When did your interest in Veterinary Medicine begin?
At age 17, after my older brother (an engineer) convinced me of the advantages of being a veterinarian.
There is a cultural twist to the answer. In Pakistan (my birth place), as in many other developing countries, Vet Med is not the first choice for students or parents to send their kids. During late 1960's in Pakistan, Vet Med was probably the third or fourth choice after human medicine, engineering and business. It is changing, and Vet Med is gaining some ‘respect’ in societies of developing countries. During my MS in Animal Reproduction in Pakistan, Dr. Manzoor Ahmed (a US/Sweden-trained teacher) inspired me to become Theriogenologist.
What led you to Holistic Medicine?
A long story --- I was chair of the WSU-Vet College Curriculum Committee. Our vet alumni survey came back showing ~70% of the survey respondent vets mentioned their poor education in Holistic/CAVM. The practitioners wished to see the subjects taught in vet college. Our college administration at that time wanted to ignore it, but I took upon myself. With the help of a private company, we were able to invite Drs. Xie, Beebe, etc., and they gave a day-long course in CAVM. I became curious, and at Xie’s advise took acupuncture (ACP) training and became certified. Since last 4 years, I have been trying to incorporate CAVM in our curriculum with limited success.
Did you have any mentors as you became involved in Holistic Medicine?
Drs. Xie and Beebe would qualify to be mentors in ACP/TCVM.
What modalities do you practice, and where did you get your training?
ACP at WSU-Vet Teaching Hosp. Chi Institute.
What is the structure of your practice (eg. Solo, group, Integrative, solely Holistic)? How many support staff do you have?
A typical Vet Teaching Hospital (VTH) with numerous specialties.
What is your physical practice environment?
I work in a typical VTH.
What is a normal workday like for you?
What are your favorite tools (eg. Supplies, products, computers, etc)?
I can’t live without my computer anymore!
What provides you with inspiration in your practice life?
Curiosity, the unknowns, and above all, working with people – students, clients, etc. and making a difference.
What are your favorite conferences?
I am in transition --- from Theriogenology conferences to Holistic, etc. I am also involved in Fulbright Program, and as an Ambassador of the organization, I attend quite a few meetings related to the program.
Are there any other things you do to be inspired professionally?
How can I change the world!
Do you have any other professional activities?
Global Vet Med.
How do you maintain balance between your professional activities and home life?
With age, I am becoming aware of the real important things in my life. Family has become a central part of my activities. I also have come to accept – ‘you win some and you lose some’!
What do you like to do away from the office?
Travel, physical exercise and involvement in various civic activities.
What is the future of holistic veterinary medicine?
Excellent! The public is realizing that Western medicine doesn’t have all the answers for their/their pets health. That Holistic medicine has a role to play in keeping humans and animals healthy.
Do you have any advice to those just starting out?
Don’t get discouraged. As soon as you see some successful outcomes of your diagnosis/treatment, you would become believer and stay with it.
Are there any new developments in Medicine that excite you?
New emphasis on disease prevention. Global Health.