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|Dr. Annie Harvilicz|
|Born||Annie Marie Harvilicz
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Residence||Santa Monica, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||College of William & Mary
Virginia–Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
|Occupation||Chief Medical Officer|
|Known for||Animal Wellness Centers|
Annie Harvilicz DVM CVA is a board certified veterinarian and leading animal rights advocate. She is the founder and chief medical officer of Animal Wellness Centers, an animal healthcare company headquartered in Santa Monica, California. She is on the national leadership council of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.
She has authored several studies on evolutionary genetics and biology including "Species-specific impacts of grazing amphipods in an eelgrass-bed community," which contributed to understanding the root causes of deterioration of the Chesapeake Bay. Dr. Annie is certified in veterinary acupuncture and one of the first veterinarians to develop and practice integrative medicine on animals. She is currently conducting a groundbreaking study using an animal's own blood to harvest iPSCs (induced pluripotent stem cells) to treat cancer. Dr. Annie has appeared on The Pet Collective and in other various media as an expert on animal health issues and the veterinary industry.
Dr. Annie graduated with High Honors in Biology from The College of William & Mary in Virginia. She received her D.V.M. degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine where she served as president of the school’s chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and her CVA from the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine. She has been licensed to practice veterinary medicine in California, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Among the first practitioners in the world to develop and implement integrative medicine in animal healthcare, Dr. Annie has distilled her approach into 5-core elements: Modern Western Medicine, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Nutrition, Prevention, and Behavior. More information can be found here.
Modern Western Medicine Modern veterinary medicine is the branch of science that deals with the application of medical, surgical, dental, diagnostic and therapeutic principles to pet, domestic, wildlife and livestock animals. Today's veterinarians are doctors who are highly educated to protect both the health of animals and humans.
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is the ancient veterinary treatment of animals developed over a period of over 3,500 years and is practiced all over the world. TCVM has rapidly grown as an adjunct therapeutic modality for animals. Chinese philosophical truths based on Taoism are the underpinnings that influence the practice of TCVM. The fundamental truth for health in TCVM is balance—balance within yourself, balance with others, balance with your diet, and balance with nature. TCVM practices include four major fundamental branches: food therapy, acupuncture, herbal therapy, and Tui-Na ("twee-na").
Nutrition Nutritional science investigates the metabolic and physiological responses of your animal companion to diet. With advances in the fields of molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics, the study of nutrition is increasingly concerned with metabolism and metabolic pathways: the sequences of biochemical steps through which substances in living things change from one form to another.
Prevention Preventive medicine or preventive care refers to measures taken to prevent diseases, (or injuries) rather than curing them or treating their symptoms. It is critical to preventing painful illness and reducing healthcare costs.
Behavior Dr. Annie's focus on Behavior is designed to enrich human animal interactions by promoting scientifically based techniques of training, management, and behavior modification. Recognizing the importance of addressing the behavioral needs of animals and the people they live with will enhance the lives of animals and people on a global scale.
The Animal Wellness Foundation
The Animal Wellness Foundation is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization, founded by Dr. Annie, which focuses on strengthening the human-animal bond. It works with many other organizations to promote animal welfare including American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Humane Society of the United States, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Beagle Freedom Project, Lu Parker Project, Much Love, Take Me Home, and Kitten Rescue.
Early in her career, Dr. Annie gained significant experience at leading centers for animal care throughout the world. At Kruger National Park in South Africa and the Serengeti in Kenya and Tanzania, she worked on wild and endangered species including black rhinos, lions, cheetahs, elephants and giraffes. She assisted with critical research on Giant Pandas including work on panda breeding at the Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species (now called the Institute for Conservation Research), a research arm of the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
Her early private veterinary practice has spanned across the country with high-profile clientele from New York to Los Angeles. Also, early in her career, she donated significant pro bono time to low-income communities, including service at a free spay and neuter clinic in rural Minnesota.
Dr. Annie personally developed her veterinary school's first and only Animal Behavior curriculum. The course remains to this day largely unchanged, the only one focused on Behavior, and one of the most popular courses at the college. She is also the proud recipient of various awards and distinctions including the Sherrie Clark Compassion and Caring Award and the Tobey Award for helping lost, abandoned, or homeless dogs.
Dr. Annie was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She now lives in Santa Monica, California with her rescue dogs Lucy and Charlotte. She is an avid skier and plays club soccer on a team called "Dogtown FC." Although she has many celebrity friends, she is very family oriented and spends much of her free time helping animals in need.
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