• Complementary Medicine for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses is the first resource on holistic veterinary care written specifically for the veterinary technician. Organized by treatment modality, the book offers practical information designed to help readers develop an understanding of each modality, assist with procedures associated with holistic medicine, and knowledgeably discuss treatment options with clients. Outlining the respective roles of technicians and veterinarians throughout, this book is a welcome reference for readers looking to expand their knowledge of complementary veterinary medicine and introduce additional treatment options in their practice

  • Preface ix

    About the Author xi

    Introduction xiii

    1 What Is Holistic Medicine? 1

    2 The Role of the Veterinary Technician or Veterinary Nurse in the Holistic Practice 17

    3 Legal Implications 21

    4 Introduction to Modalities 27

    5 Holistic Training for Veterinary Technicians: Physical Therapy and Hospice Care 37

    6 The Touch Therapies 47

    7 Detoxifi cation 79

    8 Holistic Diet and Nutrition 103

    9 Nutraceuticals 123

    10 For Veterinarians: Treatments with a Certifi cation Program 173

    11 Other Commonly Employed Modalities 217

    12 Other Less Commonly Used Modalities 251


    Appendix 1 Glossary 267

    Appendix 2 Alphabetical List of Holistic Veterinary Modalities 271

    Appendix 3 Where to Go for More Help 277

    Appendix 4 Questions to Help Defi ne the Scope of Your Practice 281

    Appendix 5 Patient History Chart 285

    Appendix 6 Consent Form 289

    Appendix 7 Vaccination Consent Form 293

    Appendix 8 Writing Case Reports 297

    Appendix 9 Special Diets for Disease Problems 307

    Appendix 10 Analysis of Some Homemade Diets 311

    Appendix 11 Doses for Herbs 317

    Appendix 12 Dosing Schedule for Homotoxicology Formulas 321

    Appendix 13 Alphabetical List of Bach Flower Remedies 323

    Appendix 14 How to Find a Holistic Veterinarian 325

    Appendix 15 Inventory Management 329

    Appendix 16 Medicating and Grooming 337

    Webliography 345

    Index 347

  • Nancy Scanlan, DVM, MSFP, is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and practices complementary and alternative medicine at Shasta Lake Veterinary Clinic in Shasta Lake, California. She is a past-President of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and a past-President of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association.