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.
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.
Students are awarded the 'Certification in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine'.
On completion of this program veterinarians will have the knowledge and skills necessary to:
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
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:
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, https://civtedu.org/enrolment-terms-and-conditions
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, https://civtedu.org/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, https://civtedu.org/courses/animal-health-professionals
If you are a Pet Owner, you can apply for our courses designed for Pet Owners, https://civtedu.org/courses/pet-owners
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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