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Leah, pictured here with her two sons at her daughter's wedding, is based in Pennsylvania, USA. She recently received her Graduate Diploma In Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine. Leah had this to say about her experience... "The graduate diploma...
Dr Leah Whipple
United States of America
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Leah, pictured here with her two sons at her daughter's wedding, is based in Pennsylvania, USA. She recently received her Graduate Diploma In Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine. Leah had this to say about her experience...

"The graduate diploma is a big deal for me. Twenty years ago I began my journey into alternative medicine by getting certified in acupuncture. Since that time I have taken many acupuncture and herb courses and have been slowly integrating that knowledge into my practice. When I realized that herbal medicine could carry beyond the dead ends in western medicine and could solve many of our problems without side effects I decided I wanted to learn as much as I could about Western herbal medicine. So I signed up for the CIVT VWHM course. It was fabulous! Now at age 67 instead of being burned out  and retiring, I am energized and full of confidence to practice good quality integrative medicine. I hope  also to enlighten some of my colleagues as to the benefits of herbal medicine!"

Dr Leah Whipple
United States of America
Sharlene recently received her Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Acupuncture. Sharlene commented on her achievement... "My interest in integrative veterinary medicine actually developed from personal experience where I saw quite a gap in conventional...
Dr Sharleen Green McInnes
New Zealand
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Sharlene recently received her Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Acupuncture. Sharlene commented on her achievement...
"My interest in integrative veterinary medicine actually developed from personal experience where I saw quite a gap in conventional medicine when pharmaceuticals failed - often owners were left with such limited options and I felt compelled to believe there must be more to offer. My Grad Dip in Veterinary Acupuncture actually represents over 10 years of interest and tenacity in pursuing study in this area. I would sporadically search for accredited qualification in this area, the moment I discovered CIVT and the offered courses was a eureka moment, and even more so finally graduating with my qualification.

Sharlene runs a holistic mobile service, 4 Paws Acupuncture, in Wellington New Zealand. The CIVT team congratulates Sharlene on her achievement and we look forward to hearing more about her journey in integrative veterinary medicine.

Dr Sharleen Green McInnes
New Zealand
Ingrid Spitze also recently received her Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Acupuncture. Ingrid is based in Auckland, New Zealand. When asked what inspired her interest in integrative medicine she commented.... "I was a bit frustrated with conventional...
Dr Ingrid Spitze
New Zealand
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Ingrid Spitze also recently received her Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Acupuncture. Ingrid is based in Auckland, New Zealand. When asked what inspired her interest in integrative medicine she commented.... 

"I was a bit frustrated with conventional medicine as we used anti-inflammatories and antibiotics for most cases, and we were often stuck when these did not work. While I was still studying veterinary science we treated a dog for liver failure at the University hospital, but without success. So I asked my sister, who is a graduated human homeopath and acupuncturist for advice. Fortunately my lecturers at the University gave permission to use homeopathy in combination with the conventional meds. The dog recovered fully. I was very inspired. Later I was treating endurance riding horses in Namibia. Anti-inflammatories, osteopathy and physiotherapy certainly helped, but acupuncture had a greater impact. After a while I felt I was only treating superficially and wanted to know more detail, I moved to New Zealand and started studying with CIVT. It has been very rewarding and I am grateful for having continued onto the Grad Dip, as learning about the advanced techniques has enabled me to treat at a much deeper level and help many more patients. It has given me a new lease of life in vet medicine."

Dr Ingrid Spitze
New Zealand
Dawn Wong recently received her Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Acupuncture. Dawn is based in Singapore, where she worked in a small animal clinic before recently becoming a freelance acupuncturist. She is particularly interested in feline and...
Dr Dawn Wong
Singapore
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Dawn Wong recently received her Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Acupuncture. Dawn is based in Singapore, where she worked in a small animal clinic before recently becoming a freelance acupuncturist. She is particularly interested in feline and integrative medicine, she commented on her inspiration.....

