Natural Health Care for Pets Certificate

Program Outline

The Certificate in Natural Health Care for Pets was designed by experienced professionals to take you step-by-step toward understanding how to use holistic methods to improve animal health.

Computer Specifications
You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows®-based computer (or Mac equivalent) and high-speed Internet in order to complete your program with Penn Foster.

Here is an overview of what you'll learn and the order in which you'll access your lessons:

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal: The Natural Health Care for Pets certificate program teaches students how to care for their pets using natural remedies and therapies.

Program Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Understand how to choose a healthy and suitable pet and identify natural health modalities appropriate for animal care
  • Understand how herbs can be used to help build and maintain good health for a dog or cat
  • Know the touch techniques used on pets using massage to promote good health and well-being for pets
  • Identify the appropriate aromatherapy products used to address a specific behavior or circumstance in pets and describe how to use them
  • Identify and know how to use the tools of traditional Chinese medicine including foods, herbs, and nutritional supplements

HCC010 — Overview of Holistic Animal Care

This introductory course provides an overview of holistic approaches to caring for companion animals/pets. Topics include a discussion of the basic principles of natural health, choosing a healthy and suitable pet, day-to-day animal care, natural health modalities for animal care, and the emotional and spiritual aspects of companion animals.

Textbook: The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care

HCC020 — Herbs for Companion Animals

This course discusses basic herbal terminology, dosage information, and herbal preparations to enhance animal health. It also covers holistic diets for pets, the use of herbs/herbal combinations to promote the wellness of a companion animal, and holistic approaches for common pet ailments.

Dr. Kidd’s Guide to Herbal Dog Care
Dr. Kidd’s Guide to Herbal Cat Care

HCC015 — Bodywork for Companion Animals

This course introduces the use of massage and other forms of bodywork to improve the health of dogs and cats. Other topics include animal psychology, massage techniques and benefits to animals, and using touch to improve communication.

The Healing Touch for Cats
The Healing Touch for Dogs
The Tellington TTouch

HCC025 — Aromatherapy and Flower Essences for Companion Animals

This course discusses the use of aromatherapy to help companion animals achieve better health. Topics include calculating amounts of aromatherapy products, selecting the best methods for administration, the quality and safety of aromatherapy products, and the impact of specific chemical groups on different animals.

Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals
Bach Flower Remedies for Animals

HCC030 — Traditional Chinese Medicine for Companion Animals

This course studies the basic principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in the care of pets. Topics include the uses of the theory of TCM, assessment techniques, and holistic remedies that may help restore balance to the body.

Textbook: Four Paws, Five Directions


Online Library and Librarian
Students in Penn Foster Career School have access to an online library for use during their studies. Students can use this library to do the required research in the courses they complete or can use it for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and to assist students in research activities during their studies with Penn Foster Career School International.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.