Animal Botanical™ formulas are an authentic classical herbal medicine based on many years of practical application and experience. For this reason it’s important to acknowledge the women and men who have pioneered the genuine application of ancient and traditional herbal medicine, not as an industrial commercialised science, but as an art of prescribing.

A history of Herbal Medicine, Dogs and Humans…

Dog history is really the history of the partnership between dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) and humans. That partnership is based on human needs for help with herding and hunting, an early alarm system, and a source of food in addition to the companionship many of us today know and love. Dogs get companionship, protection and shelter, and a reliable food source out of the deal. But when this partnership first occurred is at the moment under some controversy. Burial sites in Europe indicate man and canine interactions have been ongoing for over 14,000 years. (K.Kris-Hurst)

In some cultures dogs were given status as persons, having the same rights bestowed upon them as a human in the community. In our households today there are many who would agree that their dog has a position in the family as a member of the clan requiring the same love and care as their child would get.

It should come as no surprise then that as we developed in society and culture, discovering better ways to survive and co-exist, that what we applied to our own health, we also started to apply to our dogs. Interestingly, as we lost our traditional uses for Herbal medicine through the use of modern ethnobotany, archaeology is employed to research through many ancient tomes in order to gain more knowledge of the historical uses of herbal medicine.

However, this is not necessarily required in order to use herbs. Indeed, it is only through use that we discover the benefits that our ancestors knew before us. Herbs are a part of our history, and will remain with us for future generations for as long as we all breathe.

Juliette de Bairacli Levy (1912-2009)

Born into a wealthy family, Juliette’s main love was her animals, particularly Afghan hounds. Juliette was clearly an enigma, choosing not to marry and instead studied veterinary medicine. A pioneer as a woman of the time studying medicine, and also rejecting many of the modern practices she was taught, Juliette went on to live with the Gypsies and learn about the old ways of natural medicine and herbal lore.
She is the author over 20 books on herbs for the home, her most popular being Herbs for the Farm and Stable, as well as Medicinal Herbs and their uses in Canine Ailments.

Dorothy Hall nee Hand

Dorothy Hall became an expert on the growing and use of herbs through the teaching of her grandfather, who was a government botanist, and of her mother, who always kept an herb garden.

Her interest in herbs led her to start her own commercial herb nursery and to begin lecturing on herbal medicine after she studied Egyptian tomes when her husband ( an archaeologist) was working in Egypt. Dorothy gained a Honorary Doctorate from Cairo University for her contributions in Egyptian anthropology. Dorothy was also a trained Homeopath, which influenced her understanding of how herbs worked in synergy.  

Dorothy’s legacy to Australia was her wonderful understanding of prescribing. Her college of Herbal Medicine produced many fine herbalists, all who could prescribe routinely well, and get excellent results using the smallest dosage called the “trigger” dose. This is the method of prescribing that Animal Botanical™ products are based on.

In 1984 after thirty-nine years of teaching and practice, and the publication of many books on herbal medicine and related subjects, she formed the Australian Traditional Medicine Society for self-regulation of the natural therapies Australia-wide.


Animal Botanical Directors

Catherine Cox  (Dorothy Hall Herbal Medicine Graduate)

Catherine Cox (McDowell) is a classically trained Dorothy Hall Western Medical Herbalist with over 25 years experience in the Alternative Health field. Catherine worked along side Robert McDowell for over 20 years before Robert retired from practice due to a serious accident in 2005. Catherine took over the running and ongoing development of the practice, honouring the legacy of Roberts influence for the generations to come. 

Growing up in a small rural community on a farm provided the practical and diverse background that supported her passion for nature,  spirituality, healing, animals and our interrelationship within living systems. This study is called spiritual/social ecology and is the basis of a philosophy similar to that of Taoism.Catherine brings this understanding to all her clients on a daily basis .

Catherine writes an herbal blog that is subscribed by over 20,000 people internationally, writes for Baroque Horse International , Holistic Horse Magazine, The Australian Quarter Horse Magazine and Working Dogs Annual. Catherine continues to treat horses, dogs and people with herbal treatment programs internationally through her busy practice in Bathurst , NSW Australia. 


David Mansfield

David Mansfield has been an innovator in the agriculture and horticulture industry since graduating from Hawkesbury Agricultural College in 1984.

Before David had left high school, he had already established and managed a well-known production and retail nursery in Sydney. On graduating from Hawkesbury Agirculture College, he developed many more well known retail nurseries including one of the first specialist herb nurseries in Dural. He was instrumental in pioneering the commercialisation of native plants for use in ornamental horticulture, particularly bush food plants.

David was a leader in the natural resource management sector for over 20 years, with a particular focus on ecological restoration and re-vegetation, and spent 10 years as a senior manager of Greening Australia.

The healing power of plants has been a fascination for David since his early days in horticulture and he looks forward to sourcing and growing the Herbs for the Animal Botanical range.