Dedicated to Developing Responsible Herbal Practice
Established in 2002 by Susan Wynn, DVM, CVA, CVCH, AHG, DACVN
The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Foundation is dedicated to supporting research in holistic veterinary medicine. Holistic medicine often has answers to chronic disease that use methods with few to no side effects. It may have an answer that is non-existent in conventional medicine. But this type of research is always under-funded and overlooked. The AHVMA Foundation is the best way to bring these modalities into the consciousness of mainstream medical thinking and practice.
12 veterinary schools have published research in Complementary and Integrative (holistic) Veterinary Medicine. AHVMF has funded research in most of those schools. The list of veterinary colleges that have participated includes:
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Louisiana State University School of Vetrinary Medicine
Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Vetrinary Medicine
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
Washington State College of Veterinary Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine
In the past the AHVMF has helped fund
• research on curcumin as an antiinflammatory agent (yes, it works as well as NSAIDS)
• the rabies challenge fund
The AHVMF supports investigations that help animals with
diseases or problems that are thought to be incurable
problems with treatments that have many side effects
problems where treatments only partially help
They also investigate exactly how holistic veterinary medicine works, to get insights into the best herbs or supplements and the best doses to use. They know that integrative medicine has answers for those problems. But conventional medicine doesn't. Without research to show veterinarians and veterinary schools, most vets will never learn about these answers.
They NEVER fund studies where disease is created. They only fund studies that use animals with naturally occurring disease. They want to show researchers that meaningful humane research is possible.
Conventional research is funded by big drug companies and the government. Holistic research has very little funding available. That means no research, and nobody to reach conventional veterinarians with what is known to be true.
They are determined to change this balance. So far they have funded humane research in 11 veterinary schools and one naturopathic university. We need to be able to support research in all veterinary schools. That way all veterinarians, no matter where they graduate from, will see the power of holistic veterinary medicine.