Dr Robert Silver is a 1982 graduate of Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He received his Master’s Degree in cardiopulmonary physiology in 1976, and his Bachelor’s degree with honors in Animal Science in1974, also from CSU. Dr Silver is currently adjunct faculty at both the Chi University and at Lincoln Memorial University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr Silver established one of the first integrative veterinary hospitals in the US in Boulder, Colorado in 1994 until he sold the practice in 2010 to focus his time and energy on post-graduate education and veterinary product development. He has an eCommerce site: www.wellpetdispensary, and a blog site that he shares with an integrative equine vet and a boarded veterinary rehabilitator at www.NurseYourPet.com
Considered one of few true experts in veterinary cannabis, Dr Silver has authored the popular book: “Medical Marijuana and Your Pet”. A second book, "Pet Health Guide to Cannabis and Medicinal Mushrooms" is pending publication. It will provide an integrative health guide for veterinary conditions that are responsive to cannabis, as well as a guide to both internet and dispensary products for pets. Additionally, he has contributed four textbook chapters in two Springer publications on veterinary cannabis therapeutics in the past few years. Dr Silver has written a peer-reviewed article in www.Animals.com titled: “The Endocannabinoid System of Animals”.
Dr Silver has been providing post-graduate, continuing education classes to veterinarians, both domestically and internationally, for the past 25 years. He speaks frequently and widely at veterinary conferences and webinars as well as to the pet-owning public. His area of expertise is the integration of alternative and novel therapies with conventional veterinary therapeutics, especially as concerns medical cannabis and the medical use of herbs and nutraceuticals.
Dr Silver is currently president-elect of the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine and Past-President of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and with the Hemp Feed Coalition. Dr Silver is a founding member of the Veterinary Cannabis Society and a member of the Cannabis Clinicians Society.
Dr Silver is currently Chief Veterinary Officer for Real Mushrooms, a Canadian medicinal mushroom company. He served as Chief Medical Officer of RxVitamins for the past 25 years until the company was sold in 2021. He also served as Chief Veterinary Officer for one of the largest vertically-integrated hemp companies in the United States from 2014-2020.