2019 Conferences/Seminars








NYCAVMA  Annual Spring Conference:

April 11th - 14th 2019, Ellicotville NY, featuring an Osteopathic Seminar with Laura Taylor. Purchase conference recordings HERE.


Thanks for joining us at the Holiday Valley Ski Resort for our 2019 Annual Conference! April 11th was Equine day...an amazing hands-on experience. April 12th -14th centered around theory and small animal techniques. A 'Class Photo' of conference attendees is below, and you can view a slideshow of all our photos HERE.







































Getting Started in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine

June 5th, 2019 A one-day intensive workshop at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts was presented in conjunction with the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies, right before the 14th International Herb Symposium.


This intensive day of instruction, for beginner veterinary herbalists, was the perfect 'kick start' to develop skills and knowledge that can lead to an accredited post-graduate degree. This intensive workshop covered topics included in the Certification in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine and accelerated the veterinarian's usage of herbs within the clinical setting. By the completion of this course, veterinarians were equipped with the tools to begin effectively using a selected group of herbs for common conditions.


NOTE: The lectures and workshops provided direct credit for the Certification in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine and the Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine.




Dr Cynthia Lankenau DVM GDipVWHM CVA CCVHM  graduated from Cornell in 1981 and moved into 100% dairy practice and became very frustrated with the limitations of western medicine.  After a stint in the Peace Corps and time in a mixed animal practice, Cynthia began her path towards complementary and alternative veterinary medicine. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine, an Advanced Certification in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine (IVAS) and certifications in veterinary acupuncture (IVAS), chiropractic, reiki and homeopathy.


Dr Lankenau runs a sole practitioner mixed animal 100 % alternative modality practice in western NY State. She is active in the CAVM community being past-president of VBMA and having been responsible for the maintenance of the VBMA Listserver, with untiring devotion generously sharing advice and knowledge.


Dr Alexia Tsakiris-Vasilopoulos BVetMed GDipVWHM CVA received her BVetMed from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, in 2005. She received her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from the Chi Institute in 2009, her certificate in Veterinary Herbal Medicine in 2015 from CIVT and qualified with a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine (CIVT). Dr Tsakiris completed David Winston’s Herbal Studies course in 2016. In 2016, she established an exclusively holistic small animal practice. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two young boys.


Dr Monica Chapman DVM GDipVWHM  (pictured below at left) graduated from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She worked in small animal practices throughout Virginia and joined the Middleburg Animal Hospital in 1996.  In 1999, Monica left private practice to enter public practice at the Fauquier SPCA where she was for 15 years.


"Monica began her training in herbal medicine in 2012, studying under Teresa Boardwine, RH(AHG) in Sperryville, VA, completed certification courses in Foundations of Western Herbal Medicine and Apothecary (medicine making) in 2013, and worked as an intern with Geo Derick Giordano, MSc, RH(AHG). She subsequently formalized her qualification by completing a Graduate Degree in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine at the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT), studying under Dr. Barbara Fougere.  She has now joined the faculty of CIVT as a mentor and tutor. Monica also conducts a small house call practice providing western herbal consults for dogs and cats, Mojo Medicinals."





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