WHEN: Wednesday October 27th, 2021 8:30 PM Eastern US Time

For our sixteenth webinar,  Hannah Sherebrin, ATR-BC, OATR, YAHAT Supervisor ,will lecture on BASIC-Ph. Only $70 for VBMA Members!


When our practices are changing and there is uncertainty all around, feeling overloaded and stressed is inevitable. We are challenged to use every resource we can amass in order to stay resilient and sharp in order to serve our clients.

Empirical psychology has begun to conceptualize resilience, applying models which are based explicitly on the idea of healthy or adaptive development in the face of stressful influences. 

In this workshop you will be introduced to the BASIC-Ph, a model which is based explicitly on the idea of healthy or adaptive development in the face of stressful influences.

 A power point presentation of the theoretical material will precede the hands-on experiential part of the workshop. Please prepare a notebook, colored 11X14 sheet of heavy paper, and a white 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper. Have on hand a glue stick, crayons, markers, pencil and pen. We will be using our cell phone cameras to photograph the process. Bring your curiosity and openness to have meaningful enjoyment. 

There will be a short presentation on adaptogenic herbs for resilience by Dr. Rona Sherebrin immediately preceding the workshop. 


Hannah Sherebrin is a Registered Art Therapist with the American Art Therapy Association (ATR-BC 91-044), Ontario Art Therapy Association (OATR-12), Canadian Art Therapy Association (RCATA) and the Israeli Arts Therapies Association (Y.A.T.-Supervisor-188).  She completed her Master Certificate degree in 1990 at the University of Western Ontario, and received the social services of London Ontario distinguished medal of service award in 1996, and the Lifetime Professional Achievement and service Award in 2018 from the Israeli Arts Therapies Association.


How to use TCVM for the Treatment OF EPM

Wednesday June 16th, 2021 8:00 PM Eastern US Time

For our fifteenth webinar,  Huisheng Xie BSvm, MS, PhD will lecture on How to use TCVM for the Treatment OF EPM (equine protozoal myeloencephalitis). Only $70 for VBMA Members!


Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) is an important neurologic disease of horses.  Its conventional diagnosis, treatment and presentation have remained a big challenge to veterinary clinicians, parasitologists and researchers since it was initially noticed in 1968. This presentation will first overview these challenges and a unique role that immune system plays for this disease. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) theory views this disease pattern as a Zheng Qi Deficiency with Qi and Blood Stagnation. The treatment strategies and protocols of herbal medicine and acupuncture will be discussed in detail. Case studies on how to integrate TCVM and western medical medicine for diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and prevention will also be presented.


Dr. Huisheng Xie received his Bachelor Degree of Veterinary Medicine at the Sichuan College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine in Sichuan, China in 1983, and Master Degree from Beijing Agricultural University in 1988, and Ph.D. from the UF. In 1998, Dr. Xie founded the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida to train veterinarians in Chinese acupuncture, herbal medicine, Food Therapy and Tui-na. Dr. Xie’s academic accomplishments in China include Achievement Awards from the Ministry of Agriculture, the National Science and Technology Committee and the Beijing Agricultural University. He has been invited to give lectures on veterinary acupuncture and herbal medicine all over the world. He is also the author of over 30 books and over 100 peer-reviewed papers. His textbooks, including Xie’s Veterinary Herbology, Xie’s Veterinary Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine-Fundamental Principles, have been used for TCVM training programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, Canada and the United States. Dr. Xie has trained nearly 10,000 veterinarians from 80 countries to practice the TCVM worldwide.

Dr. Xie (pronounced “shay”) received his DVM from the China Southwest University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983, after which he received his MS in Veterinary Acupuncture from China Agricultural University (CAU) in 1988. He was an assistant and associate professor at CAU College of Veterinary Medicine before he left China in 1994 to pursue his doctoral studies in America. He received his PhD from the University of Florida for his investigation of the mechanisms of pain control in horses using acupuncture in 1999. He is an associate professor of the Integrative Medicine Service in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida.

In 1998, Dr. Xie founded the Chi Institute, where he continues to teach and develop educational programs. Dr. Xie’s academic accomplishments are extensive. He has received achievement awards from several major Chinese institutions, including the Ministry of Agriculture, the National Science and Technology Committee, and the China Agricultural University. He has lectured on veterinary acupuncture and herbal medicine around the world, and has been invited to speak in the United States, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Europe and South Africa. He has authored over 20 books and over 100 peer-reviewed articles. His textbooks, which include Xie’s Veterinary Acupuncture, Xie’s Veterinary Chinese Herbology, and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine: Fundamental Principles, have been used for TCVM training programs in Europe, South America, Australia, Africa, the United States, China and other Asian countries.

