The Certificate

Minimum Standards for Specialisation in Veterinary Homeopathy 2011


1. Admission to this programme is restricted to qualified veterinarians only

2. The purpose of these standards is to create specialised homeopathic veterinarians who are competent to treat their patients effectively, by applying the law of similars.

3. The minimum requirements of a homeopathic teaching programme involve the following topics:

a) An understanding and knowledge of the basic principles of classical veterinary homeopathy, and how to apply the same in the clinical situation.
b) A knowledge of clinical semiology as it is conceived in veterinary homeopathic practice and  an ability to recognise the signs and symptoms that are useful in prescribing.
c) A knowledge of homeopathic materia medica, especially veterinary homeopathic materia medica; for  each remedy, the therapeutic indications, keynotes, and peculiarities. 
d) A knowledge of the repertory and its application in case analysis


Study of theory

The objectives of the study and the teaching of veterinary homeopathic theory include:

1. Therapy according to the law of similars.

2. The concept of individualisation, perception and evaluation of the ‘Totality of Symptoms’ i.e

  • The knowledge and skill necessary to collect a complete symptom picture;
  • The understanding that the proper application of the principle of the ‘Totality of Symptoms’ demands the inclusion of the past medical history of the patient; 
  • The knowledge and skill to assess the symptoms and modalities and to apply the principle of hierarchy to them.

3. The search for the most suitable medicine in accordance with the veterinary homeopathic remedy picture, basing this upon:

  • Coarse toxicological signs
  • Symptomatology from the remedy proving
  • Principles involved in the transfer of symptoms from human materia medica to animals.
  • Clinical applications

4. Homeopathic pharmacy:

  • The sources and origin of remedies
  • The storage and registration
  • The procedures for manufacture of mother tinctures, liquid remedies, globules and powders
  • The potentising process for D(X),C and LM (Q) potencies

5. Recognition of cellular and subcellular target functions as part of homeopathic efficacy, including relevant biochemical and pharmacological findings

6. The student should acquire an understanding of the basic principles of classical and clinical veterinary homeopathy. This should include a working knowledge of Hahnemann’s Organon, as well as of the leading literature of human and veterinary homoeopathic medicine and should cover:

  • The determination of the minimum useful dose and the correct method of administration.
  • Possible reactions to a remedy
  • When to repeat the dose
  • Acute disease
  • Chronic disease and an understanding of miasms
  • Development of disease and the order of cure (Hering’s Law)
  • An understanding of the various types of nosode 
  • Prevention of illness
  • The provings of remedies
  • The approach to be adopted in emergencies and terminal cases
  • Palliation and suppression
Study of Materia Medica

The student should have an in-depth knowledge of the major homoeopathic remedies, especially those commonly used in the day-to-day practice of veterinary homeopathy.
The remedies should be studied in a systematic way, including:

  • Name and synonyms (usual name, designations and appropriate abbreviations).
  • Origin of the remedy (physical, chemical, botanical or zoological origin and possible
  • systematic position), composition and active components.
  • Toxicology (acute and chronic)
  • Non- homeopathic use including herbal medicine or phytotherapy, popular medicine and (if appropriate) conventional medicine 
  • Homeopathic function (physiological) of the remedies (including constitutional characteristics and diathesis)
  • Aetiology, modalities and periodicity. (aetiology to include clinical and homeopathic causes)
  • Modalities, including  temporal, physical, physiological, anatomical, mental. Periodicity, including  periodic and alternating symptoms.
  • Veterinary remedy picture, including behaviour, general symptoms, regional symptoms, organ-related symptoms, and local symptoms.
  • Proven indications and practical examples.
  • Relationships and interactions
  • Special remarks. (i.e. central remedy picture, key and guiding symptoms, pharmocodynamic levels, fundamental effect, caricature and characteristic symptoms. If possible these properties should be applied to each of the commonly domesticated species.  
  • Case studies (according to animal species, mental or physical signs, or based upon syndrome etc).
  • Literature of the remedy.

Each country (national society or teaching organisation) must propose a list of a minimum of one hundred (100) remedies, of which at least thirty (30) must be chosen for complete remedy picture requirements, twenty (respectively 30) for detailed study and fifty (respectively 40) for the proven indications including modalities and clinical appearance. The teaching of materia medica should bring to life the text material.


