Zoopharmacognosy Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

Described as the ability of animals to self-medicate and maintain good health through the selection and use of plants and natural substances, zoopharmacognosy is a fascinating subject that will provide you with a newfound respect for the intelligence of animals and the therapeutic abundance within the plant kingdom and natural world.

In this introduction to zoopharmacognosy, you’ll learn about the history of animal observation, the key figures in this scientific field, and the potential applications of the observations of zoopharmacognosy.

We’ll look at the therapeutic active constituents within plants and how animals use their sense of smell and taste to spot them in plants. We’ll explore the difference between the consumption of food and the consumption of therapeutic plants, the toxic compounds within plants that form part of an animal’s diet, and how they have adapted to deal with them. We’ll also consider why animals become poisoned both in the wild and when under the care of humans and how they use the phenomenon of geophagy to counter poisons and toxins.

You’ll discover the plant compounds that help animals deal with infections and the strategies employed by animals to avoid and treat parasites. We’ll look at the topical applications used within the animal kingdom and their ingenious use of insect repellents. The course even considers psychotropic plants, their mind-altering active constituents, and the theories behind why animals consume such plants.

In addition to learning the theory, you’ll also learn about the practice of applied zoopharmacognosy. The course covers legal and safety issues and the circumstances where this therapy can be used. You will explore a wide range of remedies by studying herbs, essential oils, carrier oils and other remedies by body systems. You will also learn about remedies that can be used to treat behavioural issues.

We’ll take a closer look at how an applied zoopharmacognosy experience can be curated for cats, dogs, and even horses – expanding on your remedy knowledge and methods of remedy application.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Understand zoopharmacognosy and its importance
  • Be aware of the various ways animals self-medicate and how they do this
  • Gain knowledge of natural remedies and their uses
  • Learn about the practice of applied zoopharmacognosy
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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What is Zoopharmacognosy?
  • Part 2: Observing Animals
  • Part 3: Important Figures
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: What are Active Constituents?
  • Part 2: Key Active Constituents
  • Part 3: Sense of Taste and Smell in Self-Medication
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Animal Nutrition
  • Part 2: Dealing with Toxic Plants When Feeding
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Accidental Poisoning in Animals
  • Part 2: Potential Plant Poisons
  • Part 3: Countering Poisoning
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Preventative Measures
  • Part 2: Dealing with Infections
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Healing Injuries
  • Part 2: Dealing with Insects and Other Irritations
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Psychotropic Plant Active Constituents
  • Part 2: Do Animals Intentionally Use Psychotropics?
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Applied Zoopharmacognosy
  • Part 2: The “Remedies”
  • Part 3: Index of Therapeutic Actions
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Remedies for the Digestive System
  • Part 2: Remedies for Pain and Inflammation
  • Part 3: Remedies for the Genitourinary Tract and Lactation
  • Part 4: Remedies for the Skin and Wound Healing
  • Part 5: Remedies for Behavioural Issues
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Applied Zoopharmacognosy for Cats
  • Part 2: Applied Zoopharmacognosy for Dogs
  • Module 10 Assessment
  • Part 1: Arrays, Responses and Applications
  • Part 2: Common Issues
  • Conclusion
  • Module 11 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

If you’re interested in the natural world, animals and how they use their environment to retain good health, or the medicinal properties of plants and natural substances, you’ll gain a lot from the Zoopharmacognosy Diploma Course. The information contained within the course is particularly useful if you are interested in the application of zoopharmacognosy for cats, dogs, and horses.

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The Zoopharmacognosy Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

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