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IVAS Certification Course in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine - Testimonials
The most wonderful thing to me is that Chinese Medicine .. fills in these huge, frustrating gaps in Western medicine and gives me tools I never dreamed of ..Read more
Dr Sarah Lavely VMD
The CIVT/IVAS Herbal Course has permitted me to (finally!) feel like I could recognize TCM patterns in dogs and cats, making my acupuncture treatment more accurate and effective and allowing me to start using chinese herbal medicine. The integration of Western and Eastern medication became less of an enigma once I could interpret Western medication in a TCM perspective. The course is a lot of work, but so much fun and so rewarding. I really appreciate the evidence-based philosophy, even when it's not alway possible to fully achieve it. I was amazed by the amount of research on Chinese Herbal Medicine. It's good to know where to find this and how to work with and interpret it. In short, I'm a much better acupuncturist and veterinarian now. I still find myself reading up on my notes all the time. Will take a quite a while working with it before I have it all in my system!
Dr Steffi Van der Laarse
"Thanks so much for checking in! Yes, I am really enjoying it so far, the program format and videos are quite user friendly. I was a bit intimidated at first since I have not taken online classes before but this has been great so far.
I really enjoy Dr. Marsden as a teacher since he combines all aspects of diagnostics, research, etc from Western and Eastern philosophies to present the material. Since I think most of us were trained in Western medicine it is helpful to ease into the Chinese medicine side and I have no doubt about the success/great improvement with so many chronic diseases we see where current medicine has just been palliative."
Dr Burnside DVM USA
I've noticed a significant improvement in my treatment results since starting the course - and I've only really concentrated on the first module! I'm working slowly through the material and often listening to the CDs over and over again. I seem to pick up more each time. I'm also finding the information is side tracking me to outside resources (usually internet based) that make the course incredibly interesting. I can only imagine what the next modules will bring --- Thanks again!
Debbie Boyd DVM USA
Already I am shedding new light on some of my tough cases through the 1st parts of my readings... much more explanatory and clear than my previous coursework. I will be able to start my case logs soon as well, as quite a few clients are interested in this approach to balancing their companions' issues w/ herbs, and Eastern modalities.
Robin C. Valentine, VMD, PA USA
I am thoroughly enjoying this course and am extremely happy I enrolled. It is fantastic to be able to do the learning online. It is so convenient not to have to leave our practices to travel to a distant city to take classes. The time and money we would have had to spend on travel and accommodation can be used instead for learning and purchasing course textbooks and investing in our herbal pharmacy. The use of College website is excellent because of the forums. The ability to communicate with our classmates and instructors via email and the forums is very efficient. The DVDs are also excellent, flexible ways of learning- being able to start, stop and replay class lectures feels like such a luxury. One of the best parts of the course is that you can do the learning at your own pace, which works well if you are also working full time.
Dr Jodi Van Tine, MA, DVM, CVA USA
I LOVE the course. It is amazing. I've studied TCVM for fifteen years – including four years of human acupuncture college – and I think that I am learning more in the CIVT course than I learned in all those years
Thanks for all your work and dedication to our learning at CIVT. It is a wonderful thing.
Dr Marguerite Hernandez, DVM
Foundation Course in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine - Testimonials
I would say that the herbal course is very well set out and clearly explains TCM concepts. It explains things in a different and for me much clearer aspect than ever before. I would recommend it to anyone wishing to even expand on their own clinical observational skills.
Dr John Katakasi, Australia
Practice and life altering.
Dr Mike Mesley, Australia
Excellent, interesting window into another dimension of veterinary medicine. A week of Ah Ha's of ways to integrate herbal medicine into regular veterinary practice.
Dr Susan Peden, Australia
I loved Steve's diagnostic approach. Let the animal tell you what they have and need with active points. His easy manner and storytelling makes a laborious information intensive process less daunting.
Dr Kim Lim, Australia
Extremely worthwhile. Exciting opened up so many new options for treating and diagnosing cases. It made me enthusiastic about going to work and tackling cases.
Dr Mandy Johnson, Australia
Steve presents a very dynamic understanding of TCM physiology as well as pathology. Most encouraging for me to embark on TC Herbal Medicine, so far I use only Acupuncture but I hope the herbs have great potential in our 100% equine practice.
Dr Janet Buckerfield, Australia
Comprehensive, entertaining. A lot covered in a small amount of time.
Information can be used straight away in clinical practice - very practical course. Course very well organized.
Dr Rebecca Bugg, Australia
Excellent and practical interpretation of TCM. Great elicitation of herbal medicine.
Dr David Larret, Australia
I came away feeling inspired to treat more animals with Chinese Herbs and felt I am better equipped to choose the formulas than previously. I think Steve is an absolutely marvelous lecturer. Apart from his stamina, he seems to have the ability to transmit knowledge in a clear and easy to understand manner and is able to keep the attention of the participants.
It really has been the best seminar I have been to for ages. I have come away inspired and fired up wanting to treat the cases I can easily think of that are currently perhaps not doing as well as they could be.
Dr Ulrike Wurth, Past President Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Group
Intensive. Fantastic teaching about the TCM basics. Wonderful teacher. Excellent approach to cases. Very practical. Loved it!
Dr Esther Horton, President Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Group
Excellent content, interesting and very applicable to veterinary medicine. Presented by an incredibly knowledgeable vet with a great practical base.
