Philosophy of  Western Medical Herbalism

Educating Veterinarians and Pet-Lovers on Western Herbal Medicine

Upcoming Courses - Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat

This course is intended to be an in-depth training in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine.  It is more than a course, it is an apprenticeship to become a Veterinary Herbalist.  As a bonus, it is set on a beach resort.

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


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

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Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat


A 5-part course in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine


Drs. Laurie Dohmen and Kris August


September 15-17, 2017

October 6-8, 2017

November 10-12, 2017

March 23-25, 2018

April 20-22, 2018


Sanderling Resort, Duck, Outer Banks, North Carolina



This course is intended to be an in-depth training in Western Herbal Medicine geared specifically to veterinarians.  Each 3-day weekend will include 3 Materia Medica, 1 lab and 1 herb walk plus additional lectures and activities.  There will be homework consisting of writing Materia Medica and formulating herbal products between every session.  Self-care is also a large focus of this training.  We believe that healthier veterinarians make better practitioners.



There will be 15 Materia Medica lectures organized primarily by Western organ system.  There will be additional lectures to flesh out the practice of Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine (WVHM).  These lectures will cover topics such as the origins of WVHM, the practice of formulation and prescribing, phytopharmacology and more.  Also, a brief overview of other types of Herbal Medicine (such as Ayurveda and Chinese) will be discussed.  Ancillary topics including Flower Essences and Essential Oils will be presented.



Hands-on labs will cover and give students the opportunity to make products for use in practice.  Each session will focus on a different application, such as tinctures, topicals, and more.  Students will then go home and make products based on that session’s lab, and these will be evaluated at the beginning of the subsequent session.  In the last session, there will be a Medicine Making Show, where students will get an opportunity to present their own creations in a fun atmosphere.


Personal Wellness:

The Outer Banks and the Sanderling Hotel are the perfect location for an herbal weekend retreat. Veterinary professionals give more than is healthy at times. That aching neck and lower back or ongoing exhaustion may be signs of a need for time to one’s self and self-care. In this conference, there will be learning to nurture the brain, but there also will be time to renew the connection to the earth, the plants and the animals. Nature deficit disorder is real in children and in adults, and the aim is to remedy that. Gratitude and wonder are pathways to renewal. By opening up awareness of the world at large, there can be an increased awareness of self and personal needs for self-care. What brings the most enjoyment?  What allows peace? Everyone's answers are different and students will be welcome to participate as much or as little as desired. Walks along the beach may be all the renewal needed!

In this course, self-care and renewal will be explored through ongoing activities in meditation, nature connection, and physical care. Work with the herbs will allow students to know them better by making teas, lotions, cordials, and simple crafts and gifts to bring nature awareness into the home and to families and friends. Essential oils, and Bach Flower Essences and their uses for human and animal health will be shared. Qi gong and other physical activities will continue along with herb walks every weekend class. There will be time left for fun too, with free evenings on the island and herby movie nights.
Without personal vitality, it is difficult to help others. Come join us on this journey to better health for our animal patients, our families, our world, and ourselves.


Herb Walks:

Each session will feature an afternoon herb walk.  This will be a guided walk in a different location each session.  There will be guest leaders for some of these walks.  In each walk, there will be an opportunity for students to go off on their own and meditate with the plants or just enjoy the region.



Students will be responsible for making 2-3 products based on the previous session’s lab for the following session.  Students will be responsible for handing in a Monograph on 2 new herbs for each Materia Medica lecture at the following session.  On a rotating schedule, students will be required to present a pictorial and informational herb walk of their home area with 10 herbs presented.



There will be a list serve for the class where students can post any and all questions so we can all learn from each other.  This will be a discussion forum between students and teachers.  This will also be a site for students to organize room sharing and ride sharing, or any other activities that the whole group or small groups wish to organize.  If we find there are certain activities everyone wants to do, we will make every effort to adjust the schedule to accommodate these plans.  There will be a list of resources, some required and some optional.  These will include texts and websites.  We will be posting all our PowerPoint slides to the group prior to each session.  Additionally, we are pursuing RACE credits for the course and student discounts and memberships with related organizations. 


Students who attend the Philosophy of  Western Medical Herbalism course will receive a discount on this apprenticeship.

slide up button 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...