Hello, Sign In

Medical Cannabis and Veterinary Medicine

Courses
Duration:

6 Weeks

Four hours per week for four weeks
Price:

$375.00 USD

Enquire

About the Course

Interested in medical cannabis? Confused about the regulatory status? Are your clients asking about it? How do you respond?

This four week course delivered by CIVT and the Veterinary Cannabis Society is designed to provide veterinarians with the information and confidence to respond to clients questions where legally permitted, and to provide you with insights into the medical uses including preparations and appropriate dosing and veterinary indications.

The naturally occurring chemical constituents produced by cannabis exert a profound physiologic effect on both humans and animals.  By accessing the endocannabinoid system within the central and peripheral nervous system as well as via other mechanisms throughout the body, cannabis has multiple actions including acting as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antineoplastic, and anticonvulsant, all the while promoting homeostatic balance. The keys to successfully using cannabis as medicine in veterinary patients lies in understanding the physiology of the endocannabinoid system and how cannabis interacts with it. The legal landscape pertaining to cannabis can be complex and challenging so this is discussed too.  

Click HERE to view the video trailer to find out more.              

Delivered together with the Veterinary Cannabis Society:

Student Feedback: "I found Dr Gary Richter’s seminar on Medical Cannabis and Veterinary Medicine so very important. As veterinarians, when it comes to the use of cannabis we are caught between procuring accurate knowledge and meeting the needs of our patients.  Dr. Richter’s course and the accompanying reading materials truly provide a solid foundation for understanding the appropriate use of this plant using  scientific evidence, with the knowledge that this course of action in improving our patients’  lives  supercedes other societal constraints. If nothing else, the course demonstrates that current evidence compels us to support more research while promoting changes in the environment in which we practice."  Dr Gouri Krishna USA

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

  • Access to expert Dr Gary Richter
  • Access to forum so you can ask questions
  • Access to recorded lectures with written, down loadable lecture notes
  • Access to relevant journal articles
  • RACE quizzes - accredited for 12 hours RACE
  • Certificate of completion

We will provide self-paced learning content and activities within the myCIVT classroom online. You will receive a log in and password to access the classroom. From myCIVT you can access course content as well as submit assessments. Forum support is available.

Assessments

Multiple choice quizzes

Course Outcomes

  • Respond to client questions about medical cannabis
  • Understand the endocannabinoid system,
  • Understand constituents of cannabis and their biological activity,
  • Discuss the challenges and concerns surrounding product quality
  • Review recent studies evaluating cannabis efficacy,
  • Discuss concerns with THC toxicity,
  • Review cannabinoid ratios as they pertain to medical therapy,
  • Discuss cannabis dosing guidelines
  • Know appropriate preparations to successfully treat specific medical conditions

Credits

  • 12 RACE Credits
Download Brochure

Meet the Tutors and Lecturers

Dr Gary Richter
MS, DVM, Grad Dip VWHM, CVC, CVA
Gary Richter, MS, DVM has been practicing veterinary medicine in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1998. In addition to conventional veterinary medical training, Dr. Richter is certified in veterinary acupuncture as well as veterinary chiropractic....
4 Webinars and 1 Course
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), CVCH
Dr Trina Hazzah was born and raised in Washington DC. She attended Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She completed her small animal internship at Red Bank Veterinary...
1 Course

What will you Learn

  • WEEK 1: Cannabis Ethnobotany, Modern History and Legal Updates 
  • WEEK 2: The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
  • WEEK 3: The Cannabis Plant: Phytocannabinoids, Terpenes, Flavonoids and Cannabinomimetics
  • WEEK 4: Clinical Application: Medical Indications,...
  • WEEK 1: Cannabis Ethnobotany, Modern History and Legal Updates 
  • WEEK 2: The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
  • WEEK 3: The Cannabis Plant: Phytocannabinoids, Terpenes, Flavonoids and Cannabinomimetics
  • WEEK 4: Clinical Application: Medical Indications, Dosing Guidelines and Safety Parameters
Read More
Download Brochure

Before you take the course

Below requirements are needed before you can take this course.
  • This course is for registered veterinarians.
  • Applications from veterinary technicians, veterinary nurses and health professionals will be considered on an individual basis. 

Course Testimonials

Get inspired with our student journeys.

"I found Gary Richter’s seminar on Medical Cannabis and Veterinary Medicine so very important. As veterinarians, when it comes to the use of cannabis we are caught between procuring accurate knowledge and meeting the needs of our patients. Dr. Richter’s course and the accompanying reading materials truly provide a solid foundation for understanding the appropriate use of this plant using scientific evidence, with the knowledge that this course of action in improving our patients’ lives supersedes other societal constraints. If nothing else, the course demonstrates that current evidence compels us to support more research while promoting changes in the environment in which we practice."

Dr Gouri Krishna
DVM
United States of America

The Medical Cannabis and Veterinary Medicine course through CIVT has been incredibly eye opening and informative! Prior to this course I knew very little about the vast medical uses found within the lesser discussed parts of the cannabis plant such as terpenes and non-psychotropic THC agonists. As research continues to uncover these benefits for our animal patients, I'm optimistic that we will find their use in treatment plans to become much more commonplace. This course was extremely helpful in broadening my understanding of CBD benefits and its place in veterinary medicine as a valid therapeutic agent. 

Stacey Thomas
DVM Candidate 2023
United States of America

"The Medical Cannabis course undertaken by CIVT provided an excellent insight into our management and understanding of the use of Cannabis in veterinary medicine. The module summaries were clear and concise providing the vital information needed to support our journey moving forward in this evolving area of medicine. There was an extensive amount of evidence based research (expanding the brain to new dimensions of learning!) that clarified and explained such an incredible topic.

I would recommend this course to every veterinarian, it is so important that we educate ourselves in this field. Veterinarians need to be involved, we need to be able to understand many facets around the use of medical cannabis in animals such as the benefits, animal welfare issues, legal regulations, quality control and being able to answer/educate our clients. This course provides this information allowing us as veterinarians to be able to support our patients and clients from an informed platform."

Dr Jacqui Snell
BVSc, GDVWHM
New Zealand

Download Brochure

Submit your information and we will send the brochure to the provided email address.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know more about the questions that our students asked?
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.

Download Brochure

What's next after taking this course

Recommended courses after you completed this course
10684NAT-Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine
2 Years
Categories:
Western Herbal Medicine, Graduate Diploma
Tutors and Lecturers:
Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine

Certification in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine
12 Months
Categories:
Western Herbal Medicine
Tutors and Lecturers: