The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association explores and
supports alternative and complementary approaches to veterinary
healthcare, and is dedicated to integrating all aspects of animal
wellness in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
In keeping with our mission, the AHVMA continues to be an
active voice for integrative medicine and all its varied forms. As our
organization promotes education and the practice of complementary
and alternative veterinary medicine (CAVM) in our veterinary
profession, we have experienced recent successes on many fronts.
• In our new affiliate status with the AVMA, and as a member
of their House of Delegates (HOD), we actively discussed and
supported both homeopathy and the American Academy of
Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA) at this winter’s HOD session.
The anti-homeopathy bill was defeated, and the AAVA was
accepted as the newest HOD voting member. It was thrilling
to feel the wave of support for our membership from our
conventional colleagues – over 90% of the AVMA delegate
votes were in our favor.
• An increasing number of holistic and integrative lectures are
now accepted for Continuing Education credit in many states.
The AHVMA will continue to campaign for our members’
right to learn and be credited for our knowledge.
• Our position on the AVMA Reference Committee for Education
and Science gives us a voice in these categories, allowing
open discussion during the formation of final committee
recommendations prior to HOD votes.
• The AHVMA, as a professional resource for the AVMA
Committee on the Guidelines for Complementary and
Alternative Veterinary Medicine, will be a voice for all aspects
of holistic medicine as policy is made.
Annual conference and retreat
Our upcoming AHVMA conference from September 13 to 16
in Portland, Oregon, will include information on a wide variety
of current and relevant CAVM topics. There will also be three
interactive labs covering chiropractic/joint mobilization, Tai chi,
and herbal preparations.
The conference covers fascinating and useful subjects, from
acupuncture to homeopathy, leeches to bee venom, range of
motion to free range foods, and much more. Most days have
four concurrent tracks. Our highly qualified and dynamic
speakers come from all over the world, from general practice to
academia. To view the list of speakers, topics and to register, go
Before the conference, we will hold our annual AHVMA retreat,
“Healer, Heal Thyself”, from September 7 to 11 at Breitenbush
Retreat and Conference Center. Breitenbush is a worker-owned
cooperative and one of the most pristine natural hot springs
retreat locations in the US. All members, family and friends are
welcome to participate in the retreat.
The AHVMA is committed to bringing CAVM treatments and
solutions into the consciousness of mainstream medical thinking
and practice. As integrative practitioners, we are moving forward
in our profession. We are a visible, effective and successful voice
for positive change in the way veterinary medicine is practiced.
And most importantly, we are creating an environment for true
health in the wonderful animals we treat. Join us!