Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat

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

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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Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat

 

A 5-part course in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine

 

Drs. Laurie Dohmen and Kris August

 

September 21-23, 2019

October 19-21, 2019

November 9-11, 2019

March 28-30, 2020

April 25-27, 2020

 

Location:  Outer Banks, North Carolina

 

Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat, a 5-part course in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine Pricing:

 

$2,975.00 for all 5 Modules until January 1, 2019

Deposit Due: $750.00
Remainder due by August 1, 2019

 

Payment accepted by check, money order or through Paypal.

 

Click Here to Register!

 

Overview:

Beauty BerryThis 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. Each 3-day weekend will include multiple Materia Medica lectures with oraganoleptic components, an extensive medicine-making lab, and an herb walk to a different part of the Island, plus additional lectures and activities. There will be homework consisting of writing Materia Medica and formulating herbal products between every session, as well as a presentation of an herb walk in the student’s native area. Self-care is also a large focus of this training. We believe that healthier veterinarians make better practitioners. We will have lectures and extra evening activities focus on self-care, as we believe good health starts with ourselves. Bonus offerings will include Qi Gong in the breaks, picnics, shared meals, and a movie night! Breakfast will be included every morning in the classroom. All in all, we plan to present an overall holistic experience to our fellow veterinarians. While teaching Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine, we want to provide not only alternative ways to care for patients, but also additional ways to care for ourselves.

 

Lectures:

Class RoomThere will be 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 Mushrooms and Essential Oils will be presented.

 

Labs:

Yin Yang MangosHands-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:

WellnessIn 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. Qi gong and other physical activities be incorporated throughout along with sensory meditations during herb walks every weekend. There will be time left for fun too, with free evenings on the island and herby movie nights.

 

Herb Walks:

Herb Walk in ManteoEach session will feature an afternoon herb walk. This will be a guided walk in a different part of the Island each session. In each walk, there will be an opportunity to meditate with the plants or just enjoy the region. We will be traveling to Manteo twice. The first module, we will be leaving before lunch on Friday to allow people time to visit Roanoke Island and eat lunch in the village of Manteo. “Manteo’s waterfront downtown is an attraction in itself, with shops, art galleries, eateries, a lighthouse, a waterfront boardwalk, a park and children's playground and boats sitting in the harbor of Shallowbag Bay” (http://roanokeisland.net/attractions). From there we will go on to the Elizabethan Gardens for a guided herb walk and personal nature meditation. The Island FarmThe second module will begin our exploration of food therapy and herbs for the gastrointestinal system with a field trip to Island Farm. “A living history site, Island Farm interprets daily life on Roanoke Island in the mid-1800s” Herb Walk(http://www.theislandfarm.com/ ). On the farm, we will not only be discussing the medicinal herbs growing, but also what was in a standard “medicine chest” in the mid-1800’s in the United States. There will be time allotted for personal exploration of the farm, and we will be bringing a picnic lunch. We will be providing transportation, but students are welcome to drive themselves in order to spend more time in this area. There are lots of cool things to do on Roanoke Island. There is the Island Festival Park, which has the “Elizabeth II, a 16th-century sailing ship. It’s a representation of a particular 16th-century English merchant ship, Elizabeth, one of seven in Sir Walter Raleigh’s 1585 expedition to establish England’s first New World colony. ManteoCostumed interpreters speaking Old English greet visitors to the ship with sea tales, legends and historical facts and answer questions about 16th-century seafaring…The Settlement Site is where guests get to interact with costumed interpreters portraying the colonist men and women as they settled into life in the New World. Visitors can try their hand at blacksmithing, woodworking, 16th-century games and more…Explore coastal Algonquian culture and history in the American Indian Town. The town represents an American Indian community similar to what the English explorers investigated and surveyed during their voyages to Roanoke Island and the surrounding area in the late 16th century. Visitors follow paths that wind through the park. Homes, agricultural areas and work shelters line the paths. The ceremonial dance circle is also located here. The exhibit has a planting and harvesting area where visitors can learn the advanced nuances of American Indian farming techniques. Three work shelters include activities like cordage (rope) making, mat and basket weaving, net mending, food preparation, tanning hides, fishing, boat building and gathering” (http://roanokeisland.net/attractions).

