Sarasota Veterinarian, Sarena von der Heyde, DVM, CVA
As a child, I grew up in war torn rural Zimbabwe, helping my mother and grandmother practice traditional healthcare for people and animals alike. My grandmother bought me my first pony when I was only two years old; it was love at first sight. By the age of four I decided to be a veterinarian. Horses soon became a passion and a very successful endeavor as I competed for many years. Growing up in untamed Africa, with animals all around me, set the stage for my career in veterinary medicine.
I received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia. An extensive surgery and ambulatory internship at the prestigious Ocala Equine followed vet school. I worked as an equine practitioner for 5 years in Sarasota, then combined ER work, equine work, and holistic practice for the last 10 years. I have completed advanced training in Veterinary Traditional Chinese Medicine through the Chi Institute. The Chi Institute is world renown for the quality and rigors of its studies and high standards of its graduates. I have studied many aspects of holistic medicine; Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Food Therapy, Tui Na, Bowen Therapy, Healing Touch, Homeopathic, Homotoxicology, Tension Release, and most recently Western herbs with Rosemary Gladstar at Sage Mountain. By following my dream to become an animal healer and completing a life-long series of stepping stones I have become an integrative veterinarian.
I believe the body knows it is one unit, and is designed to be healthy, balanced and perform optimally. We must realize that the whole body is so much more than the sums of its parts. My job is to try and guide the body back to the most harmonious state possible using the methods best suited to that individual at that time.
I grew up with traditional herbal medicine in Africa, and have always felt that “alternative” medicine is the root of my love for helping animals. I am excited to be working with such a great team at Sarasota Animal Medical Clinic. I really believe in an integrative approach for all of my patients.
Sarena von der Heyde, DVM, CVA.