Our Vision

The American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine will provide a means to reach diplomate status through maintaining a standard base of post-graduate instruction and examination, offer educational opportunities designed to advance experience and proficiency, and enhance the integration of scientific, clinical, and traditional knowledge into veterinary medicine practice for the greater benefit of the health and well-being of animals.



Our Mission

The mission of the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine is to increase the proficiency and competence of veterinarians in the use of medicinal plants, ultimately leading to diplomate status in the specialty of veterinary botanical medicine.



Our Objectives


  • Establishing requirements for post-doctoral education and experience pre-requisite to certification in the specialty of veterinary botanical medicine.
  • Providing programs of required study including: Phytochemistry, Phytopharmacology, Pharmacognasy, Ethnopharmacology, Ethnoveterinary Medicine, Traditional and Cultural Uses of Herbal medicines, Traditional/Oriental Medicine & Western Medicine herbology.
  • Supporting scientific research in Phytochemistry, Phytopharmacology, Phytopharmacodynamics, and Toxicology.
  • Examining and certifying veterinarians as specialists in Botanical Veterinary Medicine.



Our Organizing Committee

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Connie DiNatale, DVM, chair of the ACVBM


Ihor Basko, DVM, current President  of the ACVBM


Barbara Fougere, DVM, President-elect of the ACVBM


Cynthia Lankenau, DVM, Secretary/Treasurer of the ACVBM


Signe Beebe, DVM, Vice-president of the ACVBM


Susan Wynn, DVM, DACVM, advisor to the ACVBM Board


Joyce Harman, DVM, MRCVS, Board member of the ACVBM


Steve Marsden, DVM, Board member of the ACVBM


Huisheng Xie, DVM, MS, PhD, Board member of the ACVBM


Hubert Karreman, VMD


Nancy Scanlan, DVM


Rob Silver, DVM


Shauna Cantwell, DVM, MVSc, Diplomate ACVAA


Carmen Colitz, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVO


Donna Raditic, DVM, DACVM


Richard Palmquist, DVM



Board Meeting Minutes

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October 2015

October 2016

October 2017




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