From the AHVMA – Fulfilling Our Mission
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 to AHVMA.org. 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!