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Board-Certified Specialty Oncology Care and Integrative Healing for Pets with Cancer and the People who Love Them 

Metta Pets provides evidence-informed considerations about integrative care for pets diagnosed with cancer 

based on a philosophy that loving kindness is a key element in healing and well-being


Dr. Erin Bannink is a board-certified veterinary oncologist practicing in Michigan

She is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and holds a Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine

Dr. Bannink does not offer tele-consultations directly with pet parents about integrative cancer treatment because it is not legal for her to prescribe to patients out of state. If you are looking for integrative cancer management advice for your pet, your pet must be actively under the care of a Chinese medicine trained veterinarian in your area who is willing to manage your pet's care and prescribe herbal treatments. Your herbal medicine veterinarian can subscribe to my MettaPets Veterinary Professional Membership and schedule a tele-consultation with me on your pet's behalf. I can then speak directly with your prescribing veterinarian to guide care recommendations which they will implement.

Alternatively, you can travel to Michigan to see her in person for an integrative oncology consultation at

Oakland Veterinary Referral Services.

and the people who love them

Events with Dr. Bannink

  • Max Meditation for Stress Relief and Relaxation  (1)
    Max Meditation for Stress Relief and Relaxation  (1)
    Mon, Jun 03
    Jun 03, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Jun 03, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Treat yourself to a guided meditation journey to relax your body, calm your mind, and enjoy an uplifting visualization to heal your heart.

What Is Integrative Oncology?

From the human literature:

"Integrative oncology is a patient-centered, evidence-informed field of cancer care that utilizes mind and body practices, natural products, and/or lifestyle modifications from different traditions alongside conventional cancer treatments. Integrative oncology aims to optimize health, quality of life, and clinical outcomes across the cancer care continuum and to empower people to prevent cancer and become active participants before, during, and beyond cancer treatment."


- Witt, CM, et al. A Comprehensive Definition for Integrative Oncology. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr. 2017

What Does Metta Mean?

Metta is a Pali word meaning "Loving Kindness".
Metta is also a meditation practice for developing unconditional love.

The heart behind Metta Pets is in honoring the gift of unconditional love we experience with our pets, the power of the human-animal bond, and the depth of growth and healing that is possible through the Loving Kindness we learn to express more fully through our heart-opening relationship with them.

We have the opportunity to learn so much on this precious journey of life with our pets.

I'd like to support and empower your journey together as you treasure the time you have with them.

What it Means for You and Your Pet


Cancer is a scary...terrifying even...word for most people. But there is always hope. And our strongest ally in life during challenging moments is always right inside of us. I strongly believe this.

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