Dr. Erin Bannink, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (oncology)

Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine

Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture

Integrative Oncology Teleconsults

TeleConsultations for Veterinarians (for pets outside of Michigan)

Dr. Bannink is now offering Integrative Oncology TeleConsultations to provide assistance in creating integrative oncology treatment plans for pets living outside of Michigan. Due to state license regulations, Dr. Bannink cannot prescribe treatments for patients outside of Michigan. All prescribing must be performed through your local veterinarian licensed in your state. 

*PLEASE NOTE* These IOC Teleconsults for pets living outside Michigan are scheduled by Dr. Bannink directly. DO NOT call OVRS to schedule this consultation. OVRS only schedules appointments which are going to be seen in person, or teleconsults directly with who reside in Michigan. OVRS reception staff DOES NOT take payments for these IOC Teleconsults. The $500 payment must be submitted electronically by the veterinarian at the time the IOC TeleConsult request form is filled out and submitted. The form cannot be submitted without entering payment. These TeleConsults are something Dr. Bannink provides on her own off-clinic time in order to try to accommodate out of state requests for assistance. Once the IOC Teleconsult request form is submitted by the veterinarian, Dr. Bannink will email the veterinarian to inform them of the next available appointment on her Teleconsult Schedule. Please be advised she is typically booking 5-7 weeks out. This is not a service OVRS offers. They are only processing payments for Dr. Bannink. OVRS is in no way involved with the scheduling of these Teleconsults. The reception staff does not understand about these appointments and will not provide accurate information. Please DO NOT call them. Veterinarians can email Dr. Bannink directly at drbannink@mettapets.info with questions. The direct link to submit request and payment for a Integrative Oncology Teleconsult is: https://www.ovrs.com/forms/telemedicine-ioc-form.html

The purpose of these Integrative Teleconsults is to provide assistance and support to veterinarians managing patients with cancer and/ or for pet parents who are  interested in utilizing Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine as part of their pet's treatment protocol and/or would like Dr. Bannink's assistance integrating these treatments with conventional cancer therapies. 


These Teleconsults are for licensed veterinarians, ideally with training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) assessment, who are requesting a Teleconsult with Dr. Bannink for assistance in Integrative or TCM Oncology treatments for one of their current patients who has been diagnosed with cancer. Veterinarians and clients/patients must be located outside of Michigan. (Those living in Michigan, or those who are wanting Dr. Bannink to manage their pet's care directly and are willing to travel to Michigan, can make an Integrative Oncology Consultation with Dr. Bannink at OVRS.)

If you are a veterinarian inquiring about an Integrative Oncology TeleConsultation and are not trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, please email me to inquire about options.

What is included in an Integrative Oncology TeleConsultation with Dr. Bannink

  • A patient specific Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine treatment protocol that you can prescribe.

  • Upon request, Dr. Bannink can provide scientific literature references on available biomedical research regarding prescribed treatments and mechanisms of action, for use in client education or in communicating with your local oncologist. 

  • Advice on Conventional medicine treatment options, prognosis and integrative options based on Dr. Bannink's 12 years of experience managing patients with integrative Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) and conventional therapies.

  • A frank and honest discussion about what we do and don't know yet about integrating CHM with conventional treatments and recommendations based on Dr. Bannink's personal experience regarding response rates, methods to integrate CHM with conventional therapies and what to generally expect with treatment of specific oncological diagnoses.

  • Up to 2 hours of follow-up communications within 6 months of the initial consultation for assistance in ongoing management and follow-up questions.

Scheduling an Integrative Oncology TeleConsultation 

TeleConsultations are requested through the OVRS Website at this link. Payment will be taken at the time the consultation request form is submitted and Dr. Bannink will contact you regarding scheduling.

Dr. Bannink performs these consultations on Fridays and is able to accommodate a maximum of two consultations each Friday (with the exception of conferences, vacations and holidays). These consultation must be scheduled in advance, as she works up these cases on her personal time outside of clinic hours. Most communication will take place via email, although phone and video conferencing is an option when necessary. 


The cost of a Telemedicine Integrative Oncology consult with Dr. Bannink is $500. This fee includes up to 2 hours of follow-up communication within the first 6 months after consultation.

(Link to Telemedicine Request form)


Additional follow-up communications are happily provided for an additional hourly rate of $100/hour.

(Link to 1-hour follow-up request form)

About Dr. Erin Bannink

In addition to her board certification in veterinary oncology, Dr. Bannink holds a graduate diploma in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine through CIVT and is certified in veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). She began integrating Classical Chinese Medicine with conventional cancer therapies during her oncology residency and has been offering these therapies as part of an integrative approach to cancer care in a multi-specialist hospital setting since 2007. Dr. Bannink is a faculty member of the College of Veterinary Integrative Therapies (CIVT) and lectures to worldwide audiences about Integrative Cancer therapy using Traditional Chinese Medicine. 



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