"I used to be a huge sceptic of anything other than conventional Western medicine. What changed my view was an incident a few years ago involving a cat owned by my colleague. This cat was suffering from chronic spinal disease and ataxia which progressed to a neurogenic bladder. We tried everything we could from a Western medical perspective to no avail, until finally as a last resort, my colleague took the cat to a TCVM practitioner. After treatment with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, to our amazement, the neurogenic bladder completely resolved! The cat's ataxia improved as well. That was the turning point that changed my mindset and piqued my interest in integrative medicine. Integrative medicine can offer our patients so much more than we thought was possible! My Grad Dip means a lot to me and marks the culmination of 2 years of hard work and study. It has given me tools and skills to change the lives of many animals in a non-invasive way - including helping my own dog to walk again - and for that I am extremely grateful."

Dr Dawn Wong
Singapore
Karen Neff recently received her Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine. Karen is based in Iowa, USA, where she works as a locum, mostly through one clinic. When asked to comment on her inspiration she provided the following...
Dr Karen Neff
United States of America
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Karen Neff recently received her Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine. Karen is based in Iowa, USA, where she works as a locum, mostly through one clinic. When asked to comment on her inspiration she provided the following comments......

"I became seriously interested in integrative medicine when I herniated a disc in my back 15 years ago. Experiencing first-hand how acupuncture kept me from needing surgery, I enrolled and earned certification in veterinary acupuncture from The Chi Institute. My next step in my alternative medicine journey was studying manual therapy (Animal Normalization Therapy) and was fascinated and very impressed with the quick responses in animals when conventional medicine had failed. What drew me to this was the gentle technique and no needles, perfect for those needle shy patients or clients. As more clients were seeking my advice on herbs they purchased over the internet, I realized just how ignorant I was on this aspect of alternative medicine. My journey continued when I received an email from CIVT about their course on Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine. As Chinese herbs never resonated with me, I grabbed this opportunity. After three very intense but well worthwhile years of study, I obtained my Grad Dip VWHM. This course demonstrated firsthand the power of herbs by reversing my partner's chronic leukopenia (conventional medicine was exhausted), resolving panic anxiety in a colleague's dog, to slowing CRD in my own uncooperative 19 year old cat. Herbs are now an extra tool in my toolbox. Thank you CIVT!"

Dr Karen Neff
United States of America
Theresa SaLee has received her Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine. Theresa owns a multi doctor integrative small animal practice in Bartlett, Illinois, USA (outside Chicago). She discussed her inspiration below..... "I developed...
Dr Theresa SaLee
United States of America
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Theresa SaLee has received her Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine. Theresa owns a multi doctor integrative small animal practice in Bartlett, Illinois, USA (outside Chicago). She discussed her inspiration below.....

"I developed an interest in integrative medicine before starting vet school while working for a veterinarian who did acupuncture. There was not much exposure to alternative therapies during school, but some amazing veterinarians took time to come speak to the students about alternative therapies, and I knew I wanted to learn these modalities to help my patients. I started out with acupuncture certification and then training in Chinese herbs, and loved having those options available. I added rehabilitation therapy and spinal manipulation therapy certification and was also very pleased with how much those modalities benefited my patients. Then I took a weekend short-course in Western herbal medicine and knew I had to learn more. The Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine has been a challenging and rewarding course of study. It has helped integrate my scientific, western minded side with my energetic, intuitive side. Herbs are an amazing modality and I get a lot of satisfaction from helping my patients with these natural, effective treatments."

Dr Theresa SaLee
United States of America
Cheryl is based in the USA and recently received her Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine. She commented on her inspiration..... "I graduated from veterinary school (Michigan State University) in 1997. Thereafter, I pursued...
Dr Cheryl Rice
United States of America
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Cheryl is based in the USA and recently received her Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine. She commented on her inspiration.....

