The American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) is soliciting public comments on a petition that seeks to have the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine recognized by the AVMA as a veterinary specialty organization.
The American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine’s organizing committee submitted a formal petition for recognition to the ABVS Committee on the Development of New Specialties in November 2016. The ACVBM petition cites several factors as evidence that a specialty in veterinary botanical medicine would serve a public need. Among these, the petition says:
- Herbal therapy is one of the most common topics offered in complementary and alternative veterinary medicine courses in veterinary schools.
- The number of faculty members with training in botanical medicine at veterinary colleges is increasing.
- Externship sites for 18 veterinary schools include sites that use botanical medicine.
- CE programs are available for veterinarians through four sites (Chi Institute, Veterinary Information Network, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, College of Integrative Veterinary Training) and are included at most national veterinary conferences, including those of ABVS-recognized specialty organizations.
There currently are 22 specialty organizations recognized by the AVMA. All AVMA-recognized specialty organizations and specialties comply with recognition guidelines outlined in the ABVS Policies and Procedures manual.
How to comment on the ACVBM petition
The ABVS is accepting comments on the proposed new specialty from both the veterinary profession and the public. Comments must be submitted in writing – either via email or surface mail – no later than August 31, 2017. Commenters should refer to the guidelines in the ABVS Policies and Procedures manual when developing their comments.
Comments must be signed and submitted in one of the following two ways:
By mail to:
American Board of Veterinary Specialties
c/o Mr. David Banasiak
1931 N. Meacham Rd, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL, 60173
By email to: DBanasiak@avma.org