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Dedicated to Developing Responsible Herbal Practice

Established in 2002 by Susan Wynn, DVM, CVA, CVCH, AHG, DACVN




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:


  •     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
  •     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 2015 the exam will be held in Augusta, GA at the conference, as well as on August 13th in Laurel, MD.  Exam fee is $100.  If you're interested in taking the exam, please email


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 consideration as a candidate for diplomate status.



CLICK HERE to download Herbalist Certification Exam Guide.


CLICK HERE to download the Herbalist Certification Exam Application.





Hue Karreman

Rona Sherebrin

Joyce Harman

Laurie Dohmen

Kris August


*have passed the exam and are in the case report

  submission process


Susan Wynn

Barbara Fougere

Cindy Lankenau



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The VBMA is not affiliated with the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine (ACVBM).