International Conference for
Innovative Veterinary Medicine

Dare to look beyond conventional veterinary medicine
for the care of companion animals and horses
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Towards building an ICIVM Community!

Due to the lack and recent reduction of treatment options (i.e. increasing antibiotic resistance), conventional veterinary medicine worldwide has looked to opportunities in phytotherapy for humans and animals more than ever. Three thousand years of practical experience with the medicinal use of plants has finally been recognized. More and more active ingredients have been isolated from plants, and also whole plants or parts of plants have been more thoroughly examined for its efficacy and safety. Universities and pharmaceutical companies have been furthering their research into phytotherapy and the acquisition of Steigerwald (a German herbal drug manufacturer) from Bayer, is proof enough of this growing industry.

In addition, conventional (veterinary) medicine has become increasingly aware of the need for an individualistic approach to a patient and the demands for personalized veterinary medicine. It has also become more obvious of the need to see the patient as a whole and as part of its surroundings; the patient as an ecosystem-out-of-balance, within itself and with its surroundings. Thus, we come to find more holistic views of complementary medicine being integrated into conventional (veterinary) medicine.

This can be seen in the conventional concept of systems (veterinary) medicine, that suggests that the patient should not be separated from the total, which includes all influences of the habitat in which he lives. Also, in the conventional notion of a microbiome, we indicate that a living being (human, animal and plant) is also an ecosystem in itself. Maybe soon we will begin to unveil the secrets behind the mysterious terms of “idiopathic” and “immune mediated”.

Personalized (veterinary) medicine concentrates on individuals and small groups of similar patients and in addition, deals with more nuanced evidence-based dogma, which is mainly based on a large group of patients and can be generally biased. Clinical studies on a smaller scale of a precise patient or group of patients can be more valuable. Thus, the International Conference for Innovative Veterinary Medicine serves to provide a perfect information and knowledge sharing platform for this rapidly growing community and hopes that through this knowledge sharing, new and exciting opportunities or solutions will arise.

Conference  venue  |  EduPet Education
EduPet Education & Lifestyle for Pets – Accustraat 1 – Accustraat 3-5,  3903 LX  Veenendaal,  the  Netherlands T  +31  (0)318  53 12 50  |  info@edupet.nl www.edupet.nl

Conference organization
EduPet Education | Pauline Westerhuis | www.icivm.nl | info@icivm.com| M +31 (0) 6 23 52 97 98

Program committee
Prof. dr. Vera Baumans DVM, honorary member of the SCwD* | Drs. Liesbeth Ellinger DVM, Dutch national secretary of the IAVH* | Drs. Evelien van der Waa DVM | Drs. Tannetje Koning DVM, president of the SCwD* | Drs. John Pijnappel DVM | Drs. Atjo Westerhuis DVM, honorary member of the SCwD* and founder of the IAVH*.

*SCwD = Dutch Group for Complementary Veterinary Medicine. IAVH = International Association for Veterinary Homeopathy

Target audience
Veterinarians, other professionals in the veterinary sector and students.

Language
Official language of the conference is English.

Accreditation partners a.o.
– Union of Practising Veterinarians in the Netherlands (CPD)
– Royal Netherlands Society for Veterinary Medicine (KNMvD)
– International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS)
– Union of Dutch Veterinary Acupuncturists  (SNVA)
– Dutch Group for Complementary Veterinary Medicine (ScwD)
– Union Order of Veterinarians (NGROD-Belgium)
– BKHD Professional association Classic Homeopaths for Animals

23 (international) speakers; 55 lectures; 7 plenary discussions
7 lectures of the Various animal species about Applied Zoopharmacognosy and Phytotherapy on November 22nd;
24 for companion animals incl. 8 lectures of the Sports medicine & Rehabilitation day on November 23;
24 for horses incl. 8 lectures of the Sports medicine & Rehabilitation day on November 23;
23 very experienced international speakers from Australia, Austria, Denmark, Germany, United Kingdom, Belgium and  the Netherlands.

Click here for the online program

Rates
€ 95 November 22, incl VAT
€ 95 November 23, incl VAT
€ 195 November 24, incl VAT
€ 195 November 25, incl VAT
€ 55 per day for students*

The price offered is already the best deal, thus we have fixed this price for the whole ticket sale period and unfortunately we do not offer an early-bird price

* please send in an e-mail to info@icivm.com enclosed with a copy of your student ID in order to receive your student discount.

Free coffee, tea, soft drinks and lunch per day, conference bag are included,

Pre-Conference Seminar November 22.
Applied Zoopharmacognosy and Phytotherapy
Caroline Ingraham
(UK) is the leading expert in the field of Applied Zoopharmacognosy. She has spent the last three decades researching and observing how animals self-medicate.
Barbara Fougere
(Australia) is worldwide known for her knowledge and experience particularly on applying herbal medicine in a variety of animal species

Conference Theme Day – November 23.
(Para) Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation for dogs and horses
Conventional veterinary medicine, chiropractic, acupuncture, food supplements, physiotherapy, pain management. homeopathy.

Conference November 24 and 25
Different subjects in Companion Animals and Horses will be lectured; think of immunity, orthopedic, Lyme, microbiome, epilepsy and so on.

Vet’s Night
On Friday night November 25, 2016, 19:30 – 23:30, we are organizing a ‘Vet’s Night’ in the Hotel Veenendaal – Van der Valk.
Whilst enjoying drinks and dinner (4-course dinner including drinks), the conference participants will informally have the opportunity to meet each
other and the speakers, strengthen contacts, exchange knowledge etc. The conference organization, including the chairs will also participate in the Vet’s Night.
The dinner is also open to exhibitors from companies and educational institutes. There will be entertainment with music and singing. The Vet’s Nights costs € 65,00 excl. VAT p.p.

