Meetings and Events

AHVMA Events

2020 Annual Conference and Meeting
September 24 – 27, 2020
Grapevine, TX

Other Organizations

Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat- A 5-part course in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine
Drs. Laurie Dohmen and Kris August

September 12-14, 2020
October 17-19, 2020
November 14-16, 2020
March 20- 22, 2021
April 17-19, 2021

 This Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat is intended to train veterinarians in the use of Western Herbal Medicine. This is a comprehensive course including organ system-based Materia Medica, medicine-making, herb walks, self-care and more. This course is intended to help prepare the veterinarian to become a board-certified Veterinary Herbalist. Each 3-day weekend will include multiple Materia Medica lectures with organoleptic components, an extensive medicine-making lab, and an herb walk to a different part of the Island, plus additional lectures and activities.

Intertwined: The Exquisite Relationship between Animals, Plants and the Earth
Dr. Laurie Dohmen and Richard Mandelbaum, RH
February 14-16, 2020

This conference is intended to educate veterinarians and other herbalists on the connections between the plant world and the animal kingdom and how Mother Earth makes us all one large community. This knowledge will deepen our practices on a fundamental level.  The lectures will  lead the attendee from evolutionary origins of community through plant intelligence, and the roots of herbal medicine and food use.  It will take a deeper look at zoopharmacognosy, organoleptics and phytopharmacology.  Bee medicine will be presented as an example of insects’ role in the web of life. We will close with a big picture view of the intertwined roles of the different creatures in the community of Mother Earth.

Integrative Hospice and Palliative Medicine: The Circle of Care
Dr. Kris August, DVM, GDVWHM, CHPV and Dr. Krisi Erwin, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP, CHPV
April 3-5, 2020

Hospice and Palliative Care is a growing field in veterinary medicine. Increasing numbers of families are seeking out experienced practitioners to guide them through their pet’s end of life experience. Providing an integrative approach for your hospice and palliative care patients allows you to complete the circle of care, allowing you to create the best plan of comfort care for your patients and their families. Our unique approach to Hospice and Palliative Medicine will empower you to ease pain and stress in your chronically or terminally ill patients. These tactics will build your confidence and knowledge for these unique, and oftentimes, tricky cases.

Manual Rehabilitation Techniques for Pain Management
Dr. Julie Wentzel and Jessie Pulley, LVT
May 2-3, 2020

This course will introduce and help to advance manual rehabilitation skills and elaborate on how these can increase the options in your pain management toolbox. We will review anatomy, massage, rehabilitation modalities and exercises that can be incorporated into any general practice. The course will utilize both lecture and lab.

2020 American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA) Annual Meeting
Peabody Hotel, Memphis, TN
April 17-19, 2020

Attendee Registration is now open on the AAVA website. The 2020 Program is RACE and IVAS approved.

46th Annual IVAS Congress
Hilton Glasgow Scotland
September 16-19, 2020

For more information, see: or email

We invite clinicians and other individuals to submit abstracts for Presentations, Wet Labs, Poster Presentations and Research Papers for our 2020 Congress. Presentations selected will be presented by the Author and published in the IVAS 2020 Digital Congress Proceedings. There is not a general theme at this time, all topics are welcome. All acupuncture, acupuncture related and Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies will be considered.

IVAS Call for Papers

NYCAVMA Advanced Acupuncture with Are Thoresen, DVM
Hudson Valley, NY
November 13-15, 2020

The New York Complementary and Alternative Medical Association proudly is sponsoring an Advanced Acupuncture/12 stage cycle/anthroposophic seminar with Are Thoresen, DVM.

Registration and details will be available soon at

A Course on Quantum Healing

Science has evolved beyond the limited perspective of materialism, making it now possible to condense and integrate many of the different empirical healing rituals of history into one comprehensive, logically congruent, and simple technology of healing. The scientific approach makes the practice of holistic medicine far simpler and easier than you ever imagined.

This is an intensive four day course in a rural Idaho setting for individuals and/or very small groups.

Contact Dr. Ronald Hamm for details and to schedule a class.
Author of Analog Medicine and The Philosophic Foundation of Holistic Medicine

(208) 252-1366,

Pranic Healing Intensive Level I

Offered on an ongoing basis throughout Oregon, this workshop introduces the practitioner to the basics of energy anatomy, how to identify energetic blockages and/or imbalances, and then to cleanse, energize, and revitalize the area to accelerate self-healing. This course covers techniques and comprehensive protocols for working on the physical level for chronic/acute conditions, as well as the mental/emotional level for stress and anxiety. Includes a module on distance healing, preventative healing, and professional self-care for burnout prevention.

Contact Liza Burney for more information or to schedule a 2-hour introductory class.
(503) 502-5186,,


Courses presented by other organizations are listed as a courtesy for those members who may be interested.  Inclusion of a course is not and does not imply AHVMA referral, endorsement, or recommendation.