2019 Conferences/Seminars

 

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NYCAVMA  Annual Spring Conference:

April 11th - 14th 2019, Ellicotville NY, featuring an Osteopathic Seminar with Laura Taylor.

 

We hope you'll join us at the Holiday Valley Ski Resort for our 2019 Annual Conference! April 11th will be Equine day...all are welcome to this hands-on experience, though there will be homework that needs completing prior to attending. April 12th -14th will center around theory and small animal techniques. Download a printable flyer HERE.

 

This conference has been awarded 21.5 hours of CE from AVCA.

 

SCHEDULE AND TOPICS:

 

April 11th, Day 1 – Equine Day (participants will be given notes and videos ahead of time to prepare)

 

1st 2 - 3 hours – PowerPoint presentation Equine Osteopathy- Not Just Another Manual Therapy

Lecture Topics covered include –

  • Principles of Veterinary Osteopathy
  • Differences between Chiropractic and Osteopathy
  • Three Pillars of Osteopathy – Joint Manipulation, Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation/Visceral Treatment
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Autonomic Nervous System
  • How the Autonomic Nervous System profoundly influences the musculoskeletal system
  • Visceral Osteopathy – how it is both a diagnostic system and treatment approach
  • Visceral Osteopathy – novel approach to equine lameness, musculoskeletal issues, performance issues in sport horses, and routine care for sport horses for injury prevention
  • Common Organ issues affecting musculoskeletal system – gelding scars (spermatic cord adhesion), ovaries/uterine adhesions, foregut imbalances (duodenum/small intestinal dysbiosis, stomach ulcers), hindgut acidosis, verminous arteritis, mechanical restrictions of liver/diaphragm

 

Demonstration of Equine Osteopathy (1 ½ hours) – on a gelding

  • motion palpation testing of all joints to show diagnostic aspect of osteopathy, differentiating visceral versus organ patterns present in spine, pelvis and shoulders
  • Treatment of gelding scar, post-treatment exam and discussion

 

Practice Session for participants (2+ hours) – approximately 4 people per horse

  • Motion palpation testing of spine, pelvis and shoulders
  • Treatment of gelding scar

 

 

April 12th, 13th and 14th, Days 2, 3 and 4 - Osteopathy for Small Animals (Dogs & Cats)

 

DAY 2

  • Principles of Veterinary Osteopathy
  • Differences between Chiropractic and Osteopathy
  • Three Pillars of Osteopathy – Joint Manipulation, Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation / Visceral Treatment
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Autonomic Nervous System
  • How the Autonomic Nervous System profoundly influences the musculoskeletal system
  • Visceral Osteopathy – how it is both a diagnostic system and treatment approach
  • Visceral Osteopathy – novel approach to common musculoskeletal issues in dogs and cats, improving athletic performance in dogs, injury prevention in canine athletes, treating senior dogs/cats
  • Fascia – recent research on fascia (human, equine)
  • Visceral Manipulation – form of fascial release (demonstration of fascial manipulation/fascial unwinding), participants will partner up to practice techniques to release restricted fascia of a joint)

 

DAY 3

'Practicing Presence’ – how to be embodied and neutral as a practitioner – the ‘art of healing’, Heart – Brain Coherence Techniques – research of the HeartMath Institute

 

SPAY / NEUTER SURGICAL ADHESIONS

  • Common denominator in many musculoskeletal problems such as stubborn hind/fore leg lameness, iliopsoas injuries, soft tissue problems in forelimbs, back pain, neck pain, intervertebral disc disease, cruciate ligament injuries
  • Anatomy/neuroanatomy of spay/neuter adhesions
  • How spay/neuter adhesions directly affect shoulder mobility via the sacrum
  • Diagnosis and treatment of spay/neuter adhesions (lecture and video and live demonstrations)
  • Diagnosis and treatment of early laxity of cruciate ligament due to pelvic change from S/N adhesions
  • Intact males/females – influence of prostate and ovaries/uterus on musculoskeletal system
  • Practice session for participants on dogs – basic osteopathic exam, motion palpation testing of joints and viscera
  • Practice session for participants on dogs – diagnosis and treatment of spay/neuter adhesions in dogs, Diagnosis/treatment of early laxity of cruciate ligament in dogs

 

DAY 4

'Practicing Presence’ – how to be embodied and neutral as a practitioner – the ‘art of healing’, Group Practice of Heart/Brain Coherence breathing

 

BASICS OF CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY – whole body manipulative therapy of fascia, joints

  • Anatomy/physiology of the craniosacral system – past/current research
  • Practical applications of CST in dogs and cats, video demonstration of CST
  • CST practice session for participants – partner up to practice basic techniques on each other

 

Review of Spay/Neuter diagnosis, treatment

Practice session for participants on dogs – diagnosis and treatment of spay/neuter adhesions in dogs, Diagnosis /treatment of early laxity of cruciate ligament in dogs

 

Wrap –up -  Conclusions, questions, discussion

 

PRICING:

 

Equine & Small Animal (all 4 days) - NYCAVMA/VBMA Members $675.00, Non-Members $725.00

Equine Only (day 1 only) - NYCAVMA/VBMA Members $200.00, Non-Members $250.00

Small Animal Only (days 2, 3 and 4 only) - NYCAVMA/VBMA Members $600.00, Non-Members $650.00

 

LODGING:

 

We have a room block reserved at the Holiday Valley Ski Resort. To book, call their reservation line, 716-699-2345 and reference our booking ID, 6141, or just say you're with the NYCAVMA.

