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Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat

 

Our 5-part course in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine featuring Drs. Laurie Dohmen and Kris August.

 

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 COURSE DATES

September 17-20, 2021

October 15-18, 2021

November 13-15, 2021

March 19-21, 2022

April 23-25, 2022

 

COURSE LOCATION

Lowood Educational Center, Duck, NC

 

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Testimonials

Feedback From Our Students

 

General:

"The Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship & Retreat 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, peaceful demeanor, and encouragement 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.

 

On Our 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."

 

On Our 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)."

 

On Our 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. "

 

On Our Homeworks:

"These gave me a welcome "excuse" to spend time researching herbs I didn't know much about. 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'."

 

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About

 

Purple Moon Herbs & Studies' Mission

 

Our mission is to educate veterinarians and allied professionals on the use of Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and Food Therapy, Hospice care, Ayurveda, and more.  Our training teaches professionals how to blend a variety of wholistic modalities into a western veterinary practice. We combine traditional knowledge about herbal usage with current scientific studies to enhance understanding of herbal actions and safety.  We are well-versed in the use of over 400 herbs, administered by tinctures and extracts (concentrated oral formulas), capsules and tablets, teas, lozenges, ointments and salves, and aromatherapy (inhaled essential oils in baths, candles, etc.). Dr. Laurie Dohmen and her associates provide instruction through our own structured classes, private sessions and at conferences. We provide a more wholistic approach to veterinary medicine and nutrition with our homecooking recipes and alternative treatment modalities for pets. We also provide wholistic self-care training for veterinarians themselves.

 

 

Nutrition

 

Simply, this is adjusting the diet to relieve or prevent a disease process or enhance optimal health. A common example of this is removing a food from the diet that a dog is allergic to in order to relieve skin and ear infections. Underlying nutritional imbalances are subtle changes that veterinarians are trained to notice. Owners usually see dramatic improvement when dietary changes are made.  We always recommend homecooking for pets.

 

 

Self-Care

 

Nurturing personal well-being is especially important to veterinarians and others who provide care to those in need. At Purple Moon Herbs and Studies, self-care is a part of all our course offerings, including our 9-month online home-study course that focuses on self-care through the cycles of nature. Exploring different human and individual needs throughout the seasons and daily rhythms, we endeavor to find a more balanced and fulfilling approach to practicing veterinary medicine and to life.

 

 

Bach Flower Remedies

 

Dr. Bach believed that all physical problems were actually just physical manifestations of emotional problems or personality disorders. He tried to fix the underlying emotional distress with preparations of flower essences. There are 38 flower essences for 38 different "personality disorders." Each individual animal gets their own specifically tailored combination of 6-7 flower essences suited to its personality. There is also one general remedy called "Rescue Remedy" that is good for any stressful situation for an individual. We recommend everyone have a bottle of this on hand at all times.

 

 

About Dr. Laurie Dohmen

 

Growing up, Dr. Dohmen always wanted to be a veterinarian.  She grew up in a time where pharmaceutical medicine was considered the zenith of all medicine.  All her schooling was in pharmaceutical 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.  So Dr. Dohmen began studying alternative modalities.

 

Dr. Dohmen graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.  Since then, Dr. Dohmen has received training in Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Bach Flower Essences, and most extensively Herbal Medicine.   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 was accepted as a Registered Herbalist through the American Herbalist Guild in 2020.

 

 In 2013, Dr. Dohmen down-sized her integrative mixed animal practice in southern Delaware.  She is now a full-time continuing educator and lectures regularly on Veterinary Herbal Medicine, and other wholistic topics.  In 2017 together with Dr. Kris August, they started the only hands-on veterinary herbal medicine course for western veterinary practices in the USA. She is published frequently in journals such as the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal.

Dr. Dohmen is the Past President of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association; as well as a member of the 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.  She also owns Lowood Educational Center in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which she uses as the home of Purple Moon Herbs and Studies’ trainings.

