Dedicated to Developing Responsible Herbal Practice
Established in 2002 by Susan Wynn, DVM, CVA, CVCH, AHG, DACVN
VBMA ACTION COMMITTEES
The board of the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association has established several action committees to assist them in managing and promoting the VBMA and its mission. The committees are comprised of VBMA members, and anyone wishing to volunteer their time and serve on a committee should contact our Communications Coordinator or complete the form below...we'd love to have you!
The Research Committee, chaired by current VBMA president Dr. Robert Silver, also includes Dr. Bernie Fischer and Dr. Roberto Cortinas. Dr. Cortinas is the newest member of the committee and is professor of parasitology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and has recently gotten a sizeable research grant to study the anti-parasitic effects of essential oils. The research committee will be working on posting notices regarding the availability of funds for research into the clinical benefits of herbs in a veterinary medicine context, and will be working closely with the AHVMF reviewers in reviewing grant proposals.
STUDENT OUTREACH COMMITTEE
Spearheaded by longtime and incredibly active VBMA member Dr. Cynthia Lankenau, the goal of the Student Outreach Committe is to expand our student membership base. We have already made the membership fee gratis to students to encourage membership and participation. The hope is that students will bond with the VBMA as students and continue that relationship throughout their practice careers. Dr. Zach Scheurich has volunteered to help Cindy in her outreach efforts.
We're in need of a volunteer who's willing to be the chair of this committee that we're working to establish. We feel that the strongest testament to the value of the VBMA comes from the members themselves. If every member just told a friend and colleague who has an interest in herbal veterinary medicine about the incredible value of VBMA membership and the low cost, if each existing member could bring in one new member, we could double in size. If you don't feel you have the time to be in charge of the group, please consider volunteering to 'help out' as a committee member instead. All tasks that need completing will be small and very do-able for even the busiest folks.