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Vitality Vetcare

Phone: 02 6687 0675
4a Ballina Rd Bangalow
NSW 2479 Australia

Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine

There is no separation between conventional and natural therapies.

Our priority is what is going to be of the most benefit to your animal.

Voluntary Wildlife Care

Voluntary Wildlife Care

Pro-bono treatment of Australian wildlife

We collaborate with local wildlife groups to provide excellent care of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife

Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine

We use Western and Chinese herbal medicines for a wide range of acute and chronic problems including skin, digestive, nervous and painful conditions.

Vitality Vetcare Homeopathy

Vitality Vetcare Homeopathy

Homeopathy can be a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of acute and long-term problems for a particular animal or group of animals.


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Vitality Vetcare Herbal Medicine

We use Western and Chinese herbal medicines for a wide range of acute and chronic problems including skin, digestive, nervous and painful conditions.

The medicines may be liquid, powder, tablet or cream preparations.

Contact Vitality Vetcare to book a consultation for your animals ph: 02 66 87 0675 or visit our contact page to send us a message.

Download our Information Handout on Giving Herbal Medicines.

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Why use Herbal Medicine?

Dr Megan Kearney at Vitality Vetcare practices as a medical herbalist because herbal medicine is a gentle, safe and effective way to treat a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. It can be used on its own or integrated with other approaches such as acupuncture, surgery or pharmaceutical medicine. Its strengths are its versatility, long history of traditional use, significant scientific evidence base, environmental sustainability and minimal safety issues when prescribed by a professional medical herbalist. Dr Megan Kearney is a practising Member of the National Herbalists Association of Australia.

What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal medicine is the use of medicinal plants combined with nutritional and lifestyle advice to promote optimum health and to prevent and treat disease. It is the most ancient and widely used system of medicine in the world. Modern herbal medicine (phytotherapy) integrates traditional and scientific knowledge of plant medicines, health and disease. There are different traditions of herbal medicine coming from different cultures around the world including Aboriginal, Ayurvedic, Chinese, Unani Tibb, Western (European), Tibetan and many more. Dr Megan Kearney has studied Western and Chinese herbal medicine.

What are Herbal Medicines?

Herbal medicines are compounds made from whole plant parts. A plant is a living thing and a medical herbalist may use the whole plant, flowers, leaves, roots, bark, stems, buds, seed or fruit according to what is required. Herbal medicines are very versatile as they come in many forms including dried mixtures, tisanes, tinctures, liquid extracts, syrups, powders, tablets, inhalations, creams, ointments, lotions, gels, oils and poultices. Herbal medicines are often prepared using a base such as water, water and alcohol solutions or oil. Dr Megan Kearney grows and prepares some of her own herbal medicines and others are sourced from suppliers who have high quality and traceability standards.

Professional Medical Herbalist and Veterinarian

Dr Megan Kearney spent 5 years studying, including 500 clinical hours seeing human patients, to become a (human) medical herbalist in the UK in 1998. She was the first vet to become a Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, UK, the oldest professional body for herbalists in the world. Dr Megan Kearney had a practice as a (human) medical herbalist as well as a holistic veterinarian in the UK until her return to Australia in 2006. She is now one of two vets who are professional Members of the National Herbalists Association of Australia. Dr Megan Kearney has a practice seeing people as a medical herbalist in Bangalow, as well as her veterinary patients at Vitality Vetcare.

What Conditions Can Be Treated With Herbal Medicines?

Herbal medicine can be used to treat a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions. Herbal medicine has a unique way of viewing health and disease. Emphasis is placed on optimal cellular nutrition and elimination by supporting the body’s ability to restore balance and homeostasis. This may be done by supporting the digestion and assimilation of nutrients, improving circulation, balancing hormones, enhancing immune function, relaxing the nervous system and facilitating the elimination of waste products from the body.

NIMH Affirmation of Herbal Practice

This affirmation is spoken aloud by every new Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists when they are admitted to be Members of the NIMH. It is a nice link to its nineteenth century origins.

“I solemnly promise that I will keep this affirmation and this stipulation – to follow the profession of herbal medicine according to my ability and judgment for the benefit of my patients – and to abstain from all that is deleterious and mischievous.  I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest such counsel. WITH PURITY AND HOLINESS WILL I PASS MY LIFE AND PRACTISE MY ART.

Into whatever houses I enter, I will go into them for the benefit of the sick – and will abstain from any voluntary act of mischief or corruption.
Whatever in connection with my professional practice or not in connection with it, I see or hear in the life of any person which ought not to be spoken of abroad – I WILL NOT DIVULGE, as reckoning all such should be kept secret.

While I continue to keep this affirmation inviolate, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of herbal medicine, respected by all persons in all times.”

Below are some of the herbs used in Vitality Vetcare's herbal medicines:

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Opening Hours

10am - 6pm Tue - Thur

Consultations by appointment only. A late appointment may be available on Thursday evenings

Late cancellation fees may apply


Emergencies: please call your referring general practice vet or

North Coast Emergency Vets, Ballina 0424 054 056 weekends & PH

Animal Emergency Service, Carrara, Gold Coast 07 5559 1599


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