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Integrative Hospice and Palliative Medicine: The Circle of Care

Hospice and Palliative Care is a growing field in veterinary medicine. Increasing numbers of families are seeking out experienced practitioners to guide them through their pet’s end of life experience.

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Buckwheat is not only nourishing to people (buckwheat pancakes), but it is also nourishing to the earth.

St. John's wort

St. John's Wort is not only good for "nervous" conditions, such as depression, but also for nerves themselves, and helps treat disorders from migraines to shingles.

Reishi and Chickweed

Reishi is a mushroom, and like all mushrooms it is nature's vacuum cleaner, cleaning toxins from the earth and from us.

Water Hyssop (Bacopa monnieri)

Water hyssop is a cerebral stimulant, helping clear the mind and increase brain function.

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush contributes to the health of our environment by attracting and sustaining butterflies, one of our most important pollinators.

Weeping Willow

While not the most medicinal willow, it is the most beautiful.  Willows are the genus Salix, from which comes salicylic acid, the chemical constituent of aspirin.


Dogbane is the toxic look-alike to milkweed, the only plant that Monarch Butterfly caterpillars feast on their way to becoming butterflies.


Horsetail is one of our best herbs for minerals; it feeds us and our gardens.

Red Clover

Red Clover Flowers are a nutrient rich herb that cleanse the blood and nourish the body. Photo taken by Radford Davis, 2010, RadfordDavis.com

Personalized Training Sessions

Dr. Laurie is pleased to now offer personalized training sessions in Western Herbal Medicine.

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Integrative Hospice and Palliative Medicine:

The Circle of Care

Lowood Educational Center in North Duck

Dr. Kris August, DVM, GDVWHM, CHPV


Dr. Krisi Erwin, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP, CHPV


April 3-5, 2020


Lowood Educational Center, Outer Banks, NC


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Integrative Hospice and Palliative Medicine: The Circle of CarePalliative care should not be the last resort…or about giving up. It’s about increased quality of life and enhanced coordination of care. It is not about dying. It is about living…It’s not less care. It’s more care.”      ~ Fred Meyers, MD

Hospice and Palliative Care is a growing field in veterinary medicine. Increasing numbers of families are seeking out experienced practitioners to guide them through their pet’s end of life experience. Providing an integrative approach for your hospice and palliative care patients allows you to complete the circle of care, allowing you to create the best plan of comfort care for your patients and their families. Our unique approach to Hospice and Palliative Medicine will empower you to ease pain and stress in your chronically or terminally ill patients. These tactics will build your confidence and knowledge for these unique, and oftentimes, tricky cases. 

Integrative Hospice and Palliative Medicine:During this retreat style class, you will learn about:

~ The philosophy of Hospice and Palliative Care.

~ Tools for assessing pain and quality of life.

~ History taking, assessment, and creating treatment plans for hospice and palliative care patients.

~ Creating your hospice care team.

~ Addressing the psychosocial needs of your clients.

~ Use of allopathic drugs for managing pain and chronic conditions.

~ Utilization of acupuncture and other manual therapies for symptom management.

~ Rehabilitation techniques and assistive products for comfort care.

~ A system by system analysis of incorporating Western and basic TCM for symptom management and to improve quality of life.



Excellent course-paves path for understanding and using western herbs with confidence. Looking forward to incorporating what I learned to help our furry friends! AWESOME!!!

I will try to express the profound effect being in your and Kris' class has had on me. I can't walk through my farm with the same laissez-faire that I have done in the past. I am photographing and journaling the wonderful plants that have always been around me. Yarrow, thistle, dandelion, peppermint, oats, nettle, alfalfa, and more are speaking to me. I am acquiring books and papers and recipes. Such a strong desire to learn more. Thank you so much for this wonderful gift of knowledge and the thirst for more.

During the breaks, in addition to snacking, students will have the opportunity to partake of abbreviated Qi Gong.  We all get stiff sitting in lectures, so we will be doing some stretching and moving in the breaks.  Qi Gong roughly translates to: “Qi” – energy or life force, “Gong” – work or skills.  We will be increasing our energy and life skills in the breaks.


Outer Banks

Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is a chain of barrier islands that consist of a string of sand dunes that serve to protect the mainland of North Carolina from the Atlantic Ocean. They are separated from the mainland by large bodies of water called “sounds.” We will be at the north end of the island in Duck and Corolla, home of the Corolla Wild Horses. This area of the Outer Banks is sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound with easy free access to both. The area is replete with open spaces and natural settings that stir the soul, as wild as the native horses.

