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Robert J. Silver DVM, MS is a 1982 graduate of Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr Silver received his MS in Cardiopulmonary Physiology from Colorado State University in 1976, and his BS in Animal Science from CSU in 1974, with Phi Beta Kappa honors.
Dr. Silver established one of the first integrative veterinary practices in Boulder Colorado in 1994, where he pioneered herbal and dietary approaches to many of the more difficult chronic conditions seen in veterinary practice. As an herbalist and integrative veterinarian in Colorado since the early 80’s, Dr. Silver was able to observe first-hand the benefits of many herbal and nutraceutical approaches to pet health including the use of cannabinoid therapeutics in pets.
Dr. Silver formerly served as Chief Veterinary Officer for Folium Biosciences, a vertically integrated hemp company in Colorado Springs since 2015, where he provided regulatory and technical support to their Animal Health Division and formulated their white-labeled bulk nutraceutical hemp products.
Dr Silver currently serves as Chief Medical Officer of RxVitamins, a veterinary nutraceutical company, a position he has had for the past 25 years. He has formulated the 40 products for this company and provides post-graduate education to veterinarians on topics pertaining to integrative veterinary medicine.
Dr. Silver is currently vice-president of the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine (www.ACVBM.org ), a specialty group that is organizing with the AVMA. Dr. Silver is Past-President of the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association (www.VBMA.org), a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, and author of the 2015 book: Medical Marijuana and Your Pet (www.potforpets.info ). Dr Silver has contributed to 4 chapters on veterinary cannabis in two textbooks, published by Springer Nature.
Dr. Silver has served on the Colorado Department of Agriculture Stakeholder’s group, commissioned by the Colorado State legislature regarding hemp in animal feed, and is currently involved with the Colorado Hemp Industries Association Advisory group that is submitting Feed Additive Petitions (FAP) to the FDA-CVM to approve hemp as an ingredient for animal feed. Dr Silver currently is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Industrial Hemp Research Foundation which is a Colorado non-profit corporation that provides privately sourced funding to support industrial hemp-related educational and academic research projects at institutions of higher education in the United States.
Bill Bookout is president, board chairman, and a founding member of the National Animal Supplement Council. Mr. Bookout has been an ambassador for the industry for over 20 years and was selected to serve on the Health Canada Expert Advisory Committee for Veterinary Natural Health Products. He is recognized as a leading expert on regulatory issues surrounding animal health and nutritional supplements, has testified on behalf of the industry at FDA public meetings, and has participated in countless educational programs, legal forums, regulatory trainings, trade events and other professional meetings. Mr. Bookout is deeply committed to philanthropy, both personally and professionally. Each year, NASC selects an organization to support through fundraising efforts at the NASC Annual Conference. Past organizations NASC has supported include Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Big Cat Rescue, REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program, the Warrior Dog Foundation, Heroes and Horses, and Vested Interest in K9s. Mr. Bookout received his bachelor’s degree in physical sciences from the University of Wyoming and his MBA from the Pepperdine University Presidents and Key Executives program. He resides in Arizona with his wife, Mary. The couple formerly had four Akita rescue dogs, whose names were Yin, Yang, Hannah, and Akiko. Bill and Mary were recently adopted by a feral cat that they named Marmalade.