PIVH Annual Meeting

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It’s like coming home to the family you chose.

The Annual Meeting in Veterinary Homeopathy 2022

We are thrilled to invite you “back home to the ranch” for the PIVH Annual Meeting in Veterinary Homeopathy. After a crazy year, we aim to get back on track and host this wonderful event again at our favorite venue, charming Saguaro Lake Ranch, just 45 minutes from the Phoenix airport, but a million miles from city life.

We meet three full days this year, Thursday to Saturday, February 24th to 26th, from 9 am to 5:30 or 6 with a long lunch break for relaxing, swimming, hiking, or studying. In addition, on Wednesday, February 23rd we will again offer the popular Optional Day for discussion and dialogue, most likely outdoors.

Saguaro Lake Ranch offers a complete Western getaway, with lodging, meals, and meeting space, as well as hiking, swimming, horse riding, kayaking, incredible mountain views, and even the opportunity to see wild horses nearby. Sharing meals and evening campfires under the stars bring us closer and has created a real sense of family with homeopathic colleagues. That’s why we have come here for 20 plus years.

The conference will end Saturday at about 6 pm. However, for those staying overnight, there will be a breakfast and a goodbye lunch Sunday. After breakfast, we will offer an informal discussion about homeopathic practice for those interested, or you may just want to take a hike or a swim!

If you are coming just for the 3-day meeting,  aim to arrive by late afternoon Wednesday to make the welcome dinner about 6 p.m. The meal plan includes all meals from Wed. evening through Saturday dinner. If you stay over Saturday night for an extra charge, this will include breakfast.

The Optional Day for Meeting 2022

The formal 3-day meeting described above is scheduled every hour with speakers and topics. This optional day (Wednesday, February 23) is organized in a different way. Richard Pitcairn is the moderator for both sessions. The day is therefore not so structured and focuses on discussions. If weather permits we sit outside on the grass or under that lovely shade trees.

Why not start out relaxing?

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: How has homeopathy changed your life? How has it changed your view of health & disease?

Afternoon Session: What is the possible development of homeopathy in today’s world? How can it relate to the other forms of medicine?

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

Three delicious meals a day with your favorite peeps.

Not all hard work

Meeting Content

Fourteen presentations during 3 days, six by Richard Pitcairn, eight by six other speakers

And wonderful colleagues

The Story of Gus Riding a Roller Coaster
Gus is a 12-year-old lab with chronic disease coming to Dr. Melling carrying a bag of allopathic interventions. This included heart disorder, serious diarrhea, even a terminal diagnosis of osteosarcoma. Rescuing Gus, who was lying at home waiting to die, homeopathy has turned his life around. It is an encouraging example of how even these aged, suppressed, hopeless cases can still be rescued and brought back to the playground for another round. (Lisa Melling, DVM, CVH)

From Donkeys to Toddlers:  It is One Homeopathy!
We will review cases of working with both animals and people in order to discern that Classical Homeopathy that is done to both is the same Homeopathy.  The careful history taking, the symptom listing, the assimilation of appropriate Rubrics with meticulous analysis, and the Materia Medica differential process is the same process in order to arrive at the Prescription.   It can be said that there is no chasm or significant difference between homeopathy for animals and homeopathy for humans.  It is the same methods, the same references, the same analysis, and the same prescribing. 
(Mary Ann Skillman, RN, BSN)

Remedy Picture of Staphysagria in Horses
Staphysagria is a remedy that can open up difficult cases in horses. Horses are trained to obey humans and this often means suppressing their natural instincts and emotions. One case will be a stallion presented with a cancer in his sheath where he was kicked before by a mare. Based on his observed behavior Staphysagria forgave him and brought him back to health. A second case is a gelding who had lost his owner through a divorce. He became withdrawn and irritable. Flies irritated him more than normal and he became very itchy. Staphysagria friended him as well.
(Madalyn Ward, DVM)

Finding a Prescription for an Ailing Planet
Dr. Hahnemann found that there are some health problems that are more universal, affecting everyone in the same way. The major three he found he called miasms and then also found it was the same with epidemics. Might we be dealing with something like this today? Is it a miasmatic condition affecting our world in these troubled times? Dr. Webster will be looking to define important symptoms that are manifesting to create our planet’s diseased state. Through our interconnectedness with Mother Earth, we can find the rubrics and address the miasmatic forces. We can learn more about a homeopathic pathway to cure in our cases in relation to the mental and physical environment we live in.
(Todd Webster, DVM)

How Dorothy Shepherd Improved My Homeopathic Practice and Cases
Using Dorothy Shepherd’s works as inspiration for several acute horse cases.  Her books contained fascinating case stories and how she came up with the remedies used. Equine cases covered are a laceration to the carpus, a foal with an enormously swollen neck, loose eyelids that attract flies and habronemiasis, a young horse flipping over backward during a trailer loading accident, and a human with a rattlesnake bite.
(Corine Selders, DVM, CVA, CVMMP)

Note: Habronemiasis — is a large granulomatous wound that contains worm eggs/larvae.  The wound is created by the flies — the worm eggs are on their mouth parts.  The horse has to be allergic to fly and create irritation, a split in the skin, and then shores it up with granulation tissue. Very common in our area during fly season and I believe in Arizona too. It is often located at the corner/commissure of the mouth, penis/sheath, below the eyes, or in the third eyelid, fetlocks, and ventral midline.  

