PIVH Annual Meeting

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Annual Meeting 2015. Great group, great fun!


We have an exciting event for our next Annual Meeting in Veterinary Homeopathy. The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy and the Pitcairn Institute are putting on a joint conference at Saguaro Lake Ranch in Mesa, Arizona. We cordially invite you to mark your calendars and save the dates for this wonderful opportunity to get together as a larger group with our lovely colleagues.
The main conference dates are February 27th to 29th, 2020 (Thursday through Saturday), to be held in Saguaro Lake Ranch’s brand new larger conference facility. We will continue to provide the popular Optional Day for discussion and dialogue on Wednesday February 26th before the main conference. In addition, we would advise attendees to leave open the possibility we may still provide optional Sunday March 1st morning events to be followed by a goodbye luncheon.
Saguaro Lake Ranch is an all-inclusive venue, providing lodging, small cabins, and a main building where we share meals together. This enhances comradery and connecting with your colleagues, as well as offering incredible mountain views, accessible hiking trails yet still the comfort of a grassy area, shade trees, swimming pool, and is abounding with wildlife including wild horses that live in the National Park.

Saguaro Lake Ranch, location of the Annual Meeting

Saguaro Lake Ranch

The PIVH has used this location for our meetings for 15 years and what has kept us coming back is the unique experience of sharing meals and time together, with the accessibility of nature on our doorstep. The meeting schedule will be 9am to 5:30-6pm each day, with 2 to 3 hours around the mid-day lunch time so people can hike, swim or relax. Presentations will include a variety of speakers and topics, including some from Richard Pitcairn. CE credit per usual will be applied for through the AHVMA affiliation. We also try to obtain CE from states not in the AHVMA listing for anyone attending..

View of the country at Saguaro Lake

View from Saguaro Lake Ranch

Meeting Schedule

The “official” meeting is February 27th through 29th, from Thursday through Saturday, three full days. There is also an optional day on Wednesday, February 26 (information to follow).

We start on Thursday, February 27, at 8:30 AM after a hearty breakfast at the main house. The morning sessions for the following days start 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 about  6:00 PM. Dinner and free time after this.

The conference will end Saturday about 6 pm or so, however for those staying over we are planning an informal discussion about homeopathic practice for those interested between breakfast and the goodbye lunch. This is entirely optional and you also can just go for a hike or swimming that morning!

If you are coming for the 3-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 Saturday dinner. If you stay over Saturday night, then there will be breakfast included the next day.

The Optional Day for Meeting 2020

The formal 3-day meeting described above is scheduled every hour with speakers and topics. This optional day (Wednesday, February 26) is organized a different way. Richard Pitcairn is the moderator for both sessions. The day is therefore not so structured and focusses on discussions. If weather permits we sit outside on the grass or under that lovely shade trees.

It is an option to come to just this Optional Day if you wish though it makes sense to also attend the 3-day meeting since you are here.

Morning Session: Embracing the Reformation of Homeopathy. How has it changed our view of health & disease?

Afternoon Session: What is the Place of Homeopathy in Today’s World? How can it relate to the field of medicine?

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

   Wendy Jensen, DVM, CVH — has 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. Dr. Jensen served as Executive Editor for the AVH’s Journal (JAVH) for 12 years. She lectures extensively and has taught and served as a mentor for the Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy’s Professional Course. Her writing has appeared in JAVH and JAHVMA, as well as in other journals.
Together with Dr. Richard Pitcairn, Dr. Jensen wrote the New World Veterinary Repertory. Her own book, The Practical Handbook of Veterinary Homeopathy: Healing Our Companion Animals from the Inside Out is required reading for the Professional Course.
She lives in New Hampshire and plays violin whenever she can take time out from her busy house call practice.

  • Pain-Free In Spite of an Ununited Anconeal Process
    Simon, a young dog, suffered disagreement with his anconeal process who would not unite with him until homeopathy stepped in achieved complete remission of symptoms, with no further lameness, since November 2018. This case taught me to put blinkers on, ignore conventional wisdom, and just work with the information presented by the patient. We will discuss traditional treatment as contrasted with homeopathy, success rates, and side effects of this developmental abnormality.

