Veterinarian Dr. Ihor Basko graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine with a focus in internal medicine, cardiology, and bone surgery. He managed a busy emergency animal hospital in San Jose, California. In 1971, he participated in the first acupuncture study to test the efficacy of holistic modalities on physical ailments in pets, at the University of California in L.A. Since then, Dr. Basko has been devoted to the study and practice of acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, homeopathy, massage, and other alternative therapies. He is one of the founders of the VBMA, and authored Fresh Food & Ancient Wisdom.