VBMA WEBINAR: How To Integrate Herbs Into Your Practice

This Practitioner Panel discussion will feature Cynthia Lankenau, Ihor Basko, and Rona Sherebrin, with special guest Jamie Moran joining us for the Q&A session.
Our speakers Ihor Basko, Cynthia Lankenau and Rona Sherebrin will be discussing getting started with Mushrooms, integrating herbs into an Equine practices, and much more. As an added bonus, Jamie Moran will be joining the panel for the Q&A session to discuss how to start using herbs where you’re the only herbal veterinarian in a large practice and your colleagues aren’t on board.
For this roundtable discussion, each speaker will lecture for 20-30 minutes. During each speaker’s lecture time, the other panelists will weigh in on the speaker’s chosen topic. The last 30-35 minutes, during which special guest Jamie Moran will join the panel, will be devoted to an in-depth Q&A with the speakers and the audience.
This is an excellent educational opportunity for veterinarians who are interested in herbal medicine but have yet to begin integrating herbs into their practices, especially at a time when clients are more apt to present the topic as a possible treatment method. As such, for the very first time, we’re giving all our VBMA Members who sign up for this webinar the option to invite one friend or colleague to attend as well…for FREE!

VISIT https://www.vbma.org/vbma-webinar-registration.html TO SIGN UP NOW!


We’re thrilled to announce the winners of our 2020 VBMA Educational Scholarship! This year, we had more entries than ever before and would like to extend our thanks to all the students around the globe who participated. Every essay was thoughtful, meaningful, and we’re excited to see that veterinary botanical medicine is on the minds of so many starting down the path of caring for animals. Well done, each and every one of you!

FIRST PLACE WINNER – $3000 PRIZE: Sarah Scott-Cruz

RUNNER UP – $1000 PRIZE: Ifteqar Hassan

RUNNER UP – $1000 PRIZE: Kristy Herman

To learn more about our winners and to read their amazing essays, please visit https://www.vbma.org/educational-scholarship.html.


Wednesday, June 10th 8pm Eastern Time – ONLINE

The VBMA’s annual general meeting is open to all active members and you are encouraged to attend!

This is a chance for you to know what is going on in YOUR organization and for your voice to be heard. We will be polling active members for suggestions on specific topics prior to the meeting, so be on the lookout for that email a few weeks prior to the event.

More details to follow but for now, please mark your calendars and plan to attend!

VBMA WEBINAR RECORDING – Managing Hip & Knee Problems

Missed Dr. Steve Marsden’s webinar on managing hip and knee pain? A recording is now available for you to purchase – only $70 for VBMA Members!



MANAGING HIP AND KNEE PROBLEMS webinar from May 14th 2020. You'll be emailed a link to view a recording of this webinar within three business days of placing your order.
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October 26th, 2020 – Graduate Hotel in Eugene, Oregon

The 2020 VBMA Annual Conference will be held in Eugene, Oregon at the Hotel Eugene on October 26th 2020 in conjunction with the ACVBM Annual Conference, followed by the VBMA Ecotour at Belknap Hot Springs.

Tentative schedule is as follows:

Sunday, October 25th:  Mount Pisagah Arboretum Mushroom Festival

Monday, October 26th:  VBMA Conference Day, featuring lectures by our speakers Kevin Spelman RH (AHG) and Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D.

Tuesday, October 27th: ACVBM Conference Day, featuring Medical Herbalist Chanchal Cabrera.

Thursday, October 28th – Friday October 30th: VBMA Ecotour at Belknap Hot Springs in McKenzie Bridge, Oregon, located approximately an hour away from Eugene. You can bring a dog, camp in a tent or RV, rent a lodge room, a cabin or a house!


VBMA Conference Day only: VBMA Member – $180.00, Non-Member –  $220.00.

ACVBM Conference Day only: VBMA Member – $180.00, Non-Member – $220.00.

ACVBM and VBMA Conference Days: VBMA Member – $350.00, Non-Member – $440.00.

EcoTour Only: VBMA Member – $110.00, Non-Member – $150.00.

ACVBM Conference Day and EcoTour: VBMA Member – $290.00, Non-Member – $370.00.

VBMA Conference Day and EcoTour:  VBMA – $290.00, Non-Member –  $370.00.

ACVBM and VBMA Conference Days and EcoTour: VBMA Member – $460.00, Non-Member – $590.00.

You choose which events you wish to attend!


To join the VBMA so you can received discounted pricing on 2020 Conference events, please CLICK HERE.

Veterinary Students – please CLICK HERE for information on special discounted conference pricing and to register.


Lodging for all events is on-your-own…you may choose to book a room at the Hotel Eugene for conferences (rate is $139/night) or stay elsewhere nearby, and for the EcoTour you have the option of camping in a tent, staying in your RV, or renting a lodge room, cabin or house at Belknap Hot Springs.


Conference costs will include break-time coffee Monday and Tuesday, as well as dinner on Monday night only. Lunch will be on-your-own for both days. Breakfast and lunch will be included for the EcoTour, dinner will be on-your-own.


Transportation for all events is on-your-own…you are responsible for all travel costs to Eugene, from Eugene to Belknap, and your trip back home. Feel free to connect with other attendees to save costs, however.


Priority will be given to VBMA/ACVBM members for the EcoTour due to space limitations. VBMA/ACVBM family members may attend the EcoTour, but must pay for the full program at member rates whether or not they will be attending all events. There are no age restrictions for the herbwalk(s) during the EcoTour, but all attendees are expected to behave respectfully toward each other and their surroundings.


Full refund less $20 for administrative fees through 8/15/20.

75% refund from 8/16/20 through 9/30/20.

NO refunds will be issued after 9/30/20.