   Laura Weis, DVM —Laura Weis graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Biology, and from the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 at the top of her class. She worked in small animal private practice in Pennsylvania for 14 years, purchasing a tiny practice 2 years after graduation with her husband, also a veterinarian. While loving patient care and staying at the forefront of medicine and surgery, Dr. Weis grew frustrated with the tools and options of allopathic medicine. She channeled her frustration into studying practice management and leadership strategies, growing the veterinary hospital and a large pet care facility. Her husband developed debilitating health issues in 2006 following repeated exposure to pesticides used as accelerators in surgical gloves, and conventional medical options were poor.
Searching for answers, Dr. Weis began an intensive study of nutrition, which then led to exploring holistic medicine and homeopathy. After completing the Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy Professional Course in 2016, she now loves clinical practice again, using homeopathy and nutrition to help her patients. Dr. Weis has written several articles about holistic pet care and lectures frequently to clients, pre-vet and veterinary students about nutrition and homeopathy. She has been a member of the AVH Board since 2018. Dr. Weis shares her home in Pennsylvania with her husband (who is greatly improved and a passionate advocate for homeopathy), three teen sons, and a number of dogs, cats, goats, and chickens.

  • A Woman’s Place is in the Revolution: The Role of Women in American Homeopathy
    The narrative of the turbulent history of homeopathy often centers on the biographies of great men, such as Samuel Hahnemann, James Tyler Kent, Constantine Hering, and George Jahr. Yet, in the late 1800’s homeopathic medicine was unique in the number of women entering its fold. Why did women risk the possibility of further sidelining by becoming part of an “irregular” medical system? Understanding the role of women choosing homeopathy, as a field of practice and as a modality of care, helps to elucidate an understanding of feminism, the role of patients in medicine, and the evolution of homeopathy in America.

   Rosa Isela Ramírez, MVZ, CVH —  I graduated with honors as a veterinarian in 1998, at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México. I practiced in small animals at a hospital in my hometown for 4 years. In 2003 I started my own practice which became very successful, however I started to feel discontented with the outcome of conventional medicine.
In 2009 my daughter was born with several allergic problems. The huge number of doctors treating her soon got frustrated with her case and left us on our own. In 2010, I started doing my own research in an attempt to help her. After several holistic doctors, I found a good human homeopath who changed my kid´s life in good time. In 2014, I returned to work and started practicing a little with holistic medicine and treating my dogs and some patients as well.
In 2015, I enrolled at Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy and opened my eyes to a new way of practicing veterinary medicine. Now I treat my patient 100% with homeopathic medicine.

  • Promoting Your Homeopathic Practice In The Modern Era
    Speaking from personal success in using social media to promote homeopathy practice, Dr. Ramirez shares what she has learned and how to do it.  It is important to understand how to advertise in order to avoid banning of your posts, learning some rules, for example, why it is better to open a fan page instead of a personal one. How to spend money wisely, common questions and answers, crisis management, apps and tools to help you when you are not available, etc. Why not make your homeopathic practice a very popular thing?

   MaryAnn Skillman, RN, BSN — has had a long career as a scientist, clinician and researcher. She started her applied science career in the 1970’s with EPA research examining the acoustic effects of noise pollution and mitigation options. She continued her career with clinical training as a medic and nurse corps officer in the military services, completing a BSN at American University, then worked on and publishing multiple studies in the fields of anesthesia and neurobiology.
She worked in Neurointerventional radiology at Georgetown University medical center for a decade, followed by extensive training in Europe in Structural Integration, anatomy, and various interventions and modalities used in Osteopathy and manipulative therapies.
She also has experience with classical modern dance, which informs her ability to work dynamically in various formats with humans and animals, with a deep understanding of movement. This has informed her work as a clinician, scientist and budding homeopath.
Ms. Skillman developed her strong interest in homeopathy after the tragic death of a rescued donkey on her organic farm. She came to the realization that traditional Veterinary medicine was not offering the depth of treatment to really provide curative care. This led her to the study of homeopathy and to her training at the Pitcairn Institute. She has completed the Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy course and is practicing on her organic farm in South Central Kentucky.