"I graduated from veterinary school (Michigan State University) in 1997. Thereafter, I pursued an internship, then residency program in Internal Medicine. I presently work in a small animal specialty hospital SE Michigan, where my employer has been supportive of my herbal studies.
I was initially attracted to internal medicine because I loved "solving the puzzle". I gradually became aware of gaps and deficiencies in allopathic medicine, and was disillusioned with the limited options in the treatment of diseases I encountered daily (too many missing puzzle pieces!). Herbal medicine has filled some of these gaps, and I hope to keep learning more integrative medicine.
My first introduction to western herbalism was when I was having my children. My homebirth midwifery group practiced herbalism, and I experienced its efficacy first hand. It planted a seed in my mind (no pun intended) that took some years to sprout. Once my kids were a bit older, I discovered CIVT's program and online training was a perfect fit for me.
Certainly, I am fortunate and grateful simply to have the knowledge- but the Grad Dip was important to achieve in my mind not only to enrich my daily practice, but also to lend validity to my referring veterinary community and clients', an acknowledgement that I hold this training and knowledge on a par with my internal medicine specialty certification."                               

Dr Cheryl Rice
United States of America
Jacqui, pictured here with Flash and Blaze, is based in New Zealand where she runs her own business, Veterinary Holistic Healthcare. She recently received her Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine and commented on her achievement......
Dr Jacqui Snell
New Zealand
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Jacqui, pictured here with Flash and Blaze, is based in New Zealand where she runs her own business, Veterinary Holistic Healthcare. She recently received her Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine and commented on her achievement...

"I've been a practising vet for 30 years, throughout this time I have always felt that I could offer the animals I treated more than just conventional medicine; especially in cases that were non-responsive. I've always had an interest in complementary medicine and incorporated very basic remedies into my treatment protocols throughout my career.

In the last few years I was very fortunate to learn about CIVT and undertake the Essentials course initially, followed by my Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine. The learning journey has completely transformed the way I practice. The ability to help animals at this deeper level utilising herbal medicine has provided a significantly greater level of job and patient satisfaction. 

The quality and high standard of learning, utilising evidence based medicine when available gave me the confidence to support the complementary therapies utilised in practice; particularly when discussing cases with colleagues.

Seeing animals respond to natural treatments brings me immense joy and a desire to keep learning. This Diploma has provided the impetus to allow me to fulfil my passion in bringing a different model to Veterinary Science. I have started a new veterinary business based on providing holistic support for animals, working alongside the clients conventional veterinarian. This is an exciting new chapter in my journey in promoting animal health through holistic modalities."

Dr Jacqui Snell
New Zealand
Maricarmen recently completed her veterinary neuroacupuncture studies. She is also qualified in acupuncture, homeopathy, reiki, physical therapy, nutritional therapy, flower essence therapy, Western herbs and Chinese herbs. Maricarmen runs a...
Dr Maricarmen Barba
Chile
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Maricarmen recently completed her veterinary neuroacupuncture studies. She is also qualified in acupuncture, homeopathy, reiki, physical therapy, nutritional therapy, flower essence therapy, Western herbs and Chinese herbs. Maricarmen runs a home-based practice in Santiago, Chile. She commented on her achievement... "The CIVT Neuroacupuncture course has been one of the best courses in my life, providing a deep update on both neurology and acupuncture. I feel more confident on neurologic examination, diagnosis and differentials. Acupuncture deals with the origin of neurological and musculoskeletal disorders, being a terrific medicine to treat both. This course is one you really should consider if you practice acupuncture....highly recommended!" 

Dr Maricarmen Barba
Chile
Emily is an associate veterinarian based in Melbourne, Australia. She recently received her Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine. Emily commented on her achievement... "I am a perpetual studier, a few years after graduating...
Dr Emily Warfield
Australia
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Emily is an associate veterinarian based in Melbourne, Australia. She recently received her Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine. Emily commented on her achievement...

