ACVBM FELLOWSHIP MEMBERS

 

Veterinarians who are interested in working toward their diplomate status may join the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine as a Fellowship Member. Please review the Diplomate Eligibility Criteria below prior to signing up. If you have questions, feel free to contact us.

 

 

Dues are $100 per annum, and you may join online by clicking HERE.

 

 

 

Eligibility for Diplomate status:

 

a.         The Diplomate Certification Examination may be taken three (3) or more years after an applicant has received (i) a diploma from a college or school of veterinary medicine approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association (“AVMA”), (ii) a certificate issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduated (“ECFVG”), or (iii) legal qualification to practice veterinary medicine in any country, or any state or province of any country, and after satisfaction of the requirements listed in subsection e of this Article VI, Section 1.

 

 

 

b.         Applicants shall procure, by written request to the Secretary/Treasurer, a copy of the application procedures, and shall submit the completed application, along with all other required documents and fees to the Secretary/Treasurer by the deadline designated in the application procedures.

 

 

 

c.         Applicants shall sign and submit the following agreement as part of their application:

 

 

 

            I HEREBY APPLY to the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine (the “College”) to sit for the Diplomate Certification Examination in accordance with the rules and guidelines of the College as set forth in its By-Laws and/or the General Information Guide (GIG) of the College.  I HEREBY AGREE that prior to or subsequent to my examination, the Board of Trustees of the College and/or a committee thereof may investigate my standing as a veterinarian, including my reputation for complying with the ethical standards of the profession.

 

 

 

 d.        The supervising Diplomat of any applicant shall sign and submit the following statement:

 

 

 

            I HEREBY CERTIFY that I am personally supervising the clinical training program of this applicant and that the training program meets the standards established by the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine.

 

 

 

e.         To be eligible to sit for the Diplomate Certification Examination, an applicant must satisfy the requirements listed below.

 

 

 

          1)           The applicant must complete one (1) year of general clinical experience (e.g., internship, residency, or practice) or equivalent.

 

          2)           The applicant must complete either:

 

                        a)         a minimum of two (2) years of training in a graduate level botanical training program previously reviewed and recommended as a Standard Training Program by the Training Program Evaluation Committee and approved by the Board.        The botanical training program must include clinical and research activities in both traditional uses and current research and at least twelve (12) months of practice time in veterinary botanical medicine under the supervision (may be long distance) of a Diplomate of the College. The trainee must register with the Secretary no later than ninety (90) days after beginning the training program using forms available from the Secretary/Treasurer; or

 

                        b)         a minimum of two (2) years of training in an Alternate Training Program, reviewed and recommended by the Training Program Evaluation Committee and approved by the Board as equivalent in training and experience to a Standard Training Program. The program must include clinical, teaching and research activities, and at least twelve (12) months of on-clinic time in veterinary botanical medicine under the supervision (may be long distance) of a Diplomate of the College.  Application for program approval must be submitted no later than ninety (90) days after starting the program, but it is highly recommended that it be submitted before the program starts.  A response to the application for an Alternate Training Program shall be issued no later than one hundred twenty (120) days after the application is submitted.  A response may be approval, disapproval, request for further information or clarification, or indication of program changes required for approval. After an Alternate Training Program is approved by the Board, the program shall not be subject to any future additional requirements that may be imposed with respect to such program by the College.

 

         3)            The applicant must submit to the Credentials Committee three (3) case reports in which botanical medicine was the primary medicinal treatment used.  In these case reports, the applicant must demonstrate proper diagnosis and use of at least one (1) type of botanical tradition and must include follow-up reports.   Each report shall pass acceptability criteria as determined by the Credentials Committee.

 

         4)            The applicant must submit to the Credentials Committee a written, professional, fully referenced report in the area of veterinary botanical medicine that is be suitable for publication in a veterinary or botanical journal.  The acceptability of the report will be determined by the Credentials Committee.

 

 

 

Section 2:  Diplomate Certification Examination

 

 

 

a.         The Diplomate Certification Examination will be offered once annually, usually in conjunction with the annual meeting of the College. Applicants who sit for the Examination are referred to as “candidates.”  The candidate must pass all sections of the examination no later than six (6) years after his or her eligibility to sit for the examination was determined.

