VWHM10022  Global Perspectives and Contemporary Issues of Veterinary Herbal Medicine


Goals and Learning outcomes

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of herbal medicine within a global historical and contemporary perspective. Herbal philosophy is further studied to expand our medical paradigm and appreciate the importance of some tenants to the practice of herbal medicine in animals. 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.

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. The new science of zoopharmacognosy is an interesting one, that provides a perspective on the issue of "self medication" by animals.  Skepticism is a fact you will have to face as a practitioner. You need to be aware of the issues and arguments. Related to this, the ethics of prescribing herbal medicines in modern veterinary practice is also examined. Finally, more herbs will be introduced for study throughout this unit and we start looking at clinical cases and dosing.

Unit VWHM104 (40 hours) Philosophy and Models of Traditional Medicine

  • Global Models of Medicine
  • Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Veterinary Medicine
  • Ethnoveterinary Medicine
  • Other Traditional Models in Veterinary Practice

Unit VWHM105 (40 hours) Contemporary Herbal Medicine Issues

  • Plant Diversity and Conservation
  • Zoopharmacognosy
  • Skepticism in Veterinary Herbal Medicine
  • Ethics in the practice of veterinary herbal medicine

 Unit VWHM106 (40 hours) Clinical training

  • Herbal Monographs and the Materia Medica Part 2
  • Principles of Herbal Treatment and Treatment Structure
  • Dosing Principles
  • Reflecting on Professional Practice

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