Holistic Health Specialist Career Profile

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What is a holistic health specialist?

A holistic animal health specialist is a professional who approaches animal health and wellness from a holistic perspective, considering the physical, emotional, and environmental factors that may affect an animal’s well-being. They typically integrate conventional veterinary medicine with alternative therapies and natural remedies to promote overall health and address underlying issues rather than just treating symptoms.

Alternative Name

Holistic animal health specialists may go by various alternative names, depending on their specific focus or the terminology used in different regions or contexts. Some alternative names for holistic animal health specialists include:

  • Holistic veterinarian
  • Integrative veterinarian
  • Natural veterinarian
  • Alternative veterinarian
  • Complementary veterinarian
  • Traditional Chinese veterinary practitioner
  • Herbal veterinarian
  • Homeopathic veterinarian
  • Naturopathic veterinarian
  • Functional veterinarian

These terms may be used interchangeably to describe professionals who approach animal health from a holistic perspective, combining conventional veterinary medicine with alternative therapies and natural remedies.

Career Categories

The Holistic Health Specialist career can be found within the following OZT career categories:

  • Health
  • Business


Holistic health for pets existed way before conventional medicine

Market growth?

The need for holistic pet treatments has more than doubled in the last decade

What does a Holistic Health Specialists do?

Groups of animals a Holistic Health Specialist works with

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What is the level of Interaction with the Animals?

With who does a Holistic Health Specialist work?

Besides working with all of the animals, Holistic Health Specialists will need to interact with other people while doing their daily tasks. The people might include fellow staff members (if they work for a larger holistic health company) and the public.

Fellow staff might include:

  • Supervisors/Managers
  • Operational staff, such as Human Resources, Finance and Maintenance

What does a Holistic Health Specialist focus on?

The primary focus of animal holistic health specialists is to use herbs, acupuncture and comprehensive health and wellness strategies to heal animal medical conditions.

What are the daily tasks of a Holistic Health Specialist?

  • Discuss brief with clients
  • Develop a storyboard to help the idea, drawings and speech bubbles make sense
  • Prepare model drawings of each character
  • Draw special effects (animated movements, shading, texture)
  • Presentation to clients of work done
  • Create and add new work to a portfolio
  • Administration and filing

Working Conditions of a Holistic Health Specialist

Where does a Holistic Health Specialist work?

Environment –

Holistic health specialists work mainly indoors from within a practice (clinic) or office setup.

Places of Employment –

Most holistic health specialists work for themselves, but they may also be employed by large animal hospitals, veterinary clinics, zoos, aquariums, conservation organizations and government.

What is the average annual salary of a Holistic Health Specialist?

On average the income per year is around $75,000. This will differ from country to country.

Can a Holistic Health Specialist be promoted?

Advancement in the field typically depends on work experience. First-year specialists often fit their training commitments around other work demands.

The levels of each promotion might differ from organization to organization, but generally are the following:

Intern -> Junior Practitioner -> Senior Practitioner -> Specialist -> Manager

What kind of difficulties can a Holistic Health Specialist face?

The most difficult part is working with difficult animals. Animals in stress or pain may bite, scratch and kick. The work might also require frequent travel, as well as working late hours, over weekends and holidays.

​Future growth and Possibilities

The holistic health industry is currently growing at 18%, with the homeopathic route seeing tremendous growth.

Availability of Jobs


Which Skills are required by a Holistic Health Specialist?

The skills required for a career as an animal holistic health practitioner can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.

Life Skills

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal relationship
Life Skills

Career Skills

  • ​Good animal care and handling
  • Basic customer service skills
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Excellent computer literacy
Career Skills

Which Subjects must I have at School to help prepare for this Career?

The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.

OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!

What will I need to Study to become a Holistic Health Specialist?

Minimum educational requirements

The minimum educational requirement to enter this career is a Bachelor’s Degree, although there are homeopathic practitioners with lesser qualifications (such as a specialized Diploma), as well as those with a Doctorate in Veterinary Science.

Study Focus

Majors –

The most important majors to study, whether at college or university, would be biology, animal science, animal behaviour, homeopathy and even botany.

Short Courses –

There are many short courses, especially in homeopathy, herbal remedies or holistic health.

Study Duration

The duration of College and Bachelor’s Degrees can be up to 3 or 4 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.

FREE Career Path Plan

If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.

Why is planning important?

​To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A preparation path is like a road map to where you want to be.

Possible Paths:

For a high school student interested in pursuing a career as a holistic animal health specialist, here’s a possible preparation path based on the provided points:

1. Attend Career Guidance Sessions:

Attend career guidance sessions to learn more about the field of holistic animal health and the various career opportunities available.

2. Research all of the possible careers:

Research different career paths within holistic animal health, such as holistic veterinarian, integrative veterinarian, herbal veterinarian, etc.

3. Explore Educational Paths:

Explore educational paths, including undergraduate programmes in pre-veterinary studies or animal science, as well as veterinary medicine programmes that offer courses or tracks in holistic or integrative medicine.

4. Align high school subjects with the educational path:

Take science courses (biology, chemistry) to build a strong foundation for future studies in veterinary medicine. Additionally, courses in health and wellness, psychology, and business may be beneficial.

5. Obtain a High School Diploma or Equivalent:

Successfully complete high school and obtain a high school diploma or equivalent qualification.

6. Learn about animals that will work with:

Gain knowledge about different types of animals and their care needs through independent research, volunteering at animal shelters, or internships with veterinarians.

7. Align post-school path with either entering a career/job directly, studying further or starting a business:

Decide whether to pursue further education, enter the workforce directly, or start a business after high school. Consider options for undergraduate education in veterinary medicine or related fields.

8. Gain experience through volunteering, internship, mentorship, etc.:

Seek opportunities to gain practical experience through volunteering at animal shelters, interning at veterinary clinics, or participating in mentorship programmes with holistic veterinarians.

9. Pursue Extracurricular Activities:

Participate in extracurricular activities related to animals, such as 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of America (FFA), or animal welfare organisations.

10. Join Professional Associations:

Join professional associations relevant to holistic animal health, such as the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA), to connect with professionals in the field and access resources.

11. Gain Specialised Skills:

Pursue additional training or certifications in holistic modalities such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, or chiropractic care to develop specialised skills.

12. Network with Professionals:

Network with professionals in the field through conferences, workshops, and online communities to learn from their experiences and build connections.

13. Enter the job market, finish tertiary studies, or launch a business:

After completing education and gaining experience, enter the job market as a holistic animal health specialist, consider further studies if necessary, or start a business offering holistic veterinary services.

14. Stay Updated and Pursue Continuing Education:

Stay updated on the latest developments in holistic animal health by attending conferences, workshops, and continuing education courses to maintain professional competence and expand knowledge.

Possible Combined Career Paths

It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.

Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):

Training and apprenticeship

Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need as a holistic health specialist will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.

In some cases entry level positions require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.

Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior holistic practitioner or veterinarian.

Join the Holistic Health Specialists Group in to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!

Average level of educational qualification people had when entering the Career

High School Certificate 0%
Diploma or Short Courses 0%
Degree or Higher Studies 0%

Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations

Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.

Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.

Learn more about requirements by joining the Community.

Professional Associations

Where can I study further?

All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.

See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards holistic medicine.

How do I start to prepare for this Career?

If you do decide on following this career, then OZT can assist you in figuring out a path to prepare, as well as help you to gain further knowledge about the career and the animals you will be working with. We do this by offering you FREE career development tools. There are almost a dozen free tools, but these are the three primary ones:


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