False Cape State Park We will also be traveling to False Cape State Park twice. We will be visiting the Park in November and April, so we can observe the different growing seasons of the native plants. The park is an amazing ecosystem, with the Ocean on one side and the Currituck Sound on the other. There are marshes, woods, fields and more. It is usually easy in the Park to find the tracks of many species of animals, including bobcat, wolf, coyote, wild pig, and more. The trip to False Cape itself is an experience: the beach of the Atlantic Ocean is the “road” and the area is inhabited by the Corolla Wild Horses, so bring your camera! We do not recommend driving separately on these trips, as 4 wheel drive is required and the tire pressure must be lowered.

 

Guest Lecturer:

Vickie ShuferWe are excited to announce that Vickie Shufer will be leading the herb walks at the Elizabethan Gardens and False Cape State Park. She will also be lecturing on Botany and aiding in food lab. Vickie is an alum of MUIH, where she got her MS in Therapeutic Herbalism in 2013. She has worked in False Cape State Park for over 20 years; she is a naturalist, herbalist, and forager. Vickie is the owner and manager of a native nursery in northeastern North Carolina where she propagates coastal native plants and teaches groups how to use them for food, medicine, and crafts. She often forages and then hosts meals locally, so expect some excellent cooking from her! Vickie is the author of several books, including The Everything Guide to Foraging (Adams Media, 2011), and was the editor/publisher of The Wild Foods Forum newsletter from 1994 to 2014. If you want to know more about her, Vickie’s website is http://ecoimages.us/

 

Assignments:

Students will be responsible for making 2 products based on the previous session’s lab for the following Module. Students will be responsible for handing in a Monograph on 2 new herbs for each Materia Medica lecture. 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 also be optional self-care journaling and projects after each session.

 

Support:

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, websites, reference lists and more. We will be posting all our PowerPoint slides to the group prior to each session. Membership in United Plant Savers will be included with registration.

 

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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!!!

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.

I want to tell you that your class has been life-changing for me in many ways. There was awesome information about using herbs as medicine for animals and for self care. I feel like I know--or am beginning to know--these herbs "in my bones" at a depth not possible with text or internet study. I thought the "retreat" part of the class was unnecessary when I signed up--I was "fine" --but it was so needed--helped me reconnect with myself and my "roots in nature" and focus on what is important in life. I have learned to embrace gratitude in a more profound way and finally realized the meaning of the word "friend" which seems simple, but wasn't for me. Again, Thank you!

Just wanted to thank you again for your class. I feel like your email reached me serendipitously last summer when I was searching for something to dig into as my eldest was leaving for college. I have been using more for humans than 4-legged creatures but I'm good with that.

The course you and Kris taught was phenomenal and life changing.  I was blown away by how thorough and generous you are with your knowledge.  I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was to learn so much.  You are so full of enthusiasm, generosity, and striving for excellence in what you do….I am so grateful Laurie.  Kris’ wisdom, knowledge, encouragement and peaceful demeanor added so much to the self care part of the course.  I think about what both of you taught us every day out here in the trenches.

I have had a long-standing interest in herbal medicine. However, I needed something to pull together the disparate pieces into a whole. This course did that for me. Chemical constituents and wild plant foraging and animal dosing and energetics and formulating products, all in one organized format. I would happily recommend this and I look forward to more from Purple Moon.

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Materia Medica

The lectures were great--lots of good information. I like the inclusion of traditional uses and energetics of the herbs--gives insight into subtleties of herbal action.

Labs

Labs were fun and informative and helped me gain confidence in making herbal products for self and family. (Which I do a lot now). Also the direct contact with herbs and experience in making herbal products has deepened my appreciation and understanding of their character, uses and actions.

Herb Walks

Loved them! Seeing, touching, tasting, smelling plants in their natural environment deepened my connection with them and appreciation of them as living entities. Also it was rejuvenating and great fun to be outdoors "exploring" and breathing fresh air.

Excellent and a great way to connect clinicians to the origins of the medicines.

Homeworks

These gave me a welcome "excuse" to spend time researching herbs I didn't know much about. It had also been a while since I had researched anything so it was good to do this again. I also gained insights into the way information can be misrepresented on the Internet. Sometimes it was confusing and difficult to sort out " the real story." I got better at it with time. I really appreciated getting feedback/comments on my work.

Scheduled at The Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk:

The Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty HawkThe Outer Banks is a great place for self-healing. As veterinarians, we are very compassionate to others, but less so to ourselves. We believe that the healthier we are as practitioners, the more good we can do for our patients. Come to the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina and enjoy the beach while learning about Western Herbs.

