Dr Margaret O'Riordan, Veterinarian
VetMFHom, CVA (Acupuncture), Dip Hom, Dip Herb Med, Cert IAVH (Hom)
I am a registered veterinarian with over 30 years experience and have used natural therapies exclusively for the past 18 years. When I finished my veterinary training in Ireland, I spent four years in farm practice in rural west Cork. Whilst I loved my Irish heritage and culture nevertheless, I got itchy feet and embarked on an exciting journey travelling around outback Australia. Whenever I put down roots for a short time I did some veterinary work. Eventually, when my working holiday visa expired, I was very sad to leave Australia but a new adventure unfolded itself immediately.
I embarked on a solo 12-month backpacking trip through Asia and India on a journey of self discovery. I had amazing experiences along the way. Severe hepatitis while trekking in Nepal and subsequent generalised spinal arthritis led me to natural therapies. I happened to be in London convalescing and a medical homeopathy course started at the Faculty of Homeopathy, which I attended. Gradually, homeopathy and osteopathy brought me back to health. A desire to return to Australia was deep in my bones and with the help of a wonderful veterinary colleague I migrated here soon afterwards.
In 1995 I started a natural therapy practice in Melbourne. The principal modalities I use are acupuncture, homeopathy, Bowen massage, herbs, nutrition, trigger point therapy and Bach Flower essences.
I adopt an holistic approach with your pet’s health care. This involves looking at your pet as an individual, considering all aspects of the body and mind and the interaction of your pet with its environment. Natural therapies stimulate your pet’s inherent healing powers and restore the body to a state of balance and wellbeing. These therapies can be used alone or in conjunction with pharmaceuticals or surgery, depending on your pet’s illness.
The strengths of natural therapies are especially evident in chronic disease conditions such as arthritis, allergies, skin issues and gastrointestinal, liver and kidney disorders. Conventional medicine and surgery are the primary treatments for serious acute conditions such as bacterial infections, fractured limbs and blocked bladders. Natural therapies are very suitable for older animals as they have a gentle action and minimal adverse effects. Before starting on any treatment plan, it is important to establish a conventional medicine diagnosis wherever possible.