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.
Mastering the Sense of Taste: For Use by Drs. Basko and DiNatale
8 PM ET Wednesday 12/5/18.
Registration open - sign up 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
VBMA WEBINAR: MASTERING THE SENSE OF TASTE
Our next webinar will be presented by Dr Constance DiNatale and Dr Ihor Basko on Wednesday, December 5th 2018. Mastering the Sense of Taste: For Use will include information regarding Food Combining for Therapeutic Effects, Plant I.D and Properties, the physiology of tasting,
the use of culinary herbs in recipes, what do the tastes signify, and
how to use taste to identify the properties of medicinal plants. CLICK HERE to learn more, and to register for what will surely be an incredibly interesting, educational and useful presentation!
ACVBM 2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The 2019 ACVBM Annual Conference will be held at Wheaton College, MA on June 6, 2019, the day before the International Herb Symposium. Our featured speaker is Jill Stansbury, ND, a licensed naturopathic physician and an accomplished writer/author, speaker, and teacher. Six hours of lecture will include topics such as Longevity Tonics, Problems with Proton Pump Inhibitors, Botanical Influences on Leaky Gut Herbal and Medicines for Pain Management. Registration will be open soon.
NYCAVMA 2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
April 11th - 14th 2019, Ellicotville NY, featuring an Osteopathic Seminar with Laura Taylor. We hope you'll join us at the Holiday Valley Ski Resort for our 2019 Annual Conference! April 11th will be Equine day...all are welcome to this hands-on experience, though there will be homework that needs completing prior to attending. April 12th -14th will center around theory and small animal techniques. This conference has been awarded 21.5 hours of CE from AVCA. Registration is open - click here to sign up now and take advantage of Early Bird pricing!
2019 INTERNATIONAL HERB SYMPOSIUM
The 14th International Herb Symposium will be held June 7th - June 9th at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. This incredible event will feature Keynote Speaker Leah Penniman, over 100 classes, and teachers from 14 countries! If you've never been to an IHS gathering before, you're missing out on an immersive learning experience like no other.
Registration isn't open quite yet, but you can click the 'Stay Informed' button on the main page to be added to their notification list.
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.
VBMA Webinar Sense of Taste
ACVBM Annual Conference
NYCAVMA Annual Conference
Intl. Herb Symposium
VBMA International EcoTour