Katja Auer moved from Germany to the United States in 1992. She began riding horses as a young child and was hooked on horses and riding every since she can remember. In Germany, she showed dressage and jumping, rode in foxhunts and also as balance for her and her horses did a lot of trail riding and carriage driving. She earned her German FN Bronze Certifications in Riding and Carriage Driving right before she moved to the United States.
While she was completing her University graduate studies in chemistry in the late 90’s she kept gravitating to veterinary science and decided to volunteer her time at large and small animal veterinary clinics to decide if she wanted to purse a path in veterinary medicine. Spending extensive time with large animal veterinarians in the field she noticed that her focus gravitated to non-invasive holistic approaches. Katja's experiences while working for veterinarians in the 1990’s led her to seek additional ways to help prevent problems, increase the speed of healing processes and help our equine partners maximize their potential or simply keep them comfortable. She deeply cares about horses and over the years has spent extensive time broadening her education and practice on various equine-wellness modalities to offer the most suitable approach for each horse. She has learned that there is not one method or one device that “fixes” issues, but rather, proper assessment is key. Working closely with Owners, Trainers, Veterinarians and other practitioners as a team offers the best care for the animal.
1999 Masters In Science – University of Arizona. She completed University level graduate class work in animal anatomy & physiology, equine nutrition, chemistry and microbiology.
2001 Certified Equinology® Equine Body Worker (EEBW) (Equinology® is the only Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education approved school currently that is strictly dedicated to equine and canine bodywork; Equinology is an approved veterinary continuing education provider for RACE; the Equinology® Approach stands out because it is comprehensively anatomically referenced)
2002 Dr. Kerry J. Ridgway, DVM, Equine Therapeutic Options – Saddle fit, Farrier Science, Musculo-Skeletal Problems Associated with Equine G.I. Ulcers
2008 Certified in Reiki Level II – by Hanne Kaestle following the Usui System
2009 Master of Business Administration – University of LaVerne
2014 Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner – by Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute (completed over 300 units in Equine Acupressure and Traditional Chinese Medicine) (Approved by National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine and National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage and Approved Provider National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork))
2014 Diploma recipient of the USDF University
2014 Integrated Cold Laser by Respond Systems, Inc.
2015 Certified in Myofascial Release following the John Barnes Method (taught by Ruth Mitchell-Golladay via Equinology®)
2015 Certified in Equine Kinesiology Taping by Equi-Tape, Inc