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Dedicated to Developing Responsible Herbal Practice

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




The Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association currently offers a yearly educational scholarship for veterinary students in the amount of $1000 in order to promote herbal education.  The funding for this scholarship is donated by one of our incredibly generous VBMA members...many thanks for your support of our mission!  The recipient will also receive a complimentary VBMA membership for the term of one year.


2017 Requirements:

A 1000 word essay on the following topic: "Discuss two herbs that could be used safely in an integrative cancer program," due July 15, 2017 with appropriate referencing. This essay must be sent to the VBMA office at by this date for consideration. The essay will be read and the award decided by the President and President-Elect of the VBMA. The winning essay will be published in the VBMA journal as well as on the VBMA website. SUBMISSION IS NOW CLOSED.


Announcement of Award:

The winning essay will be announced at the VBMA’s annual meeting at the AHVMA convention of that year.


Use of Award Money:

The recipient of the educational scholarship may use their award money for any AHG (American Herbal Guild) event or class by a RH (AHG), and any CIVT, Chi, IVAS, VBMA or equivalent veterinary herbal class. Alternatively, the funds may be used for the purchase of herbal books, VBMA CDs, teleconference registrations or similar educational events.


Printable PDF file containing 2016 VBMA Educational Scholarship info can be found HERE.





2016 - TWO WINNERS!  Erika Ancier, read her essay HERE.  Iina Valkeisenmäki, read her essay HERE.


Margot Mercer, 2014 winner.  Read her essay HERE.


Presentation of 2014 Scholarship to Margo Mercer by VBMA President Laurie Dohmen.



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



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