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AHVMA Events

2020 AHVMA Virtual Annual Conference & Exhibition

September 21 – 25, 2020
Online at a computer near you!

Registration is now open for the 2020 AHVMA Virtual Annual Conference & Exhibition! Register today!

Other Organizations

AAVA Virtual Conference

July 24 – October 23, 2020

Registration is now open for the AAVA Virtual Conference.  As many of you know, 2020 would have marked the fifteenth annual meeting of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA), which was originally planned as a face to face meeting in Memphis, Tennessee. Due to the current restrictions with COVID-19, the face to face meeting had to be cancelled. However, we are so excited to be able to bring you a portion of the original meeting on our virtual platform.

With the virtual platform you will be able to watch pre-recorded RACE and IVAS approved sessions at your leisure for up to 3 months. The program provides 3 hours of General Session, 7 hours of Small Animal, 7 hours of Large Animal and new this year, a 5 hour Veterinary Technician Track. In addition, a forum discussion board will be available through the entirety of the conference to ask questions for each topic.

Registration is open now on the AAVA website with Early Bird Rates ending July 23rd.  The conference dates are July 24, 2020 through October 23, 2020.  Register early and save!

Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat

Lowood Educational Center, Duck, North Carolina

VHAR Session One

February 26-March 1, 2021
March 19-22, 2021
April 17-19, 2021
October 2-4, 2021
October 23-25, 2021

VHAR Session Two

September 17-20, 2021
October 16-18, 2021
November 13-15, 2021
March 19-21, 2022
April 23-25, 2022 

This is a comprehensive training in the use and practice of Western Herbal Medicine. All Materia Medica lectures will include an organoleptic component. There will be extensive labs in medicine making. Each module will feature an herb walk to a different part of the Outer Banks islands. We will also incorporate compassionate care, both for our patients and ourselves. We have a focus on self-care, as we believe good health starts with ourselves. Bonus offerings include Qi Gong in the breaks and a movie night! There will be homework so we can assess your progress as veterinary herbalists. Continental breakfast is included daily.

Integrative Hospice and Palliative Medicine: Completing The Circle of Care

Live Zoom Event
March 12-14th 2021

Join Dr. Kris August and Dr. Krisi Erwin. 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.


47th Annual IVAS and AAVA Joint Congress

Alexandria, Virginia
September 17-20, 2021

For more information, see: or email

The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA) are pleased to announce the 2021 Congress on Veterinary Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Join us in Alexandria, VA USA to celebrate 47 IVAS years and 16 AAVA years of Conferences.

We invite clinicians and other individuals to submit abstracts for Presentations, Wet Labs, Poster Presentations and Research Papers for our 2021 Congress. Presentations selected will be presented by the Author and published in the 2021 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 Annual Conference

Menla Mountain, Phoenicia, NY
October 7-11, 2020

Advanced Acupuncture with Linda Boggie. Topic: The Channel of Acupuncture – exploring the road maps of development and sustenance for the individual.

When learning TCM we are overwhelmed with the language and concepts of Chinese medical theory and philosophy. It is enough to try and grasp one system of channels – the Primary channels – and understand the effects that acupuncture can have throughout the body through these 12 channels. We may also learn about the Du Mai and the Ren Mai, but the rest….not so much.

However, there are five other “channel” systems that were discussed in classical acupuncture texts. We will explore these channels through lectures given by Linda Boggie, DVM, a student of Jeffrey Yuen. Through intellectual discussion and practical applications, we will explore the channel systems which provide the road maps for the development and sustenance of an individual; physical and mental, human and animal. They provide understanding of how an individual may respond to challenges in life, be they internal or external; in other words, the progression of disease and possible pathways to resolve pathology. Understanding the different channel systems is an invitation to explore one’s self, and as we gain a greater understanding of self we develop a greater awareness in using acupuncture as a therapeutic healing modality.

This seminar offers 20.5 hours NYS CE – IVAS CE pending.

Manual Rehabilitation Techniques for Pain Management

Lowood Educational Center, Outer Banks, NC
November 7-8, 2020

Join Dr. Julie Wentzel and Jessie Pulley, LVT for this course, which 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.

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,,

Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy 2021 Conference

August 6-8, 2021
National University of Health Sciences, Lombard, Illinois.

Conference details available soon at

Free Veterinary Homeopathy Webinars

Presented by the Pitcairn Institute for Veterinary Homeopathy

Introduction to Homeopathy, presented by Dr. Lisa Melling, Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

  • Homeopathy in Treatment of Epidemics, presented by Dr. Richard Pitcairn, Monday July 27, 2020.
  • A Women’s Place is in the Revolution: The Role of Women in American Homeopathy, presented by Dr. Laura Weis, Tuesday August 25, 2020.
  • Hot Cat! A Case of Sudden High Fever, presented by Dr. Richard Pitcairn, Tuesday, September 15, 2020.
  • Wild Homeopathy at Work. Chirp!, presented by Dr. Sue Mowatt, Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Please REGISTER HERE to attend the lecture series. All webinars will start at 5:30pm PDT / 8:30pm EDT. If you are unable to participate live, all webinars will be recorded.


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.