Diploma in Animal Healing

Professional One Year Diploma in Animal Healing

Elizabeth’s pioneering Animal Healing School established in 2005 is the first to train and register graduates in Diplomas in Animal and Equine Healing with full insurance. Students work with dogs and cats: and includes time with guinea pigs, rabbits, reptiles and bats. This vocational course has plenty of practical experience coupled with extensive theory notes.

This is a unique in depth course in animal healing based on the extensive training, experience and work undertaken by Elizabeth Whiter in her international animal healing practice. The focus of this course will be on cats, dogs and small animals, however two further hands on in depth courses will be offered to successful students allowing them to specialise in equine healing and animal self selection. Click here for information on the Diploma in Equine Healing and The Diploma in Small Animal Sensory and Food Enrichment click here. All successful graduates who have trained with Elizabeth in the Diploma in Animal Healing will be entitled to take out full insurance as animal healers.

(Elizabeth has also secured student insurance for those that are currently training with her in the Diploma in Animal Healing).

Enquiries and a copy of the prospectus please telephone Elizabeth on 01273 891472 or contact

Principal Tutor: Elizabeth Whiter MHAO MNFSH IIZ ITEC Dip.WSA

Elizabeth is a fully qualified and insured animal complementary practitioner and author of The Animal Healer published by Hay House. She set up the animal healing training school in 2005 and has over 700 graduates, including six vets who have qualified in the Diploma. Elizabeth’s animal and human clinic in Sussex specialises in healing, diet and nutrition, self selection and behaviour and emotional problems. Elizabeth regularly works with and receives referrals from vets, doctors, zoos, animal rescue centres and charities from around the world and has secured healing placements for her students and graduates in animal rescue centres in Portugal, Sri Lanka, Cyprus, South Africa, Japan, Mexico, Egypt, Southern Ireland and the UK.

Elizabeth has been a professional healer of humans and animals for twenty years, and is a member of the Healing Trust, the Ingraham Institute of Zoopharmacognosy and The Healing Animals Organisation.

Tutors: Sally Hall Vet MRCVS BSc (Hons) MA MB, Emma Farrow-Bartlett VN. Dip AS: Teachers in Small Animal and Equine Anatomy & Physiology and First Aid; Anatomy and Physiology module notes created by Andrew Browning BVSC Cert. EP, Cert EM (Int. Med.) MRCVS. Michelle Garvey MHAO BA Hon, Dog Behaviourist and Trainer (FdSc) Teacher in Animal Behaviour. Lindsay Cross MHAO teacher in reptile husbandry

Examiner: Jeannie Billington M.A. B.Ed Honours, Director of the Post-graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCHE) at South Bank University,  OU Lecturer, Head teacher, external moderator and examiner for numerous exam boards, Member of the General Council of the Association of Teachers, Ofsted inspector

Course Philosophy and Vision:

The Diploma in Animal Healing has been established since 2005 and is associated with the Healing Animals Organisation which is a voice on behalf of animals, supporting the needs of many who have suffered physical, emotional and psychological pain. The website lists and promotes all qualified and insured animal healers from this Diploma course. The Healing Animals Organisation supports committed members who have trained in the Diploma of Animal Healing and Equine Healing with Elizabeth Whiter and helps promote and recognise members. Members of the public, Vets, animal sanctuaries and charities, rescue centres, and other professional animal care workers throughout the country can be sure they are working with a body of professional animal healers and have access to the register of qualified healers.

‘The Diploma in animal healing is the first professional course of its kind. We have established a body of highly trained animal healers in the UK and around the globe. This course has attracted an international following with students from the UK, USA, Japan, and Europe. Successful candidates are awarded the Dip in Animal Healing MHAO and included on the Healing Animals Organisation register.’

Length of Course: 1 year part-time

The Animal Healing Course is studied for one year part-time. This will involve attendance of 17 days, 150 hours over the year in Sussex for theory and practical sessions held onsite and regular visits to animal sanctuaries nearby. The Diploma course is held in the National South Downs Park, Sussex. Additional home study/Diploma assessments total time of course 300 hours. If students successfully complete all modules and coursework they will be eligible to take the final assessment day.

Enquiries and a copy of the prospectus and application form, please telephone Elizabeth Whiter on 01273 891472 or contact us here

Diploma in Animal Healing Course Dates Sussex:

  • Module One: 4 days 2nd – 5th May 2024
  • Module Two: 4 days 18th – 21st July 2024
  • Module Three: 4 days 12th – 15th September 2024
  • Module Four: 3 days 8th – 10th November 2024

At module four there will be an interview with the panel to ensure that the course objectives and the learning outcomes are met.

To be eligible to take the final assessment day students need to have completed the following:

  • Attendance of all four teaching modules
  • Twelve animal case studies + follow ups
  • Six assignments on common animal conditions
  • Completed student log book
  • Attendance of local healing groups to support students and practitioners.

Multiple choice paper and module tutorial weekend: 11 & 12 January 2025