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Certification in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine


12 Months


$4,230.00 USD

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About the Course

The Certification in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine is a four-module course and each module takes approximately three months of part-time study to complete. The whole course is undertaken over 12 months. While you will be required to administer herbs to animals during this course, you will not need a large number of diverse cases for treatment (suitable for locums, part-time veterinarians).

This course was originally 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 a core group of 40 important herbs into your practice.

This course may be credited towards partial completion of the 10684NAT-Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine.

What do veterinarians say about this course?

"I have never taken an online course before and am also completely new to herbal medicine - my experience of this course in western veterinary herbal medicine is 110% superb! The quality of the material, the ease of accessibility and the support and regular contact with tutors are all far better than I would have ever expected. I cannot praise this stimulating, exciting and fascinating course highly enough! " Dr Holly Mash, Bristol, UK.


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, as well as online case studies, recorded lectures and case support from experienced veterinary herbalists.


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

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

Course Outcomes

On completion of this program veterinarians will have the knowledge and skills necessary to:

  • Successfully integrate a core group of 40 herbs 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


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

Meet the Tutors and Lecturers

Dr Shelley Doxey
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...
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...
15 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

VWHM10021 Foundations of Veterinary Phytotherapy

This module introduces the history of herbal medicine, and looks at the parallel emergence of veterinary herbal medicine including the current renaissance in contemporary practice. It explores the history and philosophies of some major historical figures in Western Herbal Medicine as well as touching on other ancient healers and systems including Egyptian, Arabic, Roman and Greek medical systems. The Traditions...

VWHM10021 Foundations of Veterinary Phytotherapy

This module introduces the history of herbal medicine, and looks at the parallel emergence of veterinary herbal medicine including the current renaissance in contemporary practice. It explores the history and philosophies of some major historical figures in Western Herbal Medicine as well as touching on other ancient healers and systems including Egyptian, Arabic, Roman and Greek medical systems. The Traditions of Western herbal medicine are investigated including the Humoral Theory, Physicomedicalism, Eclectic Movement and Doctrine of Signatures which underpin the development of Modern Herbalism and Modern Veterinary Herbal Medicine. it consists of:

  • Unit VWHM101  History of Western Herbal Medicine

  • Unit VWHM102 Understanding the Language of Herbal Medicine

  • Unit VWHM103  Herbal Resources and Research

VWHM10022  Global Perspectives and Contemporary Issues of Veterinary Herbal Medicine 

This module is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of herbal medicine within a global and contemporary perspective.  Understanding the interrelationship of herbal medicine traditions both in the past and the present provides an awareness of the importance of herbs in animal husbandry and health across the globe. The new science of zoopharmacognosy is an interesting one that provides a perspective on the issue of "self medication" by animals.  Part of the relationship between plants, animals and people is recognizing the importance of conserving endangered plants - having that awareness makes you a thoughtful practitioner for sustainable medicine. Ethics of prescribing herbal medicines in modern veterinary practice is also examined. A selection of herbs will be introduced for study throughout this module which consists of:

  • Unit VWHM104  Philosophy and Models of Traditional Medicine 

  • Unit VWHM105  Contemporary Herbal Medicine Issues

  • Unit VWHM106  Clinical perspectives

VWHM10023  Herbal Botany, Pharmacognosy,  Pharmacology & Manufacture

Herbalists should keep safety above any other consideration when using medicinal herbs. This unit provides a firm foundation in plant chemistry from a clinical viewpoint. Identification of herbs is important to avoid collection or purchase of inappropriate plants, adulteration, substitution and possible toxicity. We will explore  how and why plants make secondary constituents, and how to study the plant itself to learn more about its constituents.  Herbal pharmacology include the major classes of herb constituents and, where appropriate, their general effects on mammalian systems.  Finally, manufacture of herbal medicines is reviewed as well as quality control and regulatory issues that influence medicinal safety and efficacy. The module consists of:

  • Unit VWHM107  Medicinal Plant Identification and Classification

  • Unit VWHM108  Pharmacognosy and Pharmacology

  • Unit VWHM109  Manufacturing, Processing & Dispensing

VWHM10024 Clinical Overview in Veterinary Practice

The module allows students to apply knowledge and skills learned in other units in a safe and clinically competent manner, using the herbs learnt throughout the module, within the veterinary setting. Herb toxicity and herb drug interactions will be introduced from an evidence based point of view. You will be able to take a case, analyse the case and apply principles to create a treatment plan and prescribe a herbal formula.

  • Unit VWHM110  Herb Drug Interactions And Adverse Reactions

  • Unit VWHM111  Veterinary Herbal Pharmacy Management

  • Unit VWHM112  Herbal Therapeutics in Practice

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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.

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Is online study right for me?

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. Online or distance learning is not for everyone. Think carefully before you enroll. To succeed in online learning and distance education you will need:

  • A commitment to study and enquiry
  • To be capable of self directed learning with our guidance and support through your course
  • Motivation to pursue your course of study
  • Access to the internet and a printer
  • A good internet service that provides a good speed for downloads
  • An enthusiasm for engaging with your tutors and peers
  • The ability to work on your own or collaborate in a team
  • The capability of an independent level of written and spoken English
  • An appointment by phone may be requested prior to course commencement- we don't want you to start if we think we can't provide the right experience for you
  • If you are not sure contact us, we can help you gain a  full understanding of our courses before applying.

What you won't need is to pay airfares, travel, hotel bills by participating in green education!

All our courses are available to enrol at any time.  Our courses are part time, self paced within the course timeframe, and fully online.  Sometimes there is a scheduled start date for a course, in which we accept a group intake of enrolments. This encourages a cohort of students to move through the course together, making for a more interactive learning experience.

Although some courses have live sessions available, there are no live sessions that you are required to attend for any of our courses.  Our courses are delivered online and are self paced within the course timeframe, to give you the greatest flexibility with your study. You can study anywhere, anytime that suits you. We have great learning tools such as lectures, comprehensive course notes, videos, online resources, discussion forum and continuous support from our highly qualified and experienced tutors to help you can get the most out of your course.

Please refer to our enrolment terms and conditions when seeking extra time in a course, 

If you take a "leave of absence/deferral" from a course this freezes your progress in the course.  You will have no access to the course during this time.  A request for a leave of absence/deferral can be made for up to 3 months, initially.  Longer periods of time away from the course can be reviewed after this time.  If you want to use any course resources whilst you are taking your leave of absence/deferral you will need to download the material (such as documents, course notes, reading material) beforehand.  There is no fee to take a leave of absence/deferral, however your regular payment instalments for the course will continue.

If you request an "extension" for a course, you may be given extra time in a course and still have full access to the course.  An extension can be granted for up to, or equal to, the maximal period of study for that course.  There is a fee involved in applying for an extension, this varies according to the amount of extra time requested and is found on the link provided.


This depends on the type of course you enrol in.

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. 

If you are a registered Veterinarian, you are eligible to enrol in any of our courses, 

If you are a Veterinary Technician or Veterinary Nurse or Animal Health Professional you may be able to apply to enrol in selected courses for Veterinarians, however you will need to go through an eligibility process first. Otherwise, you can apply for our courses for Animal Health Professionals, 

If you are a Pet Owner, you can apply for our courses designed for Pet Owners, 


Earn your own CIVT certificate of completion

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!

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements.

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