Continuing Education Season

Fall is the season of continuing education for me, though it does seem to pop up year round. There is always something more to learn. Just this past June, I participated in the second part of the Herbal Immersion course for veterinarians through the CIVT (College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies.) I lectured on the use of herbal medicines in animal hospice and palliative care including some of the gems I have gathered over the last several years from some of my dearest patients. Just when I think I know just how to do things, I learn something new to bring home and share with my clients, patients, family and friends.

In September I will be off to the
AHVMA (American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association) meeting preceded by a day of lectures on medicinal mushrooms from the ACVBM (American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine.) At the AHVMA meeting, I have my eye on some interesting talks on more herbal medicine, but also essential oils, nutrition and acupuncture.

Then in October, I will attend the
IAAHPC (International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care) meeting. This year is the debut of the new animal hospice and palliative care certification course. Part one began online starting in July, part two will be in person at the conference, then parts three and four plan to be released online in January. This course is currently for veterinarians and technicians, but plans are to create a certification course for other animal hospice care providers as well in the future. I have 2 lectures in the Advanced module (part 3) on “Balancing Efficacy and Burdens of care” and “Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Animal Hospice and Palliative care.” These are my two chapter topics in the upcoming textbook due for publishing in 2017.

It is a busy season and I will do my best to keep you updated on my whereabouts and be sure to take care of any medication and herbal refills during this time!