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ALTM102-0906: Introduction to Veterinary Herbal Medicine

Barbara Fougere, BSc BVMS (Hons), MODT, MHSc (Herb Med) enr
All Natural Vet Care, Russell Lea, NSW, Australia.

September 13 - November 1, 2006
Real-time sessions: Wednesday evenings; September 13, 20, 26 (on Tuesday), October 4, break (no class October 11), October 18, 25; 8:00 - 10:00 pm ET (US)

Course Description
This course in Veterinary Herbal Medicine is an introductory clinically-based course in Western herbal medicine designed for veterinarians who wish to start adding herbal medicine to their range of treatment options. The practitioner who doesn't wish to be an herbalist but would like knowledge of Western herbal medicine for his/her clients will also benefit from this course. This course assumes a knowledge of conventional animal physiology, anatomy, pathophysiology and husbandry.

The course is presented over 6 weeks in 6 modules.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this 6 week course participants will:

Course Outline:
Each week, the class will focus on one or more herbs that can be incorporated into practice as single herbs or combined in basic formulations. We review a monograph on each of these herbs to gain greater depth of knowledge about their properties and use.

Week 1 (9/13):
Laying the Groundwork

Week 2 (9/20):
Sources of herbal medicines Week 3 (Tuesday, 9/26):
Basic Phytochemistry and pharmacology of herbs Week 4 (10/4):
Philosophy and Principles of Western Herbal Medicine Break

Week 5 (10/18):
Dosing considerations in Veterinary medicine

Week 6 (10/25):
Practicing herbal medicine Assessment: For class members, there will be a multiple-choice online exam (open book) with 25 questions. You must receive a score of 75% in order to receive your CE certificate.

Discussions will begin on the start date of the course and will continue for one week following the last real time session.


Member/$189, Non-Member/$277 by August 30 2006;
Member/$210, Non-Member/$308 after August 30, 2006

Recommended Textbooks:

Veterinary Herbal Medicine- Susan Wynn & Barbara Fougere. This text book will be available mid December 2006 and would be the ideal book to have on your shelf. In the meantime:

Complete Illustrated Guide to the Holistic Herbal - David Hoffman - 2002 or later ed.
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to herbal medicine. It contains information on the principles of herbal medicine and individual herbs, how to make herbal remedies and more. You will often find copies on eBay.

Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy. Modern Herbal Medicine - Mills, Bone - 2000

or A Clinical Guide to blending Liquid Herbs 2004 by Kerry Bone, another good resource to have if you plan on getting right into herbal medicine.

This text is available for purchase at the VIN bookstore:
Be sure to log in to receive your VIN member discount.

Participants will be required to purchase a few herbs for activities

Green Pharmacy: The History of Herbal Medicine, 3rd edition, Barbara Griggs - 2001
This is one of the most comprehensive books on the history of western herbal medicine and is very readable. Try

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Note: "This course has been submitted (but not yet approved) for 12 hours of continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call VIN for further information."

(Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by the board.)

COURSE WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (Does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdraw retroactively.

Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 1-800-700-INFO.

Debbie Friedler
Continual Education Division
Veterinary Information Network


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