Breakfast will be included every morning, including a variety of fresh choices, and a plethora of teas, coffee and juice. During the breaks, in addition to snacking, students will have the opportunity to partake of abbreviated Qi Gong. We all get stiff sitting in lectures, so we will be doing some stretching and moving in the breaks. Qi Gong roughly translates to: “Qi” – energy or life force, “Gong” – work or skills. We will be increasing our energy and life skills in the breaks. We even plan to go to the ocean and do some breathing exercises in rhythm with the tides. One evening, we will be showing a movie for those interested. We can all snuggle in with decadent brownies and cookies and watch together.  Our last Module will culminate in a Medicine Show and celebratory party.

Outer Banks:

Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is a chain of barrier islands that consist of a string of sand dunes that serve to protect the mainland of North Carolina from the Atlantic Ocean. They are separated from the mainland by large bodies of water called “sounds.” We will be at the north end of the island in Duck and Corolla, home of the Corolla Wild Horses. This area of the Outer Banks is sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound with easy free access to both. The area is replete with open spaces and natural settings that stir the soul, as wild as the native horses. We will be there in what is called the “shoulder season,” during which the Outer Banks is open and ready for tourist business, with a plethora of delicious and fresh restaurants. There are also a variety of activities available, including wild horse tours, mini golf, surfing and more. However, since it is not fully tourist season, places are quiet and more intimate. No matter what the season, the locals are incredibly welcoming and friendly.

Corolla Wild HorsesThere are 2 towns at the north end of the island.  South is the town of Duck. There are many excellent restaurants and shops open in the evenings in Duck. We will have a list for students of recommendations and open hours at the beginning of the conference. North is Corolla (not pronounced like the Toyota, but Cor-al-la). Corolla has a few excellent restaurants also, most notably Mexican and seafood. In Corolla, there are many fun activities, if time allows, it is worth spending an extra day. There is Historic Corolla, with the original lighthouse that can be climbed. “The red-brick Currituck Beach Lighthouse towers above the landscape in the Historic Corolla village. Visitors to this Outer Banks attraction can climb the winding staircase, 220 steps in all, to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of Currituck Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Outer Banks. Inside the lighthouse, at the base and on the first two landings, there are museum-quality lighthouse exhibits” (http://corollaguide.com/attractions). Also in the village is the Whalehead Club, “Whalehead is an historic house museum on the northern Outer Banks. The grand residence, dressed in bold yellow and striking copper, stands on a vast green lawn bordering the Currituck Sound” (http://corollaguide.com/attractions). The grounds in between the lighthouse and the Whalehead are beautiful to walk, with a boat house and a bridge right on the edge of the Sound.Farther north in Corolla, the main road ends and the beach becomes the road. This is the home of the genetically pure Corolla Wild Horses. “Present day Ocracoke and Corolla wild horses carry the distinguishing features of Spanish type horses. One striking similarity to the Arabian ancestry is the number of vertebra (one less than most breeds) which occurs in the Banker Horse Breed. Their even temperament, endurance, size, and the startling beauty which crops up frequently in the Banker Horses all point strongly to their dramatic history…these are the remnants of once numerous herds of Spanish stock which ran free along the sandy islands of our coast. The Spanish Mustang Registry is satisfied that the Banker Horses, in particular the Corolla strain, are as lineally pure to the 16th century Spanish importations as can be found in North America today, and that they compare closely to the selectively bred South American Spanish derivative stock” (http://www.corollawildhorses.com/). There are multiple tour companies that will take you up to see this area (it requires a 4WD vehicle), but please take a tour with the actual Corolla Wild Horse Fund (CWHF). CWHF is an organization whose mission is “to protect, conserve, and responsibly manage the herd of wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs roaming freely on the northernmost Currituck Outer Banks, and to promote the continued preservation of this land as a permanent sanctuary for horses designated as the State Horse and defined as a cultural treasure by the state of North Carolina” (http://www.corollawildhorses.com/). The money from a CWHF trip benefits the horses themselves, and the guides are the only ones trained about the horses.

 

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Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat, a 5-part course in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine Pricing:

 

$2,975.00 for all 5 Modules until January 1, 2019

Deposit Due: $750.00
Remainder due by August 1, 2019

 

Payment accepted by check, money order or through Paypal.

 

Click Here to Register!

