The 2018 ACVBM Annual Conference will be held in Kissimmee, FL on October 3rd, 2018 in conjunction with the AHVMA Annual Conference and will feature the speakers shown below, as well as our annual herbwalk.  A printable flyer is available for download HERE



Dr. Christopher Hobbs


Dr. Hobbs is a fourth-generation, internationally renowned herbalist, licensed acupuncturist, author, clinician, botanist, mycologist, and research scientist with over 35 years of experience with herbal medicine. Christopher has a doctorate from UC Berkeley in phylogenetics, evolutionary biology and phytochemistry. He is also a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild. Christopher's Living Herbs podcasts are available for you to listen to HERE.



Guido Masé


Guido is a clinical herbalist, herbal educator, and garden steward. The cofounder and co-director of the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, he is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, the American Botanical Council, and United Plant Savers. He lives in South Burlington, Vermont.






October 2nd:

4 PM - 6 PM - ACVBM Herb Walk *donation may be requested*

8 PM - ACVBM board meeting,


October 3rd:

8 AM - Christopher Hobbs, will lecture for 6 hours


TITLE: Medicinal Mushrooms for pets

OBJECTIVE: To review the latest science for supporting efficacy and safety of medicinal mushrooms

OBJECTIVE: To understand the importance of choosing quality products for insuring efficacy, and what species to use for specific conditions

OBJECTIVE: To learn the criteria for determining dose, dosage for each individual animal


ABSTRACT: Fungi of all kinds have been shown to contain cell wall components called beta-glucans. When animals consume them, complex and beneficial immune stimulation occurs that can help prevent and treat various infections, viral syndromes, support cancer treatments, helping to reduce symptoms and the sside effects of chemo. We will discuss the history of use, recent scientific research supporting their use, including clinical trials in humans. We will also discuss the mechanism of action of medicinal mushrooms, detailing a wide range of biological actions, supported by published and peer-reviewed research.


TITLE: Understanding and Treating chronic inflammatory diseases

OBJECTIVE: To review the science associating chronic inflammation to most diseases, especially chronic diseases such as arthritis, bowel, respiratory, and urinary diseases.

OBJECTIVE: To review the causes of chronic inflammation, and diagnostic measures to determine its importance in many diseases and symptoms.

OBJECTIVE: To look closely at the most potent foods and herbs to reverse chronic inflammation and relieve symptoms and how to choose the best products.


ABSTRACT: Chronic inflammation is initiated at the cellular level through the inflammasome after exposure to various triggers like dietary agents, drugs, injury, and many more. This chronic inflammation is currently believed to be a strong etiological factor in cardiovascular disease, cancer, and autoimmune diseases, among others. We will look at inflammatory triggers and how to avoid them, and detail science and standard of practice for treating these conditions with herbal medicines such as turmeric, St. John’s wort, boswellia, pineapple stem (bromelain), hops, and many more, foods, and other dietary supplements (such as vitamin C). We will look at the current evidence base for their use.


4 PM - 5:30 PM - VBMA Herb Walk (free for VBMA and ACVBM members) led by Christopher Hobbs


6:30 PM - 8:30 PM - two hour lecture by Guido Mase.





VBMA Members - $175.00, Non-Members - $225.00.

Price includes morning and afternoon coffee break with small snacks and lunch - dinner is 'on your own'.





The 2018 AHVMA Annual Conference host hotel is:


Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

6000 West Osceola Parkway

Kissimmee, FL 34746

(407) 586-0000




    The AHVMA strongly recommend that you wait to reserve a room until they post details for our group discount.


    Please be aware of third party companies trying to assist you in booking hotel reservations. They are not associated with AHVMA.


All attendees are strongly encouraged to stay at the host hotel. This reduces transportation and parking problems and helps AHVMA secure the best rates for our conference venue.




Orlando International Airport (MCO) is served by major airlines.


Ground Transportation


Gaylord Palms partners with Mears Transportation to provide transportation from Orlando International Airport to the hotel. There is a charge for the service, approximately $40 round trip. To secure your reservation, call Mears Transportation’s 24-hour reservations line at (407) 423-5566, or book online. Rental cars are also available at the airport, but please be advised that the hotel charges a nightly rate for parking.




Parking at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center is $22 per night.



ACVBM 2018 Annual Conference Sponsors

For over 20 years, we have been manufacturing natural products to ensure the superior quality of life our pets deserve.

Garmon Corp. is a fully compliant cGMP Standards facility, following the highest industry standards.

We are an FDA registered and audited facility, as well as third party audited by U.L. Labs.

We are also an NASC Audited Member carrying the NASC Seal on our labels, providing a symbol of “quality assurance” for consumers.

CIVT provides world-leading education, including accredited post graduate qualifications in evidence-based natural medicine.

By bridging cutting edge science and tradition, we help you to expand your treatment options to tackle your most challenging cases. And whether you’re a veterinarian, veterinary technician or nurse, animal health professional or someone who wants to learn more, we have the right course for you!  The College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies is committed to providing the highest quality education in natural medicine for animals drawing on the expertise and knowledge of leading veterinarians and educators across the world.


By Practitioners, for Practitioners

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The ACVBM is not affiliated with the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association (VBMA).