Stay and travel
Hotel Veenendaal – Van der Valk **** | Bastion 73 | 3905 NJ | Veenendaal |
+ 31 (0) 318 799 060 | info@veenendaal.valk.com | www.hotelveenendaal.com

Your experience will be far more relaxing when you can sleep under the same roof as your conference. EduPet Education therefore has a number of rooms on option for conference participants. Van der Valk Hotels are very popular and November is a busy month, so please book in time.

For booking a room in the conference hotel, please contact the hotel directly by mail.

We have arranged a special room rate for this hotel till October 15, 2017.

Hotelrates

Single room € 89 incl. VAT per night incl. breakfast, excluding tourist tax € 1.00 p.p.p.n.
Double room € 99 incl. VAT per night incl. breakfast, excluding tourist tax € 1.00 p.p.p.n.
Edupet does not guarantee a late room cancellation or no-show.

Send in your request to sales@veenendaal.valk.com . Please mention the reservation code GF4660 in order to receive the special rate.

For other hotels you are free to look on other bookingsites.

Click here for our bookingpage

Public transport
The hotel is easily accessible by train.

Train from Amsterdam Schiphol to Veenendaal – de Klomp
(mind you : do NOT take the train to Veenendaal-centrum or Veenendaal-West).
For the timetable you can look at www.9292.nl.

The hotel is on 300 meters walking distance from the trainstation. Follow the signs.
For the public transport timetable look at www.9292.nl/en 

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Need to know - quick guide

Sponsor packages –  Exhibition

As a sponsor of the conference, you will have a platform to not only reach your target audience directly by booth exhibitions, but also indirectly through our websites and social media platforms.

To provide additional information on innovative veterinary medicine to our participants, we want to give businesses and educational institutions the opportunity to present themselves during the conference at the Exhibition. The exhibition space is on the same floor as the conference rooms; Even during breaks, participants will stay on the floor of the conference and the exhibition.

Click here to download the information about sponsorship and the exhibition
Click here to download the registration form for sponsoring and exhibition
Click here to download  terms & conditions for sponsoring and exhibition

Send in your filled in registration form to info@icivm.com

Vet’s night

VET’s NIGHT – November 24 – 2017

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but a way to a woman’s heart is through dance and music! Do you agree? Why don’t you find out at the Vet’s Night during the ICIVM. The Vet’s night offers you and incredibly opportunity not only to don your evening’s best, but also to make new friends from all over the world, impress potential new colleagues, have a laugh or two and enjoy a scrumptious dinner while being serenaded by a musical trio who will also play your most memorable songs on demand.  Kick off those working shoes and come dance with us on Friday night, the 24th of November.

The Vet’s Night is also open to exhibitors from companies and educational institutes.  The Vet’s Nights costs € 65,00 excl. VAT p.p. (4-course dinner including drinks and live music)

Entertainment with music and singing will be provided by Piano&Co / Your Live Request Show, a musical trio.

Book the Vet’s night here

Tourist information

In Holland there are lots of things to see and do.

Here you will find some links for tourist attractions in the neighbourhood of Veenendaal but also in other parts of Holland:

Other parts of Holland:

SPEAKERS

DAYS

LECTURES

Plenary discussions

Speakers

Meet our  speakers

Program

PRE-CONFERENCE SEMINAR | Molenhoek 1

Themed day on Herbal veterinary medicine. Herbal veterinary medicine will be the leading topic on Wednesday, the 22nd of November during the International Conference for Innovative Veterinary Medicine, the largest four day conference by Edupet Education on new and innovative veterinary medicine in the Van der Valk Hotel, Veenendaal. Elaborating on this topic will be Barbara Fougere, famous worldwide for her knowledge on herbal medicine and phytotherapy, and Caroline Ingraham, a pioneer in the field of zoopharmacognosy, which is the science of self-medication in animals. Phytotherapy and zoopharmacognosy. Barbara Fougere will speak about phytotherapy in rabbits, cats with chronic renal disease and epileptic dogs. Caroline Ingraham will present about zoopharmacognosy in dogs, cats, horses, farm and even wild animals. The themed day about herbal veterinary medicine which will be conducted in English, is not only of interest for veterinarians and paraveterinarians, but open to anyone curious about the topic.

These talks will focus on the self-medicative behaviours that different species exhibit in response to essential oils and other plant extracts

CHAIR: Yee Cheng Lee

I will discuss how appropriate remedies are offered to find hidden problems that are often the cause of many behavioural disorders, as well as how to help induce trust and desensitise a dog to a behavioural trigger. Common physical problems that conventional medicine can find challenging will also be discussed, such as epilepsy and skin problems. The talk will be illustrated with case studies

Caroline Ingraham | United Kingdom

There is a wide spread belief that essential oils are toxic to cats. I will discuss the issue of potential essential oil toxicity in cats, which concerns are justified and which are not. I will also cover the extracts often selected by cats for physical and behavioural problems. Focus will include the importance of the route of administration.

Caroline Ingraham | United Kingdom

Learn how horses and farm animals can heal themselves using aromatic extracts, both individually and in herds. Case studies will include sarcoids and laminitis, as well as behaviours caused by hidden conditions. I will also discuss the implementation of a self-medicative regime for herd situations, illustrated with French bio-dynamic goat farmers. The issues of concern were helminths and coccidia infestations, and bacterial and viral lung infections. A group of lactating goats were also addressed.

Caroline Ingraham | United Kingdom

Zoopharmacognosy is an innate practice displayed by wild animals, and so Applied Zoopharmacognosy could be of immense benefit to captive animals and rehabilitation efforts around the world. In this seminar I will talk about how Applied Zoopharmacognosy can be used to aid individual animal health, conservation efforts and environmental enrichment programmes in Sanctuaries and Zoos. The talk will be illustrated with case examples of elephants, large cats and primates.