 

Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat Tentative Schedule:

Module I: September 21-23, 2019

Date and Time Topic Abstracts Location
Friday, September 21
8-8:30 Breakfast   Hotel Conference Room
8:30-9 Opening and Welcome   Hotel Conference Room
9-10 Lecture: Introduction to Western Herbal Medicine This lecture will go over the basics of medicinal use of Western Herbs.  The concept of Evidence-based Medicine will be introduced.  We will discuss how herbs can be used in terms of physiology, treatment modalities, safety and interactions.  How to read a monograph will be explained, and there will be cases presented. Hotel Conference Room
10-10:30 Break Qi Gong available  
10:30-12:30 Lecture: Integrative Medicine and Evaluation This lecture will address the integration of herbal medicine, pharmaceuticals and other treatment modalities in a way that puts the “whole” in “wholistic.” Communication with other practitioners and specialists can be crucial to case management, and using a language that everyone understands facilitates patient care. The Holistic history and physical exam includes multiple factors, observations and questions that may not always be included in a standard physical exam. Hotel Conference Room
12:30-2 Lunch    
2-3 Lecture: Phytopharmacology I This 2-part lecture will go through the chemistry of herbs and their constituents.  It will help the student identify the use of an herb by its taste and energetics.  Students will sample herbs that embody each constituent group.  Lastly, we will talk about the chemicals that make foods certain colors and the health benefits of each. Hotel Conference Room
3-3:30 Break Qi Gong available  
3:30-5 Lab: Tea Making Preparations of infusions and decoctions will be made, as well as methods for combining them.  All teas will be tasted.  We will also learn to make Nourishing Blends, which are tea blends formulated to supplement nutrition.  Hotel Conference Room
5-6 Introductions Getting to know one another  
6:30-? Optional Group Dinner   Outer Banks Brewing Station
       
Saturday, September 22
8-8:30 Breakfast   Hotel Conference Room
8:20-8:30 Morning Intention   Hotel Conference Room
8:30-10 Lecture: Herbal Modalities around the World Western Herbal Medicine is one of many ways to look at herbal medicine in our world.  Since people grouped together into communities, they have developed culturally unique philosophies of medicine. In this lecture, we will briefly describe TCVM, Ayurveda, Doctrine of Signatures and Humoral Theory. Hotel Conference Room
10-10:30 Break Qi Gong available  
10:30-12:30 MM: Nervines Monographs of 8-12 herbs both for the nervous system and for mental health (“nerves”) will be presented.  There will also be an organoleptic component to this lecture, with tasting of the herbs dried, in tea and in tincture forms.  Fresh herbs will be shared when available.  Hotel Conference Room
12:30-12:45 Break    
12:45-1:15 Travel to Manteo Trip to Manteo Bus
1:15-2:45 Lunch Free time for Lunch and walk around town Manteo
2:45-3 Travel to Garden   Bus
3-5 Herb walk This excursion to the Elizabethan Gardens will include a guided herb walk and personal nature meditation.  The Gardens start with a proper English herb garden, which includes many non-culinary medicinal herbs.  We will then progress through the Gardens while learning about many native and beautiful species of plants. Elizabethan Gardens
5-5:30 Return to Hotel   Bus
       
Sunday, September 23
8-8:30 Breakfast   Hotel Conference Room
8:20-8:30 Morning Intention   Hotel Conference Room
8:30-10:30 MM: Cardiovascular Monographs of 8-12 herbs both for the cardiovascular system will be presented.  There will also be an organoleptic component to this lecture, with tasting of the herbs dried, in tea and in tincture forms.  Fresh herbs will be shared when available.  Hotel Conference Room
10:30-11 Break Qi Gong available  
11-1 MM: Pulmonary Monographs of 8-12 herbs both for the pulmonary system will be presented.  There will also be an organoleptic component to this lecture, with tasting of the herbs dried, in tea and in tincture forms.  Fresh herbs will be shared when available. Hotel Conference Room
1-2:30 Lunch    
2:30-4 Personal Wellness:  Lecture/Lab – Breathing and Meditation We will begin with a lecture on various forms of meditation as well as exploration of breathing methods for health, including both relaxing and energizing approaches. Then we get to go to the beach to practice these techniques! Hotel and Beach
4-4:30 Closing   Beach?
       

