Music to Soothe the Savage Beast with Sue Raimond

Jeffrey’s great conversation with Sue Raimond, considered a pioneer of harp enrichment/therapy for pets and people, and is also among the world experts in the field of cytocymatics and vibroacoustics pertaining to the harp.

Sue was educated at the University of Maryland (Wiesbaden, Germany extension), and later at California State University, Long Beach. She is an adjunct lecturer specializing in pain management at the UC San Diego, Thornton and Hillcrest hospitals and for the International Harp Therapy Faculty in Richmond, VA. Tufts University Veterinary School hosted Sue as a speaker for its International Veterinary Symposium on Hospice Care for Animals. Additionally, the Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW), in Baltimore, MD, had Sue address their convention. Educators nation wide recognize and recommend her CDs for pets with separation anxiety, thunder phobia and various other behavior modification needs.

Sue’s most recent zoo work includes establishing a harp enrichment program for the San Diego Wild Animal Park (African and Asian elephants); San Diego Zoo (primates); and the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, MA (gorillas, zebras and giraffes).

Veterinarians, ranchers and animal shelters in Dallas, TX also use harp enrichment at their facilities to calm residents, eliminate negative behaviors (i.e. cribbing), and facilitate easier birthing.

Rescue facilities such as “Lions, Tigers and Bears” also invited Sue to work with their tigers and larger breed cats as prescribed enrichment.

Recent publications featuring Sue’s work include:

Hallmark Magazine, Country Living Magazine, New York Post, MSNBC.com, YahooNews.com, Your Dog and Catnip magazines of Tufts University, Joshua Leed’s Through a Dog’s Ears, The Goldsteins’ book Wellness & Longevity; Julia Szabo’s The Underdog, Grace Magazine, International Harp Therapy Journal, Apline Sun Newspaper, San Diego Union Tribune newspaper, Arden Moore’s The Cat Behavior Answer Book, and Love of Animals Magazine. Dish Network’s new program Animal Companions; Disney’s Animal Planet: Petsburg, USA and You Lie Like a Dog along with ABC Radio Australia round out some of the media adventures.

The field trials of harp enrichment for 20 undomesticated Alaskan wolves continues to provide and education and enlightenment to viewers on Animal Planet.

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases consulted with Sue regarding use of harp as enrichment for animals and published, with Sue Raimond as co-author. The results of the study on African green monkeys appeared in the Journal of Medical Primatology, April 2007.

Balancing her schedule, Sue continues in her 21st year as a firefighter/EMT; and continues her work as author, film maker, and composer with over 13 CDs, books and films to her credit. Recently, Sue accepted the position of consultant for the National Standard Board for Therapeutic Musicians with work in progress during 2008.

Sue will be a presenter at the upcoming Third International Conference on Sound Healing and speaks with me about her work with animals and the remarkable power of music and it’s positive effects on well being and retraining negative behavior.

The Omni Art Salon theme music When Angels Smile, is provided courtesy of Back To Earth

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