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Welcome to the Animal Wellness Academy – a learning community!

Pet education has grown by leaps and bounds over the last two decades. We should know – we’ve been leading the way in the natural and integrative pet and equine field since 1999. More than ever, pet parents and equine caretakers are looking for better ways to care for their fur-friends. But you can’t always trust everything you read online. The AW Academy brings together the best educators from around the world.

Fun, interactive, courses on-demand from the top experts!

Brought to you by Animal Wellness, Equine Wellness and Innovative Veterinary Care Journal, the foremost publications on pet and horse wellness, we’ve partnered with the most respected experts to bring you content that will help animals live longer, happier lives. Whether you’re looking for information for your own animals, volunteer in a rescue or shelter, or work as an animal practitioner, you’ll find courses that resonate with you. Content is always being updated so it’s fresh and relevant.

Join our community of like-minded animal lovers now!

Fun, interactive, courses on-demand from the top experts!

Brought to you by Animal Wellness, Equine Wellness and Innovative Veterinary Care Journal, the foremost publications on pet and horse wellness, we’ve partnered with the most respected experts to bring you content that will help animals live longer, happier lives. Whether you’re looking for information for your own animals, volunteer in a rescue or shelter, or work as an animal practitioner, you’ll find courses that resonate with you. Content is always being updated so it’s fresh and relevant.

Join our community of like-minded animal lovers now!

Launching July 2021

What does AW Academy do?

AW Academy provides consumers and pet industry professionals with trusted, reliable and innovative education. Our content is created by leading professionals and delivered in a convenient video format, helping you to:

  • Choose the best for your pets and horses

    Learn which ideas & products will work best for your pet's health and happiness​.

  • Grow your pet-industry business

    Make the most informed decisions for managing and growing your pet-related business.

Educational Program Sneak Peak...

Some of Our Speakers

Some of Our Lectures

The Health, Safety and Convenience of Fresh Food

Dr. Barbara Royal

In this lecture, we discuss the concept that, while an excellent diet alone will not cure all conditions, a poor diet will always cause health issues. It will cover the basic truths about the physiologic health benefits of a fresh diet and specifics on how it supports health on many levels. It will include a brief description of relevant nutrition terminology, tips on how to minimize diet-related health problems, and a cost analysis discussion about financial costs and the cost and causes of health.

Managing Macronutrients, Micronutrients, Microbiome & Mitochondria: Practical Solutions to Biome Problems

Dr. Barbara Royal

What is the difference between a balanced diet and a perfect diet? In this lecture, we will discuss the physiologic response to different macronutrients in carnivores (from muscles to mitochondria) and the reason we use different macronutrients and food-based micronutrient balance in a pet food recipe. We will look at what science and clinical data say about fasting and random feeding, and its effects on mitochondrial function and overall health.

What You Need to Know About How Supplements are Regulated, and How to Help Your Clients Select Quality Products

Bill Bookout

Veterinary clients can walk into almost any pet retailer, supermarket or vet clinic and find a selection of supplements designed to help pets live their best lives. Faced with abundant options, they will look to you for guidance in selecting the best products for their pets. Are you prepared to help them navigate this overwhelming landscape?

When it Comes to CBD Pet Supplements, Know the Law and Prioritize Quality

Bill Bookout

Many veterinary clients who have used cannabidiol (CBD) themselves are now choosing it for their dogs and cats in the hopes of helping their animal companions feel their very best. Chances are you’re asked about CBD at least a few times a month, which is good because you want your clients to rely on you for information, not “Dr. Google.” If you are a veterinarian who views CBD as a beneficial option for your clients, it is important to understand your risk for exposure when recommending or prescribing these types of products.

How chiropractic helps the body heal itself

Dr. Bill Ormston

Veterinary medicine today is changing rapidly and pet owners are expecting more and more from their veterinarian. These growing expectations, combined with changing consumer habits, can put new strains on hospitals and their bottom line. Adding chiropractic to the tool box will benefit every animal that walks through the door. Chiropractic is aimed at maintaining the health of the nervous system by using the bony prominences on the spine surrounding it to remove interferences. This lecture will utilize case studies and basic sciences to allow the attendee to understand how to better utilize the chiropractic adjustment.

Chronic Enteropathy, Leaky Gut Syndrome and Mechanisms

Dr. Dawn Kingsbury

CE just doesn’t stand for Continuing Education, it also stands for Chronic Enteropathy (CE). Chronic enteropathy may be an ideal term to describe gastrointestinal (GI) disease that lasts longer than three weeks in cats and dogs and lacks a more specific diagnosis. A useful framework is provided that can be carried through the diagnostic journey without overstatement. Further refinement can be defined by response to treatment, including discussion on disease mechanisms such as leaky gut.

