Dr. Cheryl Schwartz
Holistic Veterinarian, Author, and Educator

About Dr. Schwartz


As a pioneer in the field of veterinary holistic therapies, Dr. Schwartz has learned from animals themselves for over forty years of her clinical practice. She now lives in the Bay Area, bringing holistic veterinary healing to cats, dogs, and horses through a small private practice and by teaching workshops to help animal caregivers like YOU care for your own animal friends.

Holistic Veterinarian

Acupuncture • Herbs • Homeopathy • Bio-Energetics • Sound

A 1978 graduate of Washington State University Veterinary School, Dr. Schwartz expanded her healing techniques to combine Traditional Chinese Medicine ~ acupuncture, acupressure, tuina massage and herbs ~ along with Classical Homeopathy, bio-energetics, and tuning fork resonance for balancing the whole animal. Dr. Schwartz’s unique ability to synthesize holistic modalities using knowledge, skill, and intuition has helped thousands of animals around the world and empowered their humans to continue their care at home.

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As one of the founding members of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and an educator for over twenty years, Dr. Schwartz has taught acupuncture and herbal medicine to veterinarians across the U.S. and around the world.

As part of the teaching team for accreditation courses at Chi Institute and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, Dr. Schwartz shared her unique blend of knowledge, experience and sense of humor with graduate veterinarians in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America, Australia, China, and Japan.

Dr. Schwartz is focusing these days on classes and workshops for the public. She enjoys working with animal care givers around the world who want to learn more for their own four-legged family members. These classes and workshops involve practical applications of Traditional Chinese Medical theory, acupressure, food therapy, homeopathy, and herbals.


Dr. Schwartz is the author of Four Paws Five Directions: A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats & Dogs (Celestial Arts Press: 1996), the first book of its kind to be used as a textbook by veterinarians learning Chinese Veterinary Medicine and by the public to help their own animals. Four Paws has been translated into German, Russian and Japanese.

Her second book, Natural Healing for Dogs & Cats from A-Z (Hay House 2000), also user friendly, is dedicated to quick at home treatments for common problems and has recently been translated into Japanese.

Dr. Schwartz is also a contributing editor to two textbooks: Veterinary Acupuncture Ancient Art to Modern Medicine, edited by A. Schoen, and Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine, edited by S. Wynn and A. Schoen. Dr. Schwartz is on the Board of Advisors for the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

More about Cheryl

Visit her home office and you’ll meet Nick the cat, who always speaks his mind and is picky about what he eats. Outside of work hours, Dr. Schwartz is a passionate musician, playing world saxophone music for human rights. She also spends time practicing qi gong, riding her bike, hanging out with horses, and at the beach. New in 2018, she’s launching Healthy Pet Pathways, a series of online and in person workshops to help people connect with their animal friends in new ways. These classes advocate respect, health, and wellbeing for all the animals in the world.