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The mission of the College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine is to increase the proficiency and competence of veterinarians in the use of medicinal plants, ultimately leading to diplomate status in the specialty of veterinary botanical medicine. The Curriculum and Study Guides below have been developed to provide veterinarians with a clear path to becoming a master herbalist.

 

 

Curriculum:

 

Introduction to Herbal Medicine and Glossary

  • common terms for western and eastern
  • plant parts used in medicine
  • preparation terms
  • history of US herbalists, Eastern, Unani-Tib, Greek, European, allopathic medicine development

 

 

 

Botany

  • plant parts
  • big families: medicinal and toxic
  • ecological influence on plant constituents, timing of the harvest
  • endangered species and conservation

 

 

 

Phytochemistry

  • phytochemicals
  • which major families contain them
  • actions of the phytochemicals

 

 

 

Nutrition, The Foundation of Health

  • foods considered medicine
  • herbs enhancing the effect of a healthy diet
  • good food is medicine

 

 

 

Nutritional Supplements

  • those derived from plants
  • phytoceuticals sold as supplements

 

 

 

Chinese Medicine (5 Elements, Yin-Yang Theory, 5 Vital Substances, 12 Organs, etc.)

  • 6 phases
  • major schools
  • Review of Systems
  • 8 Principles
  • Tongue Diagnosis etc.

 

 

 

Diagnostics (how do you know what is wrong is wrong, physical features to support the patterns)

  • holistic physical diagnosis-incl pulses, tongue, coat, ears, breath, foot pads, behavior, interactions, temp preferences.
  • interpretation of labs and rads/imaging

 

 

 

Alchemy of Herbs

  • synergy
  • blending

 

 

 

CTM materia medica

 

 

 

Ayurveda/Middle Eastern materia medica:

CLICK HERE to view the Ayurveda study guide.

CLICK HERE to view the Middle Eastern study guide.

 

 

 

Herbal Pharmacy

 

 

 

Ethnobotany

 

 

 

Native American materia medica

 

 

 

American Botanical Medicine, the history of the Thomsonians, Physio-medicalists and Eclectics

CLICK HERE to view the materia medica of the Americas.

 

 

 

Additional materia medica (European, African, South America etc.)

CLICK HERE to view the European & more study guide.

 

 

 

Triune formulation/Therapeutics classes (i.e., herbal gastroenterology, sleep disorders, etc.)

 

 

 

Over the course of many years, these are the topics many of us have determined provided a solid foundation for mastery of herbal medicine. If you decide any topics are missing, we would love to hear from you! Please complete the form that appears below, or CLICK HERE for an alternate version.

 

 

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