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Introduction to Animal Herbology


3 Months


$295.00 USD


About the Course

Animal Herbology is plant-based therapy for animals, utilising the natural power of plants to support animal health and wellbeing! This short course presents an animal herbarium written by veterinarian and herbalist, Dr Astri Hagenlund. It introduces a collection of 52 well-known herbs, from Aloe to Yarrow, where the focus is first and foremost on their properties as medicine and food – mainly for dogs, but also included are a few tips for the two-legged family members. In addition, topics on understanding the herbarium and an optional module on phytochemistry are presented. This course is designed to provide you with an introduction to animal herbology for use in animals under your own care. It does not replace the need for veterinary attention when required.

This short course is evidence-based, self-paced and self-assessed. It is delivered by a qualified and experienced practitioner with tutor support. It is completed over three months with an immediate start! It is open to anyone with an interest in animal herbology.

Please note your tutor and staff on this course will not provide veterinary consultation or herbal advice for your own animals. Please see our Directory for a veterinarian in your area.


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 assessments within the myCIVT classroom online. You will  receive a login and password for access. Email and forum  support is available.


Multiple choice quizzes. You will receive a Certificate on successful completion of the course.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Refer to your reference course materials on the key points for each herb in the course
  • Choose a herb or herbs to support your own animals’ health and wellbeing
  • Dose safely with teas and dried herbs noting any contraindications
  • Appreciate the energetics of each herb covered
  • Appreciate how herbs work through their energetics, actions and plant chemistry
Dr Astri Hagenlund

Meet the Tutors and Lecturers

Dr Astri Hagenlund
Graduated from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science in 1988. Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist – IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society) – IVAS Basic course 1998-99 in Norway. Western Herbal Medicine courses at...
3 Courses

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.

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.

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