Meredithe smith

IAZ Dip, SAC Dip Reiki Master/Teacher

Fully insured with Balens

Reiki (for humans & animals), Animal Communicator and Applied Zoopharmacognocist

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.

Although Meredithe did not train with Kathleen Prasad, she identifies very strongly and upholds Kathleen's  Code of Ethics when working with Reiki and Animal Communication. 

Keep scrolling down to find out a bit more about Meredithe


Little bit about Me


Whilst I have loved and respected all animals throughout my life (including the ones that scared me!), it wasn't until January 2006 that I embarked on a journey to learn how I could help them heal themselves.  It was then that I first learnt Reiki, channeling energy using intention for the health, recovery and higher good of my family, friends and Ziggy, our German Shepherd/Lurcher. 

Ziggy was very specific as to when she wanted Reiki and for how long and it wasn't long before I was being approached by other dogs on our walks who wanted some Reiki too!  I quickly learnt that this gentle yet far reaching form of energy healing can help animals heal themselves whether emotionally, physically or otherwise. 


 I continued to grow within my Reiki practice, attending courses, reading books, working with both people and animals and whilst I have attained my Reiki Master/Teacher, I know that my Reiki journey will never end.  Every day teaches me new and important lessons.


 Whilst being Reiki for an elderly hamster with a heart problem and again with my canine mentor's help, Ziggy, I stumbled across what I was to learn to be Animal Communication.  I voraciously read all I could find about Animal Communication and attended workshops with Joanne Hull and a diploma course with Holly Davis.  As with Reiki, every day teaches me new and humbling lessons in communicating with animals.


 Putting my Reiki and Animal Communication to good use, I volunteered at HorseWorld's Visitor Centre working with the amazing horses, donkeys and not forgetting Frank the Hinny!  Whilst working with a small rescued pony from Greece that I was introduced to Applied Zoopharmacognosy.  This lovely old pony shared images of a blue-purple flowering widespread plant and a particular familiar smell.  It took me a good day or so to find that she was showing me the plant Thyme.  On further research and my first trip to Caroline Ingraham's Applied Zoopharmacognosy website I found that Thyme has amazing antibacterial qualities.  On checking in with HorseWorld, I was advised that she was suffering from a bacterial gut issue.  She was asking for Thyme to help heal herself and I found Applied Zoopharmacognosy along the way.  Animals are such amazing teachers!


After two and a half years of eye opening workshops, lecture days and coursework I achieved my diplomas in Applied Zoopharmacognosy - Equine, Canine and Feline.  As Ziggy helped me with Reiki and Animal Communication, our Bu helped push me to learn as much as I could about Applied Zoopharmacognosy as we battled to help her with her fears and anxieties and her ear infection which triggered off a full body yeast infection which then opened her up to develop allergies to grass pollen!  Bu was my trickiest case study but helping her heal herself was all the incentive I needed to keep at it.  I know that Applied Zoopharmacognosy will continue to blow my mind every day with how amazing it is to help animals heal themselves. 


 Being able to utilise Reiki, Animal Communication and Applied Zoopharmacognosy to help animals heal themselves is humbling and phenomenally rewarding.  There are times when I work with an animal only using Reiki or Applied Zoopharmacognosy but more often than not one, two or all three will jump in at the animal's request.   I feel very honoured to be able to help animals and am inspired every day by their courage, understanding and immense capacity to love and forgive. 

code of ethics - applied zoopharmacognosy

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.

code of ethics - animal reiki practitioner


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 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 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 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. 

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