VWHM1002 Certification in  Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine

This Certification in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine is a 4 module course (3 units per module) and each module takes approximately 3 months of part time study to complete. The whole course is undertaken over 12 months.While you will be required to administer herbs to animals during this course, you will not need a large number of diverse cases for treatment (suitable for locums, part-time veterinarians).

Students are awarded the Certification in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine.

This course can be articulated into the 106849NAT Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine.


What do veterinarians say about this course?

"I have never taken an online course before and am also completely new to herbal medicine - my experience of this 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 are all far better than I would have ever expected. I cannot praise this stimulating, exciting and fascinating course highly enough! " Dr Holly Mash, Bristol, UK.


Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine


Why learn with CIVT? This  course is developed by Dr Susan Wynn and Dr Barbara Fougere, editors and authors of Veterinary Herbal Medicine - the first authoritative text book of its kind. Both Barbara and Susan are practicing veterinary herbalists and leaders worldwide in herbal medicine, bridging traditional and veterinary medicine. Taught by a team of tutors and experts in their fields, this course will develop your competence and confidence to safely and effectively integrate a core group of 40 important herbs into your practice.
Course Title VWHM1002 Certification in  Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine

Course Units and Codes

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VWHM10021 Foundations of Veterinary Phytotherapy

This module introduces the history of herbal medicine, and looks at the parallel emergence of veterinary herbal medicine including the current renaissance in contemporary practice. It explores the history and philosophies of some major historical figures in Western Herbal Medicine as well as touching on other ancient healers and systems including Egyptian, Arabic, Roman and Greek medical systems. The Traditions of Western herbal medicine are investigated including the Humoral Theory, Physicomedicalism, Eclectic Movement and Doctrine of Signatures which underpin the development of Modern Herbalism and Modern Veterinary Herbal Medicine. it consists of:

VWHM10022  Global Perspectives and Contemporary Issues of Veterinary Herbal Medicine 

This module is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of herbal medicine within a global and contemporary perspective.  Understanding the interrelationship of herbal medicine traditions both in the past and the present provides an awareness of the importance of herbs in animal husbandry and health across the globe. The new science of zoopharmacognosy is an interesting one that provides a perspective on the issue of "self medication" by animals.  Part of the relationship between plants, animals and people is recognizing the importance of conserving endangered plants - having that awareness makes you a thoughtful practitioner for sustainable medicine. Ethics of prescribing herbal medicines in modern veterinary practice is also examined. A selection of herbs will be introduced for study throughout this module which consists of:

VWHM10023  Herbal Botany, Pharmacognosy,  Pharmacology & Manufacture

Herbalists should keep safety above any other consideration when using medicinal herbs. This unit provides a firm foundation in plant chemistry from a clinical viewpoint. Identification of herbs is important to avoid collection or purchase of inappropriate plants, adulteration, substitution and possible toxicity. We will explore  how and why plants make secondary constituents, and how to study the plant itself to learn more about its constituents.  Herbal pharmacology include the major classes of herb constituents and, where appropriate, their general effects on mammalian systems.  Finally, manufacture of herbal medicines is reviewed as well as quality control and regulatory issues that influence medicinal safety and efficacy. The module consists of:

VWHM10024 Clinical Overview in Veterinary Practice

The module allows students to apply knowledge and skills learned in other units in a safe and clinically competent manner, using the herbs learnt throughout the module, within the veterinary setting. Herb toxicity and herb drug interactions will be introduced from an evidence based point of view. You will be able to take a case, analyse the case and apply principles to create a treatment plan and prescribe a herbal formula.

Course Outcomes

On completion of this program veterinarians will have the knowledge and skills necessary to:

  • Successfully integrate a core group of 40 herbs into veterinary practice
  • Plan an individualized prescription and treat animals safely and effectively
  • Assess the quality and therapeutic potential of herbal medicines
  • Manage a Herbal Dispensary
  • Advise clients on the rational and safe use of Western herbal medicines
  • Access and evaluate information available from a variety of herbal medicine resources

Course tuition fee

2016 - 2018

Residents of USA:  $3495.00USD

Residents of Australia: $3180AUD + GST

Residents of Canada, New Zealand, Asia, Africa, Central & South America: $3495AUD

Please note that you will need to enroll in the course code VVHM1002

(Ask about the option of paying via installments; payment in Euro or GBP also available)

Please ensure you are familiar with the Enrolment Terms and Conditions.

Communication and Course Course Material We will provide self paced learning content and activities within the myCIVT classroom online. You will receive a log in and password to access this room. From myCIVT you can access course content as well as submit assessment tasks. Email/skype/chat support is available, online case studies, recorded lectures and case support from experienced veterinary herbalists.
Course schedule Small Group enrollments 4 times annually.
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You have 3 months to complete each module (12 months for the entire course) from the date you start your course. You can proceed through the course at your own pace within that time frame.
Prerequisites You should have independent computer skills and be able to access the Internet. This course is currently restricted to qualified veterinarians.
Assessment Online quizzes, forum participation, case journal, case studies, short answers and essays.

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