Dr. Ian Billinghurst – Bio

IAN BILLINGHURST – Nutritionist, Agricultural Scientist, Veterinary Surgeon, Author, Lecturer, Nutritional Consultant and Producer of Raw Pet Foods.

Dr. Billinghurst graduated B.Sc.Agr. in 1966 from Sydney University as an Agronomist and Nutritionist; his studies being divided equally between Agronomy and Nutrition (basic and applied), in cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry.

Dr. Billinghurst spent 1966 as a research  Scientist at the Orange Agricultural Research  Station  in the Central West of NSW. The next four years were spent teaching secondary level Science and Agriculture. During this period Dr. Billinghurst obtained his Diploma in Education from The University of New England Armidale.  These studies included an in depth investigation of the philosophy of Science.

In 1971, Dr. Billinghurst commenced his  Veterinary  Science  degree, graduating with  honours (B.V.Sc.Hons)  from  Sydney  University in 1976 and has remained in Companion animal practice  since that time.

Between 1984 and 1987, Dr. Billinghurst studied for and passed his examinations in Traditional Chinese Medicine (for humans).

By the end of the 1980’s, the combination of his formal and private studies, together with his research into the relationship between what his dog and cat patient’s ate and their state of health, had convinced Dr. Billinghurst that Evolutionary Nutrition was the only nutritional program able to promote and sustain genuine health.  He realized that this principle applied equally to all animal species – including humans. It was this revelation that lead to the first of Dr. Billinghurst’s three books on Companion Animal Nutrition.

His first  book,  Give Your  Dog a Bone”,  published in late 1993 sets  out  the basic  principles of canine nutrition, using raw, whole and commonly available foods, including raw bones, meat, offal, vegetables,  eggs yoghurt etc.. This book proved an instant hit and remains his most sought after and influential publication. Since that time GYDAB has sold in excess of 100 000 copies world-wide and is perhaps the most influential book on canine nutrition ever written.   Its basic principles now influence the nutritional decision making of even the largest multinational pet food companies.

In 1997 Dr. Billinghurst was invited  to England  where he lectured  in Birmingham, Bristol, London and Manchester  with outstanding success.   In 1998 Dr. Billinghurst in a 9 week tour of the United States,  presented  13 seminars,  of one and two days duration, from the west to  the east coast and back again, including Seattle in Washington State, Dallas in Texas, Orlando in Florida,  Hartford  in Connecticut, Richmond in Virginia,  Valley Forge in Pennsylvania (APDT), Chicago, Toledo in Ohio, Bellingham in Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco and finally Honolulu Hawaii.

These seminars were held in October, November and December of 1998 and proved to be the turning point for pet health throughout the western world.  They spawned the enormous raw food movement that now flourishes across North America. In both the USA and Canada, raw feeding has become widely accepted, and that includes a growing number of veterinarians. There are now numerouss internet lists and web sites extolling the virtues of raw feeding, together with many hundreds of pet food companies producing raw pet foods right across North America.

During his 1998 US tour, Dr. Billinghurst released his second book, “Grow Your Pups With Bones”.

This book  was written  as the breeder’s  supplement to “Give Your Dog a Bone”,  and includes a section  dealing with the prevention and treatment  of skeletal disease in growing pups.

GYPWB formalized the concept of BARF, an acronym standing for both ‘Bones And Raw Food’ and from a more scientific of formal perspective, ‘Biologically Appropriate Raw [or Real] Food’.

In 2001 Dr. Billinghurst Released his third book, “The BARF Diet”.

Since his initial  US tour, Dr. Billinghurst has made frequent visits to the US and Canada, speaking to  veterinarians, breeders,  dog  trainers,  and  dog  owners  (including twice  speaking  at APDT), promoting the concept  of Evolutionary Nutrition at every lecture. In 2002, Dr. Billinghurst gave two half days of lectures on Evolutionary Nutrition to the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.  In 2003 and again in 2007, Dr. Billinghurst spoke at the Pet Food Forum, the official annual conference of the North American Pet Food Industry. Dr. Billinghurst has also spoken in New Zealand, Singapore, Japan and in Australia, to breeders, dog training groups, technical colleges and post graduate veterinary groups.

Dr. Billinghurst has made numerous lecture tours of Japan, with speaking venues in Tokyo (Shibuya), Kobe, Hukuoka (Hakata) and Aichi (Nagoya). The first of these tours was in 2001, the second in 2003, the third in 2006, with another series of tours in 2007 and 2008, where Dr. Billinghurst began the first of his formal BARF courses for Japanese Students.

It was during his 2006 tour that Dr. Billinghurst released the Japanese translation of “The BARF Diet”.

In May 2006, Dr. Billinghurst spoke  at the Australian Veterinary  Association’s annual  conference in Tasmania, delivering a lecture on the role of nutrition in treating cancer. It is anticipated that Dr. Billinghurst’s fourth ground-breaking book, which details the vital role of Evolutionary Nutrition in preventing and treating Cancer (in both humans and companion animals), will be published in late 2012 or early 2013.

Dr. Billinghurst currently consults on evolutionary nutrition, conducts clinical and literature research into nutrition, writes and lectures on evolutionary nutrition and for the last ten years has produced his own brand of Pet Foods – Dr. B’s BARF. These frozen raw pet foods are based on Evolutionary principles of nutrition; they are formulated to be suitable for all stages of life and are available throughout Australia, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Dr. Billinghurst is currently developing a range of raw food diets (based on evolutionary principles), designed specifically to deal with a wide range of degenerative diseases, including allergies, skin problems, arthritis, all the common pancreatic problems, the various IBD’s, epilepsy, renal problems, hepatic disease, cardiac problems, etc – and of course – cancer.

It is these dietary regimes that form the very practical and highly useful presentations that Dr. Billinghurst presents to members of his own profession.  In these lectures, Dr. Billinghurst shows how to modify his commercial products – Dr. B’s BARF – to form highly effective nutritional treatment programmes for both cats and dogs; treatments that can be used the very next day in clinical practice.

These  informative and highly  practical lectures  are proving very  popular  and as one attendee stressed; “If  you  are  a veterinarian in  small  animal  practice   and  get  the  chance  to  hear  Dr. Billinghurst speak, these are lectures  that should  not be missed”.

Apart from his lecturing and Veterinary work, Dr Billinghurst is working on a number of new books, including a book  on feline  nutrition and his  groundbreaking work  on the relationship between nutrition and cancer.