Curriculum Vitae

Working as a veterinarian in private practice, emergency, critical care, and integrative holistic medicine has given me a unique perspective on the health challenges that animals and humans face.

The need to bridge the gap between the body, mind and spirit is an integral and important part of the healing and maintenance of health and well-being.

I have spent countless hours triaging and treating pets in a crisis and counseling the owners that accompany them. The healing process on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level is multi-factorial and each domain requires and deserves special attention.

As a certified trainer from the Institute of HeartMath, I teach and facilitate tools and techniques for humans to create an internal physiologic state of coherence that facilitates a state of optimal wellness; individually, socially and globally

I have a passion for co-creating health and wellness of animals and humans alike.

Life is a dynamic process. Embrace the change.


  • Emergency Critical Care Medicine and Surgery
  • Acupuncture
  • Medicinal Botany
  • Cold LASER Therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Functional Medicine
  • Energy Medicine
  • Human-Animal Bond Relations
  • Stress Management and Resilience Building
  • Emotional Intelligence Training
  • Creative and Artistic
  • Culinary Arts
  • Strong Communication Skills
  • Motivational Public Speaking


Emergency Critical Care Veterinarian | VCA Emergency Animal Hospital And Referral Center – San Diego, CA | 12/1996 – Current

Practice emergency and critical care medicine and surgery in small animals within a multi-doctor specialty hospital overseeing interns and residents.

Provide various lecture series and mentoring to staff, interns and residents pertaining to mechanisms of disease, condition diagnosis, treatment options and education for animal owners to aid in the decisions concerning care.

Integrative Holistic Veterinarian | VCA Emergency Animal Hospital And Referral Center – San Diego, CA | 10/2003 – Current

Head of the Holistic department. Implement teachings of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the form of Acupuncture, medicinal botany, and various healing modalities in small animals while providing teaching and learning opportunities for externs, interns and staff veterinarians.

Certified Trainer, Coach – HeartMath Institute | Self | 02/2018 – Current

Provide teachings and training of stress management and building resilience through information, techniques and technology

Master Practitioner of Shamanic Energy Medicine |  The Four Winds Society | 03/2023

Provide healing through use of traditional Peruvian Shamanic teachings guided by the knowledge of the ancient medicine wheel

Awards, Books and Publications


AHVMA 2022 Holistic Practitioner of the Year Award


Book – The Stupid things my Human Does – True stories from the Animal ER

Journals and Magazines:

Dogs Naturally Magazine

  • December 2019 – Fight or Flight- or is There Another Way
  • February 2020 – Your Energy and Your Dog
  • May 2020 – Coherence
  • August 2020 – G.O.M.E.R Get out of my emergency room
  • October 2020 – Podcast- You are Your Dog’s First Responder- How to maintain cool, calm, and collected in the face of crisis

Animal Wellness Magazine

  • November 2021 – How to Relieve Emotional Stress in You and Your Pet – part 1
  • February 2022 – How to Relieve Emotional Stress in You and Your Pe t- part 2
  • September 2022 Reversing Diabetes in Cats – Can it be done, and if so, how?

IVC Journal- Innovative Veterinary Care

  • Summer 2022 – Heart Intelligence for Veterinary Teams

JAHVMA- Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

  • Summer 2022 – Overview of the Heart’s Intelligence: A Dynamic Perspective into the World of Energetic Wellness


  • Humane Society – Day of the Dog 2019
  • AHVMA Conference-  2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • Redefining Animal Health Expo – 2022
  • ThrivingPet Expo – 2023
  • Guest speaker on Multiple Platforms including: *Pets and People in Paradise with Dr Ihor Basko; *The Spaw Health;  *Dogs Naturally- Dr. Q and A hour; *Healthy Pets with Dr Karen Becker;  *Sama Dog Saturdays,*Dr Judy Morgan Podcast

Education and Training

  • Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine | St. Kitts, British West Indies DVM
  • Animal Medical Center | New York, NY – Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship
  • International Veterinary Acupuncture Society CVA
  • Institute of HeartMath – Certified Trainer, Health Coach
  • School of Self-Publishing – Writing and Publishing
  • Four Winds Society – Master Practitioner of Shamanic Energy Medicine – 2023

Dr. Barrie Sands is a veterinarian, healer, scientist, author, artist, and an international educator and speaker.

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