The VBMA Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Wednesday June 29th at 8 PM Eastern Time via Zoom.

Member input is essential to helping our organization succeed and grow, and we’ve created a survey for you to complete prior to the meeting. This survey will allow us to better assess your needs, and the results will be discussed during the Annual Membership Meeting. All responses are anonymous, and the estimated time to complete the survey is 3 – 5 minutes. Thanks in advance for your assistance, and we hope to see you on June 29th. The meeting will be recorded so members who aren’t able to attend live will be able to view it at a time that works with their schedule.

We will be sending emails containing links to the survey and the meeting both via Constant Contact and the email address you provided when you joined the VBMA. Keep an eye out for them the week of June 13th. If you’re a VBMA Member and don’t receive this information, please email communicationscoordinator@vbma.org to request the links.

This information will also be posted on the VBMA Member Website.

VBMA WEBINAR: Medicinal Mushrooms in Veterinary Practice

Medicinal Mushrooms in Veterinary Practice: mechanisms, research and practical applications. 

Thursday February 3rd 2022 8:00 PM Eastern US Time

 1.5 CE units are available for this Webinar via IVAS.

REGISTER HERE: https://www.vbma.org/upcoming-vbma-webinars.html



For our seventeenth webinar Barbara Fougere, BSc BVMS (Hons), BHSc, MODT, MHSc (Herb Med), CVA (IVAS), CVBM, CVCP, CMAVA,will lecture on Medicinal Mushrooms in Veterinary Practice. Only $70 for VBMA Members!



 Medicinal Mushrooms in Veterinary Practice: mechanisms, research and practical applications. 

Every dog magazine says don’t feed dogs mushrooms! Mushrooms are a huge kingdom and yes amanita mushrooms should be off the edible list, but what about medicinal mushrooms?  Join Dr Barbara Fougere in an exploration of seven fungi and their practical application in practice, their actions, indications and safety. Discover fungi that enhance senior pet wellbeing; that support cancer and that support patients with renal and liver disease. And if you studied microbiology…you know the principles already so we will review easy cultivation of mushrooms to grow your own.



 Once you’ve registered, please send any questions you may have for Dr. Fougere about Medicinal Mushrooms via email to communicationscoordinator@vbma.org. Dr. Fougere will answer submitted questions during the webinar presentation.




 Dr Barbara Fougere graduated from Murdoch in 1986. Her integrative practice is in Sydney Australia and she teaches for the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies and lectures on integrative medicine all over the world. She is the current Chair of the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine and board member of the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association. She has been a veterinary herbalist and acupuncturist for more than 20 years, has authored textbooks on herbal medicine and in her spare time enjoys her permaculture garden, herbs, silver-smithing, and menagerie of animals.


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.