Natural Health Care for Animals

Study animal health management and natural health care for animals. Learn to use naturopathy to treat or prevent disease or illness in domestic pets, farm animals or wildlife.

Course Code: BAG218
Fee Code: S3
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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Learn Veterinary Care without Pharmaceuticals

  • Optimise animal health naturally
  • Preventative health care with natural methods can save time, money and improve the animal's overall well-being
  • Work with and care for animals in a more natural and holistic manner
  • Avoid chemical toxicity and adverse reactions in your pets and children

Natural Heath Care doesn't solve every problem, but this course can help you better understand what it can offer, empowering you to make wiser, more informed decisions

The course was developed by a team of highly qualified and experienced animal health experts, in conjunction with professionally qualified experts in animal welfare and natural therapies. It is a unique course, developed and tutored by unique people.

The course covers holistic therapies such as naturopathy, homeopathy, herbal treatments, tactile therapy, and natural nutrition. It covers a range of conditions that affect domestic animals and provides natural ideas and solutions for treating these conditions.

Student comment: I would recommend this course to anybody who is interested in animals, has animals and/or likes to work with animals. This is something I can use for the rest of my life and I can also use this basic knowledge for further study. The course is very pleasant and the tutors are motivating and very fast. So all in all a great learning experience! Gabriele Klinnert, Australia - Natural Health Care for Animals course. 


Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  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, Acupuncture, 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).
  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
  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, Protein, Fats/Lipids, Minerals, Vitamins, Supplements, Recipes); Nutritional Problems in Animals (Allergies, Dermatitis, Overweight, Underweight, Liver Disease, Livestock (Mineral supplements for farm animals, Nutritional Supplements)
  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
  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)
  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
  7. Animal Diseases & Health Problems (Livestock)
    • Notifiable Diseases, Control of Internal Parasites, Horses (Tetanus, 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))
  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.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

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

What are Holistic Treatments?

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 include naturopathy, herbal treatments, tactile therapy and homeopathy.
 

Prevention is Always the Best Control

Disease is one of the greatest risks of livestock health. The risk of disease should be minimised so as to avoid costly treatment and/or potentially having to destroy infected animals.

The main source of many diseases and parasites are the individual animals themselves. Animals that may have been infected by a disease when young might still carry the disease later in life. These diseases can then be transmitted to younger stock that come into contact with these older animals.  However, steps can be taken to reduce the chance of disease spreading through a herd or flock.

Housing or shelter
Areas and buildings where animals are grouped together for protection are one of the most likely places for diseases to be transmitted. The risk of disease being spread in these areas can be minimised in housing by taking certain steps which include:

  • Provide good ventilation in permanent housing with adequate spacing between animals - This prevents the temperature rising to a point which may cause heat stress to the animals and also reduces the likelihood of respiratory diseases spreading between the animals.

  • Keep permanent housing free of faecal contamination – Faecal build-up is a potential source of pathogenic build-up and attracts flies to the shelter. Regularly clean floors with disinfectant. Ensure that flooring and walls are free of cracks. Place food and water away from where they may be contaminated by faecal matter.

  • Temporary housing should be treated in the same manner.  Animals should be provided with adequate space in clean housing.  It is beneficial to rotate the holding areas regularly.

General Hygiene

Ensure that all equipment used with animals are kept clean and disinfected. If you do not wish to use disinfectant it is paramount that equipment is kept clean and free from organic contaminants.  Harnesses and other equipment should be checked regularly to ensure that they fit correctly and are not causing stress to the animal.  

If farmers are administering drugs to animals themselves, they need to ensure that all syringes and needles are kept sterile. Contaminated needles can pass pathogens from one animal to the next. 

Unhealthy animals can require grooming by the farmer to ensure they are kept clean. If this is not done, they may become infested with ectoparasites such as ticks or mites.  Skin which is soiled by faeces can also attract flies leading to risk of myiasis (fly-strike). Wound care is also important in maintaining health.  Small cuts and wounds should heal themselves as long as they are kept clean.  Those which become septic may require antibiotics.

It is important for farmers to be aware of seasonal arthropod infestations and how these should be managed. Farmers should also gain knowledge of poisonous or noxious plants in the region.  Animals introduced to a new pasture might not avoid poisonous plants, so farmers should restrict their grazing time each day to reduce the chance of poisoning. There is also a danger when pastures are overgrazed and the deeper-rooted noxious plants are the only ones available for grazing.  Farmers should provide adequate fodder in different areas.  This also avoids congregation around one feed source which can increase the risk of disease being spread.


     
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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

Lyn Quirk

M.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy
Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head fo

Alison Pearce

University Lecturer, Quality Assurance Manager, Writer and Research Technician. Alison originally graduated with an honors degree in science from university and beyond that has completed post graduate qualifications in education and eco-tourism. She has m

Jade Sciascia

Biologist, Business Coordinator, Government Environmental Dept, Secondary School teacher (Biology); Recruitment Consultant, Senior Supervisor in Youth Welfare, Horse Riding Instructor (part-completed) and Boarding Kennel Manager.
Jade has a B.Sc.Biol, Di





Tutors

Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Gareth Pearce

B.Sc.(Hons), B.V.Sc., M.A., M.Vet.S,. PhD, Grad. Cert. Ed.(HE), Post-Grad.Cert. Aq.Vet.Sc., Post-Grad. Cert. WLBio&Cons., Dipl. ECPHM, MRCVS.
Gareth has over 25 years of experience in teaching and research in agriculture, veterinary medicine, wildlife ecology and conservation in a variety of colleges and universities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon at the Universities of Melbourne and Bristol, having previously graduated in Agricultural Science and gained a PhD in Livestock Behaviour and Production. He also has post-graduate qualifications in Education, Wildlife Conservation Medicine, Aquatic Veterinary Studies and Wildlife Biology & Conservation.

Sarah Pirecki

BAnVetBioSc., Dip. ProjMgt (TBC).

A passionate advocate for animal health and welfare. Sarah completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience majoring in Animal Health and Disease and is currently completing a Diploma of Project Management. She has a wide range of experience working in agricultural settings, veterinary nursing, assistance dog raising, and animal education.

Kara Wight

BSc (Applied Bioscience and Zoology), HND (Animal Care), HND (Photography & Imaging)

Kara gained an HND in Animal Care and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Applied Bioscience and Zoology. She has a wide range of experience working with animals such dogs, small pets, birds, zoo animals, British wildlife and reptiles. Kara gained this experience working within animal parks, canine rescue centres and a wildlife hospital. She also managed an animal care training facility for a college. At this training facility she instructed and lectured students within Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing from National Certificate level to Higher National Diploma levels.

Kara also gained an HND in Photography and Imaging and has 5 years’ experience within this sector. She ran a small portraiture and wedding photography business and also exhibited work in art exhibitions. Kara gained more experience photographing sporting and festival events.

Kara currently runs a pet care and training business in the UK and also has entry to undertake her MSc in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law this academic year.

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