Diploma of Naturopathy for Companion Pets

The ‘wholistic’ and complementary nature of natural medicine is designed to work with the ‘whole’ animal 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 beloved pets.

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

Canine Myofunctional Therapy(professional remedial and sports massage) has been developed specifically to the canine anatomy and is designed for all those with a love of dogs and an interest in improving the health, well-being, performance and longevity for dogs, with the safe, gentle, yet effective power of correctly applied massage.

Many people are seeking out qualified practitioners as the word continues to spread about the wonderful benefits of professionally applied remedial and sports massage such as Canine Myofunctional Therapy (CMT).

Our classes will enable you to understand fundamental principles and terminology of canine anatomy and physiology along with appropriate and correctly applied techniques. Our dog massage training program is delivered by qualified trainers with many years’ experience.

The blended delivery of this course is a combination of online webinars and in-class face to face with your lecturer, combining the very best of both worlds in education and training. Theory webinars are conducted on a weekly basis, having a few breaks to assist you to review and reflect on subjects covered. The practical application of massage is conducted over a five (5) day ‘hands-on’ workshop where you will join other students and be guided by your lecturer in clinical massage and clinical report writing.

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 what about species specific diets, 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 Companion Pets 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:

• Anatomy and Physiology
• Overview of body systems
• Directional terminology
• Latin terminology
• Contraindications and cautions to massage
• Visual observations and gait analysis
• Tactile observations of a soft tissue diagnosis
• Therapeutic, remedial, myofascial and sports massage techniques
• Soft tissue treatments to aid recovery
• Muscle origin, insertion and action
• Key points for the Canine Myofunctional Therapist
• Professional report writing skills
• Clinical case studies
• Business plan
• Introduction to species appropriate nutrition
• Commercial pet food
• What is in pet food
• Feeding bones
• Feeding muscle meat and organ meat
• Green leafy vegetables and fruit
• Cereals, grains and legumes
• Dairy products, eggs and table scraps
• Useful additives- vitamins and minerals
• Pregnancy- puppies and kittens
• From adulthood and beyond
• 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
• The foundation of clinical principles as a Naturopath
• Clinical practice in business – Business Plan
• Clinical hours log book
• Final Research thesis

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Course Information



Payment Plan:

30% deposit, add a 10% administration payment plan fee and pay the balance over 24 months

Course Dates:

Course intake is available the 1st of every month, except when starting with the CMT course component first

Course Duration:

Course is based on part-time study and scheduled to be completed within 4 years. Nominal course hours: 2,360

Delivery Mode:

Distance education, webinars and a 5 day in-class component for the Canine Myofunctional Therapy unit (see CMT for details).


There are no prerequisites other than basic dog handling skills


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

Course Materials:

All course text books 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:

Combined Naturopathy Diploma for both Equine and Companion Pets

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  • Learn in a nurturing environment where you will receive individual attention and all the support you need to succeed
  • Be confident learning with the college with the highest retention rate of students and 30 years in the industry
  • All your texts and course notes are included in your fees
  • We employ highly qualified and experienced lecturers with innovative teaching techniques
  • You are guaranteed continued support after completing your course