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  • The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation (AHVMF) is committed to promoting and supporting integrative veterinary medicine in veterinary schools
  • Thanks to the generous donations of Mercola Healthy Pets readers and others, the AHVMF was able to provide a $100,000 grant to Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine
  • LSU is using the grant to support a full-time acupuncture service for small animals, horses, and farm species
 

Helping Future Veterinarians Bring Integrative Medicine to Your Neighborhood

March 17, 2015 | 10,342 views

Welcome to American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation fundraising week!

This week, instead of our own articles, we're featuring messages and videos from the AHVM Foundation to help you, our readers, learn about all the wonderful work the Foundation is able to do thanks to your generosity and the donation match from Mercola.com.

By the AHVM Foundation

One of the initiatives the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation supports is integrative veterinary medicine in veterinary schools. A shining example is the $100,000 AHVMF grant to Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

LSU Has Truly Embraced the Integrative Veterinary Medicine Concept

More than any other veterinary school, LSU has incorporated integrative medicine into their curriculum. They are using the AHVMF grant to support a full-time acupuncture service for small animals, horses, and farm species.

Throughout the integrative medicine program, trained and certified individuals at LSU promote patient healing and improved well-being by augmenting traditional medical treatments.

“More and more clients are requesting integrative veterinary medicine services for their animal companions’ care,” said Dr. Margaret Coffey, Director of the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

“Integrative medicine modalities are prescribed in concert with traditional veterinary medicine. Financial support from individuals and foundations such as the AHVMF is greatly appreciated and critical to the advancement of this ground-breaking veterinary initiative.”

American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation Donation
Accepting the grant check from the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation are (from left) Dr. Martha Littlefield (LSU SVM 1982), assistant professor and certified veterinary acupuncturist; Dr. George Strain, professor; Jennifer Bridges, physical rehabilitation technician; Dr. Rebecca McConnico, professor and certified veterinary acupuncturist; Krista Sirois (Class of 2016), president of the Integrative Medicine Club; and Dr. Ronald Koh, visiting professor of integrative medicine.

How You Can Make a Difference

Pets bless us with their companionship and unconditional love. That’s why Mercola Healthy Pets has partnered with the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation (AHVMF) to raise money for integrative education and research efforts. We were able to raise over $1 million in the last three years. Now through March 22, 2015, a portion of all sales at Healthy Pets will be donated to AHVMF. So, while you shop this week, know that each purchase will contribute to this very worthwhile cause.

Over 150 million people have pets. If just a small percentage of them donated there would be enough money raised for a trust fund that would generate the money we need for education and research. Veterinarians would come out of veterinary school with new treatments in their veterinary toolbox. Your dog will thank you for it and so will your cat, though it won’t be so obvious!

So please take a moment right now to be one in a million and make a donation to the AHVM Foundation. Come and check out our AHVMF.Org , read inspiring stories, see animal teachers, cute dog pictures, and make a donation today.

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