Couzens, Tim – Dr. MRCVS, VetMFHom, CertVetAc (IVAS)
Tim was born in South London but spent most of his childhood in Sussex. He studied veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College in Camden Town, qualifying in 1980. After 10 years in regular veterinary practice he decided to pursue his interest in alternative medicine. He attended some of the very first courses to be held for vets at the Royal Homeopathic Hospital in Great Ormond Street, London gaining his VetMFHom in 1991. In 1995 he established The Holistic Veterinary Medicine Centre, a specialist multi species referral clinic for holistic veterinary medicine in Sussex offering not only homeopathy, but also acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutraceutical and dietary advice, flower essences, osteopathy and chiropractic. He is consultant to a number of companies and is a regular contributor to Dog’s Monthly magazine. He has also contributed to a number of books on homeopathy and complementary medicine and teaches worldwide. Tim has a special interest in the homeopathic treatment of horses and is the author of Homeopathy for Horses published in 2006 by Kenilworth Press and Horses and Homeopathy published by Saltire Books in 2011.
Equine Metabolic Syndrome, EMS, Peripheral Cushing’s Disease in horses using herbs and homeopathy
November 24, 10.05 AM – HORSES
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.
Equine Cushing’s Disease, Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID) in horses using herbs and homeopathy
November 25, 12.10 PM – HORSES
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.