Using Microbiome Testing to Guide Manipulation of the Gut Microbiome in Clinical Practice

Dr. Dawn Kingsbury & Dr. Holly Ganz

The presence of a taxonomically defined core fecal microbiome in healthy cats and dogs is supported by comparative studies, using humans as animal models. Given here are examples demonstrating that microbiome composition has the potential to identify individuals who are at risk for developing certain chronic health conditions. Microbiome analysis provides the opportunity for disease prevention, therapeutic intervention, as well as longitudinal monitoring of treatment response. Current medical and dietary interventions manipulating microbiome composition are also discussed in this case series

Pet Food Facts and Fallacies

Dr. Donna Raditic

Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and the general public are inundated with information, some accurate and some not, on pet nutrition. Put in “dog nutrition” or “cat nutrition” in Google, and you get 13- 17,000,000 hits. Add to this, articles and books in print, advice from neighbors, store employees, and commercials on TV and you quickly realize the information is overwhelming. Discussing pet nutrition is sometimes akin to discussing religion or politics; people are passionate, with strong beliefs and opinions. There are many “fallacies and facts” that could be discussed; however, due to time and space limitations, we will limit it to the more common can current ones i.e. pet food and canine dilated cardiomyopathy. Many “nutritional landmines” are not always straight forward, but educating yourself and applying the principles of evidence-based medicine enables you to use evidence-based medicine to provide balanced information and sound nutritional recommendations.

Proactive Nutrition

Dr. Donna Raditic

Today there are many dog breeds known to be “at risk” for chronic disease states such as overweight/obese, developmental orthopedic disease, canine atopic disease, and chronic enteropathy. Understanding the role of specific nutrients and/or dietary factors in the etiopathology of these diseases allows the practitioner to prescribe appropriate diets to best manage these “at risk” canine patients. In this nutritionist’s clinical experience, earliest nutritional interventions using what is termed “proactive nutrition” can prevent these chronic disease states. Using proactive nutrition is rewarding and is often less expensive then long term conventional or integrative medical management of a patient with these types of chronic diseases. Cases examples will be discussed.

The Evolution of the Innovative Veterinary Healer

Dr. Ernie Ward

Animal lover. Veterinarian. Healer. Our passion, profession, and our gift. Three distinct journeys with unique challenges and opportunities that intersect in personal fulfillment and professional success. Today, the most innovative vets are embracing creative opportunities in addition to integrating a variety of healing modalities that best resonate with their path. So why do so many veterinarians struggle to find their way during the course of their careers? Why do our passion, profession, and desire to heal seem in conflict at times? To answer these questions, Dr. Ernie Ward shares his experiences, observations, and insights from his own evolution over the past 30 years.

Plant Based Nutrition for Dogs

Dr. Jennifer Adolphe & Dr. Sarah Dodd

Plant-based diets for dogs can be a great option, not only for them but for their humans and the environment. People choose to follow a plant-based diet for a variety of reasons, including ethical, environmental and health benefits. More and more people want their pet’s food to have these same advantages. For dogs, in addition to the environmental benefits, plant-based diets may offer health benefits, particularly for dogs with sensitivities to animal proteins or with liver disease. However, it can be challenging to formulate a plant-based diet that meets all nutrient requirements.

Why Posture Matters

Dr. Karen Gellman

Standing posture is a window into the function and integration of animals’ complex neuro-musculoskeletal system, and affects athletic performance, sympathetic tone and overall well-being.  For dogs, especially larger breeds, maintaining a neutral standing posture can minimize risks for musculoskeletal injury. In Part One, we will learn about how standing posture is generated and maintained, and what are its structural and functional components.

Why Abnormal Compensatory Posture is So Common in Domestic Animals

Dr. Karen Gellman

Standing posture is a window into the function and integration of animals’ complex neuro-musculoskeletal system, and affects athletic performance, sympathetic tone and overall well-being. For dogs, especially larger breeds, maintaining a neutral standing posture can minimize risks for musculoskeletal injury.

In Part Two, we will learn why domestic animals often have abnormal compensatory posture, the clinical consequences, and how veterinarians can help horses and dogs achieve neutral posture.

The Oncology Toolbox: From Integrative Therapies to Cancer-busting Supplements

Dr. Kendra Pope

When cancer strikes the beloved family pet it can have far-reaching consequences on family emotions, family bank account and family time commitments. Cancer is such a multifactorial disease that it needs to be approached in a multifactorial, integrative fashion. Developing a team approach to supporting both the patient and their family is at the core of this integrative approach. Blending the best evidence-based integrative therapies with the appropriate conventional therapeutics will have the best outcomes. This class will discuss team building and some of the more important cancer-busting supplements.

