Dedicated to Developing Responsible Herbal Practice
Established in 2002 by Susan Wynn, DVM, CVA, CVCH, AHG, DACVN
Bovine by Dr. Richard Palmquist
Honeybee on Dandelion by Dr. Cynthia Lankenau.
Horse munching under the rainbow, via Dr. Elaine Cebuliak.
Growth Cooperation by Dr. Cynthia Lankenau.
Black rat snake by Dr. Cynthia Lankenau.
Dental cleaning courtesy of Dr. Elaine Cebuliak.
Fluid introduction courtesy of Dr. Elaine Cebuliak.
Doggie massage courtesy of Dr. Elaine Cebuliak.
From Dr. Ihor Basko's garden, Kauai, HI.
Recovering kitty by Dr. Elaine Cebuliak.
Kitties by Dr. Richard Palmquist.
Lhata by Dr. Richard Palmquist.
Dr. Ihor Basko's tropical garden, Kauai, HI.
Violets by Dr. Cynthia Lankenau.
Starved Owl by Dr. Cynthia Lankenau.
Dr. Ihor Basko - 'Growing Knowledge by Growing Your Own'
Cow and calf by Dr. Rona Sherebrin.
Trillium by Dr. Cynthia Lankenau.
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Webinars are only $70 for our VBMA Members, and you have the option of attending live or viewing a recording.
Coming in November 2018, Ihor Basko and Connie DiNatale will be presenting a joint webinar - details coming soon - find them HERE.
Recordings of all our past programs are available for purchase HERE.
Join us for a week exploring the Scottish Highlands! From June 29th through July 6th 2019 we'll be staying at the Aigas Field Center, Scotland’s foremost center for nature study and wildlife holidays. Price is all-inclusive in regard to your lodging, food and activities, with the exceptions being your airfare and car rental. Limited to 25 attendees, so CLICK HERE to sign up now!
The Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association, or VBMA, is a group of veterinarians and herbalists dedicated to developing responsible herbal practice by encouraging research and education, strengthening industry relations, keeping herbal tradition alive as a valid information source, and increasing professional acceptance of herbal medicine for animals.
VBMA Members have access to many services that we consider essential. We do, however, open our events, seminars, and continuing education programs to anyone who is interested. We encourage visitors to explore our site and contact us with any questions. If you're looking for animal care, please CLICK HERE to find VBMA Member Vets in the US, or CLICK HERE for our list of VBMA International Members.
VBMA Endorses Quality Herbal Products
VBMA recognizes that the herbal product industry has faced quality control and regulatory challenges, and we recommend supporting those companies attempting to self regulate in a meaningful way. Companies that manufacture herbal products marketed for humans should be members of the American Herbal Products Association, an industry organization which explores issues, interacts with regulators, and establishes policy. Veterinary product companies should be members of the National Animal Supplement Council, an organization which develops policies and procedures on adverse event reporting and quality control.
To Pet Owners: The VBMA does not endorse any products sold on the internet for self prescribing to animals. We believe in the interests of safety that any herb should always be prescribed by a qualified practitioner. There are companies using our name with the suggestion that we endorse their recommendations or products. We specifically DO NOT support any website that unethically sells herbs to the public for non prescribed use in animals. If you are in any doubt as to the authenticity of a claim made on a website about VBMA, please contact us at email@example.com.
VETERINARY HERBAL APPRENTICESHIP
This 5-Part course in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine will be presented by Doctors Laurie Dohmen & Kris August starting in September of 2018. Courses will be held at The Hilton Garden Inn in Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk North Carolina. CLICK HERE for details and to register.
ACVBM 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The 2018 American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine's Annual Conference will be held in Kissimmee, FL on October 3rd, 2018 in conjunction with the AHVMA Annual Conference and will feature two speakers, 4th generation herbalist Dr. Christopher Hobbs and clinical herbalist Guido Masé, as well as our annual herbwalk. VBMA Member price only $175.00. CLICK HERE to learn more and to register.
VBMA ANNUAL HERBWALK AND MEETING
The 2018 VBMA Annual Herbwalk will take place on Friday, October 3rd at 4 PM in conjunction with the AHVMA Annual Conference at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, FL. This year, our walk will be led by Dr. Christopher Hobbs and is sponsored by the ACVBM. The herbwalk is free for VBMA members, but registration is required. Donations from VBMA members are welcome, and the fee for non-members is $20.00. CLICK HERE to register. Meeting date and time TBA.
VBMA AHVMA SPEAKER TRACK
Each year, the VBMA has a speaker track at the AHVMA Annual Conference. This track focuses on veterinary botanical medicine and features renowned lecturers from all over the globe. For 2018, the VBMA speaker track slot is on Saturday, October 4th and will be presented by Dr. Christopher Hobbs and herbalist Guido Mase. Detailed information regarding lecture times, topics and registration can be found HERE. Sponsored by A Time to Heal.
VBMA 2019 INTERNATIONAL ECOTOUR
Join us for what will certainly be a one-of-a-kind experience - a week exporling the Scottish Highlands! From June 29th through July 6th 2019 we'll be staying at the Aigas Field Center, Scotland’s foremost center for nature study and wildlife holidays. Our itinerary (subject to change) appears below. This is an all-inclusive EcoTour in regard to lodging, food and activities, with the exceptions being your airfare and car rental. Note that airport pickup and drop-off is provided for you as part of the package. LIMITED TO 25 ATTENDEES, CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
Veterinary Herbal Apprentice
ACVBM Annual Conference
VBMA Annual Herbwalk/Mtg
VBMA AHVMA Speaker Track
VBMA International EcoTour