Dr Ann Swartz grew up on the East Coast and is a US Army veteran. Migrating to Oregon in 1979, she earned degrees in Animal Science and Microbiology from Oregon State University in 1984 and a DVM from OSU in 1988.
Throughout her training as a veterinary student, Dr Swartz worked in clinics in Oregon and Alaska, including the Oregon State University Sheep Barn and other private lambing operations. Adding to her varied experience, Dr Swartz had the exciting opportunity to volunteer on the Iditarod. Additionally, she has experience vetting and participating in Endurance Rides and in Ride and Ties. Following a year dedicated to primarily equine practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Dr Swartz settled in the Rogue Valley. In late 2014, she relocated to the southern Willamette Valley to serve the communities in Oregon around Roseburg, Cottage Grove, Creswell, Eugene, Springfield, and Corvallis. Dr Swartz has practiced in a mixed animal, mobile capacity since 1988.
Recognizing that conventional medicine was not a cure-all, Dr Swartz began exploring alternative care. Homeopathy was especially appealing to her because it offered less drug and needle intervention as well as a chance to return to health rather than temporary relief of symptoms. 1997 was the beginning of her formal training in homeopathy, when she enrolled in Dr Richard Pitcairn’s Basic Homeopathy Professional Course. She earned Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy certification in 2007, has been a board member since 2009, and in 2013-2014, she served as President of the organization. She now serves as the AVH liaison to the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr Swartz keeps current in her field through membership in professional organizations, often holding leadership positions. She is a current member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (serving on the Council on Veterinary Services 2014-2017), Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AVH liaison and Secretary), Veterinary Botanical Medical Association, American Endurance Ride Conference (certified judge), Rogue Valley Veterinary Medical Association (President 2014) and the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners.
Service to community is a strong part of Dr Swartz’s work ethic. She has worked with 4H and FFA groups and is part of a high school mentor program. She actively volunteers with Jackson County Animal Shelter, Sanctuary One and with the Pro Bono program.
In her free time, Dr Swartz enjoys bothering her adult children, hiking and camping, vetting endurance rides, reading and learning more about homeopathy.
Practice theory: Dr Swartz’s practice goal is to provide compassionate, nonjudgemental medical care choices for pets and livestock. By offering targeted nutritional therapies, herbs, and classical homeopathy, yet including the conventional medical option, we see that many individuals reduce their veterinary visits by improving overall health and resistance to illness. This practice is based on the premise that every situation is unique and therefore, no one protocol works for every situation.