JANET FORRER, DVM
grew up in Oak Lawn, Illinois, near Chicago. Starting in 1982 I attended
the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where I received a Bachelor's
degree in 1986, a Master's degree in animal science in 1988, and then a Doctorate
in veterinary medicine in 1992.
After graduation I
moved to the Southwest to be closer to my parents who had moved to beautiful
Arizona several years before me. My first professional veterinary assignment
was in Gallup, New Mexico, which included driving a mobile veterinary clinic
onto the Navajo Reservation every week for a two-day clinic. My stops included
Chinle, Arizona just outside Canyon de Chelley and Kayenta, Arizona, near
Monument Valley. I was veterinarian to cats and dogs as well as horses,
sheep, goats and assorted wild animal there. However, advanced small animal
medicine was my developing passion.
To follow my heart, I moved to Tucson. In my free time, I enjoy walking
my dog Teddy, gardening and bird watching. My hobbies reflect my love
for the beautiful landscape of Arizona and I encourage efforts to protect
our natural environment. I am fortunate to have been active in several animal
protection movements in Arizona, including the 1998 ban on cockfighting,
the 2006 ban on veal and gestation crates for pigs, as well as the recent
legislation for racing Greyhounds in Arizona. I have also enjoyed volunteering
at vaccine clinics near South Tucson hosted by AWASA (Arizona Welfare Alliance of Southern Arizona)
and most recently, providing acupuncture for a ringtail cat named Velcro
at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum (see photos below).
In addition to traditional training, I have studied acupuncture and
Chinese herbal medicine through the International Veterinary Acupuncture
Society (see acupuncture story from Arizona Daily Star, Aug. 9, 2007).
In recent years, I have added advanced nutritional and whole food therapies
to my practice. I find combining the fantastic advances of western medicine
with the tremendous wealth of Traditional Chinese Medicine and modern alternative
modalities is a wonderful way to foster health. This integrative approach
is what I have been looking for my whole career. I want to share it with
all those interested.
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