The VBMA seeks to provide
animal owners, farmers, and veterinarians with
some standard of competency by which to choose a
veterinary herbalist. Veterinarians certified by
VBMA will earn the title "Certified Veterinary
Herbalist". Non-veterinary herbalists will earn
the title "Certified Veterinary Herbalism
the VBMA will require:
Passing the exam (100 -
200 questions) with a grade of at least 70%
Submission of 3 case reports
- publication quality, as we will encourage
publication - for peer review within 1 year of
taking the test
Donation of at least 10 test
questions for future exams
Examination is administered yearly by VBMA.
The exam is held every year at the AHVMA conference in
the USA, where the VBMA holds their symposium. In 2014
the exam will be held in Portland, OR.
Exam fee is $100.
Veterinary herbalists are certified as possessing a high
level of competence, and should be familiar with the
science, traditional use, and energetics of herbs. The
herbalist should stay abreast of the accumulating
research on herbs, particularly studies in companion and
food animals. Modern herbalism is indeed becoming a
synthesis of many traditions, and since competent
herbalists keep up with the emerging literature, it is
expected that t here will be some crossover between
Western and Chinese herbs in their knowledge. An
additional hint to help pass this test is to study where
the same or similar plants are used in multiple
traditions or systems.
Veterinary herbalists who
are certified by VBMA are automatically eligible
for membership in the American College of
Veterinary Herbalists, earning the title Dipl.