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Dedicated to Developing Responsible Herbal Practice

Established in 2002 by Susan Wynn, DVM, CVA, CVCH, AHG, DACVN



Webinars are only $70 for our VBMA Members, and you have the option of attending live or viewing a recording.


WEBINAR by Dr. Steve Marsden

Hip & Knee Problems - Including CCL Tears, Luxating Patellae &  Displyasia

Missed it? Recording available!


Recordings of all our past programs are available for purchase HERE.



Coming October 2020, in conjunction with the ACVBM Annual Conference at the Graduate Hotel in beautiful downtown Eugene, Oregon. Join us on October 25th for the Mushroom Festival, followed by two days of lectures, and finally our 2020 EcoTour at Belknap Hot Springs 10/28 - 10/30.


Discounted price for VBMA Members!





The International Herbal Symposium is an incredible bi-annual herbal event that was founded by Rosemary Gladstar more than twenty-five years ago to help benefit the United Plant Savers organization. Herbalists from around the globe attended this event, and it's an experience not to be missed. Seven years ago, Rosemary agreed to allow the VBMA to start a veterinary speaker track which has enabled us to greatly expand our herbal knowledge. This year's Vet Track was awarded 11.5 hours of CE credit by IVAS.



Leah Penniman

IHS 2019 - Veterinarian Track Teacher Bios & Topics

VBMA Vet Track has been awarded 11.5 hours of CE credit by IVAS.

Cheryl Schwartz, D.V.M.


Dr. Schwartz is an international educator, holistic veterinarian and an original member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. A graduate of Washington State College of Veterinary Medicine, she has been in practice in Northern and Southern California since 1978, working with cats, dogs and horses. Teaching acupuncture, Qi Gong, herbals, homeopathy, sound and color therapies, for both veterinary and general public audiences, Dr. Schwartz has been guided by the animals for forty years. She is the author of Four Paws Five Directions: A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats & Dogs, Natural Healing for Dogs & Cats A-Z, and a contributing author to veterinary acupuncture, alternative veterinary medicine and nutrition textbooks.


Climate Change, Stress & Our Animal Family Animal friends experience climate change and stress as much as we humans do. Issues involving immune, digestive, respiratory, urinary and skin systems react to toxic overload. We will look at herbs and flower essences to support our friends through trying times. Beginner


The Heart, Circulation & Spiritual Well-Being in Cats & Dogs The Heart, and its related Fire Organs - Pericardium and Triple Heater - houses the mind and spirit in Chinese Medicine. Physically, the heart helps to circulate the Blood. We will look at this overlap and study herbs to help facilitate physical and emotional circulation in our animal friends. All


Intensive: Five Element Animal Types with Cats, Dogs & Horses Genetic and environmental influences direct your animal friend's health and well being. Learn to recognize, support and balance the animal's unique constitutional type with herbs and diet for optimal health and socialization

Cynthia Lankenau


Cynthia Lankenau, DVM graduated from Cornell University's Veterinary College in 1981. After being in a dairy cow practice, Peace Corps, and an Equine/mixed animal practice, she started exploring alternative medicine. She has finished certifications in acupuncture, Chinese and Western Herbal medicine, homeopathy and chiropractic and has been in a solo 100 % alternative medicine practice since 1993. Herbal medicine is a passion. She is a past-president of the VBMA and is a strong supporter of the veterinary track at IHS.


Vet Track-Phlegm Diseases The concept of phlegm (tan) and Phlegm-fluid (tanyin) encompasses a myriad of manifestations both substantial and unsubstantial. This course will explore Chinese medical theory and understanding for the treatment of phlegm and phlegm-fluid pathology. Advanced


Vet track-Wen Bing-Epidemic diseases As we are facing an increase in Climatic Heat, the Wen Bing perspective, based on classical Chinese Theory, recognizes the treatment of Heat invaded pathogens. This course will explore the rapid nature of Heat invasion and its progression in the body with herbal formulas to treat the various levels of Heat invasion. Advanced


Intensive: The ' ABC's of Veterinary Botanical Medicine' This intensive will cover the basics foundation on how to become a proficient veterinarian herbal prescriber.  The most important step is to have a proper energetic diagnosis; the class will spend time building an understanding of tongue and pulse diagnosis. Then by understanding the energetics of herbs, a proper treatment plan can be achieved

Joyce Harman


Joyce Harman graduated in 1984 from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She is certified in veterinary acupuncture and chiropractic and has completed advanced training in homeopathy, and herbal medicine.Her practice in Virginia uses 100% holistic medicine to treat all types of horses. Her publications include two Pain Free Back and Saddle Fit Books . She has served on many board of directors, is past president of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and of the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association and writes regular in professional and lay publications.


Lyme disease in the Equine Lyme disease in horses is a serious problem in many parts of the USA, as well as internationally. Herbal medicine forms the foundation for successful treatment and prevention. Chinese and western herbs can be used as part of a holistic approach.  All


Cannabinoids and their use in Horses Cannabinoid receptors are present in all species, including horses. Dosing and clinical use of CBD containing products will be discussed. Horses are very sensitive to herbal preparations, despite their large size.

Rona Sherebrin


Rona Sherebrin grew up with the traditions of European herbalism, experiencing various teas, tinctures and infusions used by her mother and grandmother to support the family's health. She graduated with honours from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1991 and began practicing the conventional "western" veterinary medicine, while embracing a more holistic view of health care for herself and family, including nutrition, Tai Chi exercise and Qi Gong meditation. After ten years in practice Rona began to integrate what she had been practicing in her own life into her patient care. She became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (Chi Institute) in 2005 and has continued her education with advanced training in Veterinary Tui-Na bodywork and Veterinary Herbal Medicine, offering integrative health care to her patients ever since. She enjoys teaching, and lectures to veterinarians as well as lay groups. Rona also mentors veterinary students, and veterinarians completing veterinary acupuncture certification. She loves to travel and visit family, friends and colleagues all over the world, but is always sad to leave behind her active 6 year-old yellow lab.


Herbs and the Animal Microbiome: an Introduction As the importance of the human microbiome and its impact on our health has become more understood, we have to understand the microbiome of companion, sporting and food-producing animals to optimize their health. This lecture will outline the similarities and differences of the gut, oral and skin microbiome of animal species compared to humans. An introduction to herbs useful in supporting and modifying the microbiome will be presented. Beginner


Herbs and the Animal Microbiome This class will delve more deeply into the usage and effects of specific herbs on the microbiome of companion, sporting and food producing animals.


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