Graduated from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science in 1988. Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist – IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society) – IVAS Basic course 1998-99 in Norway.
Western Herbal Medicine courses at Integrate.CPD, Oxfordshire, England from 2004 – 2007. Graduate Diploma Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine from CIVT – College of Integrative Veterinary Therapy, Australia (2018). Canine Manipulation Therapy/Osteopathy-courses with Patricia Kortekaas, PT; 2006 – 2009, arranged by NoVAS. Astri was on the NoVAS (Nordic Veterinary Acupuncture Society) board 2004 – 2018, with main responsibility as course arranger, including three IVAS/NoVAS basic courses. Astri has worked with small animals part-time or full-time ever since graduation from vet school, combined with the large animal practice for two years and as a veterinary inspector in the Ministry of Agriculture some years.
After working in various clinics, she founded AlternatiVet AS in 2004 with two colleagues, a clinic with the main focus on alternative medicine and rehabilitation-sadly bankrupt in 2008, though……. Today she works at her own home-based clinic, mainly referred patients, concentrating on acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, behavior, and manual therapy. She writes articles on herbs and herbal medicine for small animals, lectures, and gives short herbal courses for animal owners. Spare time is spent hiking; gathering nature’s gifts when in season; berries, mushrooms, wild herbs, and also spent on her favorite hobby agility, with her new puppy, Emmy.