Diploma of Companion Pet Natural Medicine

In our Companion Pets Natural Medicine Diploma we provide students with a strong knowledge of Nutrition, Herbal Medicine and Manufacturing and Dispensing of Herbal Medicine specific to dogs and cats.

Nutrition for Companion Pets provides the student with information based on researched outcomes of what our canine and feline loved ones are designed to eat and how this pertains to the various stages of their life. The information contained in this course has been complied with the astute help of two very important Veterinarians who have made natural nutrition for dogs and cats a priority to aid in reducing the more common conditions and diseases that affect so many dogs and cats of today. At the end of this course the student will understand more about a species specific diet, the merit of food products available, versus the nutritional quality, digestibility and purity of raw appropriate foods and therefore use objectivity when professionally prescribing a complete diet that meets each nutritional requirement for dogs and cats on an individual basis.

Herbal Medicine for Animals provides the student with information to build professional credibility for herbal medicine as it should be applied in clinical practice. Understand and gain Herbal Medicine knowledge in order to comprehend the safety and efficiency of herbal medicine. Learn the identification, actions, constituents, indications, contraindications and combinations of Herbal Medicine in detail. It is important for our students to have a sound understanding of the active chemistry associated with plant medicine and the Pharmacokinetics associated that may influence the actives both negatively and positively.

Manufacturing and Dispensing of Herbal Medicine gives students an in depth knowledge in how to convert raw plants to medicines. This is a wonderful journey and offers the herbalist extraordinary opportunities. The information contained in this course is unique as it covers many subjects that form the foundation of learning.

Subjects Include:

13 online units of Anatomy and Physiology

• Introduction to species appropriate nutrition
• Commercial pet food: what is in commercial pet food
• Nutritional requirements for dogs and cats
• Feeding bone, muscle meat and organ meat
• Dairy products, eggs and table scraps
• Green leafy vegetables and fruit
• Cereals, grains and legumes
• Useful additives- vitamins and minerals
• Feeding for allergies and diseases
• Feeding for Breeding: Pregnancy- puppies and kittens
• From adulthood and beyond: caring for older pets
• Protecting your pet – dangerous foods and food toxicity
• The history of herbal medicine
• Why herbs cure
• Signature of plants
• Physiomedical philosophy
• Basics of physiology
• Pharmacology and pharmacognosy
• Therapeutic actions of herbs
• Nutritional aspects of herbs
• Materia medica
• Herbarium
• Herbal preparation, manufacturing and dispensing of products
• Common terminology
• Regulations
• Why make your own herbal medicine
• Active constituents
• Extraction of active constituents
• Selecting the extraction process
• Solvents – types, selection, advantages and disadvantages
• Considering the herb supply
• Wild crafting
• Growing, harvesting and drying
• Manufacturing guidelines
• Preparations in common use in clinical practice
• Internal preparations: infusions, decoctions, tincture
• External preparations: ointment, creams, poultice, salves
• Other preparations: inhalations, shampoo, soap
• Clinical hours – case history reports
• Business plan assessment
• Research thesis

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Course Information



Payment Plan:

30% deposit, add a 10% Merchant Services fee and pay the balance over 14 months

Course Dates:

Course intake is available the 1st of every month

Course Duration:

Course is scheduled to be completed within 3 years (36mths). Nominal course hours: 1,230

Delivery Mode:

Distance education


There are no prerequisites


All assessments can be submitted by email and post or via our online learning portal.

Course Materials:

All course text book and notes are included in the price.


Graduates are eligible to join the Small Animal and Equine Naturopathic Association or the International Institute of Complimentary Therapies as a full member

Booking Options:

Contact us directly for a course guide and/or download the Enrolment and Payment Agreement forms.
Email enquiries and forms to mail@nctm.com.au

Dual Study Option:

Upon completion, the option to upgrade into the full Naturopathy Diploma is available

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  • All your texts and course notes are included in your fees
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