request a single and it is not available we will get in touch with you and look at the option of doubling with someone and see if you still want to do it.

Note: We veterinarians practicing homeopathy have focused on the goal of alleviation of suffering in our patients and many of us, along the way, have come to the realization that for this goal to be achieved this focus must include all of our brothers and sisters. We cannot be partial in the sense of extending compassion to certain animals while ignoring what is happening to the rest of the animal kingdom. While not all have taken this step, those of us putting on this program have chosen to make the gesture of providing a primarily vegan menu at the ranch. There will be some choice exceptions for those not ready for this, but almost all the dishes will be made without requiring the suffering or death of animals. We have offered this menu the last three years and those attending have found it quite enjoyable.

It is also an option to stay off ranch if you would rather. Closest is Fountain Hills (8-10 miles from the ranch). However, rates in March tend around $129-$159 or higher, so the rates at Saguaro Lake Ranch which include meals may be a better option. I searched in Google for “hotels in fountain hills arizona” and found about 7 hotels listed there. Phoenix is farther, about 45 minutes or so, depending on traffic.


If flying, come to the Sky Harbor Phoenix airport. The ranch is outside of Phoenix proper, about a 30-40 minute drive and one option is to rent a car. However, once at the ranch there is really no need for a car so it may be easiest to use the available taxi services.

George Transportation, (602) 509-6669, charges by number of people, so check with him on rates (last time it was about 80-100 for a group, one way). A limitation will be the amount of luggage you have so I anticipate 2-3 people sharing that ride is a practical limit. By appointment.

Onyx Express (Fountain Hills), Stephanie Czopp, (480) 837-8577. Sedan service (1-3 people, split cost) = $110. Larger vehicle (6 person) = $140. Big van (14 people) = $160. www.onyxexpress.com. By appointment.

If you are driving, the address for the ranch is 13020 Bush Highway, Mesa, AZ 85215. You can check their web site for information and a map.


Registration not active at this point as the meeting has already happened. I will leave this information here for now so that those interested in possibly attending next year can get some sense what it is about.


Contact Kathy Combs at (760) 230-4784