Personal History

Background information about Acacia Animal Care

Charissa SmithThe business is run by Charissa Smith (BVSc Dip Ac/DipHerbMed) holistic veterinarian. She is a veterinary graduate of the University of Sydney, with 40 years experience, who practices integrated veterinary medicine She has spent her life in the service of animals and their needs, as part of a way of improving life for all living creatures.


In addition to a veterinary degree from Sydney University (1969), she has Diplomas in Veterinary Acupuncture, Veterinary Kinesiology, Certificate in Veterinary Homeopathy, and Diplomas in Structural Balancing and Chinese herbal medicine. Charissa is also a Reiki master.

Veterinary Associations

She is a life member of the Australian Veterinary Association,, The Queensland Veterinary Branch, a member of Intergrated Veterinarians Australia. and the International Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association.


Charissa is completing a Master of Philosophy at UQ Gatton, researching the effects of homeopathic medicines on poultry immunology and production.

Life experience


She has perfect children, now successful adults. She has two grandchildren, one of which is pictured below with Monty and Red Rabbits.


At one point the family had 8000 sheep , 500 breeding cows,  and 4 horses. Charissa did the drenching, dipping and parasite management. She now has droughtmaster  cows, bulls, and heifers, 30 chooks ( lohmans, leghorns and csiros) , the descendents of her research hens. She is a member of the  Droughmaster society and has taken her first bull "Acacia Connor "into the show ring,  From there he sold to the Three sisters Droughtmaster Stud at Laidley where he has successfully mated, his first calf being born on Sep3 2012. A great feat for a 2 year old bull. He is featured on the Structural balancing page with his owner, and still loves a back massage.

The droughtmasters were wonderful during our long drought, with a lower water consumption and higher growth rate than expected.

All the horses have been Star Kingdom descendents. This is an interesting strain of thoroughbred, it combines high sensitivity with the ability to think, run fast and needs to be treated well to obtain the best results. The old trail horse, Piednippe boy had been winner of both Kalgoorlie and Esperance cups.


Charissa has a 19 year old hound cross, Monty the fearless, deaf, arthritic and unconquerable ( see the Vaccination page), Red Rabbits the agile kelpie rescued from certain death witha tick, and Wichette the wild tabby, terror of rats, and rescued from the surgery ditch. She also has Malcolm Steer, featured on his own facebook page, and on the home page with  the proprietor of Live Exercise Physiology, He was saved by herbal medicine and homeopathy from nasty calf scours when he was first rescued, loves all people and is a great animal to teach cow leading.


She has a wide interest in music and geology, especially where it can also be used for healing and meditation.

Maddie goes to the Farm