Caroline Ingraham | United Kingdom

These talks focus on the opportunities from phytotherapy in indications for which conventional medicine often does not have the right answer

CHAIR: Yee Cheng lee

Rabbits are frequently used in research as models for learning about the effects of herbs and plant extracts, there is a vast evidence base. However what about the practical use of phytotherapy in rabbits and what conditions can we treat successfully? This talk reviews some of the evidence and clinical application including cases.

Barbara Fougere | Australia

Cats present their own challenges when it comes to renal disease, including compliance. This talk reviews the phytotherapy for use in cats with chronic kidney disease and how to give them without losing skin or sleep.

Barbara Fougere | Australia

Phytotherapy for seizures offers adjunctive use to reduce the side effects of drugs; alternatives to drugs and neuroprotective effects that can aid in the management of long term epilepsy. This talk explores the Western herbs that are useful and how to use them.

Barbara Fougere | Australia

With Caroline Ingraham and Barbara Fougere End of the pre-conference seminar 06.00 PM

CONFERENCE THEME DAY | Gouden Leeuw 1

(Para) Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation. Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation will be the centre of discussion on Thursday, the 23rd of November during the International Conference for Innovative Veterinary Medicine, the largest four day conference by Edupet Education on new and innovative veterinary medicine in the Van der Valk Hotel, Veenendaal. Speakers will consist of the current leaders in veterinary complementary medicine in sporting dogs and horses. Dogs: Lectures will entail common injuries in sporting dogs, effects of laser therapy and pain management, chiropractic, osteopathy and acupuncture in sporting horses, phytotherapy (herbal medicine), physiotherapy and the use of food supplements. Caroline Ingraham from the United Kingdom will speak about how zoopharmacognosy, the science of animal self-medication, can play a role in rehabilitation and wound healing. Horses: In a parallel session, among other interesting topics, there will be lectures about natural therapies within the regulations set by the International Federation of Equestrian Sports, acupuncture in horses, homeopathic treatment of orthopaedic issues and all about saddle fit and the horse back.

CHAIR: Yee Cheng Lee

Many owners enjoy working with their dog. This has led to many different dog sports and work for dogs. Sports like agility and flyball are very popular in the Netherlands, while sled dog racing and urban mushing has more popularity in Northen Europe and America. Because a lot of dogs are active in these sports veterinarians are seeing dogs with specific injuries caused by these sports. A lot off these injuries are soft tissue related therefore it helps to know where to look. This talk will adress the most popular sports and working dog problems and will go into their treatment.

Yolanda Elbertse | The Netherlands

Rehabilitation and wound healing, using an animals innate ability to resolve injuries with aromatic plant extracts and minerals. The talk will be illustrated with case studies from a range of different species.

Caroline Ingraham | United Kingdom

We write songs about the effect sunshine has on our lives. Sunshine gives us energy. Wat is true about the effect of therapeutical laser. How does it work? What can I expect? And how can I use it in my own practice. The scientific literature is positive over the effects of laser, or photobiomodulation as it is also known. On average laser dimishes healing time of tissues with 50 percent. It is time to know more on therapeutical laser

Yolanda Elbertse | The Netherlands

Manuel therapies and acupuncture are very effective tools in the prevention of and rehabilitation after injuries. But sports medicine is more than that. It starts with giving a young dog the best possible start in its life to prepare it physically and mentally for sports, it ensures optimal performing in the active years and should only stop when the dog runs free forever. The role of a veterinary chiropractor, osteopath and acupuncturist in all these aspects of sports medicine will be discussed.  

Anneke Schellingerhout | The Netherlands

Physical therapy and rehabilitation is a rapidly growing field in the veterinary medicine. A lot
of canine orthopaedic and neurologic patients can benefit from the treatment techniques
used by physical therapists. Also the sporting dog can take advantage of this relatively new
field in veterinary medicine. The physical performance in different canine sports becomes more demanding every year. At the same time the physical stress on the body raises
exponentially. As in the human field it becomes more and more important to develop a multidisciplinary environment/management for the sporting dog, including physical therapy.
PT’s can support with warming up, cooling down, develop training schedules, preventive
check ups. But the most important thing is to manage the sporting dog with an injury : treat
the injury and prepare the dog for upcoming competition.

Ellen Martens | Belgium

Ten years ago there were only a handful of dedicated canine sports medicine and rehabilitation facilities in the UK. Since then an increased awareness of sports injuries has triggered increased interest from vets and more and more places are offering relevant services. Dogs are referred to a rehabilitation practice to receive treatment for a specific problem. Effective rehabilitation, however, requires stitching together information from previous assessments, procedures and prescriptions (orthopaedic or non-orthopaedic). In this talk I will outline how herbal medicine can be used alongside conventional approaches to produce an appropriately holistic treatment; I will present cases where the benefits go beyond mobility because the treatment works systemically, not just at a musculoskeletal level; I will discuss how an integrated approach to sports medicine goes beyond the basic rehabilitation objective of returning the dog to normal physical function by aspiring to improve longevity and overall wellbeing.

Veerle Dejonckheere | Belgium / United Kingdom

How do you get your dog back to top form and condition? During and after an injury, rest is compulsory for the injured parts of the body and a dog will have to return to sporting under guidance. Veterinarian Ronald Mouwen together with the team from the FitDog program have developed and compiled a program in which the healthy part of the body can be kept fit and after the return to function, the injured parts can be highly targeted again for return to top condition. A scheme based on the basic motor function properties will be made use of.