Shining a Light in the Dark: Dosing Laser Therapy for Osteoarthritis and Degenerative Myelopathy

Dr. Lisa Miller

Evidence based science on the use of photobiomodulation (PBM, previously referred to as laser therapy) will be reviewed, specifically as it relates to new research examining the use of PBM in treating both osteoarthritis and potentially Degenerative Myelopathy in dogs. The participant will have an understanding of basic light-tissue interaction and how PBM is dosed in order to achieve consistent results in deep tissue conditions. The participant will have an understanding of the best way to apply PBM for results in treating patients with OA and potentially other chronic deep tissue conditions, such as DM in their clinical practice.

Step into the Matrix. Feline communication for the veterinary team

Dr. Lisa Radosta

Understanding cats is like being in the Matrix. What is real? Are they scared? Are you going to get bitten? Veterinary team members often express uncertainty about handling cats. Understanding how cats communicate with us, when they are happy, sad, angry, fearful and distressed is the first step to Fear Free restraint and confident, safe veterinary team members. Attendees will review videos of cat behavior and body language throughout this lecture to better understand cat communication and body language signaling.

Foundations for Fear Free Feline Restraint

Dr. Lisa Radosta

Cat restraint doesn’t have to include scrubbing and stretching. Veterinary team members can gain confidence and lower stress in cats with some foundational concepts. Low stress restraint doesn’t mean that restraint has to be unsafe! Attendees will learn key concepts supported by videos which can be used the next day in practice.

Adding New Tools to the Toolkit: Part 1

Dr. Marlene Siegel

Never again say “there is nothing more we can do.” This presentation will present a blueprint six-step system for health and healing that may be applied to a wide variety of the chronic, relapsing, day to day cases seen in private practice. Part one of this lecture will explore innovative and cutting edge diagnostic tools that are proving valuable in the animal industry. We will cover the mechanisms and implementation, along with demonstrating them on clinical cases.

Adding New Tools to the Toolkit: Part 2

Dr. Marlene Siegel

Never again say “there is nothing more we can do.” Part two of this lecture explores cutting edge and innovative treatments, procedures and products being used to effectively reverse chronic degenerative disease. The mechanism of action is explained along with demonstration with clinical cases.

Photobiomodulation: How LLLT Lights the Way for Healing

Dr. Marlene Siegel

This presentation will cover the science behind low level light therapy and demonstrate the versatility of use in day to day practice.

Introduction to Ozone Therapy

Dr. Marlene Siegel

Safe, effective, affordable, fun. This presentation discusses the science behind how ozone works and demonstrates the various applications in clinical practice through case presentations.

Long-term Adverse Health Effects of Desexing: non-neoplastic diseases

Dr. Michelle Kutzler

Practitioners are hearing more and more about the long-term health consequences of desexing dogs from journals, their clients, and of course, the internet. This lecture will summarize over 100 articles discussing the relationship between these conditions and gonad removal so that you can discuss with your clients which sterilization option is best for their pet. This two-part lecture will focus on the non-neoplastic health consequences. Attendees will learn about the endocrinologic, metabolic, urinary and renal, musculoskeletal, and integumentary consequences of desexing.

Long-term Adverse Health Effects of Desexing: Neoplastic Diseases

Dr. Michelle Kutzler

Practitioners are hearing more and more about the long-term health consequences of desexing dogs from journals, their clients, and of course, the internet. This lecture will summarize over 100 articles discussing the relationship between these conditions and gonad removal so that you can discuss with your clients which sterilization option is best for their pet. This two-part lecture will focus on the neoplastic consequences. Attendees will learn about several cancers that occur with higher incidence in desexed dogs. In addition, attendees will learn about some alternative complementary treatments for these cancers that may increase remission times.

Surgical Alternatives to Spaying and Neutering

Dr. Michelle Kutzler

There are many surgical procedures not taught in the veterinary curriculum, including gonad sparing sterilization. Gonad sparing sterilization is supported by the American Veterinary Medical Association as an alternative to routine ovariohysterectomy or castration. The surgical approaches for ovary-sparing hysterectomies and vasectomies are similar to traditional methods and easy to master. Attendees will learn how to perform an ovary-sparing hysterectomy and vasectomy. In addition, attendees will learn about the health risks and benefits of gonad-sparing surgical sterilization surgeries.

