Supporters of the AHVM Foundation
Who Supports the AHVMF?
With our sudden and rapid growth, the AHVM Foundation is receiving questions about who we are, what we do and how we are funded. This is a donor supported, 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization whose purpose is to expand research evidence for the field of complementary and alternative and integrative veterinary medicine. Such evidence is needed so that these tools can be better incorporated into veterinary practice and education programs. The Foundation also supports student scholarships and mentoring programs. Animal lovers in all aspects of society support our work. Our goal is to unite the millions of people who use and know about integrative veterinary medicine, so that we can positively affect the health of people and animals on a worldwide basis.
I caught up with one of our donors, Dr. Barrie Sands. Here's what she had to say...
Tell us a bit about your professional history Dr Sands.
"I graduated from Ross University, and completed a small animal internship in medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in NY. After that I worked in private practice for 2 years and then came to work at a large, multispecialty animal hospital and referral center in San Diego, California. I have been working on the Emergency Room Service for 16 years and started doing Acupuncture and nutrition, nutraceuticals, and herbs for about the last 7-8 years."
Why did you learn about natural medicine and integrate it into your practice?
"Conventional and western medicine shines in the ER, but for chronic disease it doesn't promote the road to health. I was drawn to this type of medicine to make a deeper difference in the health of my patients.
Dr Sands, why do you like the Foundation?
"I am excited about this because this is an opportunity to not only have holistic modalities taught in conventional universities, but it allows the research to be instituted to show where these modalities can benefit patient care. It gives the enthusiastic veterinarian (new or established ), a chance to truly understand how a biological system gets sick and teaches the tools to initiate the healing process and not just learn how to maintain a state of disease- (until the system terminally fails).
I have always believed the body to be an amazingly engineered design that attempts to reach optimum function, without over-expenditure and is programmed to adapt and repair in order to try to keep itself running. My 'job,' is to help it in any way I can to achieve what it is already meant to do. The Foundation helps me to do that better."
What are your plans? How do you personally want to spread the word?
"I thought I would design some fliers and start to give/send them out to make people aware of the unique opportunity they have to create a difference in our health care system. If people see that this is being done for the sake of their pets, they may start to want to demand the same for themselves and perhaps that will help to improve the overall health care system for people and animals globally."
Thanks so much, Dr Barrie. Across the nation animals lovers or all sorts are joining in the One In A Million campaign. Please join us by contributing and spreading the word about what we are doing here. Already joined? That's awesome, will you tell us your reason for joining? Write us and perhaps we will feature your story here!
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