Applied Zoopharmacognosy Workshops


Learn how to use essential oils, extracts and herbs to help your pets heal themselves. 

Course Outline



*payment plans available



*payment plans available



*payment plans available


2018 Summer Session

July 20: Aroma-chemistry Gateway Workshop

July 21 – 22: Canine Gateway Workshop

July 23: Free Day

July 24 – 25: Feline Gateway Workshop

July 26: Free Day

July 27 : Distillation Workshop

July 28 – Jul 29: Equine Gateway Workshop

Jul 30 – Jul 31: Human Gateway Workshop

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Delve deep into using essential oils, extracts, hydrosols, herbs as remedies to heal your pets — and yourself. Develop an understanding of the chemistry behind the healing, and experience distillation first-hand.

Zoopharmacognosy is a behavior in which non-human animals in the wild instinctively self-medicate by selecting and ingesting or topically applying plants, soils, insects, and psychoactive drugs to prevent or reduce the harmful effects of pathogens and toxins and heal themselves.

Applied Zoopharmacognosy was founded by Caroline Ingraham in 1984. Ingraham is the leading expert in this field of animal self-medication. In this class, you will learn by tapping into and enabling your animals’ (aka fur babies’) self healing by offering “remedies.” The remedies are plant extracts containing the exact same or similar constituents that the animals could find and forage in their natural habitat.

This is giving the power back to the animal, trusting that the animal knows what is best for itself. The remedies that are offered for choice are of a great variety of plant extracts such as  essential oils, absolutes, co2 extracts, herbs, plant extracts, macerated and fixed oils, clays, algae, seaweeds and minerals. The animal selects the remedy and then decides how to dose itself.  So, the animal will choose to inhale it, take it orally, or by rubbing a body part into it. Or all three!

Aroma-chemistry Gateway Workshop

When using essential oils and extracts as remedies you are targeting the physical body of the animal. It is imperative that you know the chemical families and essential oil components.  This is direct aromatherapy, working with cell receptors, influencing inflammatory mediators, engaging the body through an essential oil’s antioxidant, anti-microbial, or anti-fungal properties.

When you are working at the cellular level, affecting the internal systems of an animal, your knowledge must be exact and your awareness acute. The animal will lead you to the essential oil therapies it needs; it is your job as a healer to know the chemistry of the plants, their healing effects, proper applications, and interactions.  

Distillation Gateway Workshop

Walk among the powerful red rocks of Sedona and connect with the healing life-force of local plants as you handpick pinyon pine, ponderosa pine, Utah juniper, Rocky Mountain juniper, snakeweed, and rosemary for essential oil distillation. Experience and learn the process of steam distillation, hydro distillation, and hydro/steam co-distillation.

We’ll delve into the chemical signatures, plant morphology, and therapeutic and energetic aspects of essential oils and hydrosols as they apply to your pet (and you). Discover why why one plant may be more effective for your pet than another, even though they have the same chemistry. Work with copper alembic stills as well as a glass still, and go home with handmade hydrosols.

Topics of Study

Animal Workshops

  • Learn the difference between Zoopharmacognosy and Applied Zoopharmacognosy (AZ)
  • How to communicate through the language of smell to help your animal’s health
  • Understand the self-selection method
  • How to read responses
  • How smell and taste are used to achieve homeostasis
  • How plant extracts can affect physical and psychological function
  • Understand the origins of behavioral problems
  • Why some animals may poison themselves
  • Understand the different routes of administration
  • How dosage is determined by the animal
  • How to create a therapeutic environment
  • How to be safe, working with AZ and your animal.
  • Understand purging of dogs

Aroma-chemistry Workshop

  • Medicinal Application of Essential Oils, Absolutes and Co2 extracts
  • Internal usage, neat usage and when not to use
  • Applications of essential oils for physical and emotional pathologies
  • Organic chemistry, chemical families and properties
  • Genus, species and chemotypes

Distillation Workshop

  • Process of distillation
  • How to harvest botanicals
  • The difference between essential oils, absolutes, and co2 extracts
  • The importance of sterilization when distilling for hydrosols
  • How to choose what botanical to distill
  • Distill by chemical family

Quick Facts

Zoo’ (animal), ‘pharma’ (remedy) and ‘cognosy’ (knowing) = Zoopharmacognosy. The Animal and Human Gateway Workshops are designed to enable you to work safely and effectively with your own animals. This specialized training of applied zoopharmacognosy involves learning to “read” an animal’s response to plant secondary metabolites and minerals. Emphasis is placed on both the practical and scientific elements of the subject in the workshops.

The Aroma-chemistry gateway workshop is designed to enable you to understand the ten chemical families and components associated with essential oils and extracts. It will also help you understand the pharmacokinetics and pharmacology of the components of essential oils and extracts.

The Distillation gateway workshop is designed to immerse you in the plants and trees and take part in harvesting in the Wilderness of Sedona and distilling botanicals. It is an intimate glimpse into the magic of why essential oils, extracts and hydrosols are such powerful and effective remedies.


Your Instructors

Caroline Ingraham – Honored Guest Instructor

Pioneer of Zoopharmacognosy

• International Speaker
• Lecturer
• Author
• Advocate of Animal Welfare

Cynthia Brownley


• Master’s Degree in Education

• National Certification and Licensure in Massage Therapy and Bodywork

• Clinically Certified in Aromatherapy

• Trained in Energy Medicine

Joy Musacchio


• Master’s Degree in Education

• National Certification and Licensure in Massage Therapy and Bodywork

• Clinically Certified in Aromatherapy

• Trained in Energy Medicine

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Important Things to Know

Applied Zoopharmacognosy Prerequisites

This is a beginner-friendly class with no prerequisites. However, we feel students will benefit from studying Aroma-chemistry and we recommend taking that workshop in conjunction with animal gateways for a deeper understanding of Applied Zoopharmacognosy.

Workshop Attendance

Students can attend all workshops for the full 11-day experience or take individual Gateway Workshops as needed. We recommend the Aroma-chemistry course strongly for anyone with limited experience with the chemistry of essential oils.

Early Bird Tuition

We are offering a discount to students who register before February 28th. To take advantage of this discounted tuition rate for Applied Zoopharmacognosy, apply before the deadline.

Begin Your Applied Zoopharmacognosy Journey

Register for 2018 — Limited Space

Who benefits from this in-depth zoopharmacognosy course?

Anyone who has or loves animals should study aromatherapy for pets. It is hard for us to describe in words the enormous benefit that these workshops offer to you. The learning objectives listed  cannot express the absolute magic and healing that you will see with your very own eyes and experience. Honestly, there is absolutely nothing like this anywhere else. If you have your fur babies and love them as much as we love our poodles and cats, this is for you.  We promise!!

Studying Applied Zoophamacognosy is for:

  • Everyone that has and loves their animal
  • Allopathic Veterinarians
  • Holistic Veterinarians
  • Animal Trainers
  • Animal Communicators
  • Any profession having anything to do with animals


Human Zoopharmacognosy benefits:

  • Massage Therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Practitioners of Chinese Medicine
  • Psychotherapists and Counselors
  • Energy Healers
  • Naturopaths
  • Physical Therapists
  • Nurses and Caregivers
  • Yoga and Pilates Teachers
  • Physical Trainers

Cancellation Policy

Life happens. Your deposit will be refunded or can be transferred to a future date if we cancel the class. Your deposit can be transferred to future date if you cancel up to 10 days BEFORE the course. Within 10 days of the course start date, deposits cannot be transferred or refunded.