VIN Consultants and Editors

Focus: Alternative Medicine

Associate Editor

Patricia Baley

Patricia Baley

Honors Awards and Fellowships

  • Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist (CVCH), 2008
  • Fellow, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (FAAVA), 2008
  • International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) Certified Veterinary Acupuncture, 2001


  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, 1999
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Basel, Switzerland, 1990
  • Bachelor of Science, UC Irvine, 1984

Current Professional Activities

  • TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) exclusive private practice (2004–Present)
  • Research Committee AHVMA (American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association)

Past Professional Activities

  • General Practice, Small Animal Medicine (1999–2004)
  • Teaching Assistant IVAS basic course in Veterinary Acupuncture
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine/ VA Medical Center at Houston Texas (Prostate Cancer) (1991–1994)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine (Gene Therapy) (1990–1991)

Marital Status

  • Married to Joseph Mezher 2006
  • No children — but married/adopted into a large Lebanese family with lots of nephews and nieces.

Four-legged Children

  • Zana: Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Ben: a "what kind of dog is he?"
  • and a cat named Big Al


  • Knitting, spinning, dyeing, playing with fiber
  • Aikido
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Cooking real food

Favorite Quotes

  • “I saw the Berlin wall fall, I saw Mandela walk free, I saw a dream whose time has come, change my history”
    — Johnny Clegg
  • “Eat real food, not too much, mostly plants”
    — Michael Pollan
  • “She was one of the few women he knew who could hold two disparate concepts in her … such as Hegel's dialectic and why if you stick your tongue in a man's ear while he is making a speech he will start to sound like Jerry Lewis.“
    — Woody Allen
  • “I believe in everything, nothing is sacred. I believe in nothing, everything is sacred.”
    — Tom Robbins

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