"I am a perpetual studier, a few years after graduating as veterinarian I completed a Masters of Veterinary Studies, then a few short courses in various topics. The more I studied in conventional medicine the more frustrated I became with the hypocrisy of belittling herbal medicine with claims of insufficient evidence when a large proportion of conventional treatments have very limited or low-grade evidence behind them. I have always had an open mind and niggling curiosity about herbal medicine, so I started with just the 6 week essentials of veterinary WHM course and immediately loved everything about it - Dr Fougere's tutorial style, the immense amount of research that has clearly gone into each and every topic and how clearly presented and easy to use the information was. From there I continued on to do the certificate and then the graduate diploma which was similarly a lot of information, clearly presented with really helpful and supportive tutors. 

I still practice conventional medicine and offer western herbal medicine to interested clients. Studying the graduate diploma has helped me become a much more thorough veterinarian generally but it has really sparked a passion in herbal medicine. I am trying to make myself take a year off studying before I start browsing the CIVT course list to see what I will enroll in next."

Dr Emily Warfield
Australia
See Yang is based in Singapore and has completed two graduate diplomas - the Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicince and more recently the Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture. Along with his veterinary qualifications this...
Dr See Yang Lee
Singapore
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See Yang is based in Singapore and has completed two graduate diplomas - the Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicince and more recently the Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture. Along with his veterinary qualifications this accomplished scholar also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Specialist Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology. He commented on his inspiration.....

"The knowledge I have gained through my studies is invaluable and provides me with skills I can apply to all my patients. I am grateful and happy that I can use this new knowledge to the further benefit of companion animals. I graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) from the University of Sydney in 2007 and began practicing in Singapore, where I curently own three clinics. I completed my Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine in 2014 and was the first Singaporean veterinarian to obtain this qualification. Obtaining both Graduate Diploma in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine enhances my competitive advantage over my veterinary colleagues. My particular areas of interests are small animal internal medicine, veterinary Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture, orthopedic surgery and emergency medicine. I have been involved with the Singapore Veterinary Association, serving as President in 2014. I have always adhered to the philosophy that all animals – whether beloved pets or strays – that come to me are treated exactly the same way, I always seek to provide the best level of veterinary care for all animals no matter how advantaged or unfortunate they might be. My top three tips for my colleagues are:

1.Stretch your mind and heart to save more animals and relieve them from discomfort whereby western medicines have shown limited progress in doing so

2. Pursue your interest in this field with constant learning and upgrading

3. Excel and do your best always in life and never give up. Preserve, embrace all challenges in life and be determined, focus to reach to your ultimate goals in life."

Dr See Yang Lee
Singapore
Katherine, who completed her Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture works in a small animal practice in Cooparoo, Queensland, Australia. She made the following comment about her experience studying with CIVT. "I'd like to express my gratitude...
Dr Katherine Beaton
Australia
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Katherine, who completed her Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture works in a small animal practice in Cooparoo, Queensland, Australia. She made the following comment about her experience studying with CIVT.

"I'd like to express my gratitude to the CIVT team, especially Dr Jodi Van Tine, for coaxing me through the course. I have been fascinated by different approaches to medicine and therapeutics for a long time, particularly for conditions that western medicine does not always seem to address as thoroughly as I would like as a practitoner. I love the bond I build with my TCVM patients and clients."

Dr Katherine Beaton
Australia
Corinne is based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She recently completed her Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine and commented on her inspiration..... "I had been searching for solutions to ill health that did not require...
Dr Corinne Chapman
Canada
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Corinne is based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She recently completed her Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine and commented on her inspiration.....