  • The Story of an Unusual Similimum
    Finding Jenny, the donkey, completely collapsed and near death with acute founder, an amazing process of searching materia medica and recognizing a keynote symptom snatched her from the hands of the Grim Reaper. In a very classical manner the case was worked, watched, and interpreted until the similimum brought her from the edge of death to the condition of walking normally and without pain in two days.

  Ila Tewari, DVM — Dr. Tewari is a veterinary graduate from India. She completed her clinical rotations from Oklahoma State University in 2006 as part of the licensing process in United States. She began her career in small animal veterinary medicine in 2007. Prior to that, she worked as a volunteer veterinarian in Humane Society and other small animal clinics in Indianapolis area. She spent a year in Hawaii and got an opportunity to work with Dr. Ihor Basko, a renowned holistic vet. It was an eye-opening experience for her that holistic medicine works! Dr. Tewari grew up in India where homeopathy is widely practiced but commonly perceived to be a slow-acting medicine. She became really interested in homeopathy when her husband started reading books and treating their children with homeopathic remedies for common childhood illness to avoid antibiotics. The remedies worked swiftly every time, and this firsthand experience helped to clear up the misconception that remedies are not fast-acting. That’s when Dr. Tewari decided to explore this field further and pursued the PIVH Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy, which she graduated from in 2018. She currently lives in Sacramento, CA and is in process of transitioning to a 100% homeopathic practice.

  • Pepper, The Coughing Dog: A Case Of Acute Vaccinosis?
    Pepper, a young dog adopted from a shelter, developed a terrible cough and respiratory symptoms. Possibly linked to neutering surgery coupled with multiple vaccinations, nonetheless homeopathy resuscitated his health and made his adoption a reality. This case is an excellent example of working with a common acute presentation and the process of working it step by step.

   Sue Mowatt, DVM, MBA — Dr. Sue received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from University of Phoenix in 1995, a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Golden Gate University in 2000 and graduated from Western University of Health Sciences with her DVM in 2015.
A veterinary career is a second career for Dr. Sue who spent more than twenty years in business working in various capacities in fields of technology and education.  When an injured owl flew into her garage, it kicked off a chain of events that began with becoming a wildlife rehabber, learning how to use homeopathy for acute wildlife care, expanding her knowledge through homeopathic training and seminars, and culminating in her returning to school to acquire veterinary prerequisites and gain her DVM.  It was a long journey, and Dr. Sue is grateful to be part of the homeopathic veterinary healing community and follow in the footsteps of the pioneers who have created the trail.
Thirsting for more knowledge and understanding of using homeopathy in chronic cases, she continued her homeopathic education and graduated from Dr. Pitcairn’s Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy in 2018.  Her veterinary career has included being a shelter veterinarian at a non-profit feline rescue and providing hospice and in-home euthanasia services.

  • Wild Homeopathy At Work. Chirp!
    Though we don’t always realize this, homeopathy can be used for all animals, including wildlife. We will peruse a number of cases of sick or injured birds for guidance as to how to do this. One is a Goldfinch that hit a window, very hard, and surprisingly developed an unusual pattern in response. The next case was an entire flock of pine siskinsm that began falling out of a tree. Once treatment was identified, the challenge was how to deliver it to the rest of the flock showing signs of illness sitting in the tree. Then Bob, the feral peacock, with a non-weight bearing foot, came to the door and begged for help. Lastly, 2 Goldfinches from different parts of town hit windows during their flight. Though they both experienced the same type of injury, they needed different remedies to rejoin their beloved flocks in the open sky.

    Tara Timpson DVM, CVSMT, CVH – Dr. Tara Timpson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Utah State University in 1999 and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Following graduation Dr. Timpson practiced in a large mixed animal practice in Southern Oregon for several years and then moved back home to Utah to take a position as a staff veterinarian at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah where she continues to practice. Best Friends is the largest no-kill animal sanctuary in the United States; home to rescued dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, horses, pigs, sheep, goats and a wildlife rehab center. Working in a large shelter setting dramatically illustrated the limitations of conventional medicine, motivating Dr. Timpson to begin seeking out other treatment options. In 2011 she became certified in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (Chiropractic) at The Healing Oasis Wellness Center in Sturtevant Wisconsin. It was through mentors and friends she met in chiropractic training that she was introduced to homeopathy and encouraged to look into Dr. Pitcairn’s professional course. She graduated from the Professional Course in 2012 and completed AVH certification in 2013.  Dr. Timpson has been consistently incorporating more and more homeopathy in her treatment of sick and injured rescue animals at Best Friends and is devoted to the continued practice and study of homeopathy. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, playing bluegrass music with her husband Josh, ultra-running, biking, hiking, and playing with her horses.

