Our original, 352 page document was submitted in October of 2016 to petition the American Board of veterinary Specialties (AVBS) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) for provisional recognition of Veterinary Botanical Medicine as a Registered Veterinary Speciality (RVS) under the auspices of the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine (ACVBM), a Recognized Veterinary Speciality Organization (RVSO).


Once the public comment period ended, the ABVS Committee on Developing New Specialties (CDNS) sorted through them all (several hundred received!) and convened a phone call with the CDNS during the week of September 11, 2017. We were forwarded the CDNS comments and concerns after this review shortly thereafter so that we could address them in our final petition, which was due in the ABVS office before November 1st, 2017.


Prior to the deadline we submitted our final petition, which included revisions that addressed issues that arose during consideration by the AVBS and AVMA, as well as the public comment period, in conjunction with our response letter.


In March 2018, the American Board of Veterinary Specialties met with Signe Beebe and Nancy Scanlan, representatives of the ACVBM. The ABVS was very impressed with the petition, and this is the first time an alternative type of modality has been recognized this far in the ABVS. Unfortunately they rejected our petition to be a stand alone college as we are a relatively new entity to them, but did open the door for us to apply under a currently existing college, specifically the College of Clinical Pharmacology.  At the ACVIM in June, representatives of the ACVBM will be meeting with representatives of the College of Clinical Pharmacology to discuss what being under their 'wing' will entail. After this meeting, we'll update you as to what comes next on this incredible journey.



Below you'll find links to PDF file of our original petition, our response letter, our final petition, and related appendices.


Original Petition, 10/2016


Response Letter


Final Petition, 11/2017


Appendixes Index




Reply to AVBS 2/2018



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