Holistic canine care classes are available through a few animal care organizations in standalone formats. Some of these courses may lead to voluntary certification in specialties like animal health coaching or animal naturopathy consulting. They may also be offered in the curriculum of a limited number of graduate-level veterinary medicine programs that utilize alternative veterinary practices. Common concepts addressed in these courses include:
- Natural remedies for pain management
- Use of essential oils for canine health
- Acupressure and massage
- Stretches for relaxation and better health
List of Common Courses
Canine Holistic Care Course
Students learn alternative ways to care for dogs by applying holistic practices. Individuals discuss the benefits and use of nutritional supplements, home therapies and preventive care for canines. This course introduces other alternative veterinary techniques such as spinal manipulation, therapeutic treatment, acupuncture and massage.
Canine Massage Course
This course explores the value and use of massage therapy on animals, including dogs. Participants learn therapeutic techniques to target problem areas as identified by veterinarians. This course focuses on the comfort and safety of animals, and on how massage therapy can help ease underlying medical conditions.
Pain Control Course
Individuals review the use of medication to manage pain in small animals. They learn how to assess and treat discomfort. This course explores the use of non-pharmacologic pain treatment.
Acupuncture for Veterinary Use Course
This course looks at the theories and practice of acupuncture on small animals, mainly dogs, based on classical acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine practices. The principles such as Yin-Yang, meridians, channels and other techniques are discussed. Students explore the scientific basis for acupuncture. Participants perform acupuncture therapy as part of their lab work.
Chinese Manual Therapy Course
Students learn about the Chinese veterinary therapy known as Tui-na or An-mo, which is used to treat and prevent disease. This therapy uses a combination of chiropractic stretching movements, acupuncture and applied pressure to promote circulation, treat musculoskeletal conditions, improve energy and strengthen resistance. Young and old animals can benefit from this treatment, which can be taught to pet owners and performed as part of a daily home-care program.