Meeting Date (All Meetings start at 7:30 PM): 
RX Vitamins for Pets
Robert J. Silver, DVM, MS, CVA


Summary of the Topic:

Vitamin D regulates over 2000 genes and has been found to exert an anti-inflammatory effect and to influence the innate immune system. Dogs and cats do not convert Vitamin D in their skin under the influence of UV light and thus are 100% dependent on their diet for sufficient levels of Vitamin D. Recently new testing technology has emerged that has enabled researchers to accurately characterize the influence serum Vitamin D levels have on a number of chronic diseases: kidney, neoplastic, cardiac, inflammatory bowel, etc. This lively, dinner talk will detail these facts and share with the veterinary audience multiple recent studies in veterinary species clearly demonstrating the relationship between insufficient serum levels of Vitamin D and chronic disease, including atopic dermatitis.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the metabolic pathway Vitamin D travels from ingestion to the tissues.
2. Learn how the reference range for Vitamin D has been established in veterinary species.
3. Discover the two recent studies supporting the value of Vitamin D supplementation in atopic dermatitis of dogs.
4. Understand how Vitamin D can help to improve chronic renal disease by improving endogenous calcitriol levels.
5. Learn about the increased risk of neoplastic disease with insufficient levels of Vitamin D.
6. Understand why it is important to test for base line Vitamin D levels before supplementing with Vitamin D.
7. Leave this meeting with a working knowledge of how to employ Vitamin D testing in your clinic tomorrow.


Dr. 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, 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 serves as Chief Veterinary Officer of Folium Biosciences, a vertically-integrated hemp company in Colorado Springs since 2015, where he provides regulatory and technical support to their Animal Health Division, and formulates white labeled bulk nutraceutical hemp products.

Dr Silver has served as Chief Medical Officer of RxVitamins for the past 20 years, a veterinary specific animal nutraceutical company, for whom he has formulated all 36+ products for this company, and provides post-graduate education to veterinarians on integrative medicine.

Dr. Silver is currently vice-president of the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine, a specialty group that is organizing with the AVMA. Dr. Silver is Past-President of the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association (, a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, and author of the book: Medical Marijuana and Your Pet ( ). Dr Silver has contributed to a chapter on Veterinary Cannabis for a textbook on Veterinary Nutraceuticals that will be published this Spring 2019 by Springer Publications.

Dr. Silver has served on the Stakeholder’s group regarding hemp in animal feed, and is currently involved with the Colorado Hemp Industries Association Stakeholder’s group to submit a Feed Additive Petition (FAP) to the FDA-CVM to allow hemp as an ingredient in 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 raise’s private funding to support industrial hemp-related educational and academic research projects at institutions of higher education in the United States.

This meeting will be held on THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14. Please sign up by TUESDAY NOVEMBER 12 at NOON, to get the meal option of your choice. Signups after Tuesday will not be taken online. Any RSVPs after Tuesday or any questions or changes can be made by contacting Dr Georgina Sullos at gsullosdvm [at] hotmail [dot] com. Please RSVP and add your meal choice through the website as allows, as it links directly to your account and CE certificate, and it is one less step for your board to do manually. Thank you for your understanding.

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NEW Meal Options:
Healthy Appetizer: Vegetable crudite with hummus and pita
All meals include a garden salad, dessert, and tea/coffee.
Meal #3: NO MEAL 3
Meal #4: (VEGGIE) - QUINOA SALAD - grilled vegetables and quinoa with balsamic reduction


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