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Holistic veterinarian is Joy Goodwin Lecturer

August 20, 2012

By Tara Lanier, 334-844-3698,

Barbara Fougere, a veterinary integrative medicine practitioner in Sydney, Australia, will be the Joy Goodwin Lecturer at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine on Sept. 4.

Fougere will present the lecture, “How to help your pet live better, longer using natural approaches to health care,” at 4 p.m. in 140 Overton. The public is invited to attend.

Fougere’s research presentation, “Do herbs have a role in modern veterinary practice? Where’s the evidence? Where’s the need?,” will be at noon in 140 Overton.  Auburn University students and faculty are encouraged to attend, along with others interested in integrated medicine

 A 1986 graduate of Murdoch University Veterinary School in Western Australia, Fougere practices in Sydney, exclusively in veterinary integrative medicine.  The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association named her Practitioner of the Year in 2010 and Educator of the Year in 2011.

“Healthy Dogs – A Handbook of Natural Therapies” and “The Pet Lover’s Guide to Natural Healing for Cats and Dogs” are two popular books written by Fougere.  She is the co-author of two veterinary textbooks “Veterinary Herbal Medicine” and “Integrating Complementary Medicine into Veterinary Practice.”

Fougere’s practice in Sydney combines conventional veterinary medicine with natural medicine and therapies to ensure pets receive the best treatment.  A holistic approach is taken giving consideration to the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of the patient, as well as diet and lifestyle.

She has served on the Australian Veterinary Association Policy Council, the Therapeutic Advisory Committee, and the Feline Health Research Fund.  She is a past president of the Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Group and the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association.  Fougere is one of the first veterinarians to be certified in veterinary botanical medicine worldwide. 

In Sept. she becomes president of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.  Fougere is co-founder of the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies, an online educational institution that specializes in evidence-based natural medicine.

Fougere is hosted by Barbara Kemppainen, a professor of toxicology in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Kemppainen’s research program, in collaboration with Dennis Shannon (Department of Agronomy and Soils), investigates the effects of culture conditions on the production of medical compounds by medicinal plants.  Some of the plants studied are oyster mushrooms, Astragalus, turmeric, and American skullcap. 

Studies are being designed in collaboration with Curtis Bird and Russ Cattley to evaluate silymarin’s (extract of Milk Thistle) safety and efficacy for prevention and treatment of canine mammary tumors.

The mission of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine is to prepare individuals for careers of excellence in veterinary medicine. The college provides programs of instruction, research, outreach, and service that are in the best interests of the citizens of the state of Alabama, the region, the nation, and the world.



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