Dr. Royal joined the AHVMF BOD in 2011 and is the current President-Elect. In addition, she is the current President of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA). She graduated with high honors from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. She completed training in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from IVAS, Advanced Western & Chinese Herbal Medicine through Tufts University, and studied Animal Physical Therapy and Healing Techniques at the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Royal has extensive experience in veterinary care, including zoo, marine, and wildlife animals, conventional practices, nutrition, herbal remedies, physical rehabilitation techniques, and alternative treatments. She is also certified in advanced acupuncture through IVAS, and uses acupuncture for pets and exotic zoo creatures. She is the go-to veterinarian for Oprah Winfrey and is the first veterinarian in the world to perform acupuncture on a zebra. She is the founder and owner of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center andis a pioneer in complementary zoo medicine.
In addition, she is a nationally-published author in numerous magazines and an international lecturer in her field. Dr. Royal is often featured in the media for her successful treatment of animals and groundbreaking work in veterinary medicine.