There is no doubt that our clients are seeking alternative medicine more and more these days. Even 15 years ago a survey found that 42% of pet owners applied alternative therapies to their pets and unfortunately 60% of them did not disclose this information to their veterinarian. Chiropractors and non-veterinarian herbalists/homeopaths are treating more of your patients than you realize. All of this can lead to unexpected treatment outcomes and interactions.
Holistic Veterinary Medicine: The Wave of the Future
This lecture looks at why pet owners are attracted to holistic methods and gives a summary of the holistic philosophy. It gives an overview of the commonly used holistic therapies of natural nutrition, homeopathy, herbal medicine, chiropractic and acupuncture. The participant will leave equipped to answer those tough questions our clients have about holistic care.
Holistic-Integrative Medicine: The Emerging Paradigm
The face of veterinary medicine is changing. Treatments that were once considered “alternative medicine” such as the use of glucosamine, omega-three fatty acids and probiotics are now in the main stream. This lecture will explore how medical paradigms are formed as well as the basic principles of the emerging holistic-integrative model.
Veterinary Chiropractic: Not Just “Animal Crackers”
Chiropractic is a holistic method of maintaining proper nerve function for optimal health. Because the spinal nerves participate in the control of the major organs, as well as the muscles and joints, spinal alignment affects the entire body. This lecture addresses the science behind and benefits of veterinary spinal manipulation.
Natural Nutrition in Small Animal Medicine: The Evolutionary Advantage
This lecture will show the shortcomings of processed commercial diets. We will look at the difference between what is commonly fed, and what canines and felines evolved to eat. Recent research on the nutritional benefits of feeding whole foods will be presented. The lecture will convey an understanding of why some clients feed raw diets.
What We Weren’t Taught About Small Animal Nutrition
This lecture will show the shortcomings of processed commercial diets. We will look at the difference between what is commonly fed, and what canines and felines evolved to eat. We all agree that cats are carnivores, but what about dogs? Can we say that conventional diets are “100% complete and balanced” if we do not have 100% complete understanding of diet and nutrition? Are our patients suffering from chronic diseases that can be helped with whole food nutrition? We will take a critical look at the evidence instead of the propaganda. Recent research on the nutritional benefits of feeding whole foods will be presented.
Nutritional Impact on Disease: Therapies for Optimal Patient Health
Proper nutrition is the basis of health. All disease can be reduced to its cellular components. Nutrients play a key role in cell health. Therefore, all disease has a nutritional component. The participant will learn how the phytonutrients in whole foods and whole food supplements can lead to better patient health.
Veterinary Acupuncture: Ancient Chinese Secrets Reveled
Acupuncture is the most clinically proven and the most thoroughly researched holistic therapy. This presentation addresses the scientific basis of acupuncture. The history and basic philosophy of veterinary acupuncture will also be covered as well as the types of problems that are best treated with this modality.
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Basics
In China, a very distinct system of medicine developed. The Chinese use concepts such as “the imbalance of Yin and Yang” and “the obstruction of the flow of Qi” to explain disease conditions in the body. They also have very unique ideas about how the organs of the body function. In this lecture we will look beyond the Chinese medical metaphors and get a basic understanding of the concepts of Chinese medicine and how it can be applied to our patients.
Chinese Herbs for Common Conditions
This lecture will build on the previous one. With the basics of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) under our belts we will explore the complex world of Chinese herbal medicine. We will learn how a few Chinese herbal formulas can be used to treat common diseases within a typical conventional small animal practice.
Veterinary Botanical Medicine: Mother Nature’s Drugs
This lecture covers the background and basic principles of herbal medicine. Cautions, contraindications and drug interactions will also be discussed. Finally, a few tried and true herbal remedies will be illustrated for the novice veterinary herbalist to take home and use Monday morning.
Veterinary Homeopathy: Small Doses Cause Big Results
Homeopathy involves the use of minute doses of medicinal substances to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms. This lecture explores the theoretical ideas and scientific evidence for the validity of this controversial medical approach. Some homeopathic remedies will be discussed as well as how to apply them to commonly encountered situations.