  • Homeopathic Treatment of Post Anesthesia Complications in Pigs
    Case review of a pot bellied pig and a farm pig both treated with homeopathy for post anesthesia complications. The first case was an older pot bellied pig who suffered from extreme neglect. He was anesthetized for hoof and tusk trimming and dental prophylaxis and suffered severe complications on recovery. He was treated for these complications with homeopathy and went on to make a full recuperation. The second case is a farm pig cross who was anesthetized for a routine ovariohysterectomy and suffered complications on recovery. She was treated with homeopathy and made a full return to health.

   Linda Dworak DVM, PhD  – Dr. Linda Dworak is a 1986 graduate of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and completed an internship in small animal medicine/surgery at the University of Minnesota.  She received her doctorate in 1994 from the University of Illinois where she studied intracellular mechanisms of viral immunopathogenesis in the Department of Pathobiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine.
   During these studies she also served as a teaching associate in the veterinary school and clinician in the Veterinary Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic. From this exposure began her interest in holistic health and the environment. She continued her research in infectious diseases and immunology as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease in Hamilton, Montana.  In 1997, she entered private practice as a relief veterinarian for clinics in Montana and Idaho and as a visiting scientist at Corixa Laboratory for melanoma vaccine therapy.  She also became very involved in environmental health, land use planning and transportation.  This led to a 15-year foray into Environmental Science for the Montana Department of Transportation due to road impacts on wildlife and the natural environment.
   Her additional training includes: Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy and Applied Kinesiology [Healing Oasis Wellness Center, Sturtevant, Wisconsin, 2003-2004]; Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Acupuncture and Food Therapy [Chi  Institute, Gainseville, Florida, 2006, 2014]; Craniosacral Therapy and Teaching Assistant [Upledger Institute, 2006 – current]; and Veterinary Homeopathy [Animal Natural Health Center, Sedona, Arizona, 2012-2013]. She currently offers Complementary & Alternative Veterinary Medicine in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana using homeopathy, hands-on-therapy, and nutrition.

  • My Path Through Homeopathy – Challenges, Yet Great Lessons
    The transition into homeopathy has included challenging, rewarding, and sometimes painful lessons. I will share what I have learned in regard to co-managing cases with my allopathic veterinary medical colleagues, client communication and miscommunication, benefits of manual repertorizing, finding the personality of the remedy, unexpected findings within remedies through Materia Medica, and how ANHC annual meetings have benefited the work. The path into another paradigm of health care has been amazing but not easy and is a road best travelled with friends.

   Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD — Graduating in 1965 from UC Davis, Dr. Pitcairn first practiced with a variety of animals — livestock, farm animals, circus animals, and pets. After two years, he took a position on the faculty at Washington State University. After teaching and operating the Large Animal Clinic for a year, he entered graduate school in the department of microbiology. Seven years later, graduating with a PhD in immunology & biochemistry, he again joined the faculty to teach and do research during which time an interest in nutrition developed and led him to re-enter practice to put nutritional therapy to a practical test.
In 1978, a beginning interest in homeopathy resulted in a dramatic recovery from influenza. Bed-ridden on Thanksgiving Day, and suffering from a headache, unable to eat, nauseated, and weak, Dr. Pitcairn, as best he could, perused the homeopathic book he had brought with him, reading the remedies for influenza. Recognizing Gelsemium as the appropriate remedy and having a small kit with him, with trembling hand he took a few pellets. Within 15 minutes, with a complete restoration of health, he was at the table with the rest of the family enjoying the holiday.
In 1985, a clinic was established in Eugene, Oregon which, for over 20 years, offered only nutritional therapy and homeopathic medicine. With time, he began teaching others in this method, establishing a year long post-graduate training program for veterinarians which is still ongoing and has graduated 500 veterinarians trained in homeopathic practice.
In 1995 he was one of the founders of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy, the first veterinary homeopathy professional organization in the United States. In 1982, Dr. Pitcairn, with his wife Susan, published a book on natural animal care that is still in print, as the fourth edition, having sold over 500,000 copies. Now retired from practice, Dr. Pitcairn focusses on writing, teaching and research in homeopathy.

