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Essentials: Essential Oils for Veterinary Medicine

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Duration:

8 Weeks

6 week course
Price:

$595.00 USD

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About the Course

Essential oils are rapidly gaining popularity, with the global essential oils market valued at over 10 billion US dollars in 2022.  Although a large portion of the market applications are in the food and beverage industry, the pharmaceutical market is also expanding. 

The therapeutic use of essentials to promote physical and emotional well-being is called aromatherapy.  Aromatherapy is reportedly one of the fastest-growing complementary care interventions, with human health care facilities using it to promote patient comfort.  One facility (Minneapolis VA Health Care System) even reports that essential oils are the facility’s most widely used integrative modality, representing 64% of all modalities used.  In veterinary medicine, aromatherapy offers many benefits for a wide variety of problems, both physical and behavioral/emotional.  Advantages include a convenient alternative to oral medications with excellent compliance. 

However, incorporating essential oils into veterinary practice can prove challenging; available products vary tremendously in quality and cost.  Consequently, education is vital when utilizing essential oil safely with animals. 

This short course will cover the history, chemistry, production, and safety of both essential oils, as well as their water-soluble relatives, hydrosols.  You will learn how to incorporate essential oils into small animal practice including suggestions for building a basic essential oil starter kit, and how to create your own essential oil and hydrosol blends. Clinical cases will be presented throughout the course to reinforce practical veterinary applications and give you the confidence to add essential oils and hydrosols to your treatment plans.

Click HERE to watch a brief video of Dr Carol Falck talking about the course. 

 

 

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 and complete online quizzes. Tutor support is available throughout the course. Email/Zoom support is available.

  • Online classroom
  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Readings

Assessments

  • Multiple choice open book
  • Final written project
  • Forum participation

Course Outcomes

  • To understand what an essential oil is and how it works
  • To introduce basic scientific properties of essential oils
  • To objectively assess the scientific validity of essential oil therapy
  • To understand the essential oil quality control process and safety/toxicity issues
  • To use twelve essential oils for the treatment of animals in everyday cases
  • To answer clients' basic questions on the use of essential oils

Credits

  • 10 RACE Credits
Dr Carol Falck

Meet the Tutors and Lecturers

Dr Carol Falck
VMD, BScZoo, BScMS (Masters) CA, CVA, CTVVMH, CFT, CT-NMT
After earning her undergraduate degree in zoology and obtaining a Master’s in marine sciences, Dr. Carol Falck was pursuing her PhD in oceanography when she had one of those “A-ha!” moments. While camping in the Florida Everglades,...
1 Webinar and 1 Course

What will you Learn

Week 1 - Basic essential oil concepts including definitions, nomenclature, history; Clove and Frankincense

Week 2 - Production, quality control, hydrosols, chemistry 1, physiology 1, the science of smell 1, the physical effects of essential oils; Eucalyptus and Lemongrass

Week 3 - Chemistry 2, physiology 2, the science of smell 2, emotional effects of essential oils; Lavender...

Week 1 - Basic essential oil concepts including definitions, nomenclature, history; Clove and Frankincense

Week 2 - Production, quality control, hydrosols, chemistry 1, physiology 1, the science of smell 1, the physical effects of essential oils; Eucalyptus and Lemongrass

Week 3 - Chemistry 2, physiology 2, the science of smell 2, emotional effects of essential oils; Lavender and Ylang Ylang

Week 4 - Safety, adverse events, safe use guidelines; Tea Tree and Niaouli

Week 5 - Singles, blends, blending process; Bergamot and Peppermint

Week 6 - Evidence, resources, practical applications; Rosemary and Roman Chamomile

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Essentials: Essential Oils for Veterinary 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 restricted to qualified veterinarians and veterinary students, veterinary technicians and veterinary nurses

Course Testimonial

Get inspired with our student journeys.

"Before I took the course offered by CIVT I was “dabbling” with using essential oils, but always concerned about safety. After taking the course I had the confidence to make sprays and salves and discuss using oils with my clients. Lots of well presented, useful information and the discussions were lots of fun! I would highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in using essential oils."

Dr Charoul Lekx
DVM, CVA, CCHM, CCRT
Canada

Frequently Asked Questions

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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, 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 

 

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.

Extend your knowledge with our Webinars

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The Nose Knows – Essential Oils Basics
The Nose Knows – Essential Oils Basics
Dr Carol Falck VMD, BScZoo, BScMS (Masters) CA, CVA, CTVVMH, CFT, CT-NMT