Dejonckheere, Veerle – Dr – Belgium / United Kingdom
Veerle Dejonckheere qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Gent, Belgium in 2001. After graduation she worked in a large animal practice in France before moving to the UK in 2003. She has worked at small animal practices throughout the UK, integrating chiropractic care, acupuncture, therapeutic exercise, nutrition, phytotherapy and conventional first line medicine. Since 2010 she has lived and practiced in South West England. Veerle is qualified in veterinary acupuncture, veterinary herbal medicine and veterinary chiropractic practice. She is actively involved with promoting herbal medicine within the UK veterinary community, primarily through the British Association of Veterinary Herbalists www.herbalvets.org.uk. Before settling down and having a family, Veerle travelled extensively and volunteered for animal charities in Greece and Bhutan in her spare time.
Phytotherapy in canine sports medicine and rehabilitation
November 23 – 02.00 PM – COMPANION ANIMALS
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.