 

 

About Dr. Kris August

 

Dr. Kris August’s love for animals and nature developed during her childhood in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Extensive time in nature and summers spent traveling with her family throughout North America and beyond cultivated a desire for learning, exploring, and connecting with animals, plants, and people. Gardening with her mother and grandparents developed a deep love for the natural world and enjoyment of watching things grow and change. This has led to an eclectic and philosophical approach to life, parenting, veterinary medicine, and teaching.

 

Dr. August received her DVM from Colorado State University in 1991 and spent the first 7 years of her career in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona practicing small animal and emergency medicine, along with wildlife rehabilitation and zoo medicine with a diverse array of clientele and patients. Dr. August spent a few years as a stay-at-home mom, during which her interest in herbal and wholistic medicine grew. These experiences led to a desire to treat difficult cases, such as animals with chronic or life-limiting diseases, and Dr. August started an integrative housecall practice to care for these pets and their people. She soon found like-minded veterinarians in the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC). Dr. August was a co-author of the certification course, guidelines, and the textbook for the IAAHPC.

 

In 2011 Dr. August joined the first cohort for the Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine (GDVWHM) through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT) studying under Drs. Barbara Fougere and Susan Wynn. In addition to her herbal and palliative medicine training, Dr. August has advanced training in Ayurvedic medicine, essential oils, acupuncture, and pain management. Her desire to provide and encourage gentle care for animal patients has led her to also pursue certification in Low Stress Handling, Fear-Free, and Cat Friendly Veterinary Practice.

 

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 has spent several years studying Village Building and Nature Connection with the 8 Shields Institute, an organization founded by Jon Young and dedicated to supporting community connection through the cycles of nature. This has enhanced her ability to teach, connect, and learn as she shares her passions with others. Over the past 30 years, Dr. August has been teaching in a variety of capacities from Waldorf-inspired playgroups and Tae Kwon Do, to teaching veterinarians and veterinary students in herbal medicine, animal hospice, and self-care topics.

 

Dr. August continues her integrative veterinary housecall practice in Ames, Iowa, in which her primary focus is geriatric and end of life care, and herbal medicine. She also lectures and writes on topics concerning end of life care, herbal medicine and “caring for the caregiver.” In 2017 Dr. August began teaching with Dr. Laurie Dohmen and Purple Moon Herbs and Studies.  Together, they teach the only hands-on veterinary herbal medicine course for western veterinary practices in the USA.

 

 

Please Read

This website is intended for educational and reference purposes, and is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe or treat any illness or injury. The information contained in this website is technical and is in no way to be considered as a substitute for consultation with a recognized health-care professional. As such the author and others associated with this website accept no responsibility for any claims arising from the use of any remedy or treatment mentioned here.

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Get in Touch

Snail Mail:

1841 Bryant's Corner Road

Hartly, Delaware 19953

 

Phone:  (302) 270-5095

Fax:  (302) 450-7398

 

Email:

info@purplemoonherbstudies.com

 

CLICK HERE

to send a message via our contact form.

About

 

Purple Moon Herbs & Studies' Mission

 

Our mission is to educate veterinarians and allied professionals on the use of Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and Food Therapy, Hospice care, Ayurveda, and more.  Our training teaches professionals how to blend a variety of wholistic modalities into a western veterinary practice. We combine traditional knowledge about herbal usage with current scientific studies to enhance understanding of herbal actions and safety.  We are well-versed in the use of over 400 herbs, administered by tinctures and extracts (concentrated oral formulas), capsules and tablets, teas, lozenges, ointments and salves, and aromatherapy (inhaled essential oils in baths, candles, etc.). Dr. Laurie Dohmen and her associates provide instruction through our own structured classes, private sessions and at conferences. We provide a more wholistic approach to veterinary medicine and nutrition with our homecooking recipes and alternative treatment modalities for pets. We also provide wholistic self-care training for veterinarians themselves.

