Conference Speakers

Sara Fox Chapman, MS, DVM, MRCVS, VetMFHom

Dr. Chapman is a 1985 graduate of the Ohio State University, where she concurrently earned a MS in Animal Science / Immunology and a DVM. She practiced conventionally for ten years before moving to the UK where she studied homeopathy. In May 2002 she graduated from the three year course of the Homeopathic Professionals Teaching Group in Oxford. She qualified in the exams to become a Veterinary Member of the Faculty of Homeopathy in 2002. During 2007-08 she studied acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and passed the certification exam. Her 100 % holistic / homeopathic practice in Upper Marlboro, Maryland is located within a conventional practice, where she has had a symbiotic relationship with the conventional practice owner since 2002.


Kim Elia

Kim Elia was inspired to study homeopathy when he read Gandhi’s quote about homeopathy, “Homeopathy cures a greater percentage of cases than any other method of treatment. Homeopathy is the latest and refined method of treating patients economically and non-violently.” He has been studying homeopathy since 1987 and graduated from the New England School of Homeopathy. Kim was in clinical practice with Dr. Paul Herscu, author of The Homeopathic Treatment of Children, Pediatric Constitutional Types.

He is the former Director of Nutrition at Heartwood Institute, California, and has certified many nutritionists across the state of California. During that same time, he was the Director of Fasting at Heartwood, and worked with fasting therapeutics with many hundreds of people. He was the principal instructor and developer of the four year classical homeopathy program at the Hahnemann Academy in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. He is currently developing new homeopathy projects.


Don Hamilton, DVM

Dr. Hamilton graduated from the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979. He practiced conventional veterinary medicine and surgery from 1979 to 1993 and operated his own veterinary hospital from 1985 to 1993. He began incorporating holistic methods into practice in 1986, and in 1993 he left conventional practice to focus on homeopathy. Dr. Hamilton has been studying and practicing veterinary homeopathy for three decades, and he operates a 100 percent homeopathy practice. Dr. Hamilton wrote the first comprehensive book on homeopathic animal care, Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs: Small Doses for Small Animals. He lectures worldwide on veterinary homeopathy.

Dr. Hamilton has concerns about our interactions with companion animals and is interested in how these interactions affect animals, as well is in what these interactions suggest about modern culture and our own needs as humans. Dr. Hamilton is also a committed ecologist. He believes that all animals and plants have an inherent right to exist that is independent of their usefulness to humans.


Wendy Jensen, DVM, CVH

Dr. Jensen has been practicing 100 percent homeopathy since 1992. She graduated from the York State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987, before being certified by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (AVH) in 1994. Dr. Jensen served as Executive Editor for the AVH’s Journal (JAVH) for 12 years. She lectures extensively and has taught and served as a mentor for the Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy’s Professional Course. Her writing has appeared in JAVH and JAHVMA, as well as in other journals.

Together with Dr. Richard Pitcairn, Dr. Jensen wrote the New World Veterinary Repertory. Her own book, The Practical Handbook of Veterinary Homeopathy: Healing Our Companion Animals from the Inside Out is recommended reading for the Professional Course. She lives in New Hampshire and plays violin whenever she can take time out from her busy house call practice.


Richard Pitcairn, DVM, CVH, PhD

Dr. Pitcairn has been active in the veterinary field since graduating from UC Davis in 1965. His experience has spanned large animal medicine, small animal medicine, exotic animal medicine, research in immunology, and a faculty position at Washington State Veterinary School. As experience was gained, the focus in practice became nutrition and the use of homeopathy as primary modalities. In 1985, a practice was established in Eugene, Oregon that used only these two treatment methods for a wide range of physical and emotional problems.

The success in this approach was recognized leading to the establishment of a year-long training program for veterinarians wishing to learn this work. To date, 500 veterinarians have gone through this training. In 1995, Dr. Pitcairn co-founded The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy, the first professional organization of practicing veterinary homeopaths in the United States. In 2013 Dr. Pitcairn, in association with Wendy Jensen DVM, developed a repertory, the major reference work in homeopathic practice, and the first of its kind focusing specifically on veterinary practice.

Now retired from active practice, Dr. Pitcairn consults with homeopathic veterinarians and continues to be active in teaching and writing in the area of nutrition, homeopathic medicine and the ethical treatment of animals.


Jennifer Ramelmeier, DVM, CVH

Dr. Ramelmeier graduated from The Ohio State University in 1986. She attended the ANHC professional course in Veterinary Homeopathy from 2000-2001.   She became a Certified Veterinary Homeopath and a Certified Reiki Ushi in Master in 2008.


Madalyn Ward, DVM, CVH

Dr. Ward graduated from Texas A&M University in 1980. She worked in an equine practice until 1985, and then started her own practice at Bear Creek Veterinary Clinic. Madalyn is trained in veterinary homeopathy, acupuncture, Bowen therapy, network chiropractic, and equine osteopathy. Memberships include the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy, and American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. She has authored three books: Holistic Horsekeeping, Horse Harmony – Understanding Horse Types and Temperaments, and Horse Harmony – Five Element Feeding Guide.