Module II: October 19-21, 2019

Date and Time Topic Abstracts Location
Friday, October 19
  Breakfast on your own    
8:30-8:45 Opening and Intention   Hotel Conference Room
8:45-9:15 Travel to Island Farm   Bus
9:30-11 Island Farm Field Trip On this field trip, we will be stepping back in time to experience mid-1800’s farm life.  We will spend time discussing the medicinal herbs in the kitchen garden and the traditional “medicine chest.”  We will also look at the crops and trees grown, and visit a traditional cookhouse. Island Farm
11-12:30 Free Time This time will be to explore the rest of the farm, ask questions and enjoy a picnic lunch we will be bringing with us. Island Farm
12:30-1 Return from Farm   Bus
1-1:30 Break    
1:30-3 Lecture: Ethnomedicine The origins of herbal medicine are from native cultures around the world. This lecture will explain how many cultures have chosen medicinal herbs throughout time, and then proceed to detail how a few specific native cultures choose their herbs.  The societal examples will focus on ethnoveterinary uses of herbs.  We will also briefly discuss how pharmaceuticals have coopted herbal chemicals for allopathic drugs and the pros and cons of traditional herbal use versus pharmaceutical use. Hotel Conference Room
3-3:30 Break Qi Gong available  
3:30-5 Lecture: Organoleptics The definition of organoleptics is “being, affecting, or relating to qualities (as taste, color, odor, and feel) of a substance (as a food or drug) that stimulate the sense organs” (Merriam Webster dictionary).  In this lecture, we will explain groups of herbs and their uses based on their organoleptics.  The class will discuss the 5 common flavors described in herbal medicine, and taste examples of each flavor.  Students will begin to discern the quality of herbs based on their organoleptics. Hotel Conference Room
       
Saturday, October 20
8-8:30 Breakfast   Hotel Conference Room
8:20-8:30 Morning Intention   Hotel Conference Room
8:30-10 Lecture: Food Therapy This lecture will discuss using food as medicine, with and without herbs.  We will briefly discuss homecooking for pets, both healthy and with chronic disease.  If we have time, we will look at the origins and medicinal qualities of spices in food. Hotel Conference Room
10-10:30 Break Qi Gong available  
10:30-12:30 MM: Adaptogens This lecture will start with a detailed explanation of adaptogens as an herbal group.  Monographs of 8-12 herbs will be presented.   There will also be an organoleptic component to this lecture, with tasting of the herbs dried, in tea and in tincture forms. Fresh herbs will be shared when available. Hotel Conference Room
12:30-2 Lunch    
2-4 Lab: Food Therapy In this lab, we will be making bone broth, edible medicated oils, nut butter balls and elderberry syrup, among other things.  We will demonstrate the crockpot method of homecooking for animals, with and without herbal supplementation.  We will also be tasting student tea blends. Hotel Conference Room
4-4:30 Break    
4:30-6 Lab: Making Food Naturally This lab will be continued with human food, in which we make fun wholesome foods, such as nut butters and milks, mayonnaise. Hotel Conference Room
       
Sunday, October 21
8-8:30 Breakfast   Hotel Conference Room
8:20-8:30 Morning Intention   Hotel Conference Room
8:30-10:30 MM: GIT Monographs of 8-12 herbs both for the gastrointestinal system will be presented.   There will also be an organoleptic component to this lecture, with tasting of the herbs dried, in tea and in tincture forms. Fresh herbs will be shared when available. Hotel Conference Room
10:30-11 Break Qi Gong available  
11-1 MM: Liver Monographs of 8-12 herbs for the liver will be presented.   There will also be an organoleptic component to this lecture, with tasting of the herbs dried, in tea and in tincture forms. Fresh herbs will be shared when available. Hotel Conference Room
1-2:30 Lunch    
2:30-3:30 Student Herb Walk Presentations and Teas 2-3 herb walk presentations plus tea homework sampling Hotel Conference Room
3:30-4 Closing   Hotel Conference Room
       

Module III: November 9-11, 2019

Date and Time Topic Abstracts Location
Friday, November 9
8-8:30 Breakfast   Hotel Conference Room
8:20-8:30 Morning Intention   Hotel Conference Room
8:30-10 Lecture: Essential Oils, Phytopharmacology and Safety This lecture will cover the phytopharmacology of Essential Oils, to explain their activity in the plants.  It will also cover issues of safety with their usage. Hotel Conference Room
10-10:30 Break Qi Gong available  
10:30-12 Lecture: Formulation and Dosing In this lecture, we will go through how to put together an herbal formula.  Things to consider include: type of administration, type of herb, number of herbs, specifics of patient, environment and speed of delivery.  We will also discuss the determination of dosage, and the many methods to decide on a dose. There will be case examples of formula preparation. Lastly, herbal labeling will be detailed.   Hotel Conference Room
12-1:30 Lunch    
1:30-2:30 Drive to False Cape State Park   Bus
2:30-4:30 Herb Walk We will be traveling to this park in Virginia Beach twice, once in the fall and once in the spring.  This will afford students the opportunity to see the different life stages of plants.  False Cape has a plethora of native plant species, some medicinal, some edible and some part of the ecosystem. This park has an abundance of wildlife, and we will be able to examine animal tracks and discuss the ecosystem as a whole from an herbal, veterinary and environmental standpoint. False Cape State Park
4:30-5:30 Return to Hotel   Bus
       