The objective of practical training is to achieve the following knowledge and skills:

a) Casetaking. Special emphasis should be given to the patient’s history previous to the pathognomic modifications, in addition to the current symptoms.
b) Analysis of the totality of the symptoms, including all relevant diagnostic techniques (clinical examination, x-ray, laboratory tests, ultrasound, etc.)
c) Evaluation and hierarchisation
d) Application of the techniques to find the appropriate medicine in each case (e.g. repertorisation, proven indications, constitutional or aetiological prescribing).
e) Systematic follow-up of the course of the reaction following the administration of the indicated medicine.
f) Reasons for the repetition of the remedy or potency.
g) Reasons for a change of remedy or potency
h) Knowledge of the available literature on homeopathy and the ability to apply it.
i) Understanding how homeopathy relates to and interacts with conventional and other therapeutic techniques.
j) Taking part in a proving is recommended because it enhances the power of observation as much in a veterinarian as in a practitioner of human medicine.


a) A candidate for the  IAVH Certificate must have been a member of IAVH for at least 6 months
b) The training programme should be spread over a period of at least three (3) years and should be directed towards a minimum of one hundred and fifty (150) lecture hours plus fifty (50) hours of practical experience in case-taking, including the taking, follow up,repertorisation, case management and supervision of their own cases. In any of these years there must be a minimum of thirty (30) hours teaching.
c) The teaching should contain theory, materia medica, and practical training. For the latter, clinical demonstrations are especially recommended.
d) Practical apprenticeship periods are also recommended. These can be achieved via supervised practice, ‘seeing practice’, videotape cases, or monitored cases.
e) Applicants for the certificate will be required to present ten (10) cases from at least two (2) species, three (3) of which must be chronic cases and have been under treatment for at least six (6) months.
f) Applicants for the certificate must undergo a test wherein the level of knowledge is
judged against this programme’s Minimum Standards. For this purpose an examination will be set. This will be divided into written, oral, and practical parts.
g) Examinations should be regularly supervised by the IAVH, according to scientific and academic standards.
h) To retain the certificate, continuing education is essential. A certificate-holder is required to attend twenty (20) hours of courses in any 2 year period.
i) Courses for the certificate must be accredited by the IAVH. These will receive accreditation if they fulfil the requirements of these Minimum Standards for Veterinary Specialisatiion.
j) The IAVH will recognise diplomas or certificates from those veterinary homoeopathic schools which practice the Minimum Standards for Veterinary Specialisation as here defined. 
k) Courses valuable for the CertIAVH must be approved by IAVH.


a) A recognised teacher must be member of IAVH and hold the IAVH  Certificate. In addition they must have a minimum of ten (10) years practical experience in classical veterinary homeopathy.
b) The title of Teacher and Examiner is limited to the period of IAVH-membership.
c) It must, however, be possible to participate in a teaching programme as a lecturer before becoming a recognised teacher. For this reason training seminars for teachers are recommended.
d) To maintain recognition, teachers must deliver a minimum of eight (8) hours per year teaching to health professionals, plus a further five (5) hours involvement with courses or conferences.
e) There are more stringent requirements for the selection of examiners.
i) Examinations can only be set and held by recognised teachers who have at least
five (5) years experience in teaching veterinary homeopathy.
ii) From those in this category the Education sub-committee will recommend to the
Board of the IAVH those individuals who, in the opinion of the sub-committee, are competent to fulfil the role of examiner. The Board’s decision will be final.
iii) Teachers who believe they satisfy the requirements may apply to the Education
sub-committee. Such applications will be considered by the sub-committee in the light of the requirements and of the importance of the work to the IAVH education programme. A recommendation will be made to the Board, with whom rests the final decision.


Honoration of Teachers and Examiners

In order to run the Standards a corps of teachers and examiners is required. For this purpose the IAVH Education sub-committee will have the power to elect personnel of sufficient experience and quality to become recognised teachers, and examiners.Teachers and examiners may be created by one or by a combination of the followingprocedures:

a) Invitation
b) ‘De facto’ recognition
c) Examination

The methods of assessment and any decision based thereon remain the sole responsibility of the Education sub-committee of the IAVH.

The following guidelines for assessment are laid down.

a) Invitation

These veterinarians are invited by the Education sub-committee to accept the title of ‘teachers’ or ‘examiners’, and to accept the associated rights and duties.