"I had been searching for solutions to ill health that did not require heavy medication and adulterated diets. When I came upon Chinese medicine in 2004 I knew I had found my Veterinary “soul mate”! I finally began to see my patients regain better health and vitality with acupuncture. The herbal aspect continued to allude me however, but I knew it was the next step and in 2018 I started my two-year journey into the Graduate Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine. I now have a solid base on which to grow and help patients in so many areas where traditional medicine cannot. Chinese herbal medicine can thwart endocrine disease, autoimmune disease, and even cancer! I have now had several hemangiosarcoma patients make it past 1 year remission! I am so grateful for my Chinese herbal pharmacy every day and so excited to tweak and learn with each new case. I see Chinese herbal medicine as more accessible, more affordable, and more acceptable to people and their pets. Pets also tolerate herbs better than traditional medication. It has become my go-to tool daily in practice! Thank you once again CIVT for offering these fantastic courses!" 

Dr Corinne Chapman
Canada
Tonya runs a small animal house-call practice in British Columbia, Canada. Tonya recently completed her GDVWHM, she commented on her achievement…. "My interest in natural therapies started shortly after graduating from vet school when...
Dr Tonya Khan
Canada
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Tonya runs a small animal house-call practice in British Columbia, Canada. Tonya recently completed her GDVWHM, she commented on her achievement….

"My interest in natural therapies started shortly after graduating from vet school when my dog, Spaz, who had IBD, taught me the power of minimally processed food. If it weren't for her, I might never have opened my mind to raw or minimally processed food, and then the other holistic modalities that followed. I am particularly interested in Western Herbs because the wild plants talk to me! I go for a walk in the woods nearby and it is truly incredible how much medicine surrounds me. The local plants that I can see, touch, smell and watch as they change through the seasons are the best medicine of all! Western herbs are the focus of my practice, I am also acupuncture certified and have acquired some knowledge of TCM herbs via osmosis. I’ve found herbs have made such a positive difference in the lives of so many animals, but most important to me now is my own dog, Kismet, who has osteosarcoma and is enjoying the best days of her life thanks in large part to herbal medicine. The Grad Dip VWHM has taught me to make more effective herbal formulas that are tailored to the individual animal, paying particular attention to the energetics of the herbs and the animal. I was using herbs before, but not in such an individualized manner. It makes me feel good to make a difference in the lives of the animals around me! I highly recommend the Grad Dip VWHM course - the breadth and depth of topics covered provide the necessary knowledge to make a powerful difference in the lives of the animals that cross our paths. I’m looking forward to next learning more about TCM herbs and homeopathy."

Dr Tonya Khan
Canada
David runs a mixed animal practice in Queensland, Australia. He has a special interest in equine dentistry and reproduction and small animal surgery. David recently completed his GDVA, he commented on his achievement…. "When I graduated...
Dr David Bartholomeusz, BVMS, MANZCVS, BSc, CF
Australia
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David runs a mixed animal practice in Queensland, Australia. He has a special interest in equine dentistry and reproduction and small animal surgery. David recently completed his GDVA, he commented on his achievement….

"When I graduated in 1980 there was no mention of acupuncture as an alternative or an adjunct. I visited a friend of my parents in Switzerland in 1993, who was a healer. In the couple of months I spent there I met clients and other practitioners in various modalities and started to open my mind a little. In 1995 I worked in a practice in the Hunter Valley, where the owner used to use an iodine compound liquid to do "acupuncture" on sore muscles (by "ringing the dragon" ) and saw some effects. I then bought a "cookbook" for acupuncture in the horse, which I rarely used in the future years, but I did read it. In 2013 I had a vet working for me who was in the middle of her IVAS qualification. I saw some of the results she got and became intrigued, so I enrolled in the "Introduction to Acupuncture" short course at CIVT. Using that opened my eyes more and I looked at several courses before settling on the CIVT course. I don't regret it! But it took a quantum shift in my western scientific brain to get my head around the theory!! What I find most useful is the broadening of my vision so I look at cases with stereo vision now, and the chance to do other things besides drugs to affect a treatment. The downside is my consults now take longer!!"