  • Simplicity in Medicine — Hahnemann’s Reformation
    A close look at the principle discoveries of Hahnemann and how, if accepted as true guiding principles, they will radically the understanding and practice of medicine.
  • Understanding Potency
    An exploration of the question of what the non-physical force that we refer to as potency is. We look at its nature as related to the different sources and how it impacts the patient.
  • Prescribing For the Allopathic Case
    Drawing on Kent’s advice in his article “The Undeveloped Case” which suggests remedies for the allopathically suppressed case, we will harvest his precious experience.
  • Dog with Chronic Sciatica
    A simple case published in 1895 is an example of a case with very little information, primarily pathology. This is not an unusual situation. We will focus on how to search and find the remedy that this practitioner successfully used.
  • The Challenge of Patient Watching
    Some cases that have nothing but pathology presented to us can be solved if the disease condition is left without outside influences and allowed to develop our needed guidance. We look at a case of Kent’s in which this is well-demonstrated in a young girl.
  • The Trend of Thought Necessary to Successfully Use the Materia Medica
    In the article by Kent “The Trend of Thought Necessary to the Application of the Homeopathic Materia Medica, or a Rational Use of Curative Agents,” Kent gives his unique understanding of how the human being relates to the Three Kingdoms of Nature.

Meeting Tuition

[This is the tuition for the 2020 meeting which is now available for registration. We charge a little more if paid by credit card to cover the bank expense of using that method.]

Tuition for the 3 day meeting is $595 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 $495 US).
If by credit card it is $613 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 $513 US).

Tuition for the optional day, Wednesday, is $195 if by check (as above) (Canadian or Mexican currency $162 US). If by credit card $195 (Canadian or Mexican currency $168 US).

Tuition for optional day + 3 day meeting = $795 by check (Canadian or Mexican currency $662 US); or if by credit card $819 (Canadian or Mexican currency $688 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 include the lodging & meals provided, including the tax

The choices are:

  • Triple rooms, price is $178/night lodging, meals & day use; $712 for 4 nights; $890 for 5 nights.
  • Triple, with bunk beds, price is $169/night lodging, meals & day use; $677 for 4 nights; $846 for 5 nights.
  • Double rooms, price is $197/night lodging, meals & day use; $788 for 4 nights; $986 for 5 nights.
  • Single rooms*, price is $235/night lodging, meals & day use; $941 for 4 nights; $1176 for 5 nights (At this time all single rooms taken. On the registration form, you can indicate you want one and if there is a cancelation you will be notified.)
  • RV parking, includes meals and day use. There is one RV hookup, rest would be free-standing. Price is $127/night; $509 for 4 nights; $636 for 5 nights. (All RV sites are taken at this time. Make note on registration form if you would like one in case of a cancelation.)
  • Day use only (including lunch), price is $50/day or $202 for 4 days; $252 for 5 days.
  • Extra dinner, for those coming for the day and wanting to stay into the evening. Price is $44/dinner.

*  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 five years and those attending have found it quite enjoyable.

It is also an option to stay off ranch which will be the remaining choice once the ranch lodging is filled (about 40 capacity). Closest is Fountain Hills (8-10 miles from the ranch) and also Mesa has a number of motels about the same distance. This is the first time we will have a combined Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy and Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy combined meeting so very possible the number of attendess will be larger than before. We will try to help organize for those staying off site. It might be a good plan to organize groups and stay together at an AirBnB sharing one vehicle for transportation.


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.

Of late, some people have taken Uber or Link. We do not know of cost of this choice as relatively new, but likely to be more reasonable than a taxi.

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.


We are not taking registrations now. After the next meeting is planned, usually about 3 months before, then we put an active registration link here..


Contact Kathy Combs, secretary to Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy,  at (760) 230-4784