  • For ‘teachers/ examiners’ the sub-committee will look for:
  • Ten (10) years of experience in classical Homeopathy
  • Five (5) years teaching experience in veterinary homoeopathy
  • A minimum of five (5) publications in recognised journals

b) ‘De facto’ recognition.
Veterinarians who wish to be considered as de facto teachers or examiners may apply for registration by submitting to the Education sub-committee

  • A curriculum vitae
    A description of the way in which their expertise was acquired
  • A description of the way in which their speciality is currently practiced.
    On the basis of this information the Education sub-committee-invited panel will decide whether to proceed with further consideration of the applicant. It may be that the subcommittee would require such applicants for de facto recognition to be subject to examination.

c) Examination
The applicant’s knowledge in veterinary homoeopathy should approximate to the level which can be acquired from recent relevant textbooks and journals. The applicant will be examined in the following manner:

  • Applicants will be requested to submit five (5) essay questions in confidence.
  • The Education sub-committee-invited panel may use these questions as such or may edit the text.
  • Applicants will submit two (2) questions with the answers. These will be judged by the Education sub-committee-invited panel.
  • Each applicant will be requested to answer ten (10) questions, excluding questions that he or she has submitted.
  • A mark of 55% will be regarded as sufficient for acceptance.

Practical skills for b and c)
In addition to the above the applicant will be  asked to submit a list of activities that convey the level of his or her professional work. This should be further illustrated by appendices, such as case reports, photographs, radiographs, etc.
The Education subcommittee-invited panel may visit the premises of the applicant to observe procedures and equipment.
In judgement, special attention will be given to:

  • The percentage of professional activity that is devoted to veterinary homeopathy
  • The procedures used, and in what frequency
  • Maintenance of records.

In the case of a negative decision by the Education subcommittee-invited panel, the
applicant may enter an appeal within three (3) months of the mailing of that decision.


In all cases of contention an IAVH Arbitration Committee can be called in to adjudicate.


Basic Teaching Standards of LMHI
Veterinary Specialisation in Europe (Working document of the EAVS, March 1991)
Minimum Standards for Specialisation in Veterinary homeopathy. IAVH 1992/2011

List of remedies for Certificate and education standard

Out of this list have to be chosen for education and certificate:

30 POLYCHRESTS with should be known with their complete remedy pictures
30 important remedies: important symptoms, modalities and characteristics
40 Proven Indications:· indication, complete symptom, modalities (if special: mental state when ill).

Polychrests Important Proven Indications
1 Aconitum napellus Aurum metallicum Agaricus muscarinus
2 Apis mellifica Bacillinum Allium cepa
3 Argentum nitricum Baryta sulphuricum Aloe socotrina
4 Arnica montana Borax Antimonium crudum
5 Arsenicum album Bryonia alba Aristolochia clematitus
6 Baryta carbonica Calcarea sulphurica Bellis perennis
7 Belladonna Carbo vegetabilis Berberis vulgaris
8 Calcarea carbonica Carcinosin Bufo rana
9 Calcarea fluorica Causticum Cactus grandiflora
10 Calcarea phosphorica Chamomilla Carduus marianus
11 Hyoscyamus niger Cenchris contortrix Caulophyllum thalictroides
12 Ignatia amara Dulcamara Chelidonium majus
13 Lachesis muta Ferrum phosphoricum China officinalis
14 Lycopodium clavatum Gelsemium sempervirens Cimicifuga racemosa
15 Magnesia carbonica Graphites naturalis Cina maritima
16 Mercurius solubilis (vivus) Hepar sulphuris calcareum Cocculus indicus
17 Natrum muriaticum Iodium purum Colchicum autumnale
18 Nitricum acidum Iris versicolor Colocynthis
19 Nux vomica Kali carbonicum Conium maculatum
20 Phosphorus Kali phosphoricum Cratageus oxycantha
21 Platinum metallicum Kali iodatum Cuprum metallicum
22 Pulsatilla nigricans Kali sulphuricum Digitalis purpurea
23 Sepia officinalis Lac caninum Drosera rotundifolia
24 Silicea terra Lac felinum Euphrasia officinalis
25 Staphysagria Lac eqinum Flor de piedra
26 Stramonium Lac suis Hamamelis virginiana
27 Sulphur Latrodectus mactans Harpagophytum procumbens
28 Tarentula hispanica Magnesia phosphorica Hecla lava
29 Tuberculinum bovinum Medorrhinum Hypericum perforatum
30 Thuja occidentalis Mercurius corrosivus Ipecacuanha
31 Veratrum album Natrum carbonicum Kali bichromicum
32 Natrum phosphoricum Laurocerasus
33 Natrum sulphuricum Ledum palustre
34 Naja tripudians Lobelia inflata
35 Palladium metallicum Millefolium
36 Phosphoricum acidum Okoubaka aubrevillei
37 Psorinum Phytolacca decandra
38 Rhododendron Plumbum metallicum
39 Rhus toxicodendron Podophyllum peltatum
40 Sabina Pyrogenium
41 Sulfuricum acidum Ruta graveolens
42 Syphilinum Sabadilla officinalis
43 Tarentula cubensis Solidago virgaurea
44 Zincum Spongia tosta
45 Symphytum officinale
45 Tabacum
47 Upas tieute
48 Urtica urens

