Welcome to the Small Animal and Equine Naturopathic Association (SAENA)
SAENA is a member association for accredited small animal and equine naturopathic practitioners. It is committed to promoting the benefits of Natural Medicine for dogs, cats and horses; and to working in conjunction with the veterinary industry.
Members of SAENA have achieved a standard of educational excellence in their chosen field(s).
When you choose a SAENA member to treat your dog, cat or horse you are guaranteed that they are qualified and have the appropriate skills to treat your animals.
Small Animal and Equine Naturopathy
Small (companion) animal and equine naturopathy encompasses the modalities of:
- myofunctional therapy - application of a range of massage techniques to the muscles and soft and connective tissues, to promote or restore biomechanical functioning and range of movement
- herbal medicine - the treatment and prevention of illness or reduced wellbeing using plant based medicines
- nutrition – the application of nutritional science (including vitamin and mineral therapy) to achieve optimum health and functioning, based on an animal’s natural (ancestral) diet. This modality includes pasture management.
The rules under which SAENA operates are set out in the Association’s Constitution
President – Kerry Durrand
Kerry joined the SAENA Executive in November 2014. Kerry is qualified in Canine Myofunctional Therapy and in Small Animal Nutrition. Her interest in animal naturopathy started when one of her dogs suffered a serious injury at a young age, and quickly became committed to learning about different modalities and the significant improvements they can make to overall health. She is keen to assist SAENA in its efforts in promoting natural medicine as a valid and positive form of treatment for animals.
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Vice President, – Belinda Walker
Belinda is a trained Equine Myofunctional Therapy practitioner and Acupuncturist who owns her own business Easy Move Equine Therapy. Along with EMT and Acupuncture, she has also completed courses in Animal Nutrition, and is currently studying for the Diploma of Equine Naturopathy (National College of Traditional Medicine), and the Diploma of Equine Acupuncture (International College of Equine Therapies).
Belinda lives in Victoria with her husband and children along with their menagerie of 3 Horses, 3 Ponies, 2 dogs, 3 cats, lots of chickens and various other furry family members from time to time.
She has a background in Law, as well as in Adult Training and Education, and is passionate about using this to bring further knowledge and training to SAENA members.
She is passionate about helping SAENA promote natural medicine as an effective valid form of treatment for all animals.
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Communications Director – Anicca Main
Anicca Main is a trained Equine Myofunctional Therapy practitioner who owns her own horse massage business. She grew up on an agistment property in Canberra and has ridden in a range of disciplines including dressage and eventing. She currently owns two horses who she trains using natural horsemanship and classical dressage principles. She is passionate about increasing the profile of SAENA and promoting it as the premier association for complementary therapists across the country. She brings to the role her experience in event and project management, grant writing, editing and a degree in professional writing.
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Treasurer and Secretary- Tatjana Leontjeva
Tatjana graduated as a zoologist from the University of Latvia. She resides in Canberra, but regularly travels to Europe. She also received her qualification in Equitation Science from Australian Equine Behaviour Centre. She used to train horses from variety of disciplines, in particular dressage and polo horses.
Tatjana joined SAENA in October 2014 while being a student at National College of Traditional Medicine, studying Equine Myofunctional Therapy. She gained her qualification and created the business “Hands on Horses Equine Massage and Horse Training”.
Tatjana has an Australian Champion Kerry Blue Terrier and is looking forward to expand her massage business to include Canine Myofunctional Therapy.
Tatjana is passionate in animal welfare (especially pets and farm animals) and looks forward to doing her best as a secretary/treasurer to work as part of SAENA.
Founder & Past President - Dr Sandi Rogers
|Sandi founded SAENA in 2006 in response to the growing recognition of and demand for the need for an Association that sets standards in education and professional practice in the fields of natural therapies for animals. A qualified Medical Herbalist, Naturopath, Reflexognosist, Lecturer, Massage Therapist, and Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the National College of Traditional Medicine, Sandi also has a Masters in Education and Training and a Doctoral Degree. Having published many papers and authored books on natural medicine, Sandi is also in demand on the corporate speaking circuit with engagements both nationally and internationally.|