Essentials of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine
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About the Course

This Advanced Certification in Veterinary Western  Herbal Medicine course is designed for veterinarians who have already undertaken either the CIVT Certification Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine or a similar course through a recognized herbal school or can demonstrate their experience in Western herbal medicine. The focus of this course is on the Materia Medica from a veterinary perspective and on therapeutics for veterinary conditions at an advanced level. The course is taken over 12 months at your own pace.  

This advanced course is developed by Dr Susan Wynn and Dr Barbara Fougere, editors and authors of Veterinary Herbal Medicine - the first authoritative textbook of its kind. Both Barbara and Susan are practicing veterinary herbalists and leaders worldwide in herbal medicine, bridging traditional and veterinary medicine. Taught by a team of tutors and experts in their fields, this course will develop your competence and confidence to safely and effectively integrate herbal medicine into your practice.

The focus of these modules is on the Materia Medica from a veterinary perspective and on therapeutics for veterinary conditions at an advanced level. Western herbal medicine for complaints of the major body systems is covered through examination of both traditional and evidence-based Materia Medica. The Materia Medica covers the actions, indications, constituents and contraindications of herbs and enables the student to develop a working comprehension of the herbs in relation to the different body systems and to become both competent and confident in the use of these herbs for a wide variety of disease states. A minimum of 100 herbs is covered during these modules.

Please note that this is an evidence-based course delivered by qualified and experienced practitioners but is not an Australian government-accredited qualification.

Communication and course materials

We will provide self paced learning content and activities within the myCIVT classroom online. You will receive a log in and password to access this room. From myCIVT you can access course content as well as submit assessment tasks. Email/Zoom support is available, and online tutorials and lectures in real time, with recordings available in case you miss them.

Assessments

  • online quizzes
  • forum participation
  • case journals and case studies
  • short answer questions and essays

Students are awarded the 'Advanced Certification in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine'.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is available where previous studies are equivalent to units offered in this course. Students can apply for recognition of prior learning towards the 10684NAT-Graduate Diploma Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine. This will reduce the study load and assessments required.

Course Outcomes

Based on previous knowledge and completion of this advanced course, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to:

  • Successfully integrate Western Herbal Medicine into veterinary practice
  • Plan an individualized prescription and treat animals safely and effectively
  • Assess the quality and therapeutic potential of herbal medicines
  • Manage a herbal dispensary
  • Advise clients on the rational and safe use of Western herbal medicines
  • Access and evaluate information available from a variety of herbal medicine resources

Students will at the end of the course be able to:

  • Identify the therapeutic properties of the major herbs used to treat veterinary disorders and diseases of the major systems including both traditional and evidence-based uses, indications, safety and contraindications.
  • Assess, advise and prescribe appropriate herbal treatment for disorders of these body systems.

Credits

  • 38 RACE Credits
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Dr Shelley Doxey
Dr Barbara Fougere
Dr Susan Wynn

Meet the Tutors and Lecturers

Dr Shelley Doxey
BVetMed (Hons), MRCVS, GDVWHM
Shelley graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK in 2002 and has worked in small animal practice ever since. She has a keen interest in the management of chronic disease and also in geriatric care, which led her to explore the...
1 Webinar and 3 Courses
BSc BVMS (Hons) MODT BHSc (CMed) MHSc (Herb Med) Grad Dip Vet Acup Grad Dip VCHM Grad Dip VWHM CVA (IVAS) CVBM CVCP CMAVA
Dr Barbara Fougere is a 1986 graduate from Murdoch University Veterinary School Western Australia. She practices in Sydney Australia, exclusively in veterinary integrative medicine. She has served on the Australian Veterinary Association Policy...
17 Webinars and 10 Courses
DVM, DACVN, RH(AHG), CVA (certified veterinary acupuncturist) CVCH (certified veterinary Chinese herbalist)
Susan G. Wynn, DVM, DACVN is a 1987 graduate of the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship with Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington DC in 1988, a post-doctoral fellowship in viral...
2 Webinars and 5 Courses

What will you Learn

VWHM10025 Veterinary Herbal Therapuetics I

A review of Principles of Herbal Treatments in Veterinary Practice is followed by Western herbal medicine for the gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, and respiratory systems, covered through examination of both traditional and evidence based Materia Medica. The Materia Medica covers the actions, indications, constituents and contraindications of herbs, enables the student to develop a working comprehension...

VWHM10025 Veterinary Herbal Therapuetics I

A review of Principles of Herbal Treatments in Veterinary Practice is followed by Western herbal medicine for the gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, and respiratory systems, covered through examination of both traditional and evidence based Materia Medica. The Materia Medica covers the actions, indications, constituents and contraindications of herbs, enables the student to develop a working comprehension of the herbs in relation to the different body systems, and to become both competent and confident in the use of these herbs for a wide variety of disease states. 

  • Unit VWHM113 (60 hours) Herbal Therapeutics of the Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Systems

  • Unit VWHM114 (20 hours hours) Herbal Therapeutics of the Respiratory System

  • Unit VWHM115 (40 hours) Herbal Therapeutics of the Cardiovascular System and Haematological System

VWHM10026 Veterinary Herbal Therapuetics II

Western herbal medicine for the skin (including allergies), immune, autoimmune, reproductive systems and for infectious diseases are covered through examination of both traditional and evidence based Materia Medica. The Materia Medica covers the actions, indications, constituents and contraindications of herbs, enables the student to develop a working comprehension of the herbs in relation to the different body systems, and to become both competent and confident in the use of these herbs for a wide variety of disease states.

  • Unit VWHM116 (40 hours) Herbal Therapeutics of the Skin and Coat

  • Unit VWHM117 (40 hours) Herbal Therapeutics of the Immune System and Infectious conditions

  • Unit VWHM118 (40 hours) Herbal Therapeutics of the Urinary System

VWHM10027 Veterinary Herbal Therapeutics III

Western herbal medicine for the musculoskeletal, nervous, reproductive and endocrine systems and ophthalmologic and behaviour disorders are covered through examination of both traditional and evidence based Materia Medica. The Materia Medica covers the actions, indications, constituents and contraindications of herbs, enables the student to develop a working comprehension of the herbs in relation to the different body systems, and to become both competent and confident in the use of these herbs for a wide variety of disease states.

  • Unit VWHM119 (40 hours) Herbal Therapeutics of the Musculoskeletal System

  • Unit VWHM120 (40 hours) Herbal Therapeutics of the Nervous System and Ophthalmological and Behavioral conditions

  • Unit VWHM121 (40 hours) Herbal Therapeutics of the Endocrine and Reproductive Systems

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Advanced Certification in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine

Before you take the course

Below requirements are needed before you can take this course.
  • You should have independent computer skills and be able to access the Internet.
  • This course is currently restricted to registered veterinarians.
Pre-requisite Courses

Below are the required course(s) that you need to complete

Certification in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine
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Our introductory or short courses require approximately 3-5 hours per week.  Our Certifications and Graduate Diplomas require approximately 5-10 hours per week.  This will vary amongst individuals, depending on the pace in which they learn.  More time may be needed each week, depending on how long an individual needs to spend on completing assignments. 

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The College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies offers courses that are both challenging and rewarding. You can learn at your own pace under the tutelage of experts in their field. What you won’t need is to pay airfares, travel, hotel bills by participating in green education!

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