Saturday, November 10
8-8:30 Breakfast   Hotel Conference Room
8:20-8:30 Morning Intention   Hotel Conference Room
8:30-10:30 MM: Urinary Monographs of 8-12 herbs for the urinary system will be presented.   There will also be an organoleptic component to this lecture, with tasting of the mushrooms dried, in tea and in tincture forms. Fresh msuhrooms will be shared when available. Hotel Conference Room
10:30-11 Break Qi Gong available  
11-12:30 Lecture: Meet the Natives

Guest lecturer: Vickie Shufer

Immerse yourself into the plant world and become acquainted with major plant families and key characteristics for identification. Hone your botany skills by observing and recording leaf, flower, and fruit types. Discover the role these plants play in the daily lives of those who use them.
Hotel Conference Room
12:30-2 Lunch    
2-4 Lab: Tinctures This lab will cover making tinctures with a variety of menstrua, including glycerites, vinegars and alcohols.  We will also model the Simpler’s Method and the Weight to Volume Method of measuring ingredients. The preparation of simples and formulas will be covered.  Additionally, the Double Extraction Method used for mushrooms will be explained.  We will also taste any food dishes students bring to share! Hotel Conference Room
4-4:30 Break Qi Gong available  
4:30-5:30 Personal Wellness: The Wellness Wheel The Wellness Wheel has 12 pieces, all of which will be explained.  The goal is for each student to ascertain her/his own personal Wellness Index and from it, have the tools to adjust his/her wellness balance as desired. Hotel Conference Room
       
Sunday, November 11
8-8:30 Breakfast   Hotel Conference Room
8:20-8:30 Morning Intention   Hotel Conference Room
8:30-10:30 MM: Endocrine Monographs of 8-12 herbs for the endocrine system will be presented.   There will also be an organoleptic component to this lecture, with tasting of the herbs dried, in tea and in tincture forms. Fresh herbs will be shared when available. Hotel Conference Room
10:30-11 Break Qi Gong available  
11-12:30 MM: Reproduction Monographs of 8-12 herbs for the reproductive system will be presented.   There will also be an organoleptic component to this lecture, with tasting of the herbs dried, in tea and in tincture forms. Fresh herbs will be shared when available. Hotel Conference Room
12:30-2 Lunch    
2-3:30 Student Herb Walk Presentations and Foods 2-3 herb walk presentations and food homework sampling Hotel Conference Room
3:30-4 Closing   Hotel Conference Room
       

Module IV: March 28-30, 2020

Date and Time Topic Abstracts Location
Friday, March 28
8-8:30 Breakfast   Hotel Conference Room
8:20-8:30 Morning Intention   Hotel Conference Room
8:30-10 Lecture: Compassionate Care for Patients Several herbal therapies can be useful for palliative care, especially during chronic disease and as a patient nears the end of life. This lecture will provide a framework for choosing appropriate therapies that can benefit the patient and help to maintain quality of life. Decision-making considerations, client education and treatments will be discussed along with case examples. Hotel Conference Room
10-10:30 Break Qi Gong available  
10:30-12 Personal Wellness Lecture/Lab: Compassionate Self-Care Compassion fatigue is a real concern in the veterinary profession and it is important to develop supportive strategies to focus on the value and enjoyment of life. This talk will introduce many considerations to enhance mind, body and spiritual practices to improve awareness of personal needs.  This will include ideas for enhancing personal quality of life and establishing positive habits. The information provided is not meant to be a substitute for skilled professional care, but is intended to increase awareness of any needs for further whole body care, either personally or professionally. Hotel Conference Room
12-1:30 Lunch    
1:30-4 Virtual Herb Walk: Wild Weeds Cooking

Guest lecturer: Vickie Shufer

This virtual herb walk will teach us about the many nutritious and cleansing early spring greens.  In this lab, we will learn about these fresh herbs and then learn to prepare them in a variety of ways.  Bring your appetite!
Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve
       
