An educated and empowered global veterinary medical cannabis community.
currently a nebulous ecosystem
Ramifications for Veterinarians, Patients, and Companies…
Top Reasons Vets Won’t Advise Patients on Cannabis
Kogan, L., Schoenfeld-Tacher, R., Hellyer, P., & Rishniw, M. (2019).
US Veterinarians Knowledge, Experience, and Perception Regarding the Use of Cannabidiol for Canine Medical Conditions. Frontiers in Veterinary Science.
to Advise Patients
90% of pet parents consider their pets an equal member of the family…
But Pet Parents Need Credible Advice
Kogan, L., Schoenfeld-Tacher, R., Hellyer, P., & Schoenfeld-Tacher, (2018).
Dog Owners’ Use and Perceptions of Cannabis Products. JAHVMA.
If 96% of veterinarians have encountered the question…
but 55% don’t feel comfortable discussing it with patients…
and 80% of pet parents have already purchased products…
WHERE DO PET PARENTS GO FOR ADVICE?
What Issues Do Product Producers Face?
Limited marketability within the
No uniform standards
for product safety
Struggle to discuss cannabis with pet parents due to lack of education and fear of legal implications
Don’t know whom they can trust, what is safe, and lack the support they and their pet deserve
Have no clarity or guidance on product safety standards and lack support from the veterinary community
Awareness, education, and guidance of legalities surrounding products derived from cannabis
A single credible source to find reliable information so pet parents can focus on keeping their pet healthy
Access to veterinary expertise, advocacy efforts, and help in establishing product standards
For Veterinary Professionals
The Veterinary Cannabis Society is dedicated to supporting the veterinary community through education, advocacy, and networking
Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) approved certification courses for veterinarians and veterinary technicians as well as a curated library of peer-reviewed research and critically reviewed articles.
Updates on current laws and regulations as well as support for veterinarians through legislative efforts
Directories, links, and list servs for members to network and discuss challenging cases with knowledgeable colleagues
For Pet Parents
Veterinary Cannabis Society will provide pet parents with direct access to the latest information about medical cannabis for pets and policies affecting access
Educational offerings geared towards the interested pet parent including webinars, FAQs, and other formats
Directories of veterinarians, list of “VCS Approved” products and connections to reliable pet parent cannabis consultations
Coordination and legislative assistance to state legislatures, veterinary medical boards, and regulatory bodies on issues surrounding cannabinoid use and animal safety
Veterinary Cannabis Society will enable access to crucial information that will inform an entire industry serving pets
Establish industry standards for veterinary cannabis products to assure safety and high quality, providing confidence to veterinary professionals and pet parents
Opportunities to participate in advocacy and legislative efforts
Access to resources to improve pet safety and guidance on legal and regulatory requirements