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Animal Wellbeing ....... Naturally

A Trusted Provider of Holistic Animal Wellbeing Solutions

Keep your pets and farm animals happy and healthy with the help of The Holistic Animal Ltd. I’m Don Jackson, the owner of this company, and I offer everything from intuitive animal communication to animal health and behavioural consultancy and animal environmental solutions . My mobile clinic services are available to horse and companion animal owners as well as commercial and lifestyle farmers in the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and South Auckland areas of New Zealand. Call or email me today for any questions you may have.

Mission Statement

I aim to provide high-quality consultancy services that uphold the five freedoms of animals:

  • Freedom From Hunger and Thirst
  • Freedom From Environmental Stress
  • Freedom From Pain, Injury, and Disease
  • Freedom to Display Normal Behaviour
  • Freedom From Fear and Distress


Don has had some great results treating my stock & has saved me a considerable amount of stress.

- Greg Gordon, Dairy Farmer

I have noticed a real improvement in the behaviour of the horses Don has treated.

- Morgan Larsen-Church, Farrier

Don has a unique gift for communicating with animals and dealing with the cause of their ailments and emotional issues. He identifies the root cause of issues and eliminates them so that the animal can self-heal with the appropriate remedy support plus dietary or environmental adjustments. I have no hesitation in recommending Don’s expertise. He has treated many of my horses and dogs with outstanding results.

- Ron Ashford, Stockman, Sheep Dog Trialer, Horseman, Cowboy

Don leaves a trail of happy horses in his wake, and mine were certainly no exception! He has a unique approach, and his gift encompasses the entire health and wellbeing of all the animals he comes into contact with. 

- Jen Atkinson, 6 x NZ Barrel Racing Champion


A love of animals is in my blood—in fact, I can trace my family’s unbroken farming ancestry back many generations to England. I grew up on my parents’ farm in Canterbury, and from an early age, I was involved in my school’s agricultural club, rearing a wide variety of livestock and poultry. Helping my father at lambing time was the highlight of my year.

At age eight, I acquired my first pony and attended the local pony club. That was the beginning of my lifelong love of horses.

During my college years, I entered the agricultural curriculum that the school offered and naturally excelled in general agricultural, animal husbandry, and wool science studies. I was active in the Young Farmers Club, representing Canterbury in the South Island stock judging competitions and enjoying my time on the school farm.

I secured a highly contested placement to attend Flock House, a farm training college in Manawatu, where I gained valuable skills in dairy, beef, sheep, goat, horses and deer farming. These included practical skills and theoretical requirements required to gain a certificate in agriculture.

Upon returning to Canterbury, I worked as a shepherd on various farms before heading to a large station in Western Australia for a year. Time spent working in the South Island high country and North Island backcountry of New Zealand was quickly followed by 2 years on farms in England and shepherding on one of the Queen’s estates in Scotland.

After receiving a diploma in horticulture from Massey University, I started my own business as a farm planting and forestry consultant and contractor in the Bay of Plenty. I was one of the first to develop farm planting plans, and I also initiated a native and farm forestry tree nursery.

In 1995, I trained as an artificial breeding technician with the Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC). Two successful seasons later resulted in my becoming a supervisor and trainer then transitioning to district manager 7 years later. I participated as a judge in the Ballance Farm Environment Awards and developed a rural disaster recovery manual for farm animals after my experiences in the 2004 Edgecumbe flood.

Along with breeding and training Labrador dogs and Anglo-Arab horses, I have competed in equestrian endurance events and enjoyed participating in the Great New Zealand Trek, exploring numerous backcountry farms throughout the North Island of New Zealand.

My interest in alternative health methods for treating animals began in the late 1990s with treating dairy cows. Since then, I have gained qualifications in several complementary modalities. I soon developed a holistic style of animal care that pulls together my lifetime of rural knowledge, practical animal husbandry, and a natural gift for connecting with animals.


  • Bach Remedies Practitioner
  • Diploma in Equine Psychology
  • Diploma in Animal Reiki
  • Reiki Master
  • Diploma in Horticulture (Landscape Design)
  • Certificate in Agriculture
  • Member of Reiki NZ Inc. (Membership Number 1223)

I have a passion for the holistic care of all domestic animals but I specialise in horses, dogs and cattle, so if you would like to know more about my services please feel free to contact me.

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