Ronald Mouwen

Pain is a major component not just in locomotive problems but also in a lot of internal medical illnesses. Pain leads to misuse of limbs, inactive life and behavioural problems. Pain can be adressed in so many ways, by veterinarians and owners at home. This talk will adress several of these possibilities, not just several (underused) pain medications but also all kinds of modalities and methods.

Yolanda Elberts | The Netherlands
CONFERENCE THEME DAY - Gouden Leeuw 2

Subject: (Para) Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation. Themed day on Veterinary Sports Medicine. Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation will be the centre of discussion on Thursday, the 23rd of November during the International Conference for Innovative Veterinary Medicine, the largest four day conference by Edupet Education on new and innovative veterinary medicine in the Van der Valk Hotel, Veenendaal. Speakers will consist of the current leaders in veterinary complementary medicine in sporting dogs and horses. Dogs: Lectures will entail common injuries in sporting dogs, effects of laser therapy and pain management, chiropractic, osteopathy and acupuncture in sporting horses, phytotherapy (herbal medicine), physiotherapy and the use of food supplements. Caroline Ingraham from the United Kingdom will speak about how zoopharmacognosy, the science of animal self-medication, can play a role in rehabilitation and wound healing. Horses: In a parallel session, among other interesting topics, there will be lectures about natural therapies within the regulations set by the International Federation of Equestrian Sports, acupuncture in horses, homeopathic treatment of orthopaedic issues and all about saddle fit and the horse back.

CHAIR: Eric Laarakker

Sport horses are athletes that compete at the highest levels of excellence. To meet the demands of intensive physical conditioning and performance, numerous approaches have been evaluated. As a result, in no other veterinary discipline the benefits of complementary medicine as an integrated approach to maintain animal health and wellbeing is so well recognized. Part of the complementary health control program for sport horses is the use of herbal remedies as a preventive and supportive measure during training and competition. The question remains, however, whether or not all natural remedies comply with the rules of clean sport set by the  International Federation for Equestrian Sports  (FEI)?  

Johanna Fink-Gremmels | The Netherlands

Acupuncture is known as a very successful therapy in treatment of horses in every kind of pain release, in treatment of internal diseases, in solving psychics problems. Therefore Acupuncture is an important therapy in Sport Horses, because acupuncture has a positive influence on all above mentioned problems. Since 2002 I have been accompanying the horses of the nation German’s riders equip at all big Championships. There are two important aspects for the veterinarian who does acupuncture: a) The accompanying during the preparation, during the training for a competition and b) The support in the performance of the horse at the championship itself. This differentiation is guiding the technique of using needles. Especially the frequency and intensity differs. Strong influence has also the kind of the competition: Dressage, Jumping, Reining, Distance and Military need different kind of acupuncture treatment.

Ina Gösmeier | Germany

The main reason for an equine athlete of withdraw from active sports are orthopaedic disorders. The second important sources affects the respiratory systems. Each active sport horse is in average once every second year lame and stops carreer forat least 4 months. Besides the primary caused through traumatically injury there is a great number lamenesses belonging to genetically causes or due bad conditions during growing up period. For example OCD (Ostechondrosis dissecans disease) or recurrent tendinitis. To focus not only the injured tissues as well as in diagnostic as in therapy homeopathy could be also a method to resolve those problems. Time to return to performance could be reduced and regeneration of tissues should finnish completly

Erich Scherr | Austria

What is dry-needling? What are the working mechanisms? The use and benefits in general and sport horses in particular will be lectured about. Also the possibilities and limitations.

Drs. Andrea Schachinger| the Netherlands - Austria

Horses are presented for medical treatment showing back pain, mental problems or general lack of vitality and not primarily because of lung issues like cough. Due to the extraordinary appearance of chronic interstitial lung disease in horses, in both, Western- and TCVM terms riders and practitioners often underestimate or misinterpret clinical signs like “lack of power” or “mental changes in the behaviour” The TCVM explanation of interstitial lung disease of the horse is not necessarily based on invasion of an EPF into the body. Therefore the aetiology is different from other chronic lung diseases. TCVM treatment with focusing on the San Jiao and the Stagnation of Qi is essential to successfully treat and cure this disease.

Ina Gösmeier | Germany

The equine back was not designed to carry riders, therefore, it is very important to avoid any influence that can harm the horse. Every equine veterinarian should have a basic knowledge of saddle fitness. There are important points as to how the saddle has to fit onto the equine back. The second issue is the riding itself. The rider needs to ride synchronically to the horse’s movement, so that the back is not harmed by wrong pressure. When these issues are not addressed there will be pain in the back which needs proper treatment. There are a number of traditional acupuncture points that can be used to end the back pain and improve the horse’s performance.

Sabine Vollstedt | Germany

Laser therapy is an additional treatment modality in the animal physical therapy/rehabilitation. The treatment effects and indications have been studied worldwide. Nowadays it is rare to do a physical therapy treatment without a laser treatment involved. The effects and benefits of the laser treatment are really awarding combined with the manual treatment. In this lecture we will explain the different laser types/indications and the protocols necessary for implementing this part of physical therapy.

Ellen Martens | Belgium
CONFERENCE | Gouden Leeuw 1

Subject: Immunity | Orthopedic. Conference days for veterinarians on Innovative Veterinary Medicine. From the use of leeches to the use of herbs for chickens, various lectures with new and interesting topics will be offered on Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th November during the International Conference for Innovative Veterinary Medicine, the largest four day conference by Edupet Education on new and innovative veterinary medicine in the Van der Valk Hotel, Veenendaal. The Friday and Saturday from a 4-day long conference in English, is especially targeted at veterinarians, veterinary students, paraveterinarians and other professionals. There are 5 parallel sessions for companion animals, equines, cattle, swine and poultry. The program for small animals will discuss Lyme disease in humans and animals, the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbs in chronic inflammatory illnesses, raw feeds in immune disorders, the medicinal use of leeches in orthopaedic diseases and the homeopathic treatment of chronic skin diseases.