Dr David Bartholomeusz, BVMS, MANZCVS, BSc, CF
Australia
Kelly recently completed her Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine, she commented on her achievement…. "I have a small integrative veterinary practice in the mountains of Colorado. My practice is cozy, very personal and...
Dr Kelly Keeney, DVM, AVMA, CVA, GDVWHM
United States of America
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Kelly recently completed her Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine, she commented on her achievement…. "I have a small integrative veterinary practice in the mountains of Colorado. My practice is cozy, very personal and quaint and I focus on providing personal and individualized care to all my patients. My fundamental goal is to assist animals into a state of balanced health using acupuncture, laser and other body work, herbal medicines, nutritional counseling and individualized preventative care strategies tailored to the unique needs of each patient and family. In addition to my deeply rooted passion around TCVM, I have a love for and resonance with all plant medicines. I am thrilled to have just completed the Graduate Diploma Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine course and I hope and plan to use these skills and increased knowledge to help more patients with expanded and more effective herbal medicine offerings." 

Dr Kelly Keeney, DVM, AVMA, CVA, GDVWHM
United States of America
Ivor recently completed his Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine, he commented on his achievement…. "When I graduated from University of Queensland in 1997 as a newly minted vet I was excited to apply everything I had...
Dr Ivor Javen, BSc. (Hons-1) BVSc. GDVWHM
Australia
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Ivor recently completed his Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine, he commented on his achievement…. "When I graduated from University of Queensland in 1997 as a newly minted vet I was excited to apply everything I had learnt. For my final year thesis, I chose the subject of acupuncture. To this day, I don’t exactly know why I did that. It seemed randomly interesting at the time and it introduced me to the work of a senior Practitioner using acupuncture and attaining great results using this modality.  It sparked a small but enduring flame. As a small animal vet, I dived into the conventional western medicine camp. It sufficed for a while. I worked in practices throughout Queensland and Victoria. In 2000 I arrived in the UK in time for the Foot and Mouth outbreak. This plunged me into the large animal sphere and it was a challenging time for vets. I stayed working in the UK in mainly small animal and emergency medicine until 2004.

During my time in the UK, I started a family and finally I wanted to come back to Australia to live and work. I bought a quiet small animal practice in the outskirts of Melbourne in 2008. I was on a mission to build the practice, and I learnt a lot. However, I was frustrated with some cases that no matter what I did, conventional medicine could not resolve the issues that were presented. Most annoying of all was that I could not resolve the skin problems that presented with my newly adopted 12-month-old Golden Retriever.  

I sought other avenues and the door opened to complimentary therapies, which I found to work very well. Change was on the horizon. I decided to get formal training within the integrative therapies field and enrolled to complete the diploma in Western herbal Medicine with CIVT. I also decided to sell my successful practice in 2019 and arrived at the American Holistic Veterinary Conference in Tennessee that same year. To say, my eyes were opened wide, is an understatement. I met outstanding vets in their field all using complimentary/alternative medicine with great success. It was mind-blowing. There was no turning back from then on – the path was clear. I continued to study and then complete my Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine at the end of 2020. It has been a rewarding and challenging journey, as I had to confront old paradigms and make way for new shifts. The information I have learnt about nutrition and plant-based medicine was very in-depth and was much more than I had ever learnt while at university. Studying the course at CIVT has given me more tools in the toolkit to assist in treating diseases using herbal medications. This modality provides impressive health outcomes.

Complementary and alternative veterinary medicine is now integrated into how I practice veterinary medicine. I continue to see great results with my patients. As I write this, I am planning to open a new purpose built Holistic Veterinary Hospital in the Surf Coast Region of Victoria in 2022. In the meantime, my patient list is growing. Currently I am offering a mobile veterinary service which the community has warmly embraced. 

I am so happy to be able to offer this approach to patients and I am deeply respectful and grateful for the work of Barbara Fougere, my tutor Colin Daly and all at CIVT."

