Introduction to Equine Herbology

Introduction to Equine Western HerbologyBlack horse
With Dr Joyce Harman

Herbal medicine is becoming more popular with both horse owners and veterinarians. As with any form of medicine, the potential for abuse and incorrect use does exist. The correct use of herbal medicine requires training and an understanding of the disease process. Herbal medicines are generally recognized as safe, however the quality of the herbs and the skill of the herbalist in making the formula is important in determining the outcome. Clients often purchase herbs but they mix many products, which creates a potentially confusing picture for the horse and the attending veterinarian.

Herbs are the oldest form of medicine that have been used by most cultures for centuries. Any history of veterinary medicine would incomplete without many references to herbal medicine, as herbs were the primary form of medicine for centuries. Horses are natural herbivores and respond very well to treatment with single herbs as well as formulas.

This webinar includes a discussion about how to approach treating horses with herbs, how to get the most out of your formulas or individual herbs, how gut health affects herbal responses and what to do to improve herbal responses. We will also cover 10-15 key herbs that you can get started with right away.  Herbal quality control and ethical harvesting practices will also be covered.


Joyce HarmanDr Joyce Harman DVM MRCVS

Dr Joyce Harman graduated in 1984 from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, then completed her membership exam into the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1985. In 1990 she became certified in veterinary acupuncture, and in 1994 certified in veterinary chiropractic. She has completed advanced training in homeopathy, and herbal medicine and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Chinese Medicine. She is the author of “The Horse’s Pain-Free Back and Saddle-Fit Book” and “Homeopathic First Aid for Horses”. She has published over 60 articles in professional journals, textbooks and lay magazines. She has served on many board of directors,The Horse's Pain-free Back and Saddle-fit book is past president of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, past president of the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association. She was the chairman of the Alternative Medicine (Therapeutic Options) committee for the American Association of Equine Practitioners when that organization created their first set of guidelines. She was a member of the task force on alternative medicine for the American Veterinary Medical Association. In her spare time she rides a Connemara cross and photographs nature. 

This Webinar includes:

  • Certificate 1 hour Continuing Professional Development from CIVT. Check if your state board accepts CPD.
  • Access to Recording of Webinar
  • Copy of Powerpoint notes.





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