Learn about the range of different natural therapies that can be used to treat animals

Technology has come a long way in the treatment of disease in both domestic and livestock. The conventional approach used by most veterinary practices has had great success in treating ailments such as acute infection and trauma. One problem that has come from this conventional approach to treatment is the narrowing view of how ailments can be treated and the growing reliance on chemical products for treatment. This has lead to the re-emergence of holistic therapies for animals. Practitioners who use this holistic approach to the treatment of illness in animals believe that symptoms represent the action of an individual’s “life force”. To protect an animal’s life force, symptoms are created such as diarrhea, vomiting, coughing and sneezing to throw off the disturbance.

Learn How to Treat Animal Illness Naturally

Learn the principles of natural animal health and provide the available natural therapies that can be applied to both domestic and livestock.



There are 8 lessons in this module as follows:

Lesson 1. Introduction to Natural Animal Health Care

Limitations of Conventional Medicine, Holistic Treatments, Homeopathy, Flower Essences, Naturopathy, Natural Nutrition, Tactile Therapy (Massage, Equine Tactile Therapy, Bowen Therapy, Canine Myofunctional Therapy, Physiotherapy, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Acapuncture, Microcurrent, Microwave Therapies, Ayurvedic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine), Benefits of Natural Health Care, Codes of Practice for Animal Welfare, Health & Safety in Veterinary Practice (Separating Animals, Infectious Diseases, Containing Disease, Disposal of Dead/Infected Tissues, Dangerous non-Animal Wastes, Storage & Handling of Supplements/Equipment).

Lesson 2. Signs of Ill Health

Normal Vital Signs, Recognising ill health, Disease Diagnosis, Homeopathic Remedies, Signs of Shock, Signs of Internal Bleeding, Signs of Poisoning, First Aid

Lesson 3. Natural Nutrition for Animals

The effect of Modern Living on Domestic Animals, Processed Pet Foods, Affect of Poor Nutrition on Animal Behaviour, Good Nutrition for Domesticated Animals (Carbohydrates, 

Proten, Fats/Lipids, Minerals, Vitamins, Supplements, Recipes); Nutritional Problems in Animals (Allergies, Dermatitis, Overweight, Underweight, Liver Disease, Livestock (Mineral supplements for farm animals, Nutritional Supplements)

Lesson 4. Holistic Health Care - Maintaining Health

Creating a Healthy Environment (Domestic pets, Livestock); Health Maintenance, Preventing Arthritis in Dogs, The Vaccination Debate, Pet Dental Care, Flea Control, Disease Prevention in Livestock, Preventing Disease in Poultry, Avian Influenza

Lesson 5. Holistic Health Care - Treating Health Problems

Naturopathic Treatment, Homeopathic Treatment, Herbalism, Treating Common Ailments (Arthritis, Skin Problems, Digestive Complaints, Diabetes, Dental Problems ); Pain Management, Identifying Pain, Pain Relief Medication, Herbal Treatments, Homeopathy, Flower Essences; Physical Therapy, Equine Tactile Therapy, Bowen Therapy, Canine Myofunctional Therapy, Behavioural Problems (Dogs-excessive barking, digging, aggression, phobias; Cats -urine spraying, scratching furniture, aggression; Birds)

Lesson 6. Animal Diseases & Health Problems (Domestic Animals)

Dogs -Distemper, Heartworm, Parvo virus, Hydatid Disease, Cats -Ringworm, Feline Aids - Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Hairballs, Feline Herpes Virus or Cat Flu; Rodents - Respiratory problems and Mycoplasma, Abscesses, Reptiles - Mouth Rot or Canker (Stomatitis); cytoparasites (Mites), Pneumonia, Fish, Cage Birds…etc

Lesson 7. Animal Diseases & Health Problems (Livestock)

Notifiable Diseases, Control of Internal Parasites, Horses (Tentnus, Lock Jaw, Strangles, Parasites, Colic, Equine Influenza); Cattle (Parasites, Mastitis), Pigs (Exudative Epidermitis of pigs (Greasy Pig), Leptospirosis, Parasites); Sheep (Enterotoxemia (Pulpy Kidney), Cutaneous Myiasis (Blow Fly strike)), Poultry (Newcastle Disease (NCD), Yolk Sac Infection, Infectious Bronchitis (IB))

Lesson 8. Animal Health Care Case Study Research Project

Evaluate symptoms of ill-health displayed by an animal, determine the problem and decide on a natural course of treatment for the specific health problem suffered by the animal. Develop a management plan that the owner of the animal can undertake to help treat the problem and relieve associated pain and discomfort.


Duration: 100 hours

Lesson Aims

  • Explain the principles and benefits of natural animal health care
  • Recognise common signs of ill health in different animals
  • Explain the principles of natural nutrition for animals.
  • Describe requirements for preventative health care in animals.
  • Recognise common diseases, health problems and natural treatments for those problems in domestic animals
  • Develop an understanding of natural treatments for health problems in animals
  • Recognise some common diseases, health problems and natural treatments for those problems in livestock.
  • Develop a natural treatment plan for a specific health problem of an animal


Holistic Treatment or "Holistic Therapies" are designed to treat the whole patient whether it be animal or human as opposed to the specific symptom they may be displaying. Holistic treatment is thought to treat the illness by boosting the immune system and overall health of the animal, which will in turn treat any secondary illnesses. The foundation of holistic treatment is optimal nutrition. This is the "fuel" for the body and therefore needs to contain all of the essential components that an animal needs to boost its immune system and maintain health. We look at natural nutrition in more detail later in the course.

Other important elements of the holistic treatment of ailments and diseases in animals are naturopathy, herbal treatments, tactile therapy and homeopathy

How Much Do You Know about Natural Ways of Caring for Animal Health?

Some of the benefits of natural animal health care over conventional treatments include:

  • Improved general health of animals, with reduced veterinary costs
  • Reduced cost of food and medication
  • Food can be designed to cater for an animal’s specific requirements
  • Closer bonding of pets and owners through massage
  • Healthier environment for both humans and animals
  • Increased knowledge and greater understanding of the importance of good nutrition for animals.

Natural nutrition aims to provide animals with a balanced diet in its most natural form. Well-fed animals have a healthy immune system which means they are better at fighting disease, are less prone to illness and should live a long and happy life. Diversity in the diet is important to minimize the likelihood of nutrient imbalance, which can be a problem.

Mineral requirements of livestock vary greatly between species and within species depending on their age. The minerals required will depend up on the feeding system and management of the livestock.  

In general, livestock animals will often benefit from supplements of Salt (NaCl), Calcium (Ca) and Phosphorous (P). Confined suckling pigs are usually deficient in Iron (Fe) however most other mineral deficits can vary greatly.

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