Pets and Cannabis

Cannabis For Pet Health

Real benefits

People throughout the US and beyond are learning about the medical benefits of cannabis for optimal health. The same biologic system is at play in the bodies of our furry, feathered and scaled friends. Learn more from veterinarian Dr. Tim Shu, who's work on cannabis and pets has garnered international attention and has been featured by The Today Show, CNBC, NPR, and The New York Times.

Many conditions may be relieved

 Join us for this fun, instructive course that will help you better understand the options that cannabis may offer to help alleviate conditions experienced by your pet without side effects caused by some other medicines.


History of Veterinary Use of Cannabis

How Does Cannabis Affect Animals?

Research Data on Cannabis and Pets

What is the AVMA's Position?

Guidance on Finding Safe Products

How to Find a Cannabis Friendly Vet


Welcome to the course!

  • How to use this course
  • What This Course Is, What It Is Not

Module 1: What's New is Really Quite Old, Even Ancient

  • Module 1 Objectives
  • Veterinary Medicine and Cannabis
  • What's New is Really Quite Old, Even Ancient
  • Cannabis Medicines and Historical Animal Testing
  • What is the AVMA's position?
  • Module 1 Quiz

Module 2: Why Cannabis Has Effect

  • Module 2 Objectives
  • The Endocannabinoid System
  • Endocannabinoid Deficiency
  • THC, CBD and Cannabinoids
  • The Entourage Effect
  • What To Know About Hemp
  • Resource Deep Dive: Cannabis Research on Animals
  • What Are Terpenes and Why They Matter
  • Module 2 quiz

Module 3: Safety First

  • Module 3 Objectives
  • What Does The Law Say?
  • Signs of Exposure and Intoxication
  • Getting Your Pet Help
  • Pets and Secondhand Smoke
  • Storage of Products and Protecting Your Animals
  • Cannabis Pets in the News
  • Module 3 quiz

Module 4: Pets and Cannabis Research

  • Module 4 Objectives
  • Conditions That Cannabis May Benefit
  • The Importance of Using Cannabis Products Formulated for Animals
  • A Conversation With Veterinarian Tim Shu
  • The Future of Research
  • Sweet Georgia Brown, Stroke Survivor
  • How to Connect with a Cannabis Friendly Veterinarian
  • Module 4 quiz

About Your Instructor

Tim Shu

Tim Shu


Dr. Tim Shu is the founder and chief executive officer of VETCBD. Dr. Shu founded VETCBD so pets could safely benefit from the multiple therapeutic uses of cannabis. By combining his expertise in veterinary medicine with his knowledge of medical cannabis, Dr. Shu formulates VETCBD products to be safe and effective for use in animals.

As chief executive officer, Dr. Shu manages direction and strategy at VETCBD, and oversees research and development, marketing, sales, and support.

His interest in animal health and welfare from an early age led him to Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where he earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine. Prior to founding VETCBD, Dr. Shu practiced emergency, critical care, and general medicine, frequently working with low-income clients to provide optimal healthcare on restricted budgets.


I truly got a lot out of taking this course.. I look forward to continuing to serve customers and spread the word about mindful use of cannabis for health and well being for my fellow Baby Boomers.
Mary S medical marijuana consultant
I have a senior dog and really wanted to explore the ways I could help her to be more comfortable and sleep better at night. Now I know so much more and will be having a discussion with my vet about cannabis options.
Taylor E. Pet owner and advocate
I didn't have much experience with pet products. We were getting more questions about animals and their health needs. I wanted to help my store to explore good, safe products to have on hand for customers.
Darren W. Retail Cannabis Store Purchasing Manager


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