Student Login
Start Today! 1-800-275-4410
Enroll Now Request Info Enroll Today! 1-800-275-4410
Home > Veterinary Studies > Program Details

Natural Healthcare for Pets Certificate Program Details

Penn Foster’s Natural Healthcare for Pets Certificate Program consists of courses that will cover alternative medicine, emotional and spiritual aspects of companion animals, natural nutrition for pets, holistic treatments for common pet ailments, aromatherapy, and traditional Chinese medicine.

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.

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
Overview of Holistic Animal Care


  • Understand the basic principles of natural health.
  • Choose a healthy and suitable pet.
  • Describe natural health modalities for animal care.
  • Consider emotional and spiritual aspects of companion animals.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care

Herbs for Companion Animals


  • Define basic herbal terminology.
  • Make and use herbal preparations to treat common ailments and enhance animal health.
  • Describe holistic diets for pets.
Additional Course Materials


  • Dr. Kidd's Guide to Herbal Dog Care
  • Dr. Kidd's Guide to Herbal Cat Care
Bodywork for Companion Animals


  • Use massage and other forms of bodywork to improve the health of dogs and cats.
  • Use touch to improve communication.
  • Incorporate animal psychology into your practice.
Additional Course Materials


  • The Healing Touch for Dogs
  • The Healing Touch for Cats
  • The Tellington TTouch
Aromatherapy and Flower Essences for Companion Animals


  • Use aromatherapy to help companion animals achieve better health.
  • Select appropriate aromatherapy product and administration method.
  • Understand the impact of specific chemical groups on different animals.
Additional Course Materials


  • Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals
  • Bach Flower Remedies for Animals
Traditional Chinese Medicine for Companion Animals


  • Describe the basic principles of traditional Chinese medicine in the care of pets.
  • Use the theory, assessment techniques, and holistic remedies of traditional Chinese medicine.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Four Paws, Five Directions

Additional Details

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.
Please review your state board requirements that are applicable to your field of study. State boards may impose a variety of different requirements.

Penn Foster Career School Accreditation & Licensing Details

Penn Foster has been accredited for over 50 years. Penn Foster Career School has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations, certifications, and licensing. Most importantly, Penn Foster Career School is both regionally and nationally accredited.

Short Lessons
Easy-to-Access Lessons
Each lesson is broken into short chapters that allow you to fit learning into whatever time you have available. Don’t have time to finish a lesson? Not a problem - pick up where you left off next time!
Digital Flashcards
Digital Flashcards
A fun and interactive way to test your knowledge before your exams. Find out what information you've mastered, and what material needs additional review.
Discussion Boards
Discussion Boards
With Penn Foster Career School, you are never alone! Our learning platform includes discussion boards so you can connect with instructors and other students in the Natural Healthcare for Pets program.

Sample Natural Healthcare for Pets Lesson

Penn Foster courses are written in a way that is easy to understand, and materials are broken down into manageable lessons. Take a look at what a Natural Healthcare for Pets course would look like.
Sample Natural Healthcare for Pets Lesson
Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® or later, and an email account to complete this program.
We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation registered in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.
Apple, Mac, and macOS are trademarks of Apple, Inc. registered in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.
Enroll Now Request Info