Dr. Josie Beug grew up in Colorado, surrounded by her family’s many pets including dogs, cats, horses. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1989 with an emphasis in neurology, animal behavior, and the newly arising field of cognitive ethology, the study of animal consciousness. The next five years were spent obtaining invaluable practical experience working for animal shelters, humane societies, and veterinary clinics in a variety of roles, from technician to adoption counselor.
When she discovered the field of holistic veterinary medicine she knew this is what she wanted to devote her professional life to and she applied to veterinary school with the intention of practicing integrative veterinary medicine.
She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1998. While in school she worked for the Clinical Pathology Laboratory and was president of the student chapter of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association for 3 years, allowing her to introduce the student body to alternative healing modalities and to learn from many of the pioneers of holistic veterinary medicine by organizing local conferences and workshops. She volunteered for the Navajo Nation Veterinary program and completed externships with several of the leading holistic veterinarians at the time.
Upon graduation, the veterinary school teaching hospital hired her as an interim clinician for their community practice rotation, a great way to put her learning to the test. She then took a position as a shelter veterinarian for a small animal shelter in New Mexico where she honed her surgical and diagnostic skills.
She moved to Florida and worked as an associate for 2 years before starting her relief practice in South Florida. She did relief work for 30+ practices in the South Florida area while completing advanced studies at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. After receiving her acupuncture certification she started her house call practice in 2001, her first patient a 20 year old Himalayan cat in kidney failure that hated to go to the clinic.
She has had a strong interest in alternative healing modalities her whole life, from wild crafting her own herbal tinctures to indigenous shamanic practices. She is Reiki certified and has extensively studied Bodytalk. She has been blessed to have so many incredible teachers along the way, many of them four-legged. In her spare time she practices meditation, yoga, and creative writing accompanied by her 2 cats. She loves spending time at the beach, the next best thing to the mountains.
She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.