Holistic Animal Care School: List of Schools with Holistic Animal Care Degree Programs

Published Aug 11, 2009

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Holistic Animal Care treats animals as whole beings, focusing on alternative healing and wellness techniques, such as acupuncture, massage and hydrotherapy. Though no degree programs are available in Holistic Animal Care, several veterinary schools host student chapters of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA), www.ahvma.org. These on-campus organizations offer classes, lectures and seminars in Holistic Animal Care. Ohio State University, the University of Florida and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities are just a few schools that have AHVMA chapters.

Learning Animal Medical Care at a Traditional Veterinary School

Holistic Animal Care is not included as a study area at traditional veterinary schools. However, students in veterinary medicine programs do learn to care for animals medically, from prescribing medication to performing surgeries. Traditional veterinary students typically explore subjects like anatomy, surgery, pharmacology, toxicology and orthopedics.

Graduation from veterinary school typically takes five years, after completion of a bachelor's degree. Though veterinary schools don't usually include internships as part of their curricula, most veterinary medicine boards require graduates to complete an internship or residency to be eligible for certification.

Learning Holistic Animal Care through AHVMA Student Chapters

Many veterinary schools have on-campus chapters of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. This gives students with an interest in alternative medicine and healing techniques a place to meet like-minded individuals and attend lectures and seminars on holistic care-related topics like acupuncture, nutrition, preventative care, massage and Reiki.

In addition to organizing social and educational events, AHVMA chapters host regular meetings and hold officer elections. Most groups collect dues to help fund activities. AHVMA chapters also strive to keep students connected with veterinarians and veterinary students around the world who support complementary medical techniques.

Public and Private Non-Profit Schools with Holistic Animal Care (AHVMA) Student Chapters

School Name Institution Type Enrollment Mailing Address Phone Number
Ohio State University 4-year Public 52,568 190 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210 (614) 292-6446
University of Florida 4-year Public 51,725 355 Tigert Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611-3115 (352) 392-3261
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 4-year Public 50,883 100 Church St. SE., Minneapolis, MN 55455-0213 (612) 625-5000
Texas A&M University 4-year Public 46,542 College Station, TX 77843 (979) 845-3211
Cornell University 4-year Private not-for-profit 46,542 Ithaca, NY 14853 (607) 255-2000
Michigan State University 4-year Public 46,045 East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1046 (517) 355-1855
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 4-year Public 42,326 601 E. John St., Champaign, IL 61820-5711 (217) 333-1000
University of California-Davis 4-year Public 29,796 One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616-8678 (530) 752-1011
Iowa State University 4-year Public 26,160 Ames, IA 50011-2030 (515) 294-5836
Washington State University 4-year Public 24,396 French Administration Bldg., Pullman, WA 99164-1009 (509) 335-3564
Tufts University 4-year Private not-for-profit 9,758 Medford, MA 02155-5555 (617) 628-5000

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