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The Registry of Alternative and Integrative Veterinary Medical Education (RAIVE) consists of a group of veterinarians who have AVMA-recognized board certification, one or more advanced degrees (e.g., OMD and PhD degrees) in addition to their veterinary degree, a faculty position in a veterinary school, VIN consultantcy, publication of a standard textswithin the field, and/or a private (often AAHA accredited) practice, who all have expertise in one or more areas of Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine (CAVM). Thus, these individuals have the training to evaluate course material and scientific validity for CAVM courses.  They are recognized as experts by the CAVM community.

The Registry was organized to judge the appropriateness of CAVM lectures for continuing education credits (CEUs). This was done because the RACE committee of the AAVSB, in December of 2008, appointed a single member to be the sole arbiter of what is and is not acceptable for CEUs in CAVM. As veterinarians trained in conventional medicine, we recognize that it is impossible for any one veterinarian to be an expert in all areas of veterinary medicine.  This is also true for veterinarians trained in CAVM modalities; the field is so vast it is not possible for a single veterinarian to be trained in all modalities.

RAIVE, as a group of many board-certified veterinarians with additional training that encompasses all major areas of CAVM, has superior expertise as well as the total manpower to better judge CAVM, and to do so in a timely fashion. Using objective criteria, this group is available to evaluate CAVM CE courses in the standard 45 days.  The Registry provides and, if desired, will discuss reasons for approval or disapproval with the respective state boards, thereby making the evaluation of these courses more transparent.  Curriculum Vitae are available for all members of the committee, demonstrating their qualifications for evaluation of CAVM CE, and specifically the individual modalities they are evaluating.  As discussed above, it is impossible for a single member to be qualified to evaluate CE in all forms of CAVM. The use of multiple evaluators for individual courses provides a "checks and balances" approach to peer-review.  This process is similar to that used for NIH grant approval and peer-review of publications for acceptance in scientific journals.

The CAVM community now relies on RAIVE to validate their educational meetings. We urge all state boards to do the same for CAVM courses. The opinion of the RACE committee is no longer valid.