In April, the Outer Banks is open and ready for tourist business, with a plethora of delicious and fresh restaurants. There are also a variety of activities available, including wild horse tours, mini golf, surfing and more. However, it is not yet fully tourist season, so places are quiet and more intimate. No matter what the season, the locals are incredibly welcoming and friendly.

Corolla Wild HorsesThe town of Duck has many excellent restaurants and shops open in the evenings in Duck.  We will have a list for students of recommendations and open hours at the beginning of the conference.  Slightly farther north, but also an easy drive is Corolla (not pronounced like the Toyota, but Cor-al-la).  Corolla has a few excellent restaurants also, most notably Mexican and seafood.  In Corolla, there are many fun activities, if time allows, it is worth spending an extra day.  There is Historic Corolla, with the original lighthouse that can be climbed.  “The red-brick Currituck Beach Lighthouse towers above the landscape in the Historic Corolla village. Visitors to this Outer Banks attraction can climb the winding staircase, 220 steps in all, to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of Currituck Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Outer Banks. Inside the lighthouse, at the base and on the first two landings, there are museum-quality lighthouse exhibits” (http://corollaguide.com/attractions).  Also in the village is the Whalehead Club, “Whalehead is an historic house museum on the northern Outer Banks. The grand residence, dressed in bold yellow and striking copper, stands on a vast green lawn bordering the Currituck Sound” (http://corollaguide.com/attractions).  The grounds in between the lighthouse and the Whalehead are beautiful to walk, with a boat house and Philosophy of  Western Medical Herbalisma bridge right on the edge of the Sound.  Farther north in Corolla, the main road ends and the beach becomes the road.  This is the home of the genetically pure Corolla Wild Horses.  “Present day Ocracoke and Corolla wild horses carry the distinguishing features of Spanish type horses. One striking similarity to the Arabian ancestry is the number of vertebra (one less than most breeds) which occurs in the Banker Horse Breed. Their even temperament, endurance, size, and the startling beauty which crops up frequently in the Banker Horses all point strongly to their dramatic history…these are the remnants of once numerous herds of Spanish stock which ran free along the sandy islands of our coast. The Spanish Mustang Registry is satisfied that the Banker Horses, in particular the Corolla strain, are as lineally pure to the 16th century Spanish importations as can be found in North America today, and that they compare closely to the selectively bred South American Spanish derivative stock” (http://www.corollawildhorses.com/). There are multiple tour companies that will take you up to see this area (it requires a 4WD vehicle), but please take a tour with Corolla Outback Adventures. They are offering all interested Purple Moon students a discounted rate of $45 if they want to do a horse tour.


Integrative Hospice and Palliative Medicine: The Circle of Care


Pricing: Price: $475


Payment accepted by check, money order or through Paypal


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Integrative Hospice and Palliative Medicine: The Circle of Care

April 3-5, 2020; Location: Lowood Educational Center

Date and Time



Friday, April 3, 2020

8-8:30 Breakfast  


Opening and Welcome



Introduction to Hospice & Palliative Medicine Philosophy What is Animal Hospice and how can we shift our thinking from curative medicine to caring for our patients and their families? How do you find a “successful” outcome when death is inevitable? The process of dying and stages to expect, whether through euthanasia or natural progression, will be discussed.


Qi Gong Available

11:30-1 Integrative medicine in Palliative care- an Overview This lecture will address the integration of herbal medicine, pharmaceuticals and other treatment modalities in a way that puts the “whole” in “wholistic.” Communication with clients, other practitioners and specialists can be crucial to case management and using a language that everyone understands facilitates patient care. We will also address how to develop the hospice care team to best assist the family’s psychosocial needs during this fragile time.
1-2:30 Lunch


2:30-3:30 The Wholistic Exam and Hospice Intake The Wholistic history and physical exam includes multiple factors, observations and questions that may not always be included in a conventional physical exam. In animal hospice there are additional questions and concerns that must be addressed as we establish goals of care. This lecture will cover some important considerations to enhance this approach to patient care as well as a practical 5-step approach to implementing a care plan.
3:30-4 Break Qi Gong Available
4-5 Setting the Stage for Care Hospice and palliative care patients often have special needs in terms of creating a comfortable exam space and hospital environment. They also have special needs during handling and procedures to help prevent accidental injury. We will discuss strategies and tactics to help keep our patients comfortable and safe while they are in our care.

