Why Become A Certified Veterinary Homeopath?
There are many reasons to become certified. First and foremost is that it is an incredible educational experience. You will be guided through the process by some of the finest veterinary homeopaths in the country.
Once certified, you will have developed clearer homeopathic thinking and more accurate prescribing skills. When clients consult a certified AVH member, they know that they are working with an “expert.”
Your ability to help patients, especially with difficult cases that don’t respond well to allopathic medicine, will be dramatically increased.
How Do I Become Certified?
The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy is the only certifying veterinary body in the United States. The certification process begins by becoming a veterinarian and taking courses in homeopathy. Self-study of the Organon, Kent’s Lectures, and other seminal homeopathic works is recommended before attending the requisite classes. This will help you get the most out of the required course work.
Courses must be AVH approved and fulfill the following criteria: successful completion of a minimum of 125 hours of training in a comprehensive course in veterinary homeopathy or one course comprising 100 hours of credit, that requires a minimum of 6 months to complete and meets AVH course accrediting guidelines. Of the 125 hours required, a minimum of 50 hours in veterinary homeopathy, preferably taught by an AVH certified member with a minimum of 3 years of clinical homeopathic experience.
Applicants who have successfully completed these steps will then need to demonstrate clinical application of homeopathic principles. Two acute and two chronic case reports must be submitted and evaluated by the certification committee. Proficiency in understanding what is characteristic in a case is of utmost importance. Once the cases have been accepted the final exam is given.
At the present time, the only course having requested and received AVH approval is the Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy offered by the Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy. Experienced veterinary faculty join Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD to offer a broad range of classical homeopathic knowledge in small and large animal medicine.
Once certified, AVH members can proudly use the CVH letters after their names. The public will know that the AVH Standards Of Practice (SOP) is being upheld and that their veterinary homeopath is practicing according to the laws of homeopathy.
This information is reflected in the referral list on this website. In addition, the AVH can support CVH members, assuming that they follow the SOP, if questions before state boards arise. A certified member is a voting member of the AVH and is eligible to hold a board or chair position. Many state boards have turned to certified members for their opinions in cases of veterinary homeopathy.
Certification Forms and Application
Please contact us for a complete application packet.
Certification Committee Members
Judith K. Herman, DVM, CVH – Committee Chairperson
Animal Wellness Center
95 Northern Ave.
Augusta, ME 04330
Stephanie Chalmers, DVM, Diplomat ACVD, CVH
Holistic Animal Care
4918 A Sonoma Hwy.
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
Kathy Combs – Secretary
PO Box 232282
Leucadia, CA 92023-2282
Christina Chambreau, DVM, CVH – Liaison (for questions about the process)
908 Cold Bottom Rd.
Sparks, MD 21152