CHAIR: Vera Baumans

The lecture will explain the different types of Lyme tests available on the market. From the basic serology tests, Lymphocyte transformations tests, and microscopic tests, to culturing and PCR. How the Borrelia adapts to avoid the immune system and in doing so also escapes our tests. The preliminary results we found using a modified Sapi et al tests and the reason why we used a modification. The CBO guidelines in the Netherlands for testing, which are solely based on serology. Using a trier protocol to demonstrate a change in antibodies, which is accepted as proof for ongoing Borrelia infection. Introducing a novel multiplex PCR for detecting the ticks bacteria and protozoa in one procedure. Besides the Borrelia species we see also other bacteria and protozoa transmitted to all mammals. Not only by ticks but also by fleas and louse.

Theodoor Scheepers | The Netherlands | Pro Health Medical

Chronic inflammatory disease is seen in many tissues and often the only answer is steroids or other immune-suppressive drugs. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can be important tools in decreasing inflammation, re-regulating the immune system and allowing the body to heal. Cases will be presented using acupuncture and Chinese herbs in chronic inflammatory bowel disease, uveitis and immune-mediated skin disease.

Linda Boggie | the Netherlands, USA

Most immune disorders in general practice represent an abnormal response to the environment; Atopy and allergic dermatologic or gastrointestinal food reactions are the most common. On the other hand, 'food intolerance' is defined as a non-immunologic idiosyncratic reaction due to the metabolic, toxic or pharmacologic effects of offending ingredients. They can be difficult to differentiate and even tougher to treat with or without pharmaceuticals.

Nick Thompson | England

Myofascial kinetic lines are rows of interconnected anatomical structures, such as fascia, muscles, tendons and aponeurosis in the locomotion system, which describes the overall spinal motion in flexion, extension, lateral flexion and rotation. They are believed to play a major role in the biomechanics, connection and balance of the body. The lines in humans are described in the book “Anatomy Trains” by Thomas Myers, (2010) and in horses by Elbroend & Schultz, (2015). Similar lines are present in dogs. The lines are the Superficial Dorsal Line, Superficial Ventral Line, Lateral Line, two helical lines, Front Limb Lines and the Deep Ventral Line. Knowledge and understanding of these lines is a promising tool in the evaluation of functionality and connection of the spine and locomotion system. It can help to “trace” where a biomechanical symptom arises from and provide an understanding of the connection between the somatic body with the viscera.

Rikke Schulz | Denmark

The anatomical foundation for acupuncture meridians and points has long been searched for. Nerves and vessels has been thought to be the answer but not in all points. Human research has shown that the acupuncture points may be closely related to fascia. Most of the Myofascial kinetic lines follows acupuncture meridians very well and dissections of horses and dogs gives a good indication that acupuncture points are found in the fascia dividing the muscles. Especially where more fascia sheets meet, which form the “holes” that are characteristic for acupuncture points. When the fascia tissue are contracted, the points become more obvious. By understanding the 3-D fascial network it makes sense that treating in the hind leg can have an effect on the neck or vice versa.

Rikke Schulz | Denmark

CHAIR: Vera Baumans

Nature has been and still is an inexhaustible source of bioactive constituents. Many of the human and veterinary medicinal product currently in use have been derived (in)directly from natural sources (e.g. plants, yeasts, fungi). In this lecture, a number of recent developments in this area will be discussed. Thus, effects of lanosterol – an intermediate in cholesterol biosynthesis – on aggregation of lens proteins and cataract prevention will be highlighted. In addition, the therapeutic potential of cannabidiol-enriched oil (CBD-oil) derived from Cannabis sativa in veterinary practice will be reviewed. The relationship between methods of extraction, phytochemical composition and biological activity of CBD-oil will be emphasized in this respect. Finally, new opportunities for a high molecular weight, negatively-charged polysaccharide-complex from the gel of Aloe barbadensis leaves with microbial anti-adhesive properties and its potential veterinary application to balance dermal and mucosal microbial flora will be touched upon in this lecture.

Bart Halkes | The Netherlands

Medicinal leeches in small animal orthopedic conditions - scientific evidence and practical application Hirudotherapy, the application of medicinal leeches, is an ancient healing method that has been used since 100 - 600 BC. Before substances like heparin and cumarin derivates had been developed leech therapy was widely used to treat and prevent thromboembolism. Today hirudotherapy gains more and more relevance in the treatment of lymphatic and venous insufficiencies, dentistry and pain control, e.g. in active osteoarthritis.

Katja Görts | Germany

Looking at the connection between the three areas and how to help with acupuncture Dogs with problems in one of these areas will often eventually develop problems in the other two, primarily via musculotendinous connections. Western drugs are not designed to target these biomechanics but acupuncture and Chinese herbs are effective in normalizing the biomechanical relationships relieving pain and tension and providing better movement.

Linda Boggie | The Netherlands, USA
CONFERENCE | De Biltsche Hoek

Subject: EMS | Cushing | Orthopedic Conference days for veterinarians on Innovative Veterinary Medicine From the use of leeches to the use of herbs for chickens, various lectures with new and interesting topics will be offered on Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th November during the International Conference for Innovative Veterinary Medicine, the largest four day conference by Edupet Education on new and innovative veterinary medicine in the Van der Valk Hotel, Veenendaal. The Friday and Saturday from a 4-day long conference in English, is especially targeted at veterinarians, veterinary students, paraveterinarians and other professionals. There are 5 parallel sessions for companion animals, equines, cattle, swine and poultry. Horses: The equine program will cover topics such as Equine Metabolic Syndrome, the use of warming herbs in musculoskeletal pain management, the homeopathic treatments for Lyme disease, the medicinal use of leeches for orthopaedic diseases and the treatment of movement disorders with green-lipped mussel extract and curcurma.

