Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association
Dedicated to Developing Responsible Herbal Practice
Jasmine C. Lyon, Executive Director
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Established in 2002 by Susan Wynn, DVM, RH(AHG)
President:  Laurie Dohmen
President-Elect: Robert Silver
Past President: Cynthia Lankenau
Int'l Advisor:  Barbara Fougere
Recording Secretary:  Beth Lambert
Director/Treasurer:  Jasmine Lyon
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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 Educator."

 Certification by the VBMA will require:

  1. Passing the exam (100 - 200 questions) with a grade of at least 70%

  2. Submission of 3 case reports - publication quality, as we will encourage publication - for peer review within 1 year of taking the test

  3. 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.

Study Guide: 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. ACVH.

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Upcoming Events

International Herb Symposium
June 12th - 14th 2015
Incorporating Herbs in Food Therapy

Wednesday, December 10th at 8 PM ET
Featuring Dr. Constance DiNatale, DVM

Are Thoresen's NY Seminar
April 16th - 19th 2015
Hosted by the NY Complementary & Alternative Veterinary Medical Association

VBMA Annual Herbwalk
at the AHVMA Annual Conference

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