2016 Conference a Success!

Thank you to all who attended our 2016 conference in Columbus, Ohio! We had our largest attendance yet, and attendees enjoyed over 90 RACE-approved courses.

If you didn’t make it to the conference, don’t fret! All sessions were audio recorded and sessions are available for purchase.

Our partner, MBS, is offering conference audio .mp3 files on USB stick or audio CD, which include lecture Powerpoints, and individual audio sessions on CD or download.

So if you were not able to attend the 2016 meeting in Columbus, we have you covered. MBS offers same day shipping, or same day access for online orders.

Please visit mbsonlinemedia.com.

AVAG & IVAS Call for Papers

International Call for Papers, Wet Lab Seminars, Poster Presentations, and Research Papers
2017 AVAG and IVAS Joint Congress on Veterinary Acupuncture, Cairns, Australia

The Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Group (AVAG) and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) are pleased to announce a joint Congress on Veterinary Acupuncture sponsored by both organizations.

We invite clinicians and other individuals to submit abstracts for Presentations, Wet Labs, Poster Presentations and Research Papers for our 2017 Joint Congress. Presentations selected will be presented by the Author and published in the AVAG and IVAS 2017 Digital Congress Proceedings. There is not a general theme, all topics are welcome. All acupuncture, acupuncture related and Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies will be considered.

AHVMA Conference Receives RACE Approval

The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) is pleased to announce the AAVSB RACE approval of 94 hours of the 2016 AHVMA Annual Conference.

This Conference qualifies for a maximum of 22 RACE approved CE credits for any one Veterinarian/Veterinary Technician. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board’s CE requirements

This program, 131-25741, is listed on the AAVSB’s Website, www.aavsb.org

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 office@ahvma.org. 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, www.aavsb.org.

For more information, please contact IVAS at 970-266-0666 or office@ivas.org.

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

Rabies Press Release


Contact: W. Jean Dodds, DVM, wjeandodds@gmail.com

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.”