Holistic Animal Care Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Those interested in a holistic animal care career often complete a regular Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at an accredited school, while also studying holistic healthcare practices, such as acupuncture, mind-body healing and homeopathy.

How to Select a Holistic Animal Care School

No schools in the United States currently offer degree or certificate programs specifically in holistic animal care; however, some universities do offer accredited veterinary programs that allow students to pursue further educational opportunities in the field of holistic health. Students interested in studying veterinary medicine and holistic health might consider looking for a university with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine that also has a student chapter of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA).

AHVMA is an association that explores and promotes alternative approaches to veterinary care. It is devoted to investigating methods by which animals can be treated through acupuncture, homeopathy, herbal therapy, color therapy, aromatherapy, nutrition or sound therapy. Some universities have student chapters of the AHVMA that help veterinary students expand their knowledge of holistic practices. These chapters often provide educational seminars, lectures and conferences related to advances in holistic animal care for their members.

More considerations include:

  • Some schools offer continuing education or elective courses in alternative veterinary medicine (such as Chinese herbal medicine or Ayurveda).
  • Certain programs may allow students the chance to attend conferences and lectures related to holistic veterinary medicine.

Top 10 Veterinary Programs

College/University Type of Institution
University of California - Davis 4-year, Public
Cornell University 4-year, Private
Colorado State University 4-year, Public
North Carolina State University 4-year, Public
Ohio State University 4-year, Public
University of Wisconsin-Madison 4-year, Public
University of Florida 4-year, Public
Texas A&M University-College Station 4-year, Public
University of Pennsylvania 4-year, Public
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 4-year, Public
Tufts University 4-year, Private

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