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In a fast-paced world that seen the rapid rise of convenience foods, environmental pollution and unsustainable development, our pets are suffering an increasing array of chronic disease issue - just like their 2-legged owners. How can you provide natural care to you beloved pets that promotes health and minimizes the likelihood of disease problems especially in later life? This first module of Natural Healthy Pets provides a starting point for owners committed to pets with optimal health and well-being.

An Introduction to Natural Pet Health Care
The course is Internet based, so you can go at your own pace and study at times convenient to you. For each of the topics there are study notes an tutorial presentation and a quiz. You also have some short assignments. to do. There will be constant access to tutor support with holistic veterinarian Holly Mash (UK) throughout your time in the course.

This Unit is designed to enable the student to relate features of the anatomy of animals to the function of the organisms’ body systems and the way they work. It will provide an overview of the functional anatomy and physiology of domestic animals. Emphasis is placed on the gross anatomy and function (physiology) of the systems of the animal body and the associated medical terminology. Topics include musculoskeletal system, digestive system, cardiovascular system, cutaneous system, immune system, respiratory system, urogenital system, nervous system, and special senses and endocrine system.

This Unit covers the principles of small animal nutrition including prepared petfoods, alternative feeding approaches and home made diets. The Unit provides the knowledge and skills to advise on the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as being able to assess in a broad way a food or diet from a nutritional standpoint. Natural nutrition fills in the gap of knowledge from mainstream nutrition philosophy which focuses on prepared pet foods. A balanced viewpoint is taken, along with an evidence based approach in the interests of animal health and wellbeing.

This course is part of the  Animal Health Sciences (Basic) Course and covers the basics of maintaining animal health and taking care of small animals from a mainstream perspective as well as what to do in an emergency when you are working with animals in an animal health setting and finally companion animal disease and how it is managed in conventional veterinary medicine.

This unit develops your knowledge and understanding of the influence of the environment on animal health. Numerous environmental factors can influence health and disease and we examine those from an evidence based perspective. From heavy metals, food toxins, radiation, chemical exposure, to some hidden toxins we look at how these might influence  animals in our care as well as how we might minimise the risk and help prevent disease.

This Unit introduces the principles of natural animal health care including definitions and controversies, natural diets, routine health care from a natural perspective and introduces the various therapies used for natural or naturopathic health care for animals. Finally common conditions and natural remedies are introduced. This Unit is not designed to prepare some one to treat animals. The Unit provides the knowledge and skills to advise on natural animal health care broadly using an evidence based approach.