Saturday, April 4, 2020


8:30-10:30 Palliative Medicine System by System: Pain Management Clinical signs that affect Quality of Life become the most important priorities in end-of-life care. We will go through treatment possibilities (including conventional drugs, Western and Traditional Chinese herbs, physical modalities such as laser and acupuncture, etc.) with case examples for clinical signs of importance for each system, starting with Pain Management.


QI Gong available

11-1 Palliative Medicine System by System: Neurological, Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems Clinical signs that affect Quality of Life become the most important priorities in end-of-life care. This lecture will continue with treatment possibilities (including conventional drugs, Western and Traditional Chinese herbs, physical modalities such as laser and acupuncture, etc.) with case examples for clinical signs of importance for each system including: Neurologic, Cardiovascular, and Respiratory.
1-2:30 Lunch  
2:30-4:30 Case Discussion and Tactics for Common Hospice Issues and Emergencies Part 1 Some of the challenges with hospice and palliative care patients are the potential emergencies that we may experience with difficult cases. Balancing co-morbidities can also be a challenge. We will discuss in a case-based format various tactics to help keep patients safe and comfortable in the face of an emergency and also balancing integrative therapies to help optimize care.

Sunday, April 5, 2020


8:30-10:30 The Companioning Philosophy and Communication Workshop Part 1 A common stumbling block for new (and seasoned hospice practitioners!) is client communication. This workshop will provide an introduction to Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s Companioning Philosophy and take-home tips on how to assess a family’s psychosocial needs, delivering difficult news to families, and communication style techniques to help us walk alongside our families during this end of life time for their pet.
10:30-11 Break Qi Gong Available
11-1 Lecture: Caring for the Caregiver Lab: Tea Making for gifting Compassion fatigue is a real concern in the veterinary profession and it is important to develop supportive strategies to focus on the value and enjoyment of life. This talk will introduce many considerations to enhance mind, body and spiritual practices to improve awareness of personal needs.  This will include ideas for enhancing personal quality of life and establishing positive habits. The information provided is not meant to be a substitute for skilled professional care, but is intended to increase awareness of any needs for further whole body care, either personally or professionally.   This hands-on medicine-making lab will include herbal blending for medicine and teas for gifting to human caregivers in need of nurturing.
1-1:30 Closing- Heart Meditation and Honoring Ceremony This outdoor meditation will be a continuation of the self care theme of the afternoon but will also give attendees opportunity to honor and give thanks to all of our animal teachers throughout our lives and careers.
* There will also be an organoleptic component to this lecture, with tasting of the herbs dried, in tea and in tincture forms. Fresh herbs will be shared when available.

Speaker Bios


Dr. Kris AugustDr. Kris August, DVM, GDVWHM, CHPV

Dr. Kris August received her DVM from Colorado State University in 1991 and earned a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine (GDVWHM) through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT). She is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian (CHPV) through the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) as well as a contributor to the certification program, a co-author of the IAAHPC Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Guidelines (2013) and the textbook Hospice and Palliative Care for Companion Animals: Principles and Practice (2017). Dr. August owns an integrative veterinary housecall practice in Ames, Iowa, in which her primary focus is geriatric and end of life care, and herbal medicine. A consultant for the Hospice and Palliative Care board on VIN, Dr. August also lectures and writes on topics concerning end of life care, herbal medicine and “caring for the caregiver”.

Dr. August values compassionate care for animals, people, plants and our world, with a special focus on caring for the caregiver. We cannot help others unless we continue to care for ourselves. She is currently a student of tai chi and qigong and practices nature meditation. Dr. August enjoys teaching and learning through sharing her passions with others, and has taught in a variety of capacities from Waldorf-inspired playgroups to Tae Kwon Do, to teaching veterinarians and veterinary students in herbal medicine, animal hospice, and self-care topics. She enjoys working with her good friend Dr. Laurie Dohmen to bring a holistic approach to learning veterinary herbal medicine.

Dr. Krisi Erwin, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP, CHPVDr. Krisi Erwin, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP, CHPV

Dr. Krisi Erwin graduated from VMRCVM in 2003. She became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through IVAS (2008), Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist through CRI (2009), Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner through IVAPM (2013), and Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian through IAAHPC (2017). She completed the Western Herbal Veterinary Apprenticeship with Purple Moon Herbs and Studies and the Advanced Certification in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine with IVAS and the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies in 2018. She owns Wholistic Paws Veterinary Services in Ashburn, VA with her husband, Jeremy.




Integrative Hospice and Palliative Medicine: The Circle of Care

Price: $475

Payment accepted by check, money order or through Paypal.


Click Here to Register Online!


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