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VBMA HERBALIST CERTIFICATION

The VBMA seeks to provide animal owners, farmers, and veterinarians with some standard of competency by which to choose a veterinary herbalist. Veterinarians certified by VBMA will earn the title "Certified Veterinary Herbalist". Non-veterinary herbalists will earn the title "Certified Veterinary Herbalism Educator."

 

 

Certification by the VBMA will require:

 

  •         Passing the exam (100 - 200 questions) with a grade of at least 70%
  •         Submission of 3 case reports - publication quality, as we will encourage publication for peer review
  •         Donation of at least 10 test questions for future exams

 

The examination is administered yearly by VBMA. The exam is held every year where the VBMA holds their conference. The 2021 exam date will be announced in early 2021. Exam fee is $100.  If you're interested in taking the exam, please email office@vbma.org.

 

 

 

Study Guide:

Veterinary herbalists are certified as possessing a high level of competence, and should be familiar with the science, traditional use, and energetics of herbs. The herbalist should stay abreast of the accumulating research on herbs, particularly studies in companion and food animals. Modern herbalism is indeed becoming a synthesis of many traditions, and since competent herbalists keep up with the emerging literature, it is expected that t here will be some crossover between Western and Chinese herbs in their knowledge. An additional hint to help pass this test is to study where the same or similar plants are used in multiple traditions or systems.

 

Veterinary herbalists who are certified by VBMA are automatically eligible for consideration as a candidate for diplomate status.

 

 

CLICK HERE to download Herbalist Certification Exam Guide.

 

CLICK HERE to download the Herbalist Certification Exam Application.

 

 

 

CERTIFIED MEMBERS:

Susan Wynn

Barbara Fougere

Cindy Lankenau

 

 

PENDING MEMBERS*:

Hue Karreman

Rona Sherebrin

Joyce Harman

Laurie Dohmen

Kris August

 

*have passed the exam and are in the case report  submission process

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

All content © Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association (VBMA) 2020.

 

The VBMA is not affiliated with the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine (ACVBM).

 

 

 

Important Message For 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 office@vbma.org.  You may use the 'find a veterinarian' link on our site menu to find a qualified practitioner near you.

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 office@vbma.org.

All content © Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association (VBMA) 2020.

 

The VBMA is not affiliated with the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine (ACVBM).

Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association

The VBMA seeks to provide animal owners, farmers, and veterinarians with some standard of competency by which to choose a veterinary herbalist. Veterinarians certified by VBMA will earn the title "Certified Veterinary Herbalist". Non-veterinary herbalists will earn the title "Certified Veterinary Herbalism Educator."

 

 

Certification by the VBMA will require:

 

  •         Passing the exam (100 - 200 questions) with a grade of at least 70%
  •         Submission of 3 case reports - publication quality, as we will encourage publication for peer review
  •         Donation of at least 10 test questions for future exams

 

The examination is administered yearly by VBMA. The exam is held every year where the VBMA holds their conference. The 2021 exam date will be announced in early 2021. Exam fee is $100.  If you're interested in taking the exam, please email office@vbma.org.

 

 

 

Study Guide:

Veterinary herbalists are certified as possessing a high level of competence, and should be familiar with the science, traditional use, and energetics of herbs. The herbalist should stay abreast of the accumulating research on herbs, particularly studies in companion and food animals. Modern herbalism is indeed becoming a synthesis of many traditions, and since competent herbalists keep up with the emerging literature, it is expected that t here will be some crossover between Western and Chinese herbs in their knowledge. An additional hint to help pass this test is to study where the same or similar plants are used in multiple traditions or systems.

 

Veterinary herbalists who are certified by VBMA are automatically eligible for consideration as a candidate for diplomate status.

 

 

CLICK HERE to download Herbalist Certification Exam Guide.

 

CLICK HERE to download the Herbalist Certification Exam Application.

 

 

 

CERTIFIED MEMBERS:

Susan Wynn

Barbara Fougere

Cindy Lankenau

 

 

PENDING MEMBERS*:

Hue Karreman

Rona Sherebrin

Joyce Harman

Laurie Dohmen

Kris August

 

*have passed the exam and are in the case report  submission process