Dr Sharyn, Australia
Getting Started in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine - Testimonials
For Veterinarians with previous TCM/Acupuncture training, it provides an instant access to herbal formulas that are safe and have been tested/used for thousands of years. These are useful in treating some conditions which are deemed untreatable/incurable with conventional therapies.
Dr Samuel Wong, Hong Kong
Interesting and opens your mind to alternative treatments.
Dr Betty Chan, Hong Kong
Steve was very knowledgeable and an entertaining speaker. I enjoyed his linking western science theory with Chinese metaphor procedures whenever possible.... That was one of my biggest learning experiences from this program.
Dr A E James, Hong Kong
Very instructive and well organised.
Dr Anne-si Li, Hong Kong
To learn an alternative medicine that can augment conventional medicine to achieve better result, especially for those ‘dead-end' cases.
Dr Doris Leung
It is practical and I certainly gained a lot from the scientific explanations of the formulae.
Hazel Chung, Hong Kong
I would say this course really opens up options in treating our patients. It certainly gives vets the comfort to know that there are herbal options out there that help at a therapeutic level. It is very interesting. But it takes some time to understand the TCM concept and understand how to apply formulas. I like that the biochemistry of herbs gets explained which helps our scientific mind to understand TCM. It is awesome! Love it!
Dr Ada Loi, Hong Kong July 2009
Very eye-opening! So many diseases which had few treatment options and seemed hopeless in western medicine are NOT hopeless in eastern medicine. I think attending this course gave me a more well-rounded view of medicine in general. I also appreciated how Steve presented the western equivalent of every metaphoric description....this helped the scientific parts of my brain significantly. The repetition was also very helpful.
Carrie Daly, Hong Kong July 2009
An excellent way to start using herbs in general practice.
Judith Benjafield, Hong Kong
Dr Grace Li, Hong Kong
Insightful, interesting, enlightening.
Dr Shevaun Gallwey, Hong Kong
Fascinating. Impressive with respect to new approaches to treating common or difficult to manage cases.
Oksana Bodnaruk, Singapore
Instructor - engaging, knowledgeable. Material - fascinating, practically organised. Overall - very helpful, useful.
Weng Yan Ng, Singapore July 2009
Very insightful and enjoyable!
Shannon Heo, Singapore July 2009
Clear and balanced (conventional veterinary medicine and TCM). Provides scientific evidence whenever possible. Well done and thank you for organising such an excellent course.
Dr Angeline Wong, Singapore July 2009
Introduction to Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine - Testimonials
I am just finishing the final assessment this weekend. It has been fantastic. I am finding I am looking at many things with different eyes. What should I do next?
Dr Kathy McQuillan, Australia
Australian IVAS Veterinary Acupuncture course
I have finally had that breakthrough feeling with two cases about which I am extremely excited. One is a 15 month-old female Mastiff who has had surgery for an ectopic ureter but is still incontinent. Four days after her first acupuncture treatment with me she is still dry and the owners are a little overwhelmed and excited.
The second is a 5 year-old female Staffordshire who was internally referred within our practice having spent a night at the emergency centre and a day with one of our vets in uncontrollable pain with acute IVDD. Her radiographs show moderate changes but her pain is uncharacteristic for the breed and makes massage and chiro unsuitable. Her visible response was immediate and she had been carried in but walked out. Both cases will undergo continued treatment but needless to say I could hardly sleep last night. After seven years of chiro work I am no longer blown away as often as I used to be by the success of the modalities we use but it is nice to feel it again.
I am thrilled and the whole practice is buzzing.
Dr Ilona Hudson, Medowie, Australia
Essentials of Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine
The CIVT Essentials of Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine course was definitely another excellent online learning experience which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was highlighted by online interactive tutorials which gave students an opportunity to speak directly to the professors and receive instant feedback. It was very helpful to learn a lot of detail about a select number of the most common and well understood herbs which provided me with the confidence to use them in practice immediately.
The course notes were an excellent resource and I really enjoyed watching the recommended online videos that were included in the notes. I definitely recommend this course not only to veterinarians just starting to work with herbs but for seasoned veterinary herbalists as an excellent opportunity to expand the depth of their herbal knowledge.
Thank you Dr Fougere!
Dr. Julie Schell, BSc (Hons),DVM, CVA, CVCHM, CVC
Thank you for making this such a rewarding experience. I loved the course and hope to continue learning and practicing herbal medicine.
Dr Reagan Camwath, Glasgow, UK.
Foundation Course in Western Herbal Medicine - Testimonials
I have never taken an online course before and am also completely new to herbal medicine - and my experience of this foundation course in western veterinary herbal medicine is 110% superb! The quality of the material, the ease of accessibility and the support and regular contact with tutors through the monthly 'live' on-line tutorials are all far better than I would have ever expected. I cannot praise this stimulating, exciting and fascinating course highly enough!
Dr Holly Mash UK
Environmental Animal Health
I have learnt so much studying Environmental Animal Health. Being a Naturopath, I thought I had a good understanding of potential toxins we are faced with, but this course brought me to a new level of understanding. I use the information every day, not only for animals, but also for my human clients. Priceless knowledge everyone should learn.
Kerrie Hyland N.D.
EAH was a great course. I knew a bit about environmental concerns, but this is another level. The course notes were comprehensive and Lyndy was available and engaged with us every step of the way, via great online classroom chats, forums, blogs, plus quick and valuable feedback on our assessments. The enthusiasm and encouragement displayed by Lyndy and Barbara makes me excited and determined to keep going. The EAH course has really changed my life and that of my animals - for the better.