Veterinary Botanical Medicine:  What You Need to Know

Learn the science and substance of botanical medicine.

RACE Approved Instruction in

Botanical Medicine

Those you care for rely on you to guide them.  In all likelihood, many of them are already using one or more herbal supplements.

Too often, healthcare providers rely on “those in the know” to guide consumers.  This may involve herbalists, self-proclaimed experts, or even certified herbalists that base their recommendations more on myth than modern medicine.

Find the facts for yourself.  Learn how to critically evaluate labels, contents, and claims.  Identify plant-based products with enough of a safety record to confidently recommend. Set a higher bar for the profession and how we evaluate and recommend products.

Course Overview

As with acupuncture, laser therapy, and medical massage, CuraCore teaches about botanical medicine principles using factual, evidence-informed methodology. Dr. Robinson encourages providers to exercise critical thinking and separate fact from fiction when considering the use of any integrative therapy. Doing so is especially crucial in the field of herbal medicine due to the potential for harm from biochemically active products.

The online learning format of this course arose from a year of in-depth study with a leading expert in online teaching, particularly for the “flipped” classroom setting.  As a result of this eye-opening experiences, Dr. Robinson has shifted her online instructional approach from the previously standard “sage on the stage”, outmoded style of teaching to one that requires learners to think, to critique, to analyze, and to engage with the instructor.

Students are taught to approach botanical medicine from a scientific, evidence-based perspective to provide the highest quality care to their patients. The goal of this course is to deepen your awareness of the benefits and risks of botanical remedies and how to work with them intelligently and safely.  This is not a “how to” course that will encourage you to sell and manage your patients solely on herbs. Until there is more evidence for target species, many challenges remain.

That said, clients need reliable information about herbs and supplements.  They are looking to veterinarians and physicians for facts and guidance.  Our intention is to educate healthcare professionals about the pros and cons and to empower them with the first-hand knowledge of how to find this information, how to discern fact from fiction, and how to move forward with life-long skills borne by active engagement, not passive listening.

We have both human and veterinary versions of this program. You must have a solid working knowledge of pharmacology, physiology, pathology, chemistry, and the clinical manifestations of health and disease.

Our botanical and photomedicine online courses require active student engagement with online materials. These are not sit-back-and-watch-recorded-lectures courses.  Dr. Robinson will present you with information and other resources already available online and ask you to consider their veracity, reliability, and prudence for patient care.  She will also present a series of cases through which you can further develop your botanical consulting skills.

Please contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.


What You’ll Learn:

  1. Recognize herbs commonly recommended with relative safety and evidence of effectiveness
  2. Determine how herbs are manufactured, prepared, and stored; and effects of safety, quality, and potency
  3. Identify mechanisms of action botanical compounds
  4. Verify indications, contradictions, and potential herb-drug interactions
  5. Evaluate products based on labels
  6. Detect differences between herbal medicine and homeopathy
  7. Identify risks of herbal medicine on different species
  8. List pros and cons of essential oils
  9. Describe science, safety, and risks of cannabis
  10. Avoid pitfalls in Asian herbal products
  11. Identify differences between rational, modern diagnostic approaches, and primitive methods that lack validation and reproducibility
  12. Determine where and how to access reliable information about botanical remedies
  13. Use botanical products for pain, inflammation, anxiety, neurologic support, digestive health, cancer, digestive issues, and immune regulation
  14. Find herbal toxins/plants sold in stores

The Veterinary Botanical Medicine course is open and ongoing. You may register at any time. Course fee – $995 Content delivery – 17 modules online.


Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians MSU Program @ Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Mar 11 – Mar 15 all-day

CuraCore will be holding it’s first off-site Clinical Intensive March 11-15, 2019 at the incredible Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Small Animal/Exotics and Dual Tracks only for this event.  For additional information please see the page Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians.

Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians April 2019 @ The Fort Collins Hilton
Apr 22 – Apr 27 all-day

Join us for our critically acclaimed Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians program!  Please see our webpage for all of the details on our program and upcoming Clinical Intensive dates.

Botanical Day 2019: June 7 – Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine @ The Fort Collins Hilton
Jun 7 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Botanical Day 2019 is June 7th and because of the ever changing landscape of the subject, the focus will be on Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine.  This program is held in conjunction with our Myofascial Palpation & Medical Massage program held June 9-10, 2019.  Join us for both!

Myofascial Palpation & Medical Massage @ The Fort Collins Hilton
Jun 8 – Jun 9 all-day

This program has become very popular!  We limit enrollment to a small group for a great educational experience.  This program is held in conjunction with our Botanical Day – June 7, 2019.  Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine.

Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Oct 2019 @ The Fort Collins Hilton
Oct 14 – Oct 19 all-day

This is our fall Clinical Intensive held here in colorful Colorado.  Please see our webpage for all the details on this critically acclaimed program!

Why learn integrative medicine through CuraCore?

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Premier Faculty

Learn from leading experts and experienced instructors.

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No myths, no metaphors.

Only rational, fact-based content.

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Evidential Support

Our courses are backed by verifiable data and based on evidence-informed research.



This course has the goal of educating all who need to know the facts about botanical medicine. We invite all interested parties to learn through this online program. However, please note that we have directed the level of instruction and course content toward both human and veterinary healthcare providers. A basic knowledge of pharmacology, physiology, pathology, and chemistry, as well as the clinical manifestations of health and disease are considered a prerequisite.

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If you’re frustrated with “in-the-box” solutions and you’re ready to enhance your skillset as a medical professional or veterinarian, we welcome you to join us.

Together, we can change medicine.