Herbal Courses

Courses and Programs in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine

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IVAS is affiliated with the College of  Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT) to jointly offer distance education specializing in evidence-based natural medicine for animals.

The IVAS Veterinary Herbal programs have been produced by CIVT under the direction of Barbara Fougere, BSc, BVMS(Hons), MHSc (Comp Med), MHSc (Herb Med), IVAS CVA, CVBM, CVCP, GD Bus Mgmt, MOrg D&T, CMAVA, MNHAA, and Steve Marsden, DVM, ND, MSOM, LAc, Dipl. CH, RH (AGH) who is also the principal lecturer. This international college of world-class veterinary educators produces leading edge learning materials for veterinarians.

Online Learning

We all have busy lives and are often unable to commit to attending classes. With emergencies, busy practices, family and other professional commitments, time is precious. For these reasons, IVAS and CIVT are offering these courses online using the ’directed learning’ model.

Directed Learning Model
Your study guide will direct you through the materials, assessments, and activities associated with the course, as though your tutor was right there with you. Of course, your tutor will be there either online of via e-mail, chat, Skype, or forums. At your myCIVT student center, you will be welcomed into your online classroom and be able to attend anywhere and at anytime. This classroom is a place for you to interact with your classmates, tutors, and lecturers and access course materials, download information and upload assignments and complete activities. The learning environment is state of the art.

Learning materials such as study guides, journal articles, mp3 audio, online lectures and video lectures and other interactive teaching methods allow you to study in ways that suit you.

You choose when and where you study to fit in with your work and family commitments. You can excel at your own pace! However, before enrolling as an online student, carefully consider your time and your ability to balance family, work, and social commitments with the demands of study. Successful study will require discipline and commitment. If you are not sure whether it’s for you or not, why not take a short course or contact us for advice.

We look forward to seeing you in a class soon!

Registration and Accreditation

CIVT is an international college. The College and IVAS have teamed to offer accredited and non-accredited tertiary education. Courses on offer are currently either:

  • short course for professional development, continuing education, or interest
  • credited for Continuing Education by relevant veterinary associations around the world
  • certified in partnership with other organizations
  • undergoing accreditation process involving industry stakeholders
  • accredited Nationally Recognized Training in Australia


VETAB logoCIVT is a government (VETAB) Registered Training Organization NTIS 91769 which conducts itself under the Australian Quality Training Framework guidelines.

The Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) is the national set of standards which assures nationally consistent, high-quality training and assessment services for the clients of Australia’s vocational education and training system.

AQTF is the key compliance framework to ensure we are providing quality services. The AQTF includes Nine Conditions of Registration that we must comply with:

  1. Governance
  2. Interactions with the registering body
  3. Compliance with legislation
  4. Insurance
  5. Financial management
  6. Certification and issuing of qualifications and Statements of Attainment
  7. Recognition of qualifications issued by other RTOs
  8. Accuracy and integrity of marketing
  9. Transition to Training Packages/expiry of accredited courses

These ATQF standards are set by the National Quality Council.

The National Quality Council (NQC) is a Committee of the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE), and oversees quality assurance and ensures national consistency in the application of the Australian Quality Training Framework standards for the audit and registration of training providers.

Nationally Recognized Training logoVETAB is the Vocational Education and Training Accreditation Board under which the College is registered to provide Nationally Accredited Training. Note that only courses that are nationally accredited with issue Certificates with the Nationally Recognized Training Logo.

Professional Associations

Courses are developed through consultation with professional associations, external academics and industry stakeholders. Courses at CIVT are revised regularly in response to student feedback, new research, and industry changes.

Australian Council for Private Education and Training

The College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies is an affiliate member of ACPET and agrees to conform to the Constitution, by-laws, and Code of Ethics of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training.

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