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I trained in Veterinary Medicine at The University of Cambridge in the UK where I also studied a bachelors degree in Zoology. As well as teaching me anatomy, physiology and all the other things needed to be a vet, I also developed another skill - that of life long learning and a need to question the status quo. I think this has stayed with me and is behind my passion for alternative therapies.

After vet school I worked in a variety of clinics in the UK, developing special interests in dermatology, animal behaviour and pet nutrition. Seeing the huge improvement in animals suffering from a range of conditions when their diet was improved started my journey into a holistic way of practising veterinary medicine.

Ever keen to continue learning, I completed training in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2013, another holistic practice with amazing potential in animals. Having used it in dogs, cats and even rabbits and horses I can testify how well animals tolerate (and even enjoy) the procedure and how effective it can be for conditions such as arthritis and skin disease.

Essential Oils came  into my life after having children, initially as a way to make my home smell somewhat more appealing!! They say everyone has a 'eureka' moment with oils, and mine was noticing how calm my dogs and children were when I diffused a particular blend. I hit the books and scientific papers and soon learned about the power of these scented liquids. As a vet, I was often being asked about the use of essential oils around pets, and whether or not they could provide any benefits to our furry friends. I began recommending their use more and more and in 2020 released my own brand of pet safe essential oil blends ' Animal Aromatica'. 

After moving to beautiful Queensland in 2018 I worked in veterinary management, but soon realised I missed the kitten cuddles and doggie pats so returned to clinical work. I work in clinics in North Brisbane and on the Gold Coast regularly and enjoy sharing my knowledge about alternative therapies with clinic staff and clients. I am now also incredibly excited to be beginning my own holistic house call service to the South East Queensland region, servicing fur parents wanting a fully integrative approach to pet care in the comfort of their own homes. I'd love for you to get in touch and learn more about how nature and alternative medicine can help your own furry babies. 

Dr Alison Kemp MA VetMB MRCVS

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