Dr. Jane Fraser was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. She earned her veterinary degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1973. She then went into mixed animal practice in the north of England, followed by locums in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and New Zealand before returning to Scotland.
She then worked as a government veterinarian in Papua, New Guinea for two years followed by positions in Australia and Kenya. She moved back to South Africa to do locum work in 1985 and has been there since.
She became interested in therapeutic alternatives for her patients, and attended the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association conference in 1984. Afterwards, she traveled around the United States, visiting the holistic practices of Drs. John Limehouse, Allen Schoen, and Ihor Basko. She began a Vet MFHom program in London in the early 1980's as well, and also did locums for Dr. George MacLeod. She did the IVAS acupuncture course in the UK in 2000 and has attended a number of IVAS and AHVMA conferences over the years.
In South Africa, she and some colleagues formed a Complementary Veterinary Medicine group that hosted continuing education lectures from a number of doctors including Barbara Fougere, Joe Demers, and Allen Schoen.
Dr. Fraser started a holistic practice in her home in South Africa, and she still sees patients there today.
Please enjoy this conversation with Dr. Jane Fraser as we discuss her education, early practice life, holistic education, and get her advice on how to have a long and fulfilling career in veterinary medicine.