Non-Surgical Alternatives to Spaying and Neutering

Dr. Michelle Kutzler

Nonsurgical methods of contraception and sterilization can be safe, reliable and on some cases, irreversible. Hormonal treatments using progestins, androgens, or gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) analogs act to either directly block reproductive hormone receptor-mediated events, or indirectly block conception via negative feedback mechanisms. Immunocontraception, via vaccination against GnRH, the luteinizing hormone receptor or zona pellucida proteins, is also possible. Intratesticular or intraepididymal injections provide a method for non-surgical sterilization of the male dog and cat. Additional methods for mechanical disruption of fertility including intravaginal and intrauterine devices and ultrasound testicular ablation will be reviewed.

EMFs - Is EMF Exposure Really a Big Deal?

Dr. Odette Suter

In our current world, it is impossible to entirely avoid electromagnetic radiation (EMR). Thus, the goal of any mitigation is to reduce electro smog to a safer level. There are many easy ways to decrease EMR including increasing distance from emitting sources. Simply moving a bed a few inches, for example, can make a huge difference. In many cases though, proper remediation is anything but straight forward. In fact, employing a building biologist trained in this field is highly recommended because there are many pitfalls that can be avoided, such as worsening EMF exposure through improper shielding and grounding.

EMFs - Protection & Remediation

Dr. Odette Suter

In our current world, it is impossible to entirely avoid electromagnetic radiation (EMR). Thus, the goal of any mitigation is to reduce electro smog to a safer level. There are many easy ways to decrease EMR including increasing distance from emitting sources. Simply moving a bed a few inches, for example, can make a huge difference. In many cases though, proper remediation is anything but straight forward. In fact, employing a building biologist trained in this field is highly recommended because there are many pitfalls that can be avoided, such as worsening EMF exposure through improper shielding and grounding.

Intro to Cannabis: What’s the truth & what’s trending

Dr. Robert Silver

With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp and CBD are no longer Schedule One drugs, and as unscheduled agricultural products from the legally grown hemp plant, veterinarians are able to now recommend and dispense this important emerging therapy. Come learn about the plant molecules that have created this green revolution, CBD and THC and others, and learn about how the body receives these exogenous ligands into its own endocannabinoid system of receptors. Learn about the new university studies and what they tell us about the safety and efficacy of CBD in dogs, horses and cats, and learn about products, how to determine the quality of a product, and dosing strategies from a vet who has been involved with cannabis in Colorado since 2009.

Cannabis and The Big Three -- How to Manage Pain, Cancer, and GI issues

Dr. Robert Silver

This lecture will present the scientific data that supports that cannabis can improve outcomes for the several conditions commonly seen in veterinary practice, including neoplasia, the management of pain and mobility and addressing the inflammatory diseases of the digestive system. The endocannabinoid system will be discussed in greater detail so as to provide an in-depth explanation of the mechanisms of action whereby cannabis and CBD can provide support for these conditions.

Cannabis in Practice: Cases, Applications, and Tips on Product Tests and Dosing

Dr. Robert Silver

Product selection of a legal cannabis remedy can be complicated by product adulteration and poor laboratory analyses. This lecture will help to define the parameters needed to be understood for product selection and dosing. Case illustration will help to understand the flexible dosing strategies found with medical cannabis.

Integrative Oncology: What You Can Do as an Integral Part of Your Patient’s Super Team

Dr. Robert Silver

Veterinarians are the first responders when a pet gets cancer. It’s not enough to refer your patient to an oncologist, it’s important to create a team approach to support your client and their pet with cancer. In addition to referral to an oncologist, consultation with a nutritionist and an integrative vet to provide supportive evidence-based nutritional and nutraceutical therapies can help to improve outcomes. Anticipatory grief counseling, and goal setting, as well as learning how to assess Quality of Life will also be discussed in this class. Some of the more commonly used supplements for cancer will be explained.

Pet Nutrition in Flux - Why Whole Food Still Makes the Most Sense

Dr. Tom Cameron

The pet food industry today is full of confusion, both for veterinarians and pet owners, with conflicting viewpoints on the best way to feed our pets. Pet owners don’t know who to trust and are looking for guidance. Grain-based, grain-free, raw, fresh frozen, freeze-dried, canned, vegetarian/plant-based – all have been touted as the best (and sometimes the most dangerous) pet diets. This is a “kitchen table” discussion on why whole foods are so important, with feeding strategies for modern times.

Nutritional Support for the Canine Brain

Dr. Valarie Tynes

As medical technology and knowledge improves, our ability to help our pets live longer lives, also improves. Canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome, a progressive, irreversible, degenerative brain condition affects a large percentage of aging dogs and has the potential to greatly decrease the quality of their latter years. Some medications may be helpful in slowing the progression of the disease but there are also numerous supplements and other nutritional strategies that can help reduce the risk factors associated with cognitive decline and support brain health. Nutritional support can be used with less risk of contraindications associated with other medical conditions and medications that are also common in the aging pet.

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