Raven, a Chiweenie with an Itchy Ear
Raven, a young Chiweenie developed a terrible itchy/red ear. Possibly linked to allergies, a poor start in life, and then vaccinations/spay/tooth surgery. This case includes several visits and the young dog experiences a setback when an allergen is re-introduced.  This is an excellent case for  noting daily improvements and patience — “wait and watch.”
(Corine Selders, DVM, CVA, CVMMP)

A Review of Potency and Dosing
As we progress from science into the art of homeopathy, remedy choices improve.  Kent teaches there is wonderful latitude in dosage and we cannot lay down any fixed rule as to the best potency.  Just as we grow in our ability to see the whole of the patient and recognize simillimum, our offering of remedy potency and dosing is fine-tuned.  As the remedy is more congruent with patient vitality, so also aggravations lessen and the changing symptom picture becomes clearer. In this talk we will look at what happens when a remedy is given to the patient and consider how the dis-ease wesen is transmuted through the dynamic interaction of the remedy with the life force of the patient.
(Linda Dworak, DVM, Ph.D.)

Removing Environmental Obstacles
In our toxic world, where industrial chemicals, heavy metals, and pharmaceutical waste products are ubiquitous, our patients—like the rest of us—face exposure every day. In many cases this exposure is a causative factor in the health issues we’re asked to treat. Even if it is not, it compromises the vitality of the animal and inhibits a robust response to even the best homeopathic prescribing.
In this discussion we’ll explore:
•  the many—often unexpected—ways animals may be exposed to toxicity in routine daily    care;
•  the dietary and lifestyle factors that are most likely to contribute to toxic exposure;
•  alternatives to common home-care practices that will reduce toxicity, improve vitality, and in many cases reduce or eliminate symptoms;
•  why reducing toxic exposure is an important first step in any homeopathic treatment plan.
(Jan Allegretti, D.Vet.Hom)

Homeopathy and Epidemics
Homeopathy has had a remarkable history of positive results in the treatment of epidemics. This is a major reason it spread as widely as it did. We will look at this history with an emphasis on the 1918 Flu Pandemic.
(Richard Pitcairn, DVM, Ph.D.)

Hahnemann’s Understanding of Epidemics
Dr. Hahnemann coming to understand epidemics was an additional discovery after he had established the principle of using similar remedies in treatment. Such a discovery was needed as epidemic diseases did not fit the pattern expected. There was something different about them. We will learn of his conclusions about them, how they should be treated, with an emphasis on cholera.
(Richard Pitcairn, DVM, Ph.D.)

The study of epidemics, frightening as they can be, shows us a puzzling aspect. Even with those diseases that are very contagious and deadly, the majority of the populations are not affected. It is not as simple as that they are not exposed, rather it has to do with the question of susceptibility. Hahnemann says little about this but we will start with him and explore how this might be understood.
(Richard Pitcairn, DVM, Ph.D.)

A Serious Eye Condition
We start with a horse having a difficult eye problem, investigate how the practitioner recognized the remedy that cured the case, and how we might find the remedy ourselves if such a case was presented to us.
(Richard Pitcairn, DVM, Ph.D.)

Remedies For Injuries
We know the common remedies for injuries, such as Arnica and Rhus tox. In this presentation, extending what we learned in the Eye Condition case we investigate some remedies not usually thought of in this way.
(Richard Pitcairn, DVM, Ph.D.)

The Significance of Veterinary Homeopathy
The idea of applying homeopathy to the treatment of animals started early on, with Hahnemann. As experience was gained, it was learned that treating animals was the same process as treating human beings. Even the same books — materia medica and repertories —can be used. What is the significance of this? We will explore this question.
(Richard Pitcairn, DVM, Ph.D.)

Meeting Tuition

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 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.


Saguaro Lake Ranch, location of the Annual Meeting

Charming Old West cabins

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 $203/night lodging, meals & day use; $814 for 4 nights; $1,017 for 5 nights.
  • Single rooms*, price is $318/night lodging, meals & day use; $1,272 for 4 nights; $1,590 for 5 nights.
  • Day use only (including lunch), price is $57/day or $227 for 4 days; $284 for 5 days.
  • Extra dinner, for those coming for the day and wanting to stay into the evening. The price is $44/dinner.  (Note: This extra dinner will apply to those staying for the Saturday meeting, but leaving after that, not staying overnight. Lunch Saturday is covered by your Friday night stay.)

*  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.

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.

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 for the last six years and those attending have found it quite enjoyable.


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 the 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 the 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 website for information and a map.


We don’t have a registration set up for next year. Check back in a few months.

It can only be good

Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD, head wrangler

Other Questions?

Contact Kathy Combs, secretary to the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy who is helping us out. You can reach her  at (760) 230-4784