About me

Dr.med.vet. Shannon Axiak Flammer


My winding voyage has come full circle. An awareness of the powers of holistic medicine began during an externship as a veterinary student. As I ventured off exploring the many exciting facets of veterinary medicine, there was always an awareness in the back of my mind that the individual (not the diagnosis) should be at the center of any treatment plan. After some soul-searching, I realized that I wanted to offer my experience and passion directly to the animal families of this community. I understand what it means to live with a pet with chronic disease. My little dog Madam Mim, who has a congenital liver shunt, has taught me to be very creative and open-minded with regards to her treatment. She has also proved to me that a diagnosis does not determine the life-quality, the potential, or the outcome. Furthermore, I have learned from my beloved golden retriever, Jake, that death is as important as life, and we should honor it. I am privileged to be able to bring this experience to you and help you and your cherished pet on your journey.

Education and Professional Experience

Veterinary Herbal Therapy Continuing Education Program GST
(in progress, 2020 – 2023)

Certificate in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care

Foundation Course in Western Veterinary Acupuncture (2013) and Electroacupuncture (2020)

Research Associate, Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, University of Bern
(2015 – present)
Title of Clinical Educator (2015)

Editor-in-Chief, Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
(2014 – 2019)

Oberärztin, Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, University of Bern
(2007– 2015)
Doctoral Dissertation (2007)

Residency in Veterinary Anesthesia, University of Bern
(2004– 2007)
Certified Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (2008)

Private Emergency Practice, Oakland Veterinary Emergency Services, Michigan, USA
(2002 – 2003)

Internship Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston, USA
(2001 – 2002)

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Michigan State University, USA