Introducing our New Associate Membership

You asked, and we listened. It’s FINALLY here!

The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) is proud to introduce our brand new Associate Membership Category.

Associate Membership is an opportunity to support AHVMA – the premier holistic and integrative veterinary medical association.

  • Associate Membership in the AHVMA is an organization-based membership available for the first time, in two classes:
    Class A – Sole proprietorships
    Class B – Corporations, LLCs, and all others

Associate membership offers the following benefits:

  • Opportunity to support the holistic integrative veterinary medical profession.
  • Opportunity to advertise on AHVMA website (exclusive to Associate Members).
  • Early advance access to exhibit space allocation and sponsorship opportunities, beginning with the 2017 Conference & Exhibition.
  • Online access to the AHVMA Journal and Proceedings.
  • 5% discount on exhibit space, beginning with the 2017 Conference & Exhibition.
  • Conference bag inserts at 50% off regular rate, beginning with 2016 Conference & Exhibition.
  • Associate Membership in AHVMA offers numerous benefits to boost your business and your bottom line while at the same time providing much-needed support to AHVMA.
  • Associate Membership includes one business listing in the on-line Directory. Multiple operations under one business listing are not permitted.

Please download the AHVMA Associate Membership brochure for complete details and membership application.

If you have any questions about this, or other ways you can support AHVMA please contact us at We’d love to hear from you!

Pet Owners Report Hemp Products Helpful in Relieving Pain

hempAccording to a survey published in the Spring 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (JAHVMA), 64.3% of dog owners and 66% of cat owners felt that the consumption of hemp products helped their pets either moderately or a great deal.

The survey was conducted by a team from the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. A link was provided to the survey from a website of a company that sells hemp products for animals. Responses were anonymous.

Six-hundred and thirty-two people responded to the survey, with 457 using or having used a hemp product for their dog and 104 people using or having used a hemp product for their cat.
In addition to the relief from pain, 50.5% of the dogs and 44% of the cats were perceived by their owners as having either moderately or greatly improved sleep habits from the use of hemp products.

When it came to anxiety, 49.3% of dog owners reported that the hemp products helped moderately or a great deal. For reducing inflammation in cats, the owners perceived the products were similarly helpful in 56.3% of the felines.

The most common side effects reported by both dog and cat owners were sedation and overactive appetite (dogs: 22%, 15.9%; cats: 19.2% and 16%).

Of the 274 respondents who reported that they had spoken to their veterinarian about the products, 61.7% reported that their veterinarian had responded positively, and only 7.7% reported a negative response. One-hundred and ninety-two people did not tell their veterinarian, and another 47 had not visited their veterinarian since they began using a hemp product.

JAHVMA is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published quarterly by the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. The paper, “CONSUMERS’ PERCEPTIONS OF HEMP PRODUCTS FOR ANIMALS,” appears in the Spring 2016, Volume 2 issue of the journal.

AHVMA is the mindful leader elevating the veterinary profession through innovation, education and advocacy of integrative medicine.

Help Us Grow!

nowaretwoThe best recruiter for new members in a professional association is a current satisfied member.

If every AHVMA member recruited just one new member, membership would DOUBLE in 2016, along with a major increase in our influence within the veterinary community.

We are asking for your help in one of the following ways:

1. Recruit one or more of your colleagues or associates using the special Membership Application (click here for membership form). Please be sure to list your name as “Recruiter”; or,

2. Send the name and contact information of prospective member(s) to the AHVMA Office and we will follow-up on these prospects.

As an incentive, any member that you recruit before April 1, 2016 will have their membership run through March 31, 2017!

Spread the word that AHVMA is THE Resource for the holistic Veterinary medical community and help your association grow. The current Member-Get-A-Member campaign will end on September 10, 2016 at the AHVMA Annual Conference in Columbus, OH.
Members recruiting at least two new members will be entered into a drawing for a free registration to the 2017 Conference in San Diego.

Looking forward to a productive 2016 and beyond.

In appreciation,


Dr. Charles H. Emely, CAE
Executive Director of the AHVMA

IVAS Receives RACE Approval

The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) is pleased to announce the AAVSB RACE approval of the IVAS Certification Course in Veterinary Acupuncture.

This course qualifies for a maximum of 182 CE credits for any one Veterinarian. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE.

This program, 991-19394, is listed on the AAVSB’s Website,

For more information, please contact IVAS at 970-266-0666 or

“IVAS Setting the Global Standard in Veterinary Acupuncture Since 1974”

Rabies Press Release


Contact: W. Jean Dodds, DVM,

October 6, 2015

The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) became the first national veterinary organization to support efforts by Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL) to improve rabies testing with a modified screening test to determine if veterinary patients need to receive rabies booster vaccinations to maintain protective immunity. The AHVMA and its members have long expressed concern over animal vaccination practices. While vaccinations provide important protection against a wide number of serious diseases, they can also cause adverse effects ranging from minor discomfort, autoimmune disorders and even death on rare occasions.

Veterinarians can offer serum antibody titers, a form of blood testing which is helpful in predicting the need for revaccination. This practice is helpful to reduce the potential dangers to pets from receiving unneeded vaccinations. Currently, laws regulating rabies vaccination are set locally and statewide and may not allow for the use of blood antibody testing to avoid mandatory rabies revaccination. To comply with the law, veterinarians and pet owners vaccinate at prescribed intervals regardless of existing immunity. This practice was developed to protect public health in a time when vaccine titers were not offered by veterinarians, but it increases the risk of vaccine adverse-events for our dog and cat patients.