CHAIR: Tannetje Koning

A horse with EMS is not only a fat horse, but a horse with a different metabolic rate. The fat cells change their actions and start to produce cytokines and interleukins, which induce an inflammatory state. Since there are no pathogens involved it is called metaflammation. This state affects the rest of the hormones in the body and often leads to insulin resistance. It is not enough to reduce the amount of feed, because often horses do not lose any weight and quite often the symptoms get worse and they develop laminitis. There are a number of western plants and several recipes of Chinese Herbs that can be used to influence the metabolism, but they only work when the owner is willing to increase the horse’s workload so that the caloric overload is reduced and the horse loses weight.

Sabine Vollstedt | Germany

It is estimated that 20 to 30% of all horses over 16 years develop Cushing’s disease and that it might be a disease of civilization. Considering the underlying mechanisms of Equine Cushing or Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID) it is important to know which herbs have dopaminergic actions in order to treat the disorder. In Traditional Chinese Equine Medicine there are different syndromes found in Equine Cushing and various recipes have been developed to address them. One severe complication in these horses is endocrinopathic laminitis. It is shown that vasodilation of the capillaries is diminished. To counteract this dysfunction western herbs, which are able to act as vasodilators, can be used as well as Chinese recipes, which can diminish the pain as well as reduce inflammation in the hooves.

Sabine Vollstedt | Germany

This the most common endocrine disorder seen in horses and caused by slow and progressive changes which occur to the pars intermedia area of the pituitary gland. Although the exact cause of these changes is not known, they result in the overproduction of hormones which regulate adrenal function leading to excess plasma cortisol levels - Cushing’s disease. This results in a characteristic range of symptoms which in the early stages, includes delayed shedding of the coat (hirsutism), changes in body conformation, the appearance of fat deposits, lethargy, poor performance and laminitis. As the condition progresses other symptoms can appear including abnormal sweating episodes, polyuria and polydipsia, reduced immune function (with increased risk of infection), failure to shed the winter coat, muscle wasting, cessation of the oestrus cycle, infertility, hyperglycaemia and neurological symptoms. Although this condition is not curable, both herbal and homeopathic remedies can be used successfully in the overall management, easing clinical symptoms, improving the quality of life and reducing the risk of the life-threatening aspects of this illness.

Tim Couzens | England

Moxibustion is a traditional oriental medicine that stimulates acupuncture points through heat generated by burning moxa wool. Find out why burning this herb works and how to use it in the treatment of pain and other conditions.

Barbara Fougere | Australia

Moxibustion is a traditional oriental medicine that stimulates acupuncture points through heat generated by burning moxa wool. Find out why burning this herb works and how to use it in the treatment of pain and other conditions.

Barbara Fougere | Australia

CHAIR: Tannetje Koning

The lecture will explain the different types of Lyme tests available on the market. From the basic serology tests, Lymphocyte transformations tests, and microscopic tests, to culturing and PCR. How the Borrelia adapts to avoid the immune system and in doing so also escapes our tests. The preliminary results we found using a modified Sapi et al tests and the reason why we used a modification. The CBO guidelines in the Netherlands for testing, which are solely based on serology. Using a trier protocol to demonstrate a change in antibodies, which is accepted as proof for ongoing Borrelia infection. Introducing a novel multiplex PCR for detecting the ticks bacteria and protozoa in one procedure. Besides the Borrelia species we see also other bacteria and protozoa transmitted to all mammals. Not only by ticks but also by fleas and louse.

Theodoor Scheepers | The Netherlands | Pro Health Medical

Lyme disease is commonly called a ‘modern illness’; it seems to have become more widespread in the past decennium. It may be difficult to diagnose correctly but it is even harder to cure the patient from Lyme disease. Conventional medication has inadequate results. To have more success, each step in the healing process requires an individual approach. Combinations of therapies enhance their effectiveness in this process.   Besides suppressing or expelling the Spirochete that causes Lyme disease from the body, there are many additional steps of interest to be considered. This includes reducing the exposure to electromagnetic radiation, treatment of damaged systems in the body or its tissues (like the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis and the thyroid gland), treatment of residual symptoms from previous therapies such as excessive use of antibiotics, and last but not least restoring confidence in one’s own body.    In this lecture Eric will discuss the clinical picture, diagnosis and prognosis of Lyme disease, and the treatment methods that are successfully applied in his clinic ‘Den Hoek’ in The Netherlands. 

Eric Laarakker | the Netherlands

Lyme borreliosis is often misused as diagnosis but more common than considered. Tentative diagnoses are mainly supported by serological examination. Equine lyme borreliosis is expression of chronic disorder in organism. Horses suffering of Lyme disease seem to be more susceptable for parasites and thus for other vector born diseases (West Nile Virus, Equine Infectious Anaemia etc) Obviously the most important symptoms associated with Lyme disease suspicions are unspecific signs, particularly chronic poor performance, fever, anorexia and weight loss as well as certain orthopaedic problems. Beside those, small differences in behavior and physical symptoms become significant and lead to specific homeopathic remedies, which can improve horses situation immediatly and also longer term. The goal of homeopathic treatment is to terminate period of vulnerability for parasites.

Erich Scherr | Austria
CONFERENCE | Gouden Leeuw 1

Subject: Miscellaneous Conference days for veterinarians on Innovative Veterinary Medicine. From the use of leeches to the use of herbs for chickens, various lectures with new and interesting topics will be offered on Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th November during the International Conference for Innovative Veterinary Medicine, the largest four day conference by Edupet Education on new and innovative veterinary medicine in the Van der Valk Hotel, Veenendaal. The Friday and Saturday from a 4-day long conference in English, is especially targeted at veterinarians, veterinary students, paraveterinarians and other professionals. There are 5 parallel sessions for companion animals, equines, cattle, swine and poultry. The program for small animals will discuss Lyme disease in humans and animals, the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbs in chronic inflammatory illnesses, raw feeds in immune disorders, the medicinal use of leeches in orthopaedic diseases and the homeopathic treatment of chronic skin diseases.

