Certification Veterinary Integrative Therapeutic Nutrition
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"I highly recommend the CIVT rehabilitation course. The mix of theory and practical introductions is very well balanced. The course has helped me a lot to establish rehabilitation in my practice and to gain new clients. By encouraging me to...
Dr Sonja Schirmer
DVM, EVSO C, IVCA, CVA, CCICR
Germany
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"I highly recommend the CIVT rehabilitation course. The mix of theory and practical introductions is very well balanced. The course has helped me a lot to establish rehabilitation in my practice and to gain new clients. By encouraging me to work on cases myself, I was able to quickly implement what I learned."

Dr Sonja Schirmer
DVM, EVSO C, IVCA, CVA, CCICR
Germany
“A huge thank you to CIVT for consistently excellent continuing education programs and administrative support. Also, a big thank you to Dr Grantham for her very high-level work on this course, which is thoroughly researched and well presented,...
Dr Erika Bruner
DVM
United States of America
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“A huge thank you to CIVT for consistently excellent continuing education programs and administrative support. Also, a big thank you to Dr Grantham for her very high-level work on this course, which is thoroughly researched and well presented, with excellent supporting materials, AND highly useful on a practical basis for day-to-day application in any vet practice. Not only that, but Dr Grantham is personally involved with the course and attentive and welcoming to the students.”

Dr Erika Bruner
DVM
United States of America
“I soon recognized when I started as a veterinarian in conventional Western practice that there was so much more that can be done to treat animals through holistic modalities. As I learned different modalities including acupuncture, nutrition/food...
Dr Sally Lane
MS, DVM, CVA, CCRT, GDCVHM, GDVWHM
United States of America
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“I soon recognized when I started as a veterinarian in conventional Western practice that there was so much more that can be done to treat animals through holistic modalities. As I learned different modalities including acupuncture, nutrition/food therapy, and canine rehabilitation therapy I saw how well patients responded to these treatments and I was inspired to pursue further training. I have always been drawn to botanical medicine and I am so grateful for CIVT in offering herbal medicine studies with fantastic teachers through an online format. I earned a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine and most recently a second Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine. By training in the Graduate Diploma programs I feel that I can offer a diversity of therapeutic options with herbs to my patients. I am excited by the opportunity to continue learning through CIVT and developing skills in new areas.”

Dr Sally Lane
MS, DVM, CVA, CCRT, GDCVHM, GDVWHM
United States of America
"Working In an integrative Veterinary clinic with a focus on natural nutrition, I found completing the CIVT Natural Nutrition Course to be invaluable. The combination of videos and online content made the course not only achievable but enjoyable...
Natalie Smith
VN cert IV, Dip VN Surgery
Australia
Related Course: Natural Animal Nutrition
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"Working In an integrative Veterinary clinic with a focus on natural nutrition, I found completing the CIVT Natural Nutrition Course to be invaluable. The combination of videos and online content made the course not only achievable but enjoyable whilst working full time. The online support and forums were extremely helpful when needed. I’m excited to be able to provide more information to our clients on nutrition and in particular the ability to read and assess pet food labels."

Natalie Smith
VN cert IV, Dip VN Surgery
Australia
"To be honest, I never thought I would pursue practice in integrative medicine. In vet school, I was skeptical of acupuncture. It wasn’t until I started practicing small animal medicine where my interest was piqued. I have been lucky enough...
Dr Amanda Gonneville
DVM, GDVA
United States of America
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"To be honest, I never thought I would pursue practice in integrative medicine. In vet school, I was skeptical of acupuncture. It wasn’t until I started practicing small animal medicine where my interest was piqued. I have been lucky enough to work beside Dr Jean Pitcairn and saw the benefits of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine first hand. With her support, I sought out an acupuncture certification program and CIVT was a great fit. The graduate diploma course provided me with all of the information I needed to be successful in my practice in a way that was easy to digest. Despite being entirely online, the plethora of videos and live sessions with my tutor made learning the material seamless. Dr Jodi Van Tine was amazing as a tutor and was always available to help, so I never felt lost or confused throughout the course. I am so grateful for CIVT and the now expanded care options I am able to offer my clients and patients. Practicing acupuncture with Western veterinary medicine has opened up a world of possibilities for my patients. Thank you, CIVT!"

Dr Amanda Gonneville
DVM, GDVA
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...
Dr Jacqui Snell
BVSc, GDVWHM
New Zealand
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"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
"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...
Stacey Thomas
DVM Candidate 2023
United States of America
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"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
“I am a private thoroughbred veterinarian working in Colts Neck, New Jersey and I just completed my Equine Veterinary Acupuncture course through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT). I’ve been interested in adjunctive...
Dr Brittland Hughes
DVM, CEA
United States of America
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“I am a private thoroughbred veterinarian working in Colts Neck, New Jersey and I just completed my Equine Veterinary Acupuncture course through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT).  I’ve been interested in adjunctive therapies for horses since owning and showing horses as a kid.  Horses are athletes and with every athlete, sports-related injuries can occur. Common western medicine approaches solve many of these problems.  To me, acupuncture is a great alternative to these types of recurrent or non-resolving injuries and also has the benefit of being minimally invasive.  CIVT was a great experience for me because I could learn online on my own time when I wasn’t busy working on the horses.”

