Welcome to RAHU – Royal Animal Health University
Dr. Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA
Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA, founder and owner of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, is an internationally-renowned pioneer in complementary medicine and physical rehabilitation. A passionate advocate of commonsense and cutting-edge approaches to optimal animal health, Dr. Royal provides a bridge between Western and Eastern medicine.
Dr. Royal has extensive experience in veterinary care, including zoo, marine, and wildlife animals, emergency medicine, pathology, conventional practices, nutrition, herbal remedies, physical rehabilitation techniques, and alternative treatments. She is also an acupuncture expert for pets and exotic zoo creatures. She is the go-to veterinarian for Oprah Winfrey.
A nationally-published author in numerous magazines and an international lecturer in her field, Dr. Royal is often featured in the media for her successful treatments of animals and groundbreaking work in veterinary medicine. She lives in Winnetka, Illinois with her husband, two children, her cat, Arthur, and her dog, Darwin. Her first book, “The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets” was published September 2013. After graduating with high honors from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine (1995), Dr. Royal’s early career was exclusively devoted to cultivating her expertise in state-of-the-art, modern veterinary treatments. Her work with greyhounds, who are hypersensitive to many medications, led Dr. Royal to explore the most effective modalities in ancient traditions. She completed training in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from IVAS, Advanced Western & Chinese Herbal Medicine through Tufts University, and studied Animal Physical Therapy and Healing Techniques at the University of Tennessee. Her uniquely practical and open-minded approach, skill as a diagnostician, and compassion for animals is much acclaimed: she operated on a room-sized grouper named Bubba at the Chicago Shedd Aquarium; she reconstructed a woodchuck’s de-gloved feet at the Woodstock Illinois Animal Hospital; and, at the Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo she became the first veterinarian in the world to perform acupuncture on a zebra.
With her multi-faceted knowledge and her individually-tailored practice, Dr. Royal provides comprehensive care for her many patients.
If you would like to book Dr. Royal for a speaking engagement or media interview, please fill out the contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. To view a selection of Dr. Royal’s recent interviews and press, please visit our press archive.
Dr. Natasha Lilly, DVM, CVA
Dr. Natasha Lilly is a California native who has a need to travel and a great appreciation for the variety offered on our planet. She first fell in love with the San Luis Obispo area as an undergraduate at California Polytechnic State University studying Animal Science on the pre-veterinary track. In 2008, Natasha completed her DVM studies at UC Davis with an emphasis in equine medicine. She initially went to work outside of Chicago in an equine sports medicine practice. After becoming disappointed with the conventional options to treat our animal athletes, she began taking an interest in complementary medicine, especially acupuncture. She attended an equine and small animal acupuncture certification course through IVAS in 2009-2010.
Dr. Lilly was mentored and worked for an established acupuncturist and complementary medicine DVM in Chicago, Dr. Barbara Royal. In Dr. Royal’s small animal practice, the approach to animal health blended conventional and alternative/holistic medicine practices. Upon relocating back to California, Dr. Lilly began acupuncture services out of a few locations and settled into practicing at Central Coast Pet Hospital and Emergency in 2012. During that time, she attended courses in Chinese herbal medicine through the Chi Institute and canine and feline nutrition. She will be leaving her practice temporarily as she turns her focus to education and equine rehabilitation.
Full Circle Veterinary Center officially opens for business on January 30th, 2017 and is a facility where a collective of veterinary specialists in equine health will work to create a comprehensive plan using a similar model as Dr. Royal created. Dr. Lilly has served on the board of the AHVMF since 2012 and works with members to further scholarship, funding and research in complementary veterinary medicine.
Beginning this April, Dr. Lilly and Dr. Royal will team up again to teach a course in integrative veterinary medicine at California Polytechnic State University, SLO. She has also co-created the Royal Animal Health University which is dedicated to teaching and advocating a holistic, common-sense approach to animal care with onsite and online course offerings.
In addition to complementary medicine, Natasha is found enjoying time with family and travel, riding her amazing horses of all different backgrounds, and hiking the beautiful central coast trails. Natasha, her husband and their three children live with their chickens, ducks, sheep, horses, dogs, and cats on a ranch in Edna Valley.