Marc Baer
Kleintierpraxis FreiBaer
Freiestraße 148a
CH 8032 Zürich

 +41 1 422 40 73


David Bettio
Centro Omeopatico Veterinario Olikos
Str. Cartiera, 14 - 43124 Parma

 0521.1744964   Cell +39 339 3497871


Liesbeth Ellinger
Govert Flinckstraat 122
NL-7312 SB Apeldoorn

 +31 55 35 60 300


María Carolina Gonzáles Gómez
Avenida del Libertador 6422
piso 1º Timbre 6
Buenos Aires, C.A.B.A

+54 9 11 40393376


Peter Gregory
Hawkwell, Angel Close
Langton Herring

 +44 1825 840966


John Hoare
Silk Mill Cottage
Mill Green
Lyme Regis

 +44 1297 44289


Stefan Kohlrausch
Pet Vet Clinic La Herradura
Calle Alhambra N°3
18697 La Herradura, Granada, Andalusia

 +34 609977564


Peter Knafl
Wienerstraße 146
A-3400 Klosterneuburg

 +43 2243 - 30 340 30


Arpád Mátry
Kossuth u. 22
2943 Bábolna

Beatrice Milleder
Ganzheitliche Therapien
Banhofstraße 16
85540 Haar

 + 49 8945 160388


Marcela Muñoz Montoya
Fundación Instituto Colombiano de Homeopatía "Luis G. Páez"
Cra 54 No. 58-28 Apto 105

 + 57 13155607


John Saxton
Complementary Animal Therapies
27 Tinshill Road
LS16 7DR

 +44 113 267 8419


Andreas Schmidt
Sonnhaldenstr. 24
CH-8370 Sirnach

 +41 71 966 14 24

Walter Schollaert
Ronkenburgstraat 72
B-9340 Lede

 +32 53 80 49 69


Anne-Lore Seyfried
Kleintierpraxis und Pferde Klassische Homöopathie
Am Bacheck 7
88662 Überlingen

 +49 7551 9709-11


Marc Baer
Kleintierpraxis FreiBaer
Freiestraße 148a
CH 8032 Zürich

 +41 1 422 40 73


Chrilstopher Day
Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre
Chinham House
Stanford in the Vale
Faringdon, Oxon

 +44 1367 710 475


Michael Fischer
Trazerberggasse 89/3/1
A-1130 Wien

 +43 1 876 54 59


Stefan Kohlrausch
Pet Vet Clinic La Herradura
Calle Alhambra N°3
18697 La Herradura, Granada, Andalusia

 +34 609977564


Jacques Millemann
12 Rue de Reimerswiller
F-67250 Soultz-sous- Forets

 +33 3 8880 4151


Barbara Rakow
Muehlleite 1
D-97475 Zeil am Main

 +49 9524 5490

Györgyi Takacs
SanaVet Veterinary Surgery
H-1076 Budapest, Garay u. 21.

 +36 1 321 1355



Stefan Kohlrausch
Pet Vet Clinic La Herradura
Calle Alhambra N°3
18697 La Herradura, Granada, Andalusia




Peter Gregory
Hawkwell, Angel Close
Langton Herring




Minako Kuroda
Cooper Animal Hospital
11-29 Ooidechou Nishinomiya City
662-0036 Hyogo