Philosophy of  Western Medical Herbalism

Educating Veterinarians and Pet-Lovers on Western Herbal Medicine

Classes - Philosophy of  Western Medical Herbalism,  Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship & Retreat and Personalized Training Sessions

Our mission is to educate veterinarians and pet-lovers on Western Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and Food Therapy, and Bach Flower Essences.  We offer weekend seminars, 5-part apprenticeships/retreats and personalized training sessions.

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Buckwheat

Buckwheat is not only nourishing to people (buckwheat pancakes), but it is also nourishing to the earth.

St. John's wort

St. John's Wort is not only good for "nervous" conditions, such as depression, but also for nerves themselves, and helps treat disorders from migraines to shingles.

Reishi and Chickweed

Reishi is a mushroom, and like all mushrooms it is nature's vacuum cleaner, cleaning toxins from the earth and from us.

Water Hyssop (Bacopa monnieri)

Water hyssop is a cerebral stimulant, helping clear the mind and increase brain function.

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush contributes to the health of our environment by attracting and sustaining butterflies, one of our most important pollinators.

Weeping Willow

While not the most medicinal willow, it is the most beautiful.  Willows are the genus Salix, from which comes salicylic acid, the chemical constituent of aspirin.

Dogbane

Dogbane is the toxic look-alike to milkweed, the only plant that Monarch Butterfly caterpillars feast on their way to becoming butterflies.

Horsetail

Horsetail is one of our best herbs for minerals; it feeds us and our gardens.

Red Clover

Red Clover Flowers are a nutrient rich herb that cleanse the blood and nourish the body. Photo taken by Radford Davis, 2010, RadfordDavis.com

Personalized Training Sessions

Dr. Laurie is pleased to now offer personalized training sessions in Western Herbal Medicine.

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Philosophy of  Western Medical Herbalism

Dr. Laurie and Purple Moon Herbs and Studies have prepared the best apprenticeship/continuing education program for veterinarians in Western Herbal Medicine possible. 

 

Philosophy of  Western Medical Herbalism On the Outer Banks of North Carolina   Philosophy of Western Herbalism - Horses on the Outer Banks

 

Philosophy of Western Medical Herbalism

 

Drs. Laurie Dohmen and Kris August

 

May 3-5, 2019

 

Hampton Inn and Suites, Corolla, Outer Banks, North Carolina

 

Beauty BerryThis 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.

Click Here to Learn More, See the Course Schedule and to Register Online!


 

Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat

 

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

 

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.

 

Testimonials

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.

About Our ...

Labs

I loved seeing preparation methods in real life

Conference Room

Very nice, liked the setting and all the natural light so it didn't feel stuffy

Accommodations

Very pleasant, great location, not as expensive as expected

Breakfast

Not really a breakfast eater, liked variety of options (especially the fruit). The smoked salmon, fruit, and granola were excellent.


Location of Conferences

 

The Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk

 

Outer Banks, North Carolina

 

The Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk
Come to the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina and enjoy the beach while learning about Western Herbs. Scheduled at the Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk, a Premier OBX hotel with a great location in Kitty Hawk, private balcony with view on every guest room and a Fishing Pier for exciting family fun.


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

Click Here to Learn More, See the Course Schedule and to Register Online!


Wholistic Pain Management

 

and Rehabilitation

 

Drs. Kris August and Julie Wentzel

 

March 29-31, 2019

 Outer Banks, NC

Multimodal Flower

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.

Click Here to Learn More, See the Course Schedule and to Register Online!


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.

Julie Wentzel, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP

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...it is very important to keep in mind that these herbs are drugs: herbal MEDICINE... 

All in all, herbal medicine is wonderful when it is used correctly and safely. 

We need to keep in mind it is medicine...