Ihor Basko DVM CVA received his DVM degree from Michigan State University in 1971, with special interests in cardiology, orthopedic surgery and internal medicine. His early years in veterinary medicine were spent working in a busy emergency animal hospital in California. In 1971, he participated in the first ever acupuncture study to test the efficacy of holistic modalities on physical ailments in pets (at UCLA). Since then, Dr. Basko has been devoted to the study and practice of acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, homeopathy, massage, and other alternative therapies for animals. Dr Basko is a leading authority on holistic animal health and a founder of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association. He lectures to veterinarians, trainers and animal caretakers, has been published in many magazines, books and journals, appeared on TV and radio and has partnered with supplement company Genesis Resources in the development of an herbal and mineral line of products for pets.