Diploma of Equine

The ‘wholistic’ and complementary nature of natural medicine is designed to work with the ‘whole’ horse from the inside-out and the outside-in. Aiding to achieve an optimum balance within the body’s functions from an internal to external perspective. Combining the study of herbal medicine, nutrition and massage observes, engages and enables treatment of a variety of dysfunctional aspects to improve the overall health, well-being, performance and longevity of our magnificent equine athlete.

The Equine Naturopathy Diploma is offered via Distance Learning, with the exception of Equine Myofunctional Therapy Diploma subject, which includes an in-class ‘tactile’ practical week in Victoria, Queensland or New Zealand that must be attended.

Equine Myofunctional Therapy(professional remedial and sports massage) has been developed specifically to the Equine anatomy and is designed to benefit all horses including high performing sport horses. Equine Myofunctional Therapy looks at the whole horse, it encompasses myofascial release, remedial and sports massage that will specifically addresses musculo-skeletal dysfunction to help repair, improve and maintain the health and longevity of each individual horse throughout every stage of its life. Our classes will enable you to understand fundamental principles and terminology of equine anatomy and physiology along with appropriate and correctly applied techniques. Our equine massage training program is delivered by qualified trainers with many years’ experience.

Nutrition for Equines, requires a sound understanding as it pertains to the specific needs at the horses’ various stages of life and performance, this is of course vital for the horse to thrive in all that the horse is asked to do. The course will allow the student to continually evolve through analysis to apply rational and critical thinking within todays’ market of equine nutritional products.

Pasture Management for Equines, without a doubt will play an important role in the life and management of all horses. An available and well-managed pasture is a highly valuable source of nutrition. Horses spend either all, or none of their time in a paddock and some paddocks can be overstocked, never rested and infested with internal weeds and parasites, therefore how may this affect the horse nutritionally? A pasture is defined as a plant community which is grazed by livestock. Plants involved need to compete for light, water and nutrients, they need to withstand varying degrees of defoliation and trampling if they are to survive. Plants are in a pasture to provide forage and can provide the majority of a horses’ nutritional needs, the productivity of the plants, the soil type, seasonal distribution of the production and quality; all have a significant influence on livestock.

Herbal Medicine for Equines 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.

The Diploma of Equine Naturopathy comprises of our singular Diplomas:
• Equine Anatomy & Physiology
• Diploma of Equine Myofunctional Therapy
• Diploma of Equine Nutrition and Pasture Management
• Diploma of Herbal Medicine for Equines, plus:

• Equine Clinical Principles

• Clinical case reports hours

• Business

• Research development and thesis

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Course Information



Payment Plan:

30% deposit and a 10% Merchant Services fee is added. Balance is paid in monthly instalments over 24 months.

Course Dates:

Course commences on enrollment.

Course Duration:

Time frame for the completion of this course is based on part-time study over 4.5 years. Nominal course hours: 2,460

Delivery Mode:

Distance education, webinars and a 6 day in-class component for the Equine Myofunctional Therapy unit (see EMT for details).


Horse handling skills recommended.


Assessments are in the form of various styles, including theory, practical exams and clinical hours.

Course Materials:

All course text books and course notes are included in the price


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

Booking Options:

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

Dual Study Option:

Combined Diploma of Naturopathy for both Equine and Companion Pets is available

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  • All your texts and course notes are included in your fees
  • We employ highly qualified and experienced lecturers with innovative teaching techniques
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