Our Mission

The American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine was established in 2014 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.


To fulfill this mission, 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.



The organizational committee of the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine is diligently working towards making our goal of becoming an academic center for the advanced study of plant medicines a reality.  Our main objectives include:


  • 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.


The 2017 ACVBM Annual Conference was held on October 20th, 2017 in conjunction with the AHVMA Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. Proceedings can be purchased HERE. Our herbwalk was held on the 19th at 4 PM and featured D. Ihor Basko as our guide. CLICK HERE to read more and view our slideshow.


The 2018 ACVBM Annual Conference, featuring Dr. Christopher Hobbs and herbalist Guido Masé, will take place in Kissimmee, FL on October 3rd, 2018, the day prior to the AHVMA Annual Conference. Topics include Medicinal Mushrooms for Pets and Understanding and Treating chronic inflammatory diseases. Register now - don't miss out!

  • 2018 ACVBM ANNUAL CONFERENCE 10/3/2018

Our final petition has been submitted.


 CLICK HERE for details, including our response letter.

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