 

 

 

b.         Applicants deemed eligible by the Board to sit the Diplomate Certification Examination shall be notified of the date and format of the examination no later than on hundred twenty (120) calendar days before the date of the examination.

 

 

 

c.         The Diplomate Certification Examination shall be divided into three parts:

 

 

 

            1)         a comprehensive part dealing with general botanical medical principles common to all species;

 

            2)         a species specific part (either ( i) small animal, (ii) equine or (iii) production animal and botanical tradition specific part (either (i) Traditional, (ii) Western or (iii) Chinese).  The candidate may choose the species specific and botanical tradition parts. Other traditional exams will be expanded if the need arises.

 

           3)         a plant identification part.

 

 

 

d.         Candidates taking the examination for the first time shall take all parts in the same year.

 

 

 

e.         Candidates for the examination shall be required to submit questions for future examinations as instructed prior to the examination.

 

 

 

f.          The minimum score as recommended by the Examination Committee and approved by the Board must be achieved on each section in order to pass the examination.

 

 

 

g.         Candidates shall be sent written notification of the results of the examination no later than forty-five (45) calendar days after the examination. All candidates shall be sent such notification on the same day.

 

 

 

Section 3:  Requirements for candidates failing one or more sections of the examination

 

 

 

a.         A candidate taking the full examination but failing to pass only one section may re-take that section at the next scheduled examination without fulfilling other prerequisites.  The candidate must submit a letter of intent to the Secretary/Treasurer and pay the examination fee for only that one section of the examination.  Provided, however, that if it has been more than six (6) years since the candidate was first deemed eligible to take the examination, he or she must submit a new application with all required documentation and fees, including new case reports, to the Secretary/Treasurer for review by the Credentials Committee and approval by the Board, and if deemed eligible, must re-take the entire Diplomate Certification Examination.

 

 

 

b.         A candidate taking the full examination but failing to pass more than one section, or a candidate taking only one section of the examination but failing it a second time must re-take the entire examination. The candidate must submit a letter of intent, updated curriculum vitae, and examination fee to the Secretary/Treasurer.  Provided, however, that if it has been more than six (6) years since the candidate was first deemed eligible to take the examination, he or she must submit a new application with all required documentation and fees, including new case reports, to the Secretary/Treasurer, for review by the Credentials Committee and approval by the Board, and if deemed eligible, must re-take the entire Diplomate Certification Examination.

 

 

 

Section 4:  Certification

 

 

 

a.         Qualifications of each candidate passing all sections of the Diplomate Certification Examination shall be reviewed by the Examination Committee and a recommendation shall be made by such committee to the Board.  Upon consideration of the recommendation by the Examination Committee the Board shall determine whether to grant Diplomate status to the candidate.  Such determination shall be made by the Board no more than sixty (60) calendar days after a candidate sits for the examination.

 

 

 

b.         Diplomate certificates shall be issued to successful candidates by the Board no later than ninety (90) calendar days after Diplomate status is granted.

 

 

 

Section 5:  Appeals

 

 

 

a.         An institution whose Standard Training Program was denied may appeal this decision within thirty (30) calendar days of the postmarked date of the notification.

 

 

 

            1)         The appeal must be made in writing to the Secretary/Treasurer and shall include a statement of the grounds for reconsideration and appropriate documentation.

 

 

 

            2)         Upon receipt of an appeal, the Secretary/Treasurer shall notify the Chair of the Board, the Chair of the Training Program Evaluation Committee, and the Chair of the Appeals Committee.

 

 

 

            3)         The Chair of the Board shall submit to the Appeals Committee documentation indicating the reasons for denial of the Standard Training Program, including, but not limited to, the complete application package of the institution and all available documentation pertaining to the Training Program Evaluation Committee's review of the application and recommendations to the Board.

 

 

 

            4)         The Appeals Committee shall review the appeal and provide a recommendation to the Board no later than thirty (30) calendar days after receiving all the documentation from the Chair of the Board.