Dr Ivor Javen, BSc. (Hons-1) BVSc. GDVWHM
Australia
Wei is from Australia, she recently completed her Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine, we asked Wei what inspired her to study integrative medicine and what she thought of the course.....“Defining how I came to be inspired...
Dr Wei-Yeen Yap, BSc(hons), BVMS, GVCHM
Australia
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Wei is from Australia, she recently completed her Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine, we asked Wei what inspired her to study integrative medicine and what she thought of the course.....“Defining how I came to be inspired by integrative medicine and what this diploma means to me feels too complex to sum up - like our clients, patients and our relationships to our art! CIVT’s VCHM diploma has been an incredibly fulfilling and deep learning journey, in a very lengthy larger learning journey. I started my vet journey pursuing a career in conservation genetics research, always maintaining a tie to clinical and surgical work. A strong environmental and political activism streak through my chaotic childhood into adulthood, led me quickly to philosophy, permaculture, chaos theory, taoism and healing the emotional/physical/mental body in trauma. Much later all of the above pieces were brought together by VCHM. Currently, practicing integrative veterinary medicine out of my beloved xtra cab Hilux in Tasmania, this diploma gave me, my patients and my clients the access I needed to integrate my ability to continue pursuing being a great veterinary clinician sustainably. Having the depth of knowledge and confidence to use the deep wisdom in VCHM is what this course has opened up for me and I will be eternally grateful. It has brought immeasurable healing and growth to me, my patients and clients, on so many levels, it has completely reinvigorated my passion for the healing arts“.

Dr Wei-Yeen Yap, BSc(hons), BVMS, GVCHM
Australia
Jordan is a Scottish veterinarian who recently completed a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine, she commented on her achievement…. "I am absolutely delighted to have completed my graduate diploma. I can highly recommend...
Dr Jordan Carnwath, BVMS, CVA, MRCVS, GDVWHM
United Kingdom
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Jordan is a Scottish veterinarian who recently completed a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine, she commented on her achievement…. "I am absolutely delighted to have completed my graduate diploma. I can highly recommend this course to anyone who is considering it - the course content is thorough, well-structured, engaging and the staff are all exceptionally encouraging and supportive.

I co-own a small referral holistic veterinary practice in Glasgow’s Southside, with my twin sister Reagan. We opened the door to our premises in January 2020 - what a year to open our own practice! Despite the challenges of 2020, we have been shown so much love and support it has been incredible!

We have wonderful, dedicated clients and it is a privilege to help empower them to make the best health care choices for their animals. We are also very lucky to have a human herbalist working within the practice, helping us truly work in a holistic way with our clients and their animals.

I love gardening and grow many medicinal herbs, this has been a lovely way to really get to know the incredible plants on a deeper level. I also grow veggies in the garden, which I share with my partner, 3 dogs, 2 chickens and all the wonderful wildlife that regularly visit us. If anyone is ever in Glasgow, please be sure to get in touch and stop by for a cup of herbal tea!"

Dr Jordan Carnwath, BVMS, CVA, MRCVS, GDVWHM
United Kingdom
Liane is an integrative veterinarian from Washington State, USA who recently completed a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine, she commented on her achievement…."My journey with integrative medicine started when I was...
Dr Liane Sperlich, DVM FAAVA
United States of America
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Liane is an integrative veterinarian from Washington State, USA who recently completed a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine, she commented on her achievement…."My journey with integrative medicine started when I was about ten years out of veterinary school. I was experiencing severe migraines and was not getting much help from my own doctor. A friend of many years, Patricia Baley was just finishing vet school and suggested I try acupuncture. And, as she had seen horses treated with acupuncture in Texas, she proposed that we study acupuncture for animals as soon as she graduated. Acupuncture changed my life! I felt better, and my TCM training resulted in a complete transformation of my small animal practice, integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine, adding chiropractic, and now Western Herbal Medicine into my regular practice. The Graduate Program at CIVT allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of herbal medicine, as well as honing my critical thinking, case management, and research skills."

Dr Liane Sperlich, DVM FAAVA
United States of America