The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation (AHVMF or Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization interested in advancing research, scholarship and educational development in complementary and alternative veterinary medicine (CAVM). As appropriate research accumulates many of these areas of study become known as integrative veterinary medicine. To
Surveys show that incoming veterinary students are interested in finding professional school programs that contain currricula involving CAVM and integrative veterinary therapies. The public favors such programs as was recently demonstrated in our ten day campaign that netted over $480,000 in contributions dedicated to this purpose. A current paper by Memon and Sprunger (Memon, Sprunger 2011) showed that the deans of veterinary schools in the United States favored including such courses but wanted them to be evidence-based and needed assistance with funding and research to develop the programs.
One of our goals is to generate five to seven academic and research teaching hospitals in the United States of America that are qualified, able and willing to do appropriate evidence-based veterinary research into these techniques and philosophies. We are currently evaluating veterinary programs within the United States to identify those with potential to do this work. Our goal is to generate a twenty million dollar fund to support these centers. It is our hope to create a cooperative environment between these centers and the clinicians knowledgeable about these modalities such that translational research can be implemented.
Memon MA, Sprunger LK. 2011. Survey of colleges and schools of veterinary medicine regarding education in complementary and alternative veterinary medicine. J Am Vet Med Assoc. Sep 1;239(5):619-23.