2016 Annual Conference - April 2016


CONFERENCE NOTES ARE AVAILABLE FOR $20, plus $6 shipping. Email Cindy for details.


April 8th - A Day with Judith Sumner

In this plant-centered workshop on herbal medicine for veterinarians, we will begin with traditional medicine and ethnobotany, from the Doctrine of Signatures to the evolution of secondary compounds in ecosystems. We will

focus on science (while still including some lore and history) to glean lessons from natural history, herbal medicine, Eastern traditions, zoopharmacognosy, and current research in veterinary herbal medicine.


Judith Sumner is a botanist who specializes in ethnobotany, medicinal botany, flowering plants, and plant adaptations. She has taught medicinal botany both at the college level and at botanical gardens, including the

Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Garden in the Woods and has lectured for the Integrative Veterinary Herbal Medicine Course at Tufts/Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She writes and lectures for the Herbal Academy of New England and has been a featured lecturer at the several Herb Society (USA) annual meetings. Judith graduated from Vassar College and completed graduate studies in botany at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She studied at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,and at the British Museum (Natural History) and did extensive field work in the Pacific region on the genus *Pittosporum*. She has published monographic studies in