 

About Laura

 

"As a holistic veterinarian who practices osteopathy and other alternative treatments, my job is to help horses, cats, and dogs regain mobility and return to their natural state of wholeness. Whether a house cat or a canine or equine athlete, I help animals live to their full potential of health, vitality, and longevity.

 

As a youngster, I felt deeply connected to all animals and was a typical “horse crazy” girl. I was fortunate to have had horses growing up. At the age of 11, I already knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. Of course, becoming a vet wasn’t as easy as making the decision. University professors warned students to have a Plan B due to the difficulty getting into vet school.

 

I didn’t have a Plan B—not even after my first application was rejected! I simply wanted vet school even more, which made the second attempt and my acceptance into the Ontario Veterinary College that much sweeter! To this day, I recall the whoops and screams of joy.

 

Vet school and its science enthralled me! ​But after 6 years of practice, I became disillusioned with the conventional medical model of vets finding problems too late; at advanced stages of disease, the only options are drugs and surgeries. My own lack of training to deal with chronic disease and outright prevention inspired me to break trail and take a journey that ultimately led to 20 years of professional re-invention.

 

During those 20 years, I studied veterinary chiropractic, and after a decade of practicing it, I began seeing its shortcomings and shifted my studies to a newer and more effective modality--osteopathy. Combine these with my studies in acupuncture, homeopathy, herbal medicine, craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, and visceral and organ manipulation, and you essentially have “veterinary naturopathy.” Many of my studies were for humans; therefore, I adapted my knowledge to work with the anatomies of horses, cats, and dogs. Even today many of these courses for animal treatment rarely exist.

 

As a result, I’ve created a fully holistic veterinary practice, with the scope of my work limited to musculoskeletal and neurological cases. Every day, my work shows me that life is motion and that improvements in mobility lead to better quality of life.

 

If anyone would have said to me that one day I’d be practicing exclusively holistic medicine and that 50% of my patients would be horses, I would have said in disbelief, “No way!” Such is the beauty and diversity of a veterinary degree. The “art” of veterinary medicine can only really come from doing the work—practicing, learning, and growing. I love that I work with my hands and that I have access to a more complete and comprehensive toolbox than I would have with traditional veterinary medicine.

 

I approach my work with a persistent sense of curiosity and a passion for the possible! I enjoy the detective work of osteopathy. I’m in awe of its potential for prevention and true healing because it works with the innate intelligence of the body that wants to heal itself. For that reason, osteopathy offers a deep fix rather than a quick fix! At times, it seems nothing short of magical, and I am humbled by its potency and effectiveness."

 

Laura's CV can be found HERE.

Getting Started in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine

June 5th, 2019 A one-day intensive workshop at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts offered in conjunction with the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies, right before the 14th International Herb Symposium.

 

This intensive day of instruction, for beginner veterinary herbalists, is the perfect 'kick start' to develop skills and knowledge that can lead to an accredited post-graduate degree. This intensive workshop will cover topics included in the Certification in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine and accelerate the veterinarian's usage of herbs within the clinical setting. By the completion of this course you will be effectively using a selected group of herbs for common conditions.

 

NOTE: The lectures and workshops will provide direct credit for the Certification in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine and the Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine.

 

DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM HERE - subject to change

 

Licensed Veterinarian Only - you will need to provide your State of registration and License number when you register. Completion of the 'getting started' course will provide a full fee rebate on subsequent enrollment into the Certification of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine OR Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine (offer valid until December 20 2019).

 

COURSE FEE:

$299 for the 1-day tuition (accommodation, travel and refreshments are the responsibility of the participant)

Early Bird Fee (available until March 31st 2019): $249

 

SPEAKERS:

Dr Cynthia Lankenau DVM GDipVWHM CVA CCVHM  graduated from Cornell in 1981 and moved into 100% dairy practice and became very frustrated with the limitations of western medicine.  After a stint in the Peace Corps and time in a mixed animal practice, Cynthia began her path towards complementary and alternative veterinary medicine. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine, an Advanced Certification in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine (IVAS) and certifications in veterinary acupuncture (IVAS), chiropractic, reiki and homeopathy.

 

Dr Lankenau runs a sole practitioner mixed animal 100 % alternative modality practice in western NY State. She is active in the CAVM community being past-president of VBMA and having been responsible for the maintenance of the VBMA Listserver, with untiring devotion generously sharing advice and knowledge.

 

Dr Alexia Tsakiris-Vasilopoulos BVetMed GDipVWHM CVA received her BVetMed from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, in 2005. She received her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from the Chi Institute in 2009, her certificate in Veterinary Herbal Medicine in 2015 from CIVT and qualified with a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine (CIVT). Dr Tsakiris completed David Winston’s Herbal Studies course in 2016. In 2016, she established an exclusively holistic small animal practice. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two young boys.

 

Dr Monica Chapman DVM GDipVWHM  graduated from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She worked in small animal practices throughout Virginia and joined the Middleburg Animal Hospital in 1996.  In 1999, Monica left private practice to enter public practice at the Fauquier SPCA where she was for 15 years.

 

Monica began her training in herbal medicine in 2012, studying under Teresa Boardwine, RH(AHG) in Sperryville, VA, completed certification courses in Foundations of Western Herbal Medicine and Apothecary (medicine making) in 2013, and worked as an intern with Geo Derick Giordano, MSc, RH(AHG). She subsequently formalized her qualification by completing a Graduate Degree in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine at the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT), studying under Dr. Barbara Fougere.  She has now joined the faculty of CIVT as a mentor and tutor. Monica also conducts a small house call practice providing western herbal consults for dogs and cats, Mojo Medicinals.

 

 

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