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Linda Bender, DVM Veterinarian, animal advocate, spiritual teacher

Dr. Linda Bender holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine. A gifted healer, and spiritual teacher, she is an internationally renowned animal advocate and speaker. Dr. Bender is the author of the award-winning Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals.


Dr. Bender lectures around the world advocating for animals and the conservation of habitats. Her globe-spanning career amid endangered and domesticated animals has included rescue, rehabilitation, and protection of wildlife. She also works with local communities in Asia and Africa to promote anti-poaching initiatives and helps to develop treatment protocols and educational programs.


Dr. Bender is a certified meditation teacher and grief counselor and started one of the first pet therapy programs in Cincinnati as part of their state mental health program. She is also the cofounder of the nonprofit From the Heart. Her work has been endorsed by Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Deepak Chopra, and many others.


Linda Bender's love of the natural world began in her childhood backyard. A lifelong animal whisperer, healer, and advocate, Dr. Bender combines her scientific training with the wisdom of a mystic.

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