Western Herbal Medicine
Dr. Laurie and Purple Moon Herbs and Studies have prepared the best apprenticeship/continuing education program for veterinarians in Western Herbal Medicine possible.
Drs. Laurie Dohmen and Kris August
May 3-5, 2019
Hampton Inn and Suites, Corolla, Outer Banks, North Carolina
CE credits approved for Philosophy: 16 CE credits, 15.5 IVAS
This course is an introduction and overview of the philosophy of Western Veterinary Medical Herbalism. We will be discussing the history of herbal use and plant identification on a multi-sensory level. There will be lectures, labs and an herb walk. We will also incorporate compassionate care, both for our patients and ourselves. Bonus offerings include Qi Gong in the breaks, excursions and free time to explore the area. Catered lunch is included in the classroom.
Lectures include herb selection, formulation and administration options for our patients. We will discuss how to utilize a monograph, how to read herbal materials, and a brief history of Western herbal medicine. All forms of herbal administration will be covered, with details of how to make teas, tinctures, topicals and more. We will also have 2 labs in which we demonstrate production of herbal products.
A 5-part course in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine
Drs. Laurie Dohmen and Kris August
September 20-23, 2019
October 19-21, 2019
November 9-11, 2019
March 28-30, 2020
April 25-27, 2020
Location: Outer Banks, North Carolina
CE credits approved for VHAR: 81.5 CE credits, 56 IVAS
This is a comprehensive training in the use and practice of Western Herbal Medicine. All Materia Medica lectures will include an organoleptic component. There will be extensive labs in medicine making. Each module will feature an herb walk to a different part of the Outer Banks islands. We will also incorporate compassionate care, both for our patients and ourselves. We will have lectures and extra evening activities focus on self-care, as we believe good health starts with ourselves. Bonus offerings include Qi Gong in the breaks and a movie night! There will be homework so we can assess your progress as veterinary herbalists. Our classroom is upstairs with big windows and views of both the bay and the Currituck Sound. Breakfast will be included every morning in the classroom.
Excellent course-paves path for understanding and using western herbs with confidence. Looking forward to incorporating what I learned to help our furry friends! AWESOME!!!
The Philosophy of Western Medical Herbalism was an excellent introduction to western herbal practice and theory. The conference was an excellent experience--knowledgeable instructors with engaging teaching styles and held in a beautiful locale. The self-care Qi Gong was an added bonus. It definitely got me excited to return and learn more!
I will try to express the profound effect being in your and Kris' class has had on me. I can't walk through my farm with the same laissez-faire that I have done in the past. I am photographing and journaling the wonderful plants that have always been around me. Yarrow, thistle, dandelion, peppermint, oats, nettle, alfalfa, and more are speaking to me. I am acquiring books and papers and recipes. Such a strong desire to learn more. Thank you so much for this wonderful gift of knowledge and the thirst for more.
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I loved seeing preparation methods in real life
Very nice, liked the setting and all the natural light so it didn't feel stuffy
Very pleasant, great location, not as expensive as expected
Not really a breakfast eater, liked variety of options (especially the fruit). The smoked salmon, fruit, and granola were excellent.
Location of Conferences
Lowood Educational Center, Duck, North Carolina
Recently, Purple Moon has moved its base of operation to Lowood Educational Center in North Duck. This site will be a permanent location for Purple Moon’s courses. The Educational Center has 3 floors: on the top is a breakfast nook with a library of herbal books available for perusal over the weekend. The second floor is the kitchen classroom. This is where labs and smaller courses will be held. There will be cameras over the prep table and stove linked to the large screen in the room for better visualization. The bottom floor is in the process of renovation to become a state-of-the-art open room with large glass doors overlooking some of the gardens. Lowood also has its own elaborate cultivated gardens and native area with trails and benches. Vickie Shufer and her company have tirelessly added many native and medicinal plants for educational and beautification purposes. Additionally, there are 3 bedrooms available for students to stay in while in class, along with a common kitchen, dining area and living room.
This Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat is intended to train veterinarians in the use of Western Herbal Medicine. This is a comprehensive course including organ system-based Materia Medica, medicine-making, herb walks, self-care and more. This course is intended to help prepare the veterinarian to become a board-certified Veterinary Herbalist through the ACVBM (as soon as it is passed through the AVMA).
Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat, a 5-part course in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine ... $2,975.00
Wholistic Pain Management
Drs. Kris August and Julie Wentzel
March 29-31, 2019
Outer Banks, NC
CE credits approved for Rehab: 17 CE Credits, 7 IVAS
This course will introduce an integrative approach to pain management and rehabilitation. We will learn to incorporate herbal medications, acupuncture, and other rehabilitation modalities in addition to conventional allopathic pharmaceuticals.
We invite you to join us in the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina and enjoy the beach while learning about pain management and rehabilitation in animals.
Drs. Laurie Dohmen and Kris August
October 25-27, 2019
Lowood Educational Center
Duck, North Carolina
16 CE Credits available
This conference is intended to educate the veterinarian in Ayurvedic theory and its implementation into food and herbal therapy. Many of the herbs used in Ayurveda are also used in Western and Chinese Herbal Medicine. There will be introductory talks about Ayurvedic Theory, with explanation of the Elements, Doshas (personality types), Gunas (traits of each personality type), Dhatus (tissues), and the concept of Agni (digestive fire). This will progress into a more in-depth look at interpreting Ayurvedic Materia Medica, followed by actual Materia Medica for foods and herbs. All food and herb lectures will include an organoleptic component. The last day will be spent as a cooking lab, putting the Materia Medica into practice. We will be preparing both foods and herbal remedies, and students will have the opportunity to learn techniques and sample what is prepared.
The Ayurvedic Definition of Health is “One who is established in self (svastha), who has balanced doshas (samadosa), balanced agni (samagni), properly formed tissues (dhatus), proper elimination of waste products (malas), well-functioning bodily processes, and whose mind (manah), soul (atma), and senses (indriya), and are full of bliss (Prasanna) is called a healthy person.” - Susruta Samhita
Personalized Training Sessions with
Dr. Laurie Dohmen
Dr. Laurie is pleased to now offer personalized training sessions in Western Herbal Medicine. Come and learn medicine-making, food preparation with herbs, formulation, herbal identification, and more. The day can be tailored to your needs or Dr. Laurie can set the agenda based on your level of expertise. Sessions range from a few hours, a day, up to a long weekend. We can focus on veterinary use, self-care and more. Beginners and advanced students are welcome. Small groups of 2-4 students or one-on-one sessions are available.