I am a certified animal naturopath/homeopath and currently teach and practice in the holistic animal health field, specializing primarily in equine health and welfare, although all animals figure in.
My first love is Goethean Science and using (or more correctly stated, becoming with) its techniques as an approach to study and write about the relationship between human and domestic animals, particularly those we tend to look upon as companion animals, not excluding horses. Even though my specifically chosen field of study and work is Human/Animal Studies (HAS), that field itself involves knowledge of several disciplines including behavioral ecology, ethology, and psychology. However, when these sciences are approached conventionally, all of these approaches are reductive and the entities themselves (the animal, the human) are seen as the conductors of their world in an interactive yet atomistic way. The human and animal are typically viewed as self-contained entities that influence each other both spatially and temporally. This kind of relationship is referred to as substantive, as opposed to an ontological relationality. We often say…”I have a relationship with my (fill in the blank)”. What we are not seeing is that we are each a creative function of our relationships at any given time. In practical terms, what this heavily impacts for animals is the transient nature of their existence in our human world. We fail to recognize that we all are products of all the relationships between ourselves and our environment, including between the human and animal in that environment. Even though it may not be obvious at first, these concepts also impact the health of the animal, so everything I do is integrative within a science of holism. Therefore, what my mission has become is to introduce these concepts to the human/animal relationship as well as to the approach within natural health.
Please also see this post: Incorporating Goethean Science into Equine Ecology
CV – Dr. Sarah L. Reagan, CVN, CEqN, HD(RHom)
MSc Human/Animal Studies (candidate) – 2012-current; expected graduation 2014-2015; Bircham International University – Madrid, Spain (distance learning)
Certification in Animal Naturopathy/Nutrition w/Equine Specialty – 2012; American Council of Animal Naturopathy – Rio Rancho, NM USA
Doctorate in Natural/Naturopathic Animal Science – 2009-2012; Kingdom College of Natural Health – Guam, USA (distance learning); Academic Excellence Award; 4.0 GPA; 103 credit hours earned
Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Homeopathy – 2009; British Institute of Homeopathy – USA (distance learning); completed both Basic & Advanced courses; GPA n/a; 220 hours
Studies in Sequential Treatment & Heilkunst – 2008-2012; Hahnemann College for Heilkunst – Ottawa, Canada (distance learning); completed 14 out of 24 modules of the Practitioner’s Diploma; credit hours n/a (this school does not go by credit hours)
Certificate Unit of Achievement-Horse Behaviour – 2005-2007; Horses and Courses – UK (distance learning); with Distinction; GPA n/a; 6.0 BTEC Value
Associate’s Degree in Accounting – 1992-1994; South College (formerly Knoxville Business College) – Knoxville, TN USA; 4.0 GPA; 75 credit hours earned
*Informal education consists of ongoing studies in Goethean science; extensive research and studies in the works of respected equine ethologists (e.g. Francesco De Giorgio, Andy Beck, Marthe Kiley-Worthington, Francis Burton, etc.); as well as sustainable agriculture.
Professional Experience – Related
2008 – Current: Owner, Sarah Reagan Holistic Health Consulting, Willow Oak Farm
Holistic health consultant for animals and their humans; essential oil/aromatherapy consultant, including for therapeutic use; consultations and research related to all aspects of equine welfare & behavior; documenting case studies in non-drug treatment of equine laminitis & founder issues;
2012 – Current: Instructor
Research, writing, and tutoring the equine courses for the American Council of Animal Naturopathy (ACAN); courses completed are Equine Nutrition (Basic); future courses are expected to include Advanced Issues in Equine Nutrition and Equine Behavior & Welfare. My approach to equine nutrition addresses the biological and physiological requirements of the species through a science of holism, which is many times in opposition to the typical narrow view coming from industry-driven performance demands.
2001 – 2008 Owner: Willow Oak Farm
Some experience in equine boarding and traditional training techniques following “natural horsemanship” methodologies; this experience gives me the perspective of the “other side” from what I now teach.
2013 – Equine Nutrition: From a Species Appropriate Perspective
Other Professional Experience
1997 – 2001 Owner: Willow Oak Farm
Sole participant in growing, harvesting, marketing, and selling organic produce to local restaurants and grocery stores.
1989 – 2008 Owner: Bookkeeping & Tax Services
Started this business and was a solo practitioner in a bookkeeping and information-tax compliance service for small business owners.