 

 

 

Herbal Medicine

 

Herbal Medicine is the use of herbs as drugs. Most drugs are derived originally from plants, but just the desired chemical is extracted for use as medication. Herbal medicine uses the actual plant - for some, the roots, leaves and/or flowers. Often using the whole plant part is more beneficial due to the synergistic activity of multiple chemical constituents as opposed to single isolated chemicals found in pharmaceutical drugs. In several studies, these chemicals have been found to provide additive effects while mitigating harmful side effects.  There are many ways to use herbs: tinctures and extracts (concentrated oral formulas), capsules and tablets, teas, lozenges, ointments and salves, and aromatherapy (inhaled or topical essential oils or hydrosols in baths, candles, etc.).  At Purple Moon, we teach herbs from around the world applied in a methodology based on the western medicine paradigm we learned in veterinary schools in the USA.

 

 

 

Nutrition

 

Simply, this is adjusting the diet to relieve or prevent a disease process or enhance optimal health. A common example of this is removing a food from the diet that a dog is allergic to in order to relieve skin and ear infections. Underlying nutritional imbalances are subtle changes that veterinarians are trained to notice. Owners usually see dramatic improvement when dietary changes are made.  We always recommend homecooking for pets.

 

 

 

Self-Care

 

Nurturing personal well-being is especially important to veterinarians and others who provide care to those in need. At Purple Moon Herbs and Studies, self-care is a part of all our course offerings, including our 9-month online home-study course that focuses on self-care through the cycles of nature. Exploring different human and individual needs throughout the seasons and daily rhythms, we endeavor to find a more balanced and fulfilling approach to practicing veterinary medicine and to life.

 

 

 

 

Bach Flower Remedies

 

Dr. Bach believed that all physical problems were actually just physical manifestations of emotional problems or personality disorders. He tried to fix the underlying emotional distress with preparations of flower essences. There are 38 flower essences for 38 different "personality disorders." Each individual animal gets their own specifically tailored combination of 6-7 flower essences suited to its personality. There is also one general remedy called "Rescue Remedy" that is good for any stressful situation for an individual. We recommend everyone have a bottle of this on hand at all times.

 

 

 

 

About Dr. Laurie Dohmen

 

Growing up, Dr. Dohmen always wanted to be a veterinarian.  She grew up in a time where pharmaceutical medicine was considered the zenith of all medicine.  All her schooling was in pharmaceutical 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.  So Dr. Dohmen began studying alternative modalities.

 

Dr. Dohmen graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.  Since then, Dr. Dohmen has received training in Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Bach Flower Essences, and most extensively Herbal Medicine.   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 was accepted as a Registered Herbalist through the American Herbalist Guild in 2020.

 

 In 2013, Dr. Dohmen down-sized her integrative mixed animal practice in southern Delaware.  She is now a full-time continuing educator and lectures regularly on Veterinary Herbal Medicine, and other wholistic topics.  In 2017 together with Dr. Kris August, they started the only hands-on veterinary herbal medicine course for western veterinary practices in the USA. She is published frequently in journals such as the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal.

 

Dr. Dohmen is the Past President of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association; as well as a member of the 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.  She also owns Lowood Educational Center in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which she uses as the home of Purple Moon Herbs and Studies’ trainings.

 

 

 

 

 

About Dr. Kris August

 

Dr. Kris August’s love for animals and nature developed during her childhood in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Extensive time in nature and summers spent traveling with her family throughout North America and beyond cultivated a desire for learning, exploring, and connecting with animals, plants, and people. Gardening with her mother and grandparents developed a deep love for the natural world and enjoyment of watching things grow and change. This has led to an eclectic and philosophical approach to life, parenting, veterinary medicine, and teaching.

 

Dr. August (pictured below at right) received her DVM from Colorado State University in 1991 and spent the first 7 years of her career in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona practicing small animal and emergency medicine, along with wildlife rehabilitation and zoo medicine with a diverse array of clientele and patients. Dr. August spent a few years as a stay-at-home mom, during which her interest in herbal and wholistic medicine grew. These experiences led to a desire to treat difficult cases, such as animals with chronic or life-limiting diseases, and Dr. August started an integrative housecall practice to care for these pets and their people. She soon found like-minded veterinarians in the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC). Dr. August was a co-author of the certification course, guidelines, and the textbook for the IAAHPC.

 

In 2011 Dr. August joined the first cohort for the Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine (GDVWHM) through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT) studying under Drs. Barbara Fougere and Susan Wynn. In addition to her herbal and palliative medicine training, Dr. August has advanced training in Ayurvedic medicine, essential oils, acupuncture, and pain management. Her desire to provide and encourage gentle care for animal patients has led her to also pursue certification in Low Stress Handling, Fear-Free, and Cat Friendly Veterinary Practice.

 

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 has spent several years studying Village Building and Nature Connection with the 8 Shields Institute, an organization founded by Jon Young and dedicated to supporting community connection through the cycles of nature. This has enhanced her ability to teach, connect, and learn as she shares her passions with others. Over the past 30 years, Dr. August has been teaching in a variety of capacities from Waldorf-inspired playgroups and Tae Kwon Do, to teaching veterinarians and veterinary students in herbal medicine, animal hospice, and self-care topics.

 

Dr. August continues her integrative veterinary housecall practice in Ames, Iowa, in which her primary focus is geriatric and end of life care, and herbal medicine. She also lectures and writes on topics concerning end of life care, herbal medicine and “caring for the caregiver.” In 2017 Dr. August began teaching with Dr. Laurie Dohmen and Purple Moon Herbs and Studies.  Together, they teach the only hands-on veterinary herbal medicine course for western veterinary practices in the USA.

 

 

Please Read

 

This website is intended for educational and reference purposes, and is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe or treat any illness or injury. The information contained in this website is technical and is in no way to be considered as a substitute for consultation with a recognized health-care professional. As such the author and others associated with this website accept no responsibility for any claims arising from the use of any remedy or treatment mentioned here.

 

 

 

Get In Touch

 

Snail Mail:

1841 Bryant's Corner Road

Hartly, Delaware 19953

 

Phone:  (302) 270-5095

Fax:  (302) 450-7398

 

Email:

info@purplemoonherbstudies.com

 

CLICK HERE

to send a message via our contact form.

 

 

 

 

© Copyright 2020 Purple Moon Herbs and Studies.

All Rights Reserved.

 

Purple Moon Herbs & Studies

Western Herbal Medicine, Bach Flower Remedies, and Nutrition

Welcome to Purple Moon

Blending Herbal Medicine into Western Veterinary Practices

About

Purple Moon Herbs & Studies' Mission

 

Our mission is to educate veterinarians and allied professionals on the use of Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and Food Therapy, Hospice care, Ayurveda, and more.  Our training teaches professionals how to blend a variety of wholistic modalities into a western veterinary practice. We combine traditional knowledge about herbal usage with current scientific studies to enhance understanding of herbal actions and safety.  We are well-versed in the use of over 400 herbs, administered by tinctures and extracts (concentrated oral formulas), capsules and tablets, teas, lozenges, ointments and salves, and aromatherapy (inhaled essential oils in baths, candles, etc.). Dr. Laurie Dohmen and her associates provide instruction through our own structured classes, private sessions and at conferences. We provide a more wholistic approach to veterinary medicine and nutrition with our homecooking recipes and alternative treatment modalities for pets. We also provide wholistic self-care training for veterinarians themselves.

 

 

 

Herbal Medicine

 

Herbal Medicine is the use of herbs as drugs. Most drugs are derived originally from plants, but just the desired chemical is extracted for use as medication. Herbal medicine uses the actual plant - for some, the roots, leaves and/or flowers. Often using the whole plant part is more beneficial due to the synergistic activity of multiple chemical constituents as opposed to single isolated chemicals found in pharmaceutical drugs. In several studies, these chemicals have been found to provide additive effects while mitigating harmful side effects.  There are many ways to use herbs: tinctures and extracts (concentrated oral formulas), capsules and tablets, teas, lozenges, ointments and salves, and aromatherapy (inhaled or topical essential oils or hydrosols in baths, candles, etc.).  At Purple Moon, we teach herbs from around the world applied in a methodology based on the western medicine paradigm we learned in veterinary schools in the USA.

 

 

 

Nutrition

 

Simply, this is adjusting the diet to relieve or prevent a disease process or enhance optimal health. A common example of this is removing a food from the diet that a dog is allergic to in order to relieve skin and ear infections. Underlying nutritional imbalances are subtle changes that veterinarians are trained to notice. Owners usually see dramatic improvement when dietary changes are made.  We always recommend homecooking for pets.

 

 

 

 

Self-Care

 

Nurturing personal well-being is especially important to veterinarians and others who provide care to those in need. At Purple Moon Herbs and Studies, self-care is a part of all our course offerings, including our 9-month online home-study course that focuses on self-care through the cycles of nature. Exploring different human and individual needs throughout the seasons and daily rhythms, we endeavor to find a more balanced and fulfilling approach to practicing veterinary medicine and to life.

 

 

 

 

Bach Flower Remedies

 

Dr. Bach believed that all physical problems were actually just physical manifestations of emotional problems or personality disorders. He tried to fix the underlying emotional distress with preparations of flower essences. There are 38 flower essences for 38 different "personality disorders." Each individual animal gets their own specifically tailored combination of 6-7 flower essences suited to its personality. There is also one general remedy called "Rescue Remedy" that is good for any stressful situation for an individual. We recommend everyone have a bottle of this on hand at all times.

 

 

 

 

About Dr. Laurie Dohmen

 

Growing up, Dr. Dohmen always wanted to be a veterinarian.  She grew up in a time where pharmaceutical medicine was considered the zenith of all medicine.  All her schooling was in pharmaceutical 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.  So Dr. Dohmen began studying alternative modalities.

 

Dr. Dohmen graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.  Since then, Dr. Dohmen has received training in Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Bach Flower Essences, and most extensively Herbal Medicine.   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 was accepted as a Registered Herbalist through the American Herbalist Guild in 2020.

 

 In 2013, Dr. Dohmen down-sized her integrative mixed animal practice in southern Delaware.  She is now a full-time continuing educator and lectures regularly on Veterinary Herbal Medicine, and other wholistic topics.  In 2017 together with Dr. Kris August, they started the only hands-on veterinary herbal medicine course for western veterinary practices in the USA. She is published frequently in journals such as the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal.

 

Dr. Dohmen is the Past President of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association; as well as a member of the 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.  She also owns Lowood Educational Center in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which she uses as the home of Purple Moon Herbs and Studies’ trainings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Dr. Kris August

 

Dr. Kris August’s love for animals and nature developed during her childhood in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Extensive time in nature and summers spent traveling with her family throughout North America and beyond cultivated a desire for learning, exploring, and connecting with animals, plants, and people. Gardening with her mother and grandparents developed a deep love for the natural world and enjoyment of watching things grow and change. This has led to an eclectic and philosophical approach to life, parenting, veterinary medicine, and teaching.

 

Dr. August (pictured below at right) received her DVM from Colorado State University in 1991 and spent the first 7 years of her career in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona practicing small animal and emergency medicine, along with wildlife rehabilitation and zoo medicine with a diverse array of clientele and patients. Dr. August spent a few years as a stay-at-home mom, during which her interest in herbal and wholistic medicine grew. These experiences led to a desire to treat difficult cases, such as animals with chronic or life-limiting diseases, and Dr. August started an integrative housecall practice to care for these pets and their people. She soon found like-minded veterinarians in the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC). Dr. August was a co-author of the certification course, guidelines, and the textbook for the IAAHPC.

 

In 2011 Dr. August joined the first cohort for the Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine (GDVWHM) through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT) studying under Drs. Barbara Fougere and Susan Wynn. In addition to her herbal and palliative medicine training, Dr. August has advanced training in Ayurvedic medicine, essential oils, acupuncture, and pain management. Her desire to provide and encourage gentle care for animal patients has led her to also pursue certification in Low Stress Handling, Fear-Free, and Cat Friendly Veterinary Practice.

 

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 has spent several years studying Village Building and Nature Connection with the 8 Shields Institute, an organization founded by Jon Young and dedicated to supporting community connection through the cycles of nature. This has enhanced her ability to teach, connect, and learn as she shares her passions with others. Over the past 30 years, Dr. August has been teaching in a variety of capacities from Waldorf-inspired playgroups and Tae Kwon Do, to teaching veterinarians and veterinary students in herbal medicine, animal hospice, and self-care topics.

 

Dr. August continues her integrative veterinary housecall practice in Ames, Iowa, in which her primary focus is geriatric and end of life care, and herbal medicine. She also lectures and writes on topics concerning end of life care, herbal medicine and “caring for the caregiver.” In 2017 Dr. August began teaching with Dr. Laurie Dohmen and Purple Moon Herbs and Studies.  Together, they teach the only hands-on veterinary herbal medicine course for western veterinary practices in the USA.

 

 

 

Please Read

 

This website is intended for educational and reference purposes, and is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe or treat any illness or injury. The information contained in this website is technical and is in no way to be considered as a substitute for consultation with a recognized health-care professional. As such the author and others associated with this website accept no responsibility for any claims arising from the use of any remedy or treatment mentioned here.

 

 

 

Get In Touch

 

Snail Mail:

1841 Bryant's Corner Road

Hartly, Delaware 19953

 

Phone:  (302) 270-5095

Fax:  (302) 450-7398

 

Email:

info@purplemoonherbstudies.com

 

CLICK HERE

to send a message via our contact form.

 

 

 

 

© Copyright 2020 Purple Moon Herbs and Studies.

All Rights Reserved.

 

About

Purple Moon Herbs & Studies' Mission

 

Our mission is to educate veterinarians and allied professionals on the use of Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and Food Therapy, Hospice care, Ayurveda, and more.  Our training teaches professionals how to blend a variety of wholistic modalities into a western veterinary practice. We combine traditional knowledge about herbal usage with current scientific studies to enhance understanding of herbal actions and safety.  We are well-versed in the use of over 400 herbs, administered by tinctures and extracts (concentrated oral formulas), capsules and tablets, teas, lozenges, ointments and salves, and aromatherapy (inhaled essential oils in baths, candles, etc.). Dr. Laurie Dohmen and her associates provide instruction through our own structured classes, private sessions and at conferences. We provide a more wholistic approach to veterinary medicine and nutrition with our homecooking recipes and alternative treatment modalities for pets. We also provide wholistic self-care training for veterinarians themselves.

 

 

 

Herbal Medicine

 

Herbal Medicine is the use of herbs as drugs. Most drugs are derived originally from plants, but just the desired chemical is extracted for use as medication. Herbal medicine uses the actual plant - for some, the roots, leaves and/or flowers. Often using the whole plant part is more beneficial due to the synergistic activity of multiple chemical constituents as opposed to single isolated chemicals found in pharmaceutical drugs. In several studies, these chemicals have been found to provide additive effects while mitigating harmful side effects.  There are many ways to use herbs: tinctures and extracts (concentrated oral formulas), capsules and tablets, teas, lozenges, ointments and salves, and aromatherapy (inhaled or topical essential oils or hydrosols in baths, candles, etc.).  At Purple Moon, we teach herbs from around the world applied in a methodology based on the western medicine paradigm we learned in veterinary schools in the USA.

 

 

 

Nutrition

 

Simply, this is adjusting the diet to relieve or prevent a disease process or enhance optimal health. A common example of this is removing a food from the diet that a dog is allergic to in order to relieve skin and ear infections. Underlying nutritional imbalances are subtle changes that veterinarians are trained to notice. Owners usually see dramatic improvement when dietary changes are made.  We always recommend homecooking for pets.

 

 

 

 

Self-Care

 

Nurturing personal well-being is especially important to veterinarians and others who provide care to those in need. At Purple Moon Herbs and Studies, self-care is a part of all our course offerings, including our 9-month online home-study course that focuses on self-care through the cycles of nature. Exploring different human and individual needs throughout the seasons and daily rhythms, we endeavor to find a more balanced and fulfilling approach to practicing veterinary medicine and to life.

 

 

 

 

Bach Flower Remedies

 

Dr. Bach believed that all physical problems were actually just physical manifestations of emotional problems or personality disorders. He tried to fix the underlying emotional distress with preparations of flower essences. There are 38 flower essences for 38 different "personality disorders." Each individual animal gets their own specifically tailored combination of 6-7 flower essences suited to its personality. There is also one general remedy called "Rescue Remedy" that is good for any stressful situation for an individual. We recommend everyone have a bottle of this on hand at all times.

 

 

 

 

About Dr. Laurie Dohmen

 

Growing up, Dr. Dohmen always wanted to be a veterinarian.  She grew up in a time where pharmaceutical medicine was considered the zenith of all medicine.  All her schooling was in pharmaceutical 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.  So Dr. Dohmen began studying alternative modalities.

 

Dr. Dohmen graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.  Since then, Dr. Dohmen has received training in Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Bach Flower Essences, and most extensively Herbal Medicine.   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 was accepted as a Registered Herbalist through the American Herbalist Guild in 2020.

 

 In 2013, Dr. Dohmen down-sized her integrative mixed animal practice in southern Delaware.  She is now a full-time continuing educator and lectures regularly on Veterinary Herbal Medicine, and other wholistic topics.  In 2017 together with Dr. Kris August, they started the only hands-on veterinary herbal medicine course for western veterinary practices in the USA. She is published frequently in journals such as the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal.

 

Dr. Dohmen is the Past President of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association; as well as a member of the 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.  She also owns Lowood Educational Center in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which she uses as the home of Purple Moon Herbs and Studies’ trainings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Dr. Kris August

 

Dr. Kris August’s love for animals and nature developed during her childhood in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Extensive time in nature and summers spent traveling with her family throughout North America and beyond cultivated a desire for learning, exploring, and connecting with animals, plants, and people. Gardening with her mother and grandparents developed a deep love for the natural world and enjoyment of watching things grow and change. This has led to an eclectic and philosophical approach to life, parenting, veterinary medicine, and teaching.

 

Dr. August received her DVM from Colorado State University in 1991 and spent the first 7 years of her career in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona practicing small animal and emergency medicine, along with wildlife rehabilitation and zoo medicine with a diverse array of clientele and patients. Dr. August spent a few years as a stay-at-home mom, during which her interest in herbal and wholistic medicine grew. These experiences led to a desire to treat difficult cases, such as animals with chronic or life-limiting diseases, and Dr. August started an integrative housecall practice to care for these pets and their people. She soon found like-minded veterinarians in the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC). Dr. August was a co-author of the certification course, guidelines, and the textbook for the IAAHPC.

 

In 2011 Dr. August joined the first cohort for the Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine (GDVWHM) through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT) studying under Drs. Barbara Fougere and Susan Wynn. In addition to her herbal and palliative medicine training, Dr. August has advanced training in Ayurvedic medicine, essential oils, acupuncture, and pain management. Her desire to provide and encourage gentle care for animal patients has led her to also pursue certification in Low Stress Handling, Fear-Free, and Cat Friendly Veterinary Practice.

 

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 has spent several years studying Village Building and Nature Connection with the 8 Shields Institute, an organization founded by Jon Young and dedicated to supporting community connection through the cycles of nature. This has enhanced her ability to teach, connect, and learn as she shares her passions with others. Over the past 30 years, Dr. August has been teaching in a variety of capacities from Waldorf-inspired playgroups and Tae Kwon Do, to teaching veterinarians and veterinary students in herbal medicine, animal hospice, and self-care topics.

 

Dr. August continues her integrative veterinary housecall practice in Ames, Iowa, in which her primary focus is geriatric and end of life care, and herbal medicine. She also lectures and writes on topics concerning end of life care, herbal medicine and “caring for the caregiver.” In 2017 Dr. August began teaching with Dr. Laurie Dohmen and Purple Moon Herbs and Studies.  Together, they teach the only hands-on veterinary herbal medicine course for western veterinary practices in the USA.

 

 

 

 

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