The CAVM 'list' is an online discussion group of veterinarians (and a few MDs and PhDs) who are interested in the practice of complementary and alternative veterinary medicine (CAVM). It is a 'closed' list, in that membership requires acceptance of your application.

Our membership is predominantly holistic veterinarians or those practicing integratively (mix of conventional and holistic practices). However, it also includes a few physicians and individuals with a PhD in a related biomedical field. Veterinary students may apply to join, but with some conditions (see below).

If you are interested in joining the CAVM list, please send the following information to the email address below:

1. Your name — first and last names. If you prefer to go by a nickname or you shorten your given name, please let me know. For example, my name is Christine King, but I go by Chris King.

2. Your qualifications — you can hit me with the lot if you have an alphabet-soup after your name, but I most need those related to the practice of veterinary medicine or human medicine, or your postgraduate qualifications in a related field.

3. Your practice name — if you are not currently practicing veterinary medicine, no problem; please send me the name of the business or institution with which you're associated. If you're retired, no problem there, either. Just let me know.

4. Your location — city and state; if you're located outside the US, please let me know the country as well.

5. Your email address — if you have more than one, please send me the one you want to use for the CAVM list.

6. Your website address if you have one. (I will be checking you out... :-)

7. Your commercial affiliations, if any — The CAVM list is a noncommercial list, so any commercial affiliations you have must be stated in your application. They include — but are not limited to — the following: drug, vaccine, supplement, or food manufacturers; commercial labs; medical devices; other equipment and supplies (harness, blankets, bedding, cat litter, etc.).

These affiliations must also be noted in your posts to the list whenever you mention a product for which you are, have been, or expect to be compensated in some way. It's essentially the same as declaring potential conflicts of interest when submitting a paper to a reputable journal. Such affiliations don't disqualify you from joining the CAVM list or participating in discussions; we simply need to know where you're coming from when you mention such a product.

8. Name of a current CAVM member who can vouch for you — don't stress if you don't know anyone on the list; it simply expedites the application process if you have a referral from a current member who can verify your credentials and your genuine interest in CAVM.

Skeptics are welcome, but please note that I will eject anyone who has joined the list for any purpose other than the advancement of CAVM.


Veterinary Students

The CAVM list now accepts veterinary students who are enrolled in an accredited college/school of veterinary medicine and are interested in CAVM. Students, please provide the following information:

1. Your name — first and last names. If you prefer to go by a nickname or you shorten your given name, please let me know. For example, my name is Christine King, but I go by Chris King.

The issue of nonbinary personal identification and use of gender-neutral pronouns has not come up on the CAVM list to date, but if it is important to you, please let me know.

2. Your college — the college or school of veterinary medicine you attend.

3. Year of enrollment and graduation — please provide the year in which you began vet school and the year you expect to graduate.

4. Your email address — please provide your college email address (i.e., when applying.

You may use a personal email address for the CAVM list discussions, particularly if your school server is likely to treat group posts as spam. Please let me know the email address you want to use to participate on the CAVM list, but I also need your school address, as a way of verifying your enrollment.

5. Student clubs — if you are a member of any student clubs or organisations, please name them in your application and briefly describe them.

No problem if there are no such clubs or groups at your vet school, or if you're not a member. I'm simply trying to gauge your interest in CAVM if you do not have the...

6. Name of a current CAVM member who can vouch for you — if possible, please provide the name of the CAVM member (must be a graduate veterinarian) who informed you of the CAVM list and can verify the above information and attest to your genuine interest in CAVM.

No problem if it was a visiting lecturer who told your class or group about the CAVM list, and not someone you know personally. Just let me know the person's name and the details of the lecture, lab, workshop, or whatever it was.

In the absence of an endorsement from a current CAVM member, please elaborate on your activities in student clubs or other organisations focused on holistic medicine. If you've been flying solo, please tell me a little about that. No need for an essay; I'm just wanting to gauge your interest in CAVM.

If you do not personally know a current CAVM member, please provide the name and email address of your student advisor.


Email address for all applications

My email address for list management is christineking @

Note: To thwart spambots, this e-mail address is not an active link. Please copy & paste it into your e-mail program and remove the spaces before sending.

Please allow for the fact that I live in Australia if I don't reply immediately. I will endeavour to process your application within 24 hours of receiving it. If you don't hear from me by then, please check that there are no spaces in my email address.