Dr Brittland Hughes
DVM, CEA
United States of America
“I genuinely can’t rave enough about CIVT’s Equine Acupuncture course. If you’re like me, you may be interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) but not sure where to start, this is the perfect place. I cannot recommend...
Alexandra Wagner
Dip ES, CEMT, CEDT, Dip VA, CEA
Saint Lucia
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“I genuinely can’t rave enough about CIVT’s Equine Acupuncture course. If you’re like me, you may be interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) but not sure where to start, this is the perfect place. I cannot recommend it enough. It was a really smooth transition into the world of TCM. The course was outlined very well, was easy to follow, and broke everything down simply.  Not only was the whole system super easy to use, and the information laid out in a palatable way, but all my tutors were easily accessible whenever I needed help or needed advice about anything TCM. I for one am definitely hooked on acupuncture and TCM and can’t wait to do more.”

Alexandra Wagner
Dip ES, CEMT, CEDT, Dip VA, CEA
Saint Lucia
"I completed my DVM at Colorado State University in 1997. A good friend of mine had graduated a few years before and went to work for a holistic vet who did homeopathy. That was a little more than my linear scientific mind could handle, but...
Dr Shelley Brown
DVM, CVPP, GDVWHM
United States of America
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"I completed my DVM at Colorado State University in 1997.  A good friend of mine had graduated a few years before and went to work for a holistic vet who did homeopathy.  That was a little more than my linear scientific mind could handle, but I found that acupuncture made a lot of sense to me, and I completed the CSU Acupuncture course in 1998.  It opened up amazing possibilities.  There were few to no medications for arthritis in animals, so I treated a lot of OA patients with great response, including many who would have been euthanized without it.  I have felt through my career that conventional medicine is limited by trying to treat every patient as the same, rather than the individuals that they are.  And we have pet owners to consider, who come to us with a wide variety of philosophies and capabilities, meaning the gold standard may be inappropriate or out of reach.  I never quite fit in the "one size fits all" paradigm.  Over the years, I've added to my knowledge by completing the Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM) as well as courses in homotoxicology.  In 2013 I received my Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) through the IVAPM.  The Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine was the next logical step, as I had clients constantly bringing me herbs and supplements to evaluate and I didn't know what to tell them.  The program was super challenging because it required another paradigm shift and that period of discomfort where you know enough to say try this but not enough to see all the possible problems with that option.  And of course, I didn't plan on a pandemic or building a new clinic when I set out on this path.  But it all worked out and I'm so happy I did the course.  I'm able to evaluate products and I know where to go look if I don't know a particular herb.  And I've had some awesome successes with my cases, including a neurologic completely incontinent dog in diapers who is now doing so well the diapers are completely off.  So, it was absolutely worth the effort, and I would recommend the course to anyone who has a strong interest in herbs.  I have gained confidence in both my integrative skills as well as my conventional ones - I just did my first PRP injection last week."

Dr Shelley Brown
DVM, CVPP, GDVWHM
United States of America
"I decided to enroll in CIVT’s Essentials of Veterinary Acupuncture course because the current course I am enrolled in, Advanced Certification in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine, uses veterinary acupuncture points all of the time to...
Dr Michelle Silver
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
United States of America
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"I decided to enroll in CIVT’s Essentials of Veterinary Acupuncture course because the current course I am enrolled in, Advanced Certification in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine, uses veterinary acupuncture points all of the time to help aid in diagnosis and treatment. I did not have any acupuncture experience and was hoping that this introductory course would help me with not only my studies, but also in diagnosing and treating my patients. The course was great and I feel much more knowledgeable and confident when dealing with the more common points/diseases. I recommend this to anyone who is looking to get a little taste of veterinary acupuncture." 

Dr Michelle Silver
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
United States of America
"My interest in herbalism began with my own health. Seeing that I could manage my own medical conditions with plants led me to naturally apply a more holistic approach to my own pets. After 13 years in the veterinary field I could clearly see...
Elyse Hoffman
CVT, GDVWHM
United States of America
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"My interest in herbalism began with my own health.  Seeing that I could manage my own medical conditions with plants led me to naturally apply a more holistic approach to my own pets.  After 13 years in the veterinary field I could clearly see the space where herbalism would fit.  As a veterinary technician, I was beyond ecstatic to be able to expand my knowledge base and advance my career as an herbalist.  It truly doesn't feel like work when you are following your passion."

Elyse Hoffman
CVT, GDVWHM
United States of America