CHAIR: Vera Baumans

Feline medicine and treatment has become a major task in small animal veterinary practice. The various metabolic features of a strict carnivorous genetic background make cats unique patients in terms of disease profiles and therapeutic options. Typical examples are not only the taurine dependency as well as hypertension and diabetes of the elderly cat, but also the tolerance to herbal remedies. Major differences in the metabolic processing of herbal drugs, are often related to the lack of natural defense mechanisms for herbal products and the well-known (but not exclusive) insufficient glucuronidation capacity of cats (and other feline species). This lectures aims to provide an overview on feline therapy with special emphasis on genetic polymorphisms that determine the efficacy and safety of natural remedies.

Johanna Fink-Gremmels | The Netherlands

The term microbiome was brought up by Joshua Lederberg (Nobel price): “The microbioma is part of the human metabolism. Therefore, we talk from a microbioma organ. In the last decade science about the microbiome was the most growing biological science all over the world. But as they say we are at the beginning to understand what is really going on the gut and in which interconnection we live with it. The microbiome consists between 800 to 1000 different bacterial tribes, some viruses and fungis and the summation of all the bacteria’s with which we live in symbioses: digestive system from mouth to anus, skin, lung, liver, uterus and vagina and of course the brain (neurobiom). The microbiome has very different and vital functions: 75 % of the immunsystem in various ways, splitting-up indigestible food residues, detox of toxicants, producing substances which cannot be add to the body by food such as vitamins, short-chained fatty acids, essential amino acids, dopamine,… e.g. the kiss or can I transfer 80 miobacteria’s on my sweetheart… So food has to nurish 2: the body and the microbiome. Therefore, it must be free of chemical additions such des-infectants and preservatives etc. But also the vets must take care of their therapies. One administration of an antibiotic drug can damage the microbiome severes up to 6 months. A lot more drugs and administrations influences the microbiome – more than you would think of. In the second part of this lecture will talk about keeping the microbiome healthy and who to cure it.

Markus Kasper | Austria

The most important fact of a healthy microbioma is its diversity. What causes a reducing of its diversitiy: 1. Nutrition (microbiome and indirect effects chronic degenerative disease) 2. Reduced contact with surrounding bacterial flora… 3. Stress in every form (look how dogs have to function from early morning till late at night) 4. Age (includes also various and summarized negative effects during live) – age for itself is no sickness!!! 5. Medication – antibiotics, Steroids, NSAIDs, proton pump blockers, immunsupressive drugs as Cortison etc. 6. Hygiene: skin, oral cavitiy,… 7. and of course smoking Most of the chronic disease of the intestine (Ulcer in oral mucosa and in the gastrointenstinal system, chronic diarrhea, IBD, leaky gut syndrom 80 – 90 % of the skin disease, 80 % of liver disease, 60 % of kidney failure (in combinations with longstanding reduced liquid. I humans is a reasonable suspicion the Alzheimer disease stays in combination with a sick microbiome and a reduced production of special short chained fatty acids which nourishes the microglia cells in the brain. The second part of the lectures leads us to prevention of microbiome sicknesses.

Markus Kasper | Austria

Individualised treatment is at the heart of classical homeopathy. This lecture will discuss the important concept of treating the patient rather than the disease. I will try to make some of the very common ”types” (often referred to as polycrests) come to life in the hope that even those new to homeopathy will be able to go home and use this information.

Lise Hansen | Denmark

Homeopathy is the obvious treatment of choice for allergic and autoimmune conditions. Whereas these conditions are incurable through conventional treatments that can only offer symptomatic relief through longterm immunosuppresion, classical individualised homeopathic treatment will in my experience cure the vast majority of cases. In this lecture I will discuss the pitfalls when treating chronic atopy in small animals.

Lise Hansen | Denmark

CHAIR: Vera Baumans

The gut and the skin are in many ways very similar. This is where the individual meets the surrounding environment. It is also where immunological reactions commonly cause problems. Chronic inflammatory bowel disease is a common problem in dogs and cats and is often treated with immunosuppresive drugs. I consistently find that classical homeopathy can cure these cases. It is at least as effective as steroids for these patients – and a far safer longterm solution. The lecture will use case studies to demonstrate this approach.

Lise Hansen | Denmark

An integrative approach includes reviewing stress, diet, medications and triggers for seizures. This talk highlights some underlying conditions that can substantially contribute to seizures and managing cases.

Barbara Fougere | Australia

New information and research points to the value of herbal medicine as part of an integrative approach to treating this frustrating condition. Find out herbs and formulas that modify this disease and provide a strong rationale for use.

Barbara Fougere | Australia
CONFERENCE | De Biltsche Hoek

Subject: Behavior | Orthopedic. Subject: EMS | Cushing | Orthopedic Conference days for veterinarians on Innovative Veterinary Medicine. From the use of leeches to the use of herbs for chickens, various lectures with new and interesting topics will be offered on Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th November during the International Conference for Innovative Veterinary Medicine, the largest four day conference by Edupet Education on new and innovative veterinary medicine in the Van der Valk Hotel, Veenendaal. The Friday and Saturday from a 4-day long conference in English, is especially targeted at veterinarians, veterinary students, paraveterinarians and other professionals. There are 5 parallel sessions for companion animals, equines, cattle, swine and poultry. Horses: The equine program will cover topics such as Equine Metabolic Syndrome, the use of warming herbs in musculoskeletal pain management, the homeopathic treatments for Lyme disease, the medicinal use of leeches for orthopaedic diseases and the treatment of movement disorders with green-lipped mussel extract and curcurma.

