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I hope this is the right place to post this (I figured it has to do with companion animals, but also with careers and school so I'm not sure).<br><br><br><br>
For a while now I've been wanting to go into veterinary medicine (that's after deciding that I really wanted to be a nutritionist because I like the biology of it and that I like biology because it has to do with living things like animals... etc), and right now I'm not going to the right school to get a vet degree, but I can get a Bachelor's in Science and get my chemistry and some of the biology out of the way. I'm 23 and just got my Associate's this summer (I'm a little behind).<br><br>
The more I think about it, the more I think I want to do holistic veterinary medicine (or complementary and alternative veterinary medicine, or veterinary naturopathy, or whatever you want to call it), because I care not only about animals, I care about the environment, I care about corporate misdeeds, and a whole lot more. And I think holistic medical care for animals is not given enough weight in the western world.<br><br><br><br>
Now here's the problem I have:<br><br>
I looked online if there are any (credible and not-online/distance) colleges or universities that teach holistic vetmed, but apparently there aren't any. All the people who's bio's I've read have gotten a regular DVM and then added on certification in animal accupuncture, herbalism, acupressure, etc.<br><br>
I wish there was a school that would get me a DVM but with emphasis on holistic care, and I can't find it. I'm planning on talking to an advisor at my current school to see if they have any idea but I doubt it (it's not something you hear about often).<br><br><br><br>
Do any of you have education and/or jobs in the field or know where I can get more information?
 

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I'm not sure if this will help you. I hope it does. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I remember looking into Clayton College of Natural Health before.. they offer all levels of degrees in Holistic Health and related fields, as well as certificate programs. One is in companion animal studies.<br><br><a href="http://www.ccnh.edu/programs/animalcare.asp" target="_blank">http://www.ccnh.edu/programs/animalcare.asp</a><br><br><br><br>
The school is accredited by the <a href="http://www.aadp.net/%20target=_blank" target="_blank">American Association of Drugless Practitioners</a> and the <a href="http://www.anmab.org/pages/1/index.htm" target="_blank">American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board</a>.
 

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Thank you. Judging from a quick look at the website, it seems to be a distance-education school, and I would prefer an on-site school, but I will look into it.
 

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Honestly, I think if you are going to be treated by anyone as a primary animal caregiver you will need a DVM first. I have seen too many horses wasting because their owners have been adviced to switch to "herbal worming" by supposedly qualified holistic typey people to give the qualifications any weight even if you could obtain them, and I suspect that many people would feel the same way.<br><br>
If my vet prescribes something, he will do so because scientists have told him how it works on the animal's system to help / cure whatever is wrong with it. Until I believe that a holistic practitioner had the same degree of insight into the workings of their remedy and the animal's system, I would only use them as a last resort.
 

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I agree. Get the DVM first and then move into holistic medicine. There is a woman near me who is a DVM but also specializes in holistic veterinary care, from what I know. She is located in Michigan City, Indiana, and her phone number is (219) 872-0661- I am sure you could contact her office and ask her receptionist if she can call you to discuss where she went to school.<br><br>
BTW, I'm not some wierd vet stalker, lol. I work at a veterinary clinic in a nearby town and consequently, we end up communicating a lot about patients.
 
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