A Heartfelt "Thank You" to Holistic-Integrative Veterinary Medicine
Last week we attended the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) conference and trade show in Augusta, Ga. Our booth was lined with our Pet Wellness Blends Supplements and our Veterinary Botanicals herbal medicinals to showcase the unique formulas that we create to veterinarians from all over the country, and a few other countries as well.
We met many holistic and integrative vets and vet students, along with several conventional vets that attended to educate themselves with the scientific evidence based research and teachings that AHVMA filled the conference with for 4 days.
These veterinarians study hard and long, devoting themselves to higher education in their field of alternative medicine while helping animals all over the country live healthier lives. For this, we cannot thank you enough! The number of holistic and integrative veterinarians is on the rise and much needed. It does our hearts a world of good knowing there are organizations such as AHVMA, VBMA and IHS to support and educate.
The International Herbal Symposium (IHS) is another venue for herbal based education, open to all that want to learn that introduced the Vet Track a few years ago.
One woman that really made an impact on me at the AHVMA conference last week, I had met earlier this year at IHS in Massachusetts. She has practiced conventional veterinary medicine for about 30 years in Arkansas. There, she sat at the table where I was eating lunch with my vet and a few other holistic vets and told us her story which immediately had my head saying, never give up. I'm guessing she's in her late 50's early 60's, and is now learning holistic veterinary medicine for the first time in her career! She was overwhelmed with "where do I start," there's so much information and so much to learn. We all said "one day at a time, you'll find your path with what clicks for you and off you'll be running with it."
I had the pleasure of seeing her again last week at the AHVMA conference in Georgia and she was beaming with all of the new information she was learning, really taking it all in and with such grace and ease. She told me that she would spend the rest of her career learning and practicing holistic medicine. This was her quest. And that..........was the highlight of the conference for me and what I took away.....Never Give up. It's never too late to do the right thing, to learn, to teach and educate ourselves so that we can provide our pets with the best possible health that we can with the knowledge we gain, every day.
AHVMA is an organization that started in 1982 with 32 members and hosts nearly 1,000 today.
If you're looking for a holistic veterinarian for your pets, there are hundreds listed on their site www.ahvma.org
- Joyce Belcher