Under The Ginkgo Tree


Meredithe attained her diplomas in Applied Zoopharmacognosy with Caroline Ingraham and as such, she upholds the same Code of Ethics which are outlined below when working with Applied Zoopharmacognosy.

Meredithe also upholds Kathleen Prasad's Code of Ethics when working with Reiki and Animal Communication. 

Code Of Ethics - Applied Zoopharmacognosy

Animal Reiki Practitioner Code of Ethics         Developed by Kathleen Prasad

 Guiding Principles:
·       I believe the animals are equal partners in the healing process.
·       I honour the animals as being not only my clients, but also my teachers in the journey of healing.
·       I understand that all animals have physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects, to which Reiki can bring profound healing responses.
·       I believe that bringing Reiki to the human/animal relationship is transformational to the human view of the animal kingdom.
·       I dedicate myself to the virtues of humility, integrity, compassion and gratitude in my Reiki practice.

In working on myself, I follow these practices:
·       I incorporate the Five Reiki Precepts into my daily life and Reiki practice.
·       I commit myself to a daily practice of self-healing and spiritual development so that I can be a clear and strong channel for healing energy.
·       I nurture a belief in the sacred nature of all beings, and in the value and depth of animalkind as our partners on this planet.
·       I listen to the wisdom of my heart, remembering that we are all One.
·       In working in the community, I hold the following goals:
·       I model the values of partnership, compassion, humility, gentleness and gratitude in my life and with the animals, teaching by example.
·       I work to create professional alliances and cooperative relationships with other Reiki practitioners/teachers, animal health-care providers and animal welfare organizations in my community.
·       I strive to educate my community in its understanding of the benefits of Reiki for animals.
·       I continually educate myself to maintain and enhance my professional competence so that I uphold the integrity of the profession.
·       I consider myself an ally to the veterinary and animal health community. I work to support their efforts in achieving animal wellness and balance. I honour other disciplines and their practitioners.

In working with the human companions of the animals, I will:
·       Share information before the treatment about my healing philosophy, the Reiki healing system and what to expect in a typical treatment, as well as possible outcomes, including the possibility of healing reactions.
·       Provide a clear policy ahead of time regarding fees, length of treatment and cancellation policy, as well as "postponement" policy, should the animal not want the treatment that day.
·       Honour the privacy of the animals and their human companions.
·       Share intuition received during Reiki treatments, with compassion and humility, for the purpose of supporting their understanding of the healing process.
·       Respect the human companion's right to choose the animal's healing journey, selecting the methods, both holistic and/or conventional that he or she deems most appropriate, with the support and advice of a trusted veterinarian.

In working with the animals, I follow these guidelines:
·       I work in partnership with the animal.
·       I always ask permission of the animal before beginning, and respect his or her decision to accept or refuse any treatment. I listen intuitively and observe the animal's body language in determining the response.
·       I allow each animal to choose how to receive his or her treatment; thus each treatment could be a combination of hands-on, short distance and/or distant healing, depending on the animal's preference.
·       I let go of my expectations about how the treatment should progress and/or how the animal should behave during the treatment, and simply trust Reiki.
·       I accept the results of the treatment without judgment and with gratitude toward Reiki and the animal's openness and participation in the process.

Meredithe has copied this information in its entirety for use on her website or in professional and/or teaching materials keeping the copyright intact to Kathleen Prasad

The 5 main principles of Ingraham method:

  • Always gain the animal's consent
  • Never put plant compounds in the food of an animal
  • Always allow an animal to self-select the plant compound 
  • Never diagnose
  • Never restrain an animal

The practice of Applied Zoopharmacognosy is not intended to replace veterinary care; therefore it does not diagnose, dose or treat. Instead it facilitates the enhancement of an animals environment.

Legality of the Ingraham Method of Applied Zoopharmacognosy:
Please be aware that the following only applies to those in the UK.  Jurisdictions in other countries may have different laws concerning animal self-medication.

There has been some discussion on the legal status of allowing animals to self-medicate, especially in regard to whether it contravenes the Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966). The Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966) states that it is illegal for non-veterinarians to perform an act of veterinary surgery on an animal. According to the act, “veterinary surgery” means:

…the art and science of veterinary surgery and medicine and, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, shall be taken to include:
(a) the diagnosis of diseases in, and injuries to, animals including tests performed on animals for diagnostic purposes;
(b) the giving of advice based upon such diagnosis;
(c) the medical or surgical treatment of animals; and
(d) the performance of surgical operations on animals. As stated above, it is illegal to diagnose an animal with a disease or perform a diagnostic test. Applied Zoopharmacognocists do not diagnose, they simply offer the plant extracts on the basis of the symptoms displayed by the animal.

The IAZ has been legally advised that allowing animals under the care of others to self-medicate with plant extracts is permissible as it would not constitute an act of veterinary surgery. This is because the plant extracts that are offered are not controlled substances that can only be possessed by a veterinary surgeon. It would be an act of veterinary surgery if you administered a product that could only be legally possessed by a veterinary surgeon. If the product is on general sale (as plant extracts are) then non-veterinarians are allowed to possess it. This is why providing an animal with an over-the counter wormer does not constitute an act of veterinary surgery. 

Remember that if you are not a vet then it is illegal to diagnose or give advice based on a diagnosis.

It is essential to obtain insurance before allowing animals under the care of others to self-medicate.  You must also seek permission from the carer before offering any extracts.

Find out more about Caroline Ingraham and Applied Zoopharmacognosy​​