In order to become a Certified Veterinary Homeopath (CVH), one must first complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree and obtain veterinary licensure. Doctoral veterinary medicine degree programs last four years and prepare students for licensing examinations. For licensed veterinarians, the Academy of Veterinary Medicine (AVH) offers a certificate program in veterinary homeopathy. Program applicants should be well-versed in the founding principles of holistic animal care prior to admission to the certificate program.
Certificate in Veterinary Homeopathy
The holistic veterinary certificate program is an additional designation to a DVM. It requires candidates to take 125 hours of training or 100 credit hours of holistic veterinary coursework, submit four homeopathic case studies for approval and pass a final examination. Coursework and training focus on general homeopathic principles and specialized holistic modalities, such as acupuncture, Bach flower remedies and applied kinesiology.
After completing the required training and coursework, students then demonstrate clinical proficiency by submitting two acute and two chronic disease case studies for review and approval. Upon case study acceptance, a final examination is given. Successful exam passage completes the certificate program, and a licensed veterinarian becomes a CVH.
Practical job experience is gained from supervised internships and training programs in both traditional veterinary medicine degree programs and holistic veterinary certificate programs. These programs require extensive, hands-on clinical veterinary training that is supervised by a licensed veterinarian in hospitals, private practices and animal shelters. State licensure and certification demonstrate that work-related experiences have been met.
Workshops and Seminars
Both the AVH and American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association (AHVMA) offer professional meetings, seminars and annual conferences for holistic veterinarians. These workshops often discuss the latest treatments and future trends in veterinary homeopathy. Attendees listen to holistic animal care field experts, participate in question-and-answer sessions and may receive popular homeopathic books, pamphlets and guides.
Salary and Job Outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the career outlook for veterinarians as a whole will increase by 9% during the 2014-2024 decade. The BLS also listed the median salary for veterinarians in May 2015 as $88,490 (www.bls.gov).
Additional Professional Development
Holistic veterinarians combine their love for animals with a professional drive for homeopathic methods and solutions. Certified Veterinary Homeopaths aim to prevent and fix underlying issues rather than treat outward symptoms. Professionals must maintain a comprehensive understanding of animal anatomy and physiology as well as an extensive background in holistic veterinary care. Holistic veterinarians must also communicate effectively with animal owners and other veterinary care personnel, be personable and work well under sometimes stressful conditions.
Veterinarians can pursue a holistic veterinary certificate to gain understanding in holistic care, treatment, and remedies for animals. Most holistic veterinarians choose to continue their education through workshops, seminars, and other professional development.