Essentials of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine
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"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...
Dr Kelly Keeney
DVM, AVMA, CVA, GDVWHM
United States of America United States of America
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"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 United States of America
"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....
Dr Ivor Javen
BSc (Hons-1), BVS, GDVWHM
Australia Australia
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"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), BVS, GDVWHM
Australia Australia
“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...
Dr Wei-Yeen Yap
BSc(hons), BVMS, GVCHM
Australia Australia
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“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 Australia
"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...
Dr Jordan Carnwath
BVMS, CVA, MRCVS, GDVWHM
United Kingdom United Kingdom
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"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 United Kingdom
"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...
Dr Liane Sperlich
DVM, FAAVA, GDVWHM
United States of America United States of America
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"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, GDVWHM
United States of America United States of America
"I first got involved in Veterinary Herbal Medicine almost 15 years ago when I did an introductory course, followed by two years of study. I have been using herbal medicine and acupuncture alongside conventional diagnosis, medicine, and surgery...
Dr Vicky Payne
BVM, MRCVS, GDVWHM
United Kingdom United Kingdom
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"I first got involved in Veterinary Herbal Medicine almost 15 years ago when I did an introductory course, followed by two years of study. I have been using herbal medicine and acupuncture alongside conventional diagnosis, medicine, and surgery both in general practice and in my own home visiting practice. The CIVT Grad Dip has allowed me to review my original training, and to expand on some areas, and has finally given me a recognised qualification. I feel that herbal vets gaining qualifications such as this will help the RCVS take integrative practice seriously, and realise that we are working in evidence based medicine, just with a larger toolkit. When I am not busy being a holistic vet I train and work my English Springer Spaniels and enjoy a swim in the sea."

 

Dr Vicky Payne
BVM, MRCVS, GDVWHM
United Kingdom United Kingdom
"My first encounter with veterinary acupuncture was in 2000 when I started working part-time for a vet heavily into alternative therapies. I did conventional medicine on his days off. It was always intriguing to read through his cases and inspect...
Dr Tina Chen
BVSc, GDVA
Australia Australia
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"My first encounter with veterinary acupuncture was in 2000 when I started working part-time for a vet heavily into alternative therapies. I did conventional medicine on his days off. It was always intriguing to read through his cases and inspect his strange equipment and mixtures. I would often hear from clients how he had “fixed up” their pet with some acupuncture or drops as if it was just a regular treatment modality. Years later after several moves and starting a family, I found myself again in a small clinic where the practice owner also used acupuncture and Chinese herbs. I decided it was time to look further into integrative medicine and acupuncture. The CIVT was recommended to me by a friend and the completely online format suited my family needs. I have finally figured out what damp and spleen deficiency is, which was such a puzzle, years prior. I did find it difficult to study this time around and took longer to complete my diploma than I had planned. My tutor, Jodi was fantastic, always available if I had any questions and ready with encouraging words when I needed them. I found the whole team at the CIVT to be very understanding and helpful. Acupuncture and TCM gives me another treatment option and I particularly love it for the older patients that may be on multiple medications already or who’s organ systems are already compromised."

Dr Tina Chen
BVSc, GDVA
Australia Australia
"I just wished to thank you for a wonderfully taught and well organised rehabilitation course. I learnt a great deal and have been able to use the skills I have gained immediately with excellent outcomes.....even surprising the specialists!...
Dr David Ward
BVMS, BScAgr, MScVS, GDVA, CCRP
Australia Australia
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"I just wished to thank you for a wonderfully taught and well organised rehabilitation course. I learnt a great deal and have been able to use the skills I have gained immediately with excellent outcomes.....even surprising the specialists! The course was concise on commonly seen ailments, yet detailed to provide comprehensive treatment plans for cases. I am so pleased I enrolled in the course."

Dr David Ward
BVMS, BScAgr, MScVS, GDVA, CCRP
Australia Australia
"I have always had a passion for integrative options for dogs and cats since I graduated veterinary medicine in 2007, however I did not think further studies would be an option for me due to my crazy family life. I referred countless patients...
Dr Kaylan Elock
DVM, GDVWHM, CVFT
Canada Canada
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"I have always had a passion for integrative options for dogs and cats since I graduated veterinary medicine in 2007, however I did not think further studies would be an option for me due to my crazy family life. I referred countless patients who wanted more of an integrative approach and was so interested in the improvements seen. With a push from a lovely client to look into options, I found CIVT and realized pursuing my passion was an option. Western Herbal medicine seemed to call to me! I started using herbs on my own dog shortly into my studies and saw how much it changed her life which furthered my passion for Western Herbal Medicine. I have seen the benefits of herbal medicine in so many of my patients in the past 2 years and am excited to have so many other treatment options. I love the idea of treating the whole patient. In the past year I have also become certified in Veterinary Food Therapy and love using nutrition and herbs together to treat my patients. I also love that I can offer a plan to clients to help prevent imbalances in their pets down the road and prevent side effects from medications when used. My passion and excitement for herbal medicine keeps growing with all I have learned during my Graduate Diploma and I can't wait to continue to learn more!"

Dr Kaylan Elock
DVM, GDVWHM, CVFT
Canada Canada
"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 Gouri Krishna
DVM
United States of America United States of America
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"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 United States of America
"Since a childhood spent growing up in Central Europe among the fields and forests, I always had a close relationship with nature and always knew I wanted to become a vet. I gained my degree during the Velvet Revolution and fall of communism...
Dr Martina McPeace
MVDr, BVSc, GDVWHM, GDVA
Australia Australia
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"Since a childhood spent growing up in Central Europe among the fields and forests, I always had a close relationship with nature and always knew I wanted to become a vet. I gained my degree during the Velvet Revolution and fall of communism – an exciting and elating time in Europe. Later I had the opportunity to relocate to Australia and I went back to university to gain Australian veterinary qualifications, spent the next five years after graduation working in my first job, then bought a small animal clinic in Tasmania. When CIVT webinars started to ’pop up’ I was fortunate to listen to Dr Barbara Fougere and a few days later I enrolled in the GDVWHM course. Signing up for GDVA was for me a logical continuity in my newly re-discovered passion for herbs and natural therapies. The passion to use alternative medicine was growing and I eventually decided to sell my clinic to fully focus on facilitating the healing process in its wholeness and more natural ways."

Dr Martina McPeace
MVDr, BVSc, GDVWHM, GDVA
Australia Australia