Animal Holistic Health Degree and Training Program Options
At this time, there are no degree programs available in animal holistic health; however, certificate programs are available in holistic and homeopathic specialties, including acupuncture, homeopathy and nutrition.
Animal holistic health is a form of veterinary medicine that utilizes a complete picture of an animal's behavior, environment, nutrition, lifestyle and disease patterns in order to fully evaluate and diagnose a treatment. Animal holistic medicinal practices focus on using minimally invasive and gentle techniques by taking the least harmful path. By addressing all possible sources of causation, an animal may have a better chance at long lasting recovery. Treatment in animal holistic health may be combined with aspects of traditional Western medicine, such as surgery and drug therapy, in addition to holistic treatments that provide complementary healing.
Most often, certificates are available for veterinarians and other professionals who work with animals looking to further specialize their practice. Certificate programs and seminars are available through The American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association (AHVMA) and The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy. Certificate programs in animal homeopathy must be approved by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy, must meet accrediting guidelines and have a 6 month minimum time line.
- Program Levels in Animal Holistic Health: Certificate
- Prerequisites: Doctorate degree
- Program Specializations: Acupuncture; veterinary homeopathy; animal nutrition; physical therapy
Certificate in Animal Holistic Health
Animal holistic health training programs are primarily geared towards veterinarians who already have their doctorate degree in veterinary medicine. Veterinarians typically graduate with a bachelor's degree in biology or zoology before going on to train at an accredited school of veterinary medicine. Other certificate programs in animal holistic health, depending on the specialty, are typically offered as summer seminars or as self-paced programs on weekends and after hours. Some common courses that may be offered are:
- Common animal ailments
- Alternative animal therapies using the principle of resonance
- Influences of nutrition on animal behavior
- Allergies in pets
- Usages of homeopathic medicines
- Veterinary herbal medicine
- Introduction to small animal osteopathy
A variety of options exist for veterinarians or zoologists who desire to specialize in the holistic and homeopathic sciences. Some possible career alternatives include:
- Holistic veterinarian
- Physical therapist
- Animal nutritionist
- Animal chiropractor
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, (www.bls.gov), veterinary practice is projected to grow by 9% in overall employment between 2014 and 2024, which is faster-than-average for all occupations. In addition, as of May 2015, the median salary for a veterinarian was $88,490.