Why Should I 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".
How Do I Become Certified?
The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy is the only certifying veterinary body in North America. The certification process begins by becoming a licensed veterinarian. Self-study of the Organon, Kent's Lectures and other seminal homeopathic works is also recommended before attending the requisite classes. This will help you get the most out of the required course work.
These courses must be AVH approved* (please check before enrolling in a course**) 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. See Certification Process - An Outline for more information.
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 only 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.
*At the present time the only course having requested and received AVH approval is the Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy offered by the Animal Natural Health Center of Eugene, OR, taught by Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD.
**Anyone interested in receiving AVH accreditation for a course should contact the AVH.
Certification Forms and Application
Please contact Kathy Combs, AVH Secretary, for a complete packet.
mailing address: AVH, P.O. Box 232282, Leucadia, CA 92023
Certification Committee Members as of 12/09
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
Certification Committee Secretary:
PO Box 232282
Leucadia, CA 92023-2282
Liaisons (for questions about process):
Christina Chambreau, DVM, CVM
908 Cold Bottom Rd.
Sparks, MD 21152
Note: Please check the website (theavh.org) to verify this information as Committee information can change.