 

 

 

            5)         The Board shall render a decision on the appeal after receiving the recommendation of the Appeals Committee and shall notify the appellant of the decision no later than fifteen (15) calendar days after receipt of the recommendation of the Appeals Committee.

 

 

 

b.         An applicant whose Alternate Training Program was denied may appeal this decision within thirty (30) calendar days of the postmarked date of the notification.

 

 

 

            1)         The appeal must be made in writing to the Secretary/Treasurer and shall include a statement of the grounds for reconsideration and appropriate documentation.

 

 

 

            2)         Upon receipt of an appeal, the Secretary/Treasurer shall notify the Chair of the Board, the Chair of the Training Program Evaluation Committee, and the Appeals Committee.

 

 

 

            3)         The Chair of the Board shall submit to the Appeals Committee documentation indicating the reasons for denial of the Alternate Training Program, including, but not limited to, the complete application package of the applicant and all available documentation pertaining to the Training Program Evaluation Committee's review of the application and recommendations to the Board, except that such documentation shall be redacted to preserve anonymity of the appellant.

 

 

 

            4)         The Appeals Committee shall review the appeal and provide a recommendation to the Board no later than thirty (30) calendar days after being appointed and receiving necessary documentation.

 

 

 

            5)         The Board shall render a decision on the appeal after receiving the recommendation of the Appeals Committee and shall notify the appellant of the decision no later than fifteen (15) calendar days after receipt of the recommendation of the Appeals Committee.

 

 

 

c.         An applicant denied eligibility to sit for the Diplomate Certification Examination may appeal this decision within thirty (30) calendar days of the postmarked date of the notification.

 

 

 

            1)         The appeal must be made in writing to the Secretary/Treasurer and shall include a statement of the grounds for reconsideration and appropriate documentation.

 

 

 

            2)         Upon receipt of an appeal, the Secretary/Treasurer shall notify the Chair of the Board, the Chair of the Credentials Committee and the Chair of the Appeals Committee.

 

 

 

            3)         The Chair of the Board shall submit to the Appeals Committee documentation indicating the reasons for denial of eligibility to sit for the examination, including, but not limited to, the complete application package of the applicant and all available documentation pertaining to the Credential Committee's review of the application and recommendations to the Board, except that such documentation shall be redacted to preserve anonymity of the appellant.

 

 

 

            4)         The Appeals Committee shall review the appeal and provide a recommendation to the Board no later than thirty (30) calendar days after receiving all necessary documentation.

 

 

 

            5)         The Board shall render a decision on the appeal upon the recommendation of the Appeals Committee and notify the appellant of the decision no later than fifteen (15) calendar days after receipt of the recommendation of the Appeals Committee.

 

 

 

d.         A candidate failing to pass the Diplomate Certification Examination may appeal this decision within thirty (30) calendar days of the postmarked date of notification.

 

 

 

            1)         The request for appeal must be made in writing to the Secretary/Treasurer and shall include a statement of the grounds for reconsideration and appropriate documentation.

 

 

 

            2)         The Secretary/Treasurer shall notify the Chair of the Board, the Chair of the Examination Committee, and the Chair of the Appeals Committee.

 

 

 

            3)         The Chair of the Board shall submit to the Appeals Committee a written statement of the reasons for the failure of the candidate. The Chair of the Examination Committee shall submit to the Appeals Committee the examination and scores of the candidate, the complete list of scores of all candidates on that examination, and a statement as to the criteria used for the Committee's recommendation for success or failure, except that such documentation shall be redacted to preserve anonymity of both the appellant and the other candidates.

 

 

 

            4)         The Appeals Committee shall review the appeal and render a recommendation to the Board no later than thirty (30) calendar days after being appointed.

 

 

 

            5)         The Board shall render a decision on the appeal upon consideration of the recommendation of the Appeals Committee and notify the appellant of the decision no later than fifteen (15) calendar days after receipt of the recommendation of the Appeals Committee.

 

 

 

            6)         If an appeal is unsuccessful and the appellant wishes to reapply to sit for the Diplomate Certification Examination, the deadline for application shall be extended three months from its designated date.

 

 

 

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