Saturday, March 29
8-8:30 Breakfast   Hotel Conference Room
8:20-8:30 Morning Intention   Hotel Conference Room
8:30-10:30 MM: Dermatology Monographs of 8-12 herbs for the skin will be presented.   There will also be an organoleptic component to this lecture, with tasting of the herbs dried, in tea and in tincture forms. Fresh herbs will be shared when available. Hotel Conference Room
10:30-11 Break Qi Gong available  
11-12:30 MM: Alteratives and Lymphatics Monographs of 8-12 herbs that are alteratives and lymphatics will be presented.   There will also be an organoleptic component to this lecture, with tasting of the herbs dried, in tea and in tincture forms.  Fresh herbs will be shared when available. Hotel Conference Room
12:30-2 Lunch    
2-4 Lab: Oils and Salves In this lab, we will start by making herb-infused oils.  Demonstrated methods to prepare oils will include solar infusions, the crockpot method, and the double boiler method.  Other methods will be explained.  The lab will continue with salve-making from the herbal oils.  We will also create lotion, lip balm, lotion bars and salt scrubs.  Lastly, we will demonstrate adding tinctures to lotions for topical use. Hotel Conference Room
4-6 Dinner Break    
6-8 Movie Night Juliette of the Herbs  – with snacks Hotel Conference Room
       
Sunday, March 30
8-8:30 Breakfast Hotel Conference Room  
8:20-8:30 Morning Intention   Hotel Conference Room
8:30-9:30 Lecture: Cancer Treatment -  Theory The herbal approach to cancer therapy focuses on helping the body to heal itself through immune and antioxidant support in addition to using the anti-neoplastic properties of many plants. Hotel Conference Room
9:30-10:30 Lecture: Cancer Treatment - Formulas and Cases Creation of individualized supportive herbal formulas using traditional and scientific knowledge will be covered.  Classic anti-neoplastic formulas will be discussed with a Materia Medica-based explanation of the herbs in the formulas.  Cases using classic and individualized treatment protocols will be presented.    Hotel Conference Room
10:30-11 Break Qi Gong available  
11-12:30 Student Herb Walk Presentations and Tinctures 2-3 herb walk presentations and tincture homework sampling Hotel Conference Room
12:30-2 Lunch    
2-4 Personal Wellness Lab: Herbal Skin Care Part of self-care is caring for our physical bodies.  Our skin is both our largest organ and also a major organ of detoxification.  Therefore, good skin care is a big part of good health.  We will be using the products made in the oils and salves lab along with others provided to detoxify and nourish our faces.  There will be a brief presentation on other skin care products and their uses. This lab is optional. Hotel Conference Room
4-4:30 Closing   Hotel Conference Room
       

Module V: April 25-27, 2020

Date and Time Topic Abstracts Location
Friday, April 25
8-8:30 Breakfast   Hotel Conference Room
8:20-8:30 Opening and Intention   Hotel Conference Room
8:30-10 Lecture: Phytopharmacology: Part II This 2-part lecture will go through the chemistry of herbs and their constituents.  It will help the student identify the use of an herb by its taste and energetics.  Students will sample herbs that embody each constituent group.  Lastly, we will talk about the chemicals that make foods certain colors and the health benefits of each. Hotel Conference Room
10-10:30 Break Qi Gong available  
10:30-12 MM: Mushrooms Monographs of 8-12 mushrooms will be presented.   There will also be an organoleptic component to this lecture, with tasting of the herbs dried, in tea and in tincture forms.  Fresh herbs will be shared when available. Hotel Conference Room
12-1:30 Lunch    
1:30-3 Student Herb Walk Presentations and Oil/Salves 2-3 herb walk presentations and exhibition of oil and salve homework Hotel Conference Room
3-3:30 Break Qi Gong available  
3:30-5 Lecture: Naturalist’s Journal This lecture will demonstrate how to write and keep a naturalist’s (or in our case an herbalist’s) field journal. Ideas will be presented to enable the student to create a personalized journal by observing and recording findings in nature taking into account local environmental conditions, weather, seasonal changes and other factors. We will discuss both scientific and artistic aspects of journaling. Hotel Conference Room
       
Saturday, April 26
8-8:30 Breakfast   Hotel Conference Room
8:20-8:30 Morning Intention   Hotel Conference Room
8:30-10 Lecture: Pain Management This lecture presents an integrative approach to pain management starting with the recognition of physical and behavioral signs of pain in animals. Multiple supportive herbal properties will be discussed including anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, muscle-relaxant and others.  The goal is to use multiple herbal actions in synergy to improve patient comfort. Often pharmaceutical drugs are needed for severe pain control and the combination of herb/drug therapies are covered, including possible side effects and herb-drug interactions., circulation, joint support herbs Hotel Conference Room
10-10:30 Break Qi Gong available  
10:30-12 MM: Immune and Antimicrobials Monographs of 8-12 herbs for the immune system and antimicrobials will be presented.   There will also be an organoleptic component to this lecture, with tasting of the herbs dried, in tea and in tincture forms.  Fresh herbs will be shared when available. Hotel Conference Room
12:-1:30 Lunch    
1:30-2:30 Travel to False Cape   Bus
2:30-4:30 Herb walk We will be traveling to this park in Virginia Beach twice, once in the fall and once in the spring.  This will afford students the opportunity to see the different life stages of plants.  False Cape has a plethora of native plant species, some medicinal, some edible and some part of the ecosystem. This park has an abundance of wildlife, and we will be able to examine animal tracks and discuss the ecosystem as a whole from an herbal, veterinary and environmental standpoint.  False Cape State Park
4:30-5:30 Return to Hotel   Bus
       
