Today I want to update readers about what’s going on with my courses and consultation services at the present time. Those of you who follow my Page on Facebook (here) or are a member of one of my groups, have heard me state, I am taking some space from consulting while I finish my thesis and work on several writing projects. I want to clarify what I mean by “taking some space” – and also update you all on the courses, because I do get a fair bit of email asking me what’s going on.
I started my thesis for Dominion College almost three years ago, but the demands of my job have caused me twice now to put this on hold. The topic is “Herbal Management and Prevention of Canine Cancer; a Systems- based Approach” and my work draws on 15 years working with canine cancer as a nutritionist and herbalist. The usual herbs of commerce people turn to for support , while beneficial! are only a doorway into hundreds more helpful and powerful plants, and I am eager to share my research with dog lovers everywhere. It’s simply impossible to devote the time I need to complete my research while teaching and consulting fulltime – a lot to juggle. My solution this year has been to limit the number of consults I accept – which means that for those who need my help, the waiting list can be substantially longer.
Originally I had planned to cease consulting altogether for at least 6 months, but I can see that it’s not feasible to do so. Every day people contact me who really do require the unique services of someone trained and experienced in BOTH canine nutrition and herbal medicine, and it is impossible for me to say no. To make a long entry shorter – I am accepting new clients, on a limited basis – don’t hesitate to write me if you have a problem. I will do my best to accommodate you, that’s a promise.
As for the courses – they are alive and kickin’! I have three on the go right now, and all are self-paced and online. To recap, because I get asked this a lot, I am offering:
1) The Basics of Canine Nutrition – a detailed foundational course that spans sixteen units, and provides a thorough basis for anyone interested in learning the topic from the ground up. Part One deals with canine anatomy and physiology, nutrients and requirements, and separates the hype and rhetoric, from the science and the facts. Part Two deals with feeding methods – pros and cons of home prepared and commercial diets – and covers special needs of geriatric, pregnancy/lactation and performance dogs. The course requires two texts, is online/self paced, and I am here as support as you go. $600.00, and payment plans are possible
2) Canine Dietary Formulation – a long-awaited course that has been going strong since I introduced it last December. Many doglovers want to know how to formulate diets for their healthy adults – and are concerned about the correct nutrient balance. In this course, I teach you how to understand your dog’s requirements from Vitamin A to zinc, and develop home made recipes that meet them all. The course is a huge success and the low Introductory offer is STILL on – just till I get the e-comm link posted, that is. Online, self-paced, 12 weeks and just 100$ for now. Regular cost will be $200.00, but it’s still a bargain at that!
3) Introduction to Animal Herbalism – another indepth program of study that is suitable for beginners in herbalism, and useful for more advanced students who want to learn more about the unique needs of other species. We are focusing at this time on dogs and cats, with one module on horses; Part One covers foundations of herbal medicine (herbal history, actions and energetics, plant constituents; Part Two covers canine and feline nutrition, common conditions and herbal approaches to management of illness as well as prevention, and Part Three focuses on how to select herbs, make plant medicines, dose appropriately and administer. A very comprehensive overview, with follow-up courses to come in 2016. No texts required, but several recommended. All online and self-paced – $400.00
For more information on the courses, to receive a full Outline, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that you do not receive “certification” of any kind, but I am in process of acquiring credit hours for the herbal course. Accreditation in canine nutrition at this time is related to a veterinary degree, and while I fervently hope this will change, right now you receive a first rate education, but you cannot claim to be “certified” in nutrition after the courses.
I have cleared just a little time to work seriously on my thesis, and I hope to be able to bring that to you by the end of this year.
Drop me a line f you have questions, I’m almost always here. 🙂