AHVMA Appoints New Executive Director

chuckemelyMona Boudreaux, DVM, CVA, MMQ, President of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) announced the appointment of Dr. Charles “Chuck” H. Emely as the Executive Director of AHVMA effective October 1, 2015.

Dr. Emely was formerly President and Chief Operating Officer of Comprehensive Business Consultants, Inc., an international consulting firm serving association, government, and business clients. Dr. Emely is an experienced association executive, and has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation, as well as the Certified Meetings Professional (CMP) designation.

Dr. Emely has served as chief executive of several not-for-profit organizations, and specialized in change-agent, crisis management, and reorganization assignments. He has also consulted with various types of not-for-profit and governmental organizations. He holds advanced degrees in corporate communications and management. He is an active member of several professional associations including the American Society of Association Executives.

His avocational interests include aviation, communications, music, travel, and wine collecting. He is a Life Member of MENSA. He is also a pet lover, and shares a home with two shelter rescue cats, Princess and Pearl. Dr. Emely resides in Delaware with his wife Mary Ann, who is also a Certified Association Executive and serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

AHVMA is the mindful leader elevating the veterinary profession through innovation, education and advocacy of integrative medicine. Boudreaux states “with Dr. Emely’s direction I know we will continue to strengthen our organization and succeed in our mission.”

Letter from the President

Mona-BoudreauxIt is springtime and winter is finally over. The snow has melted and everywhere we see plants starting to grow, knowing they will bloom big and beautiful. We look around at all the changes occurring during winter and know many more are coming in the spring. The same is happening for the AHVMA. The Board of Directors, committees and multiple task forces have accomplished more than we thought was possible, with many more beautiful changes coming our way.

As I count down the last 6 months of my presidency, I feel an even stronger momentum to achieve the goals and dreams of our members. Many of us are diligently working to complete tasks on our strategic plan. This fun and engaging group makes me proud to be an AHVMA member. Allow me to share some of these accomplishments, as well as what we are working on now.

2015 AHVMA Annual Conference — Breakfast Meetings

Registration is now open for the 2015 AHVMA Annual Conference.

The 2015 Annual Conference will be held in Augusta, Georgia on October 17 – 20, 2015. This conference is also the 30 year celebration of the AHVMA, and is an event not to be missed. Nestled on the banks of the Savannah River, Augusta offers opportunities for hiking, kayaking, and canoeing. Augusta boasts an array of music venues, over 300 local restaurants, as well as Museums of Art and History.

This year we are doing something a little different: we will be pre-registering all Exhibitor hosted Breakfast Meetings at the AHVMA Annual Conference. This will benefit our exhibitors and attendees, ensuring exhibitors a full audience and enabling YOU to sign up for your favorite meeting(s) even if you aren’t the first attendee on site.

Space is limited, so please sign-up early to reserve your seat.

2015 AHVMA Conference Dates Announced

augustaJoin us for our 30th Annual Conference in the heart of the South, beautiful Augusta Georgia.

The 30th Annual AHVMA Conference will be held October 17-20, 2015, at the Augusta Marriott.

Experience the best of the South in Augusta, home of the prestigious Masters® Golf Tournament! Founded as a trading post during the British colonial period, the city showcases Antebellum mansions, hallowed historic sites, and quiet, tree-lined avenues perfect for relaxing strolls.

The lovely Savannah river, in the heart of the city, courses through Augusta’s Riverwalk. On Saturday mornings, visit the Augusta Market on the River to find locally grown produce, fresh baked goodies, locally roasted coffee and regional artisans. You can also hop on the Patriot Riverboat for a tour down the river or browse the galleries and shop at the Morris Museum of Art.

As the second oldest city in Georgia, Augusta is steeped in history. Interested in Civil War history? Check out Magnolia Cemetery, the resting place of more than 300 Confederate soldiers and 7 generals.

Enjoy unique local restaurants, live music, and dancing, part of Augusta’s vibrant nightlife.

The Savannah River also offers abundant opportunities to kayak, canoe, fish, or enjoy a boat ride. Take a sunset or music cruise, or just enjoy a nice hike along the banks.

We hope you’ll join us for another unforgettable conference experience!

Letter from the President

BarbaraRoyalAs President of the AHVMA, I thank you for your continued support of our organization in these exciting times of change.

I appreciate everyone’s hard work in maintaining a holistic perspective. Your individual dedication and successes every day make our mission vital, relevant and more achievable than ever.

We began 2014 with quite a splash. At the AVMA Leadership Conference and House Of Delegates (HOD) Winter Session, we participated in our first full voting session as delegates. Our voice, opinion and vote were heard. We won both holistic medicine resolutions; the anti-homeopathy bill was defeated, and the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture was accepted as the newest HOD voting member. Because of the AHVMA’s active role in the House of Delegates, over 90% of the AVMA delegate votes were in our favor. It was thrilling to feel the wave of support for our membership from our conventional colleagues.

An increasing number of holistic and integrative lectures are now accepted for Continuing Education credit in many states. The AHVMA will continue to lead the movement for our members’ right to learn and be credited for our knowledge.

These successes come on the heels of tremendous opportunities we’ve created in research, funding, and integrative education in many veterinary schools.