CHAIR: Tannetje Koning

Headshaking is a very challenging symptom in horses. It has many causes such as toothache, allergy, photosensitivity, ear mites or trigeminal neuralgia to mention some. Some of these can be dealt with, but a large group remain unsolved in western medicine. These patients are not easy from a holistic point of view either but by combining different interventions as acupuncture, cranio-sacral therapy, osteopathy and homeopathy some horses can be cured. Pain and “sympathetic overdrive” is very closely related and can create a vicious cycle. Therefore, release of biomechanical strain in the head especially around the exit foramina of the cranial nerves and of tension from other parts of the body is essential. However, very often, mental tension and anxiety has to be dealt with as well, in order to have a long lasting effect. Classical homeopathy has the potential to do so.

Rikke Schulz | Denmark

Hirudotherapy, the application of medicinal leeches, is an ancient healing method that has been used since 100 - 600 BC. Before substances like heparin and cumarin derivates had been developed leech therapy was widely used to treat and prevent thromboembolism. Today hirudotherapy gains more and more relevance in the treatment of lymphatic and venous insufficiencies, dentistry and pain control, e.g. in active osteoarthritis. The saliva of medicinal leeches contains at least 30 single substances that are not fully described and identified regarding their structure and pharmacological effects. The therapeutic effect is based predominantly on a combination of blood thinning, antithrombotic, analgetic, antiphlogistic, and local anasthetic effects. Indications in veterinary medicine include e.g. laminitis, navicular disease, tendon and ligament injuries, impaired wound healing, lymphangitis, hematoma, osteoarthritis, elbow- and hip-dysplasia.

Katja Görts | Germany

Increasing demand on the modern (sport) horse results in increasing strain on joints, ligaments and tendons, which leads to (early) damage of these structures. In addition, horses are confronted with a certain degree of osteoarthritis. Current treatment methods are either low in efficacy (stem cell) or have side effects (corticosteroids). However, we have pure and unique supplements containing: 1. pure and un-manipulated Green lipped mussel (GLMax™) with glucosamine and rare omega-3 fatty acids, and 2. Bio Curcumin (BCM-95®) with excellent anti-inflammatory properties. These feed supplements are very promising in improving movement and flexibility of joints (including back), tendons and ligaments of the horse. Moreover, they can improve healing of osteoarthritis in addition to tendon and ligament injuries. These liquid supplements are relatively cheap (treatment cure 1-2 times a year), contain multiple ingredients commonly used as sole supplements, have synergistic mechanism of action (including anti-inflammatory) and have high bio availability.

Richard van Dokkum | the Netherlands

“Not matter, but quantum information is the building block of everything.” With this this interesting theorem by Dr. Erik Verlinde, professor in Theoretical Physics at the University of Amsterdam and winner of the Dutch Spinoza Price, Eric Laarakker starts his lecture. He takes you through his quest and recent discoveries in the field of Frequency and Information Medicine. Sound as a pressure wave has the ability to penetrate far through water. In every living organism, 99% of the molecules in the body are water molecules and water is of vital importance for many bodily and cellular functions, including the maintenance of DNA. Perhaps this provides the most important opening for medical sciences to tackle pathologies? Everything within and around the body (from the internal organs to body cells and bacteria, viruses etc.) has its own specific frequency. In the past 23 years, Eric has identified many thousands of frequencies with his Lecher-antenna that play a role in health and disease. In his lecture he explains how this can be used in modern (veterinary) medicine.

Eric Laarakker

EMS is a relatively common endocrine disorder seen in horses which is not dissimilar to type 2 diabetes in humans. It typically occurs in those horses or ponies which are overweight and under exercised (most often “easy keepers”) and generally tends to be seen in younger horses compared to those which develop PPID which tend to be older. Obesity leads to insulin dysregulation resulting in post-feeding hyperinsulinemia which can trigger laminitis, a common and serious consequence of EMS. Dietary and other management changes are needed to resolve this condition and to prevent recurrence. These can be combined with both herbal and homeopathic remedies to relieve symptoms and to treat EMS cases with a greater degree of success.

Tim Couzens | England

CHAIR: Tannetje Koning

Disease origin is a hypersensitive reaction of saliva of mosquitoes mainly of Culicoides. It occurs often seasonal and it is primarly not infectious. There exists a disposition of some breeds ( Ponys, Welsh, Islandic horses. etc.) and of some bloodlines. About 35 % are genetically determinated. The particularity of the disease is the surprised onset and the rapid ongoing of the symptoms mainly itching and scratching. It seems that the overwhelming situation of pain and discomfort dominates the patients. Individual reactions in behavior before and during period of sickness help to find homeopathic remedies. At the same time improving or curing disease of culicoides allergy can also improve comfort and cure behavioral disorders.

Erich Scherr | Austria

There are many holistic treatment strategies available within veterinary medicine, like acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy and manual therapies. Often, combining different strategies enhances the effect of the treatment. But how do you choose the right treatment or medication? How do you examine the patient as a whole and how do you come to your diagnosis?   The use of complimentary diagnostic tools can offer -in the hands of an able practitioner- valuable support. Eric will talk about the use of bio-energetic measuring instruments in general, and his own experience with these. More in particular, he will discuss the use of the Connection-sensor and the Lecher Antenna in holistic veterinary practice.

Eric Laarakker | The Netherlands

What is dry-needling? What are the working mechanisms? The use and benefits in general and sport horses in particular will be lectured about. Also the possibilities and limitations.

Andrea Schachinger | Germany

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