Holistic veterinarian to be Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine’s Goodwin Lecturer

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – 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.

In a public lecture, she will talk about “How to help your pet live better, longer using natural approaches to health care,” at 4 p.m. in 140 Overton Educational Wing, 1800 Wire Road on the veterinary campus.

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 Educational Wing for Auburn University students and faculty and others interested in integrated medicine.

Fougere is one of the first veterinarians to be certified in veterinary botanical medicine worldwide. Her 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.

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.

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

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.

In September, 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 of the 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 of the College of Veterinary Medicine, to evaluate the efficacy and safety of silymarin, extract of Milk Thistle, for prevention and treatment of canine mammary tumors.

(Contributed by Tara Lanier.)

Contact: Tara Lanier, College of Veterinary Medicine, (334) 844-3698 (tal0002@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing (334) 844-9979 (clardch@auburn.edu)