Dr. Kathy Backus DVM

Dr. Kathy Backus DVM has been a veterinarian  since 1996. She graduated from The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine and received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Cincinnati.

She's been a full time practicing veterinarian and solo practice owner for 10 years in rural southern UT and northern AZ; gaining experience in all aspects and with all species encountered in veterinary medicine. This practice was an integrative practice, blending traditional and holistic medicine.

Dr. Kathy Backus DVM has always had an interest in holistic medicine, earning an acupuncture scholarship through IVAS during veterinary school. She has been involved with holistic veterinarians through the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association since veterinary school, founding a chapter at Ohio State. This connection has been a literal spiritual lifeline, supporting her exploration of a holistic medical paradigm over the years and connecting with mentors that keep her inspired and grateful for the shared journey.

In 2018, she relocated to Kanab and is in process of both providing veterinary services and wellness services. And currently she is in process of creating by remodel; a sacred healing space for animals to visit and restore and relax as well as their guardians.

Dr. Kathy Backus DVM holds certification in:

  • Chiropractic through AVCA
  • Postural rehabilitation: Maximum Horse Power all modules of small and large animal
  • Acupuncture through IVAS
  • Ozone therapy: Dr. Shallenberger MD's course AAOT.US
  • AERC veterinary control judge for the sport of endurance
  • Gurney Institute for animal communication
  • Functional medicine coaching academy in conjuction with the Institute of Functional Medicine

The Gurney Institute animal certification course is a 2 year certification course.  She has completed 40 cases or over 200 hours of cases in conjunction with top mentors.  In addition, she has completed 14 full days of course work with Carol Gurney.

The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy course is a year long course that combines positive psychology coaching with functional medicine.  Functional medicine is finding and correcting root cause problems and is Dr. Kathy's passion.

These additional certifications require a devoted rigor to learning.  The value of knowledge, a network of connections and keeping current with the rapidly evolving and drastically changing health care field can not be emphasized enough or more clearly and strongly.  THIS is the value of bringing Dr. Backus onto your health care team!

For sure, Dr. Kathy Backus DVM is a continuing education junkie.  In addition to achieving certifications, she is constantly attending multiple webinars, seminars and conferences as well as reading and networking. This creates a deep breadth of knowledge and continually evolving network of resources.

Dr. Kathy Backus DVM enjoys the sport of endurance horse riding as a great way to spend many hours with horses in nature.  She can be found with the large horse family and active dogs almost any day of the week. She also has a great love for cycling; she also utilizes BOOT Camp for core work to support the long hours on the horse during endurance riding!! She also enjoys HOT yoga and in 2016, Kathy has added horse Eventing into her equestrian pursuits.