On January 13, 2010, more than five months since the submission of its application to RACE and two months after its conference
was held, AVH says it received a letter from the AAVSB Board of Directors and the RACE Committee stating that its request
for CE credit approval had been denied.
The letter went on to state that because homeopathy is not currently taught in accredited colleges or schools of veterinary
medicine, it does not meet RACE standards, which require a program to "build upon or refresh the participant in standards
for practice and courses as found in the curriculum of accredited colleges or schools."
AVH claims the denial constitutes breach of contract and fraud in the inducement of contract. The group is asking the court
to award it $10,000 to cover direct and consequential damages, including loss of participant revenue, plus $60,000 in punitive
damages and attorney's fees.
AVH could not be reached for additional details through its office or attorney, and AAVSB officials did not return phone calls
by press time. However, AAVSB states on its website that the RACE Committee regularly reviews its standards, with the latest
revisions taking effect in September 2009. The standards were created with input from AAVSB member boards and the regulatory
and veterinary community, according to AAVSB Executive Director Robyn Kendrick.
"Based upon these standards, certain programs may not comply with the necessary scientific backing or substantiation in current
accredited veterinary education programs," Kendrick wrote.
At this time, there is no separate RACE category for complementary/alternative veterinary medicine (CAVM) programs, Kendrick
adds, so they are reviewed using the same standards used for scientific/clinical programs.
According to an AAVSB fact sheet on RACE standards, programs must meet a "minimum threshold of foundational, evidence-based
material that has been demonstrated scientifically valid."
In 2010, 16 CAVM programs were approved and eight were rejected. A total of 1,327 programs were approved by RACE in 2010,
while 16 were denied, according AAVSB.