Sunday, April 27
8-8:30 Breakfast   Hotel Conference Room
8:20-8:30 Morning Intention   Hotel Conference Room
8:30-10:30 MM: Musculoskeletal Monographs of 8-12 herbs for the musculoskeletal system will be presented.   There will also be an organoleptic component to this lecture, with tasting of the herbs dried, in tea and in tincture forms. Fresh herbs will be shared when available. Hotel Conference Room
10:30-11 Break Qi Gong available  
11-1 Forum: Cases Students send their cases in advance and we will work them up and discuss Hotel Conference Room
1-1:30 Break Catered lunch Hotel Conference Room
1:30-3:30 Catered Lunch and Student Medicine Show Student Medicine Show and Closing Hotel Conference Room
3:30-5 Final Party Families and friends welcome Hotel Conference Room
  
Food Lab



Speaker Bios

 

Dr. Laurie DohmenDr. Laurie Dohmen

Growing up, Dr. Dohmen always wanted to be a veterinarian.  She grew up in a time where allopathic medicine was considered the zenith of all medicine.  All her schooling was in allopathic medicine, but she started feeling that there was something more.  In her personal life, she had been a vegetarian for years; she wanted to help animals, not eat them.  She began to use organic food and alternative medicine modalities for herself and her family.  Her family thrived on this more wholistic lifestyle, and she realized that if these things were better for her family, they would be better for her patients also.

At the same time, more and more research became available which indicated that allopathic medicine was not the be-all-end-all that western doctors had always believed.  There was even research that vaccines and medicines that have been used and prescribed for years can actually do more harm than good.  Becoming disillusioned with some areas of western medicine, Dr. Dohmen began studying alternative modalities.

Dr. Dohmen has received training in Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Bach Flower Essences, and most extensively Western Herbs.   She has studied with Dr. Steve Marsden, Dr.Huisheng Xie, Registered Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, and many others. She received her Masters of Therapeutic Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2014.  She recently down-sized her integrative mixed animal practice in southern Delaware.  She now lectures regularly on Western Herbal Veterinary Medicine, and other wholistic topics.  She is published frequently in journals such as JAHVMA and IVC (Integrative Veterinary Care Journal).  She is writing a hands-on course in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine with Dr. Kris August slated to be offered autumn, 2017.

Dr. Dohmen is the Past President of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association; as well as a member of American Herbalists Guild, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, American Holistic VMA and AVMA.  She is on the Editorial Board of the AHVMA Journal.  Dr. Dohmen lives on a 72 acre farm with her husband, 2 sons, and many four-legged animals.  She has her own organic herb and vegetable gardens.

 


 

Dr. Kris AugustDr. Kris August, DVM, GDVWHM, CHPV

Dr. Kris August received her DVM from Colorado State University in 1991 and earned a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine (GDVWHM) through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT). She is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian (CHPV) through the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) as well as a contributor to the certification program, a co-author of the IAAHPC Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Guidelines (2013) and the textbook Hospice and Palliative Care for Companion Animals: Principles and Practice (2017). Dr. August owns an integrative veterinary housecall practice in Ames, Iowa, in which her primary focus is geriatric and end of life care, and herbal medicine. A consultant for the Hospice and Palliative Care board on VIN, Dr. August also lectures and writes on topics concerning end of life care, herbal medicine and “caring for the caregiver”.

Dr. August values compassionate care for animals, people, plants and our world, with a special focus on caring for the caregiver. We cannot help others unless we continue to care for ourselves. She is currently a student of tai chi and qigong and practices nature meditation. Dr. August enjoys teaching and learning through sharing her passions with others, and has taught in a variety of capacities from Waldorf-inspired playgroups to Tae Kwon Do, to teaching veterinarians and veterinary students in herbal medicine, animal hospice, and self-care topics. She enjoys working with her good friend Dr. Laurie Dohmen to bring a holistic approach to learning veterinary herbal medicine.

 


 

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

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