VIN Consultants and Editors

Specialty: Hospice/Palliative Med/End of Life Care

Associate Editor

Kris August

Honors Awards and Fellowships

  • International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, 2017
  • Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine (GDVWHM) 2017, College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies


  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, 1991

Current Professional Activities

  • Owner and Veterinarian - Harmony Housecalls, Ames, Iowa - Integrative medicine, animal hospice and palliative care
  • Instructor – Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat, Purple Moon Herbs and Studies. Topics include Western Herbal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative care, and Self-Care. 2017-current.
  • Lecturer – Various topics of animal end-of-life care, herbal medicine and quality of life for the caregiver (IAAHPC, AHVMA, CIVT, other meetings)
  • Guest lecturer Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Past Professional Activities

  • Book chapters: Hospice and Palliative Care for Animals: Principles and Practice. Amir Shanan, DVM, Jessica Pierce, PhD, Tamara Shearer, DVM, Editors. 2017.
  • Board member - International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) 2014–2016.
  • Contributing Author: Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Guidelines 2013, IAAHPC
  • Private practice in AZ - small animal, some relief work, emergency, wildlife & exotic animal medicine
  • 2 years as the vet for the Dept of Ornithology and Mammalogy at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (best 1/2 day a week job I've ever had!)

Marital Status

  • Husband - Radford Davis, DVM (See the Zoonoses and Public Health folder...)


  • 2 daughters, Jordan and Kira


  • 2 cats - James and Sirius, chocolate lab - Phidippides (Phidy!)


  • Herbs and gardening, learning with my kids, tai chi, reading, being outdoors

Favorite Quote

  • "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand." —Albert Einstein

What I Like Most About VIN

  • VIN gives me the "knowledge" (see above quote) to be able to put it all together. How did we ever practice medicine with just books?

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