LEUCADIA, CALIF. — The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (AVH) has asked a Virginia circuit court to award it more than $70,000 in damages after
its continuing education (CE) courses were denied approval by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards' (AAVSB)
Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) Committee.
AVH continuing education conferences have been approved for CE credit by RACE since 2000, with its provider agreement having
been approved at least four times—most recently in March 2009, according to the lawsuit. But an application submitted in July
2009 for AVH's annual conference that October did not meet the same fate.
About a month after submitting its application to secure RACE-approved CE credits at the conference, AVH was asked to submit
presentations, handouts, course notes and reading lists to expand on the content covered at the conference. The content and
nature of the programs planned for the 2009 conference were similar to those approved in previous years, AVH contends in the
lawsuit. In September 2009, additional materials—conference proceedings—were also requested, and AVH sent the materials days
Initially told a decision would be made three to four weeks from AAVSB's receipt of the program application in August 2009,
AVH contacted the academy in October—eight days before the start of the conference—saying it had not received any communication
on the status of its application. A few days later, AAVSB replied that the application was still under consideration and would
take at least another week, according to the lawsuit. AAVSB told AVH more time was needed again when it inquired about its
program application again in November, 15 days after the end of its conference.