Margaret A. Federhart, DVM, CVA


Dr. Federhart’s road to practicing holistic veterinary medicine was a roundabout one. Growing up, she always loved animals and knew she wanted to spend her life working with them. After attending school to become a zookeeper at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, FL, “Maggie” found herself working with a Veterinary anesthesiologist, Dr. Hugh Calderwood, who specialized in raptors at the University of Florida. One day Maggie observed Dr. Calderwood repair the broken humerus of a baby screech owl with a sterilized paperclip. Maggie was fascinated and from then on, knew she had to be a veterinarian.

In 1988, Maggie graduated from the University of Florida with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She was practicing in Clearwater Florida, when Maggie and her husband, Bruce, vacationed in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and fell in love with the area. In 1995 Dr. Maggie made the North Carolina High Country her permanent home.

Around the time Maggie moved to North Carolina she began to feel limited in the resources that conventional veterinary medicine offered. In 1994, her beloved sheltie/shepherd mix, Amber, developed lymphoma and Maggie began to seek treatment options from a holistic veterinarian. Although Amber passed away, Maggie’s exposure to holistic medicine forever changed her career in Veterinary Medicine and enabled her to continue to fulfill her passion for caring for animals.

Dr. Maggie now practices out of her clinic, Whispering Waters Animal Care, in Boone, NC. Her focus on holistic healing works with the whole body; physical and emotional. Dr. Federhart is certified in Acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and has been trained in techniques on horses, dogs, cats, birds, livestock, and wildlife. She has taken courses in Rehabilitation through the Canine Rehabilitative Institute. Maggie has also taken the veterinary homeopathic course with Dr. Richard Pitcairn and the veterinary chiropractic course with Dr. Sharon Willoughby.