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




Office Bearers

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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 widely accepted and positive form of treatment for animals.


Vice President – Beth Gentle


Beth is a Canine Myofunctional Therapist who is currently studying the Diploma of Canine Rehabilitation and Wellbeing Recovery with the National College of Traditional Medicine. 


Beth is passionate about the welfare of animals and partakes in many fundraisers and events to promote awareness of current affairs within the animal industry. Beth works with animal shelters, assisting some of our most damaged and downtrodden four legged members of society. Recently, Beth fell in love with a rescue named Bowie who has been adopted and continues her rehabilitation with Beth and her family at their home in Bondi. 


Beth is an Accredited WIRES Wildlife Rescuer and continues to spread the word about animal welfare for all our animals, both domestic and native. 


Beth is excited to join the Executive to work with and for the benefit of our members, their clients and promote the power of Natural Therapies and it's place within the Small Animal and Equine Industries.


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.


Communications - Jane-Louise Conlon


Jane-Louise join the SAENA Executive in 2016.  She holds qualifications in Canine Myofunctional Therapy, Small Animal Nutrition and has been actively involved in dog sports with her two Hungarian Vizslas.  Jane-Louise operates a canine health practice in Brisbane and seeks to optimise the health and happiness of dogs through natural treatment modalities.  As a member of the Executive, Jane-Louise actively assists SAENA to promote the benefits of natural medicine for companion animals and support practitioners working in the natural medicine profession.




Founder & Past President - Dr Sandi Rogers


Founder- Dr Sandi RogersSandi 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.