PIVH Annual Meeting

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Annual Meeting 2015. Great group, great fun!

The Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy Annual Meeting in Veterinary Homeopathy is scheduled for March 1-4, 2018 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, March 1 (information to follow).

We start on Thursday, March 1, 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 28) is organized a different way. Richard Pitcairn is the moderator for both sessions. It is an option to come to just this meeting if you wish though makes sense to attend both.

Morning session (about 9 am to 12 noon): Putting on Hahnemann’s Glasses. Hahnemann presents to us a very different view of what is disease and how to deal with it. There is no way to master the homeopathic method without fully understanding what he has showed us. We will look at this, dialoguing together while sitting on the lovely grass outdoors by the pool. 

Afternoon session (about 2 pm to 5 pm): Casework: Where the Rubber Meets the Road. In the meeting room will be the opportunity for participants to bring up the issues they frequently get stuck on — like how to translate a symptom to rubric, finding one’s way through the repertory, what to do when there are few symptoms. We will have the video capabilities (projection of computer) to share views of repertory work as we go through the questions.

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

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.

Tanya Holonko, DVMhas been a veterinarian for 20 years, and has a house call practice serving Olympia, Washington and surrounding areas. With a focus on Earth-friendly medicine, she incorporates holistic health care into her treatment plans for her patients, including spinal manipulation, homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutritional therapies, Reiki and shamanic healing.

  • The Case of the Koporos Chickens. The story of Bumbles and his companions, starved and dehydrated 6 -week old chicks, rescued from the torture of a traditional religious ceremony in NYC, to draw evil spirits from their human companions. Through the healing powers of homeopathy, severe life-threatening diseases in this friendly flock are effectively treated, and likely cured.  (They suffer from illnesses such as bumblefoot, hind leg paralysis, congenital heart and chronic lung disease, sudden collapse.)

Carolyn Benson, DVM is a long standing member of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy, and has given lectures on and recently written an article about homeopathy locally. She is currently an associate in a small animal practice in Toronto, Ontario, where she applies a holistic approach to each of her patients, with an emphasis on classical homeopathy and nutritional counseling.

  • 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.

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. 

  • Topics in Development

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). Canadians are asked to pay $556. 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.) Canadians are asked to pay $578.

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

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

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 two 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.


You can register for this meeting by using our registration form (not active now because meeting is over, will be activated again towards end of this year, when next meeting scheduled)


Contact Kathy Combs at (760) 230-4784