The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) Conference was held in San Diego from October 20, 2017 through October 24,2017. The conference was held at the Town and Country Conference Center and was one of the largest attended for the organization. The event included over 150 exhibitors and 4 separate lecture tracks. As always, there was not enough time to see and learn it all.
Speakers covered topics that were dealing with innovative research and clinical applications. Topics were diverse; including, Ozone therapy, Micro Biome, botanical medicine acupuncture, essential oils, homeopathy, and chiropractic. Many of my hours were spent in lectures specific to cancer and kidney disease
A deeply touching memorial service was held for the humans and animals that have been part of our group and/or have been inspirations to our craft. I was able to have some of my beloved patients honored as their lives had great impact on me personally and professionally.
During the conference, I had an opportunity to meet a new company that is promoting the Micro Biome in animals, Animal Biome. It’s thrilling to see others understand and promote the value of strong gut health. MASH has been a pioneer in this in this space and continues to lead the veterinary profession in this form of medicine. With nearly 6,000 fecal transplants to date, all our patients have helped us pioneer this health breakthrough.
After the conference, we headed for a retreat called Healer Heal Thyself which was held in Julian CA at Camp Stevens. A chance to download in nature, reflect about being a veterinarian, and other issues of our lives. Most importantly, sharing some downtime with thoughtful colleagues.