Natural Health for Animals

Instructor: Dr. Sheila Rockley
Do you love helping and caring for animals?  Whether you are looking to make a career of animal care or simply want to take better care of your pets… this program is for you!  Did you know an animal’s immunity to fleas, ringworms, mites and a host of diseases can be boosted by making sure the animal is physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. Both humans and animals are mammals, so their bodies respond very similarly to their environment. Stress, fatigue, lack of vital nutrients, and chronic conditions can all make a furry companion susceptible to serious diseases.  The Natural Health for Animals Diploma Program focuses on every day animal needs such as diet and health to chronic conditions such as cancer, obesity, arthritis and kidney disease.


This course will help the student become a more effective animal holistic practitioner by providing a basic working understanding of animal naturopathic care practices, nutrition and diagnosis and treatment of certain ailments.  The course content will focus on the background of animal natural health as well as provides a basic understanding of common animal ailments and their preferred natural treatment regimens.  We will study the time course of animal naturopathic care and the positive effects of nutrition.  We will also explore the adverse reactions of pharmaceuticals and provide appropriate alternative recommendations.
3 credits

The course content will provide a foundation for preventing and treating common ailments in dogs, cats and other animals through the use of aromatherapy and essential oils.  When treating animals through aromatherapy a holistic viewpoint is taken.  The class will cover general conditions that will be found in everyday practice including coat problems, gum infections, ear infections, UTI’s, parasites and general health conditions.  This course teaches preferred aromatherapy treatments for various animal health related conditions. Species primarily covered in this course include dogs, cats, birds and horses.

You will become familiar with the origins of essential oils and how they are harvested and distilled.  This course covers the use of therapeutic-grade essential oils to aid in the healing process of animals.  From a historical perspective the course covers the ancient Egyptian origin of essential oil practice.  As times progresses you will learn how chemicals began presenting in the oils and causing illness in both animals and humans; this lead to the reputation that essential oils are harmful and should be avoided.

At the end of this course you will have an understanding how and when to use aromatherapy to treat a variety of animal health related conditions.  This course will provide details on the proper administration and absorption of essential oils.  You will also gain an understanding of how aromatherapy has been integrated into a holistic treatment regimen for animal health and well-being.
3 credits

The Herbology and Flower Essence for Animal course content provides a foundation for identifying and treating common behavioral problems through the use of flower essences.  You will become familiar with the history and philosophies of flower essence methodologies.  The course also covers common ailments found in dogs and the herbal recommend treatments. Common conditions covered in herbology include dermatitis, fleas/ticks, arthritis, parasites and periodontal disease. Species covered in this course include dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, horses and reptiles.

At the end of this course you will have an understanding how both flower essences and various herbs can be used to avoid many behavioral issues as well as treating common animal ailments.  This course provides treatment options to enhance the quality of an animals life through natural remedies.  A holistic treatment approach is taken and charts for simplifying essence selection are provided.  .
3 credits

The course content will teach key nutritional aspects for a variety of ailments using both case studies and related practice.  The class will cover general conditions that will be found in everyday practice including post-surgical care and care following trauma, as well as the general nutritional needs of animals at all life stages. You will learn to diagnose ailments based on key recommended nutritional treatments.  Species primarily covered in this course include dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, rabbits and horses.

At the end of this course you will have an understanding of an animal’s nutritional needs.  You will have an understanding of the various stages of an animal’s life and the health risks that can be associated with each stage.  You will also understand the nutritional requirements for specific types of ailments and disease states.
3 credits

The Healing Modalities in Animals course provides a basic working understanding of animal acupressure and massage techniques to help aid in the healing of animals.

The acupressure portion of the course offers a foundation of animal anatomy and acupressure points for the dog, cat, cow, ferret, rabbit, goat, goose, guinea pig, horse, iguana, llama, pig, parrot and the sheep.  The course covers the various meridians and vessels through which Qi flows for each type of animal.  The course content will provide acupressure administration techniques followed by over 40 species specific ailments and the acupressure points for treatment.  You will learn there is often times more than one acupressure point for treating a particular condition.  The acupressure course material provides location descriptions of each acupoint accompanied by easy to read acupressure charts.

The dog and cat massage portion of the curriculum describes the anatomy, physiology and a variety of massage techniques to help the animal relax and assist in the recovery of various injuries and ailments.  You will learn massage movements, applying pressure, various massage techniques (gliding, waving, rubbing, kneading, flicking and circling) and systems as well as addressing specific health problems.  Focus will be placed on relaxation, improving strength and coordination and flexing stiff joints.

At the end of this course you will have an understanding how to appropriately administer massage and acupressure in order to treat a variety of animal health related conditions.  You will also gain an understanding of the origins of both massage and acupressure and how it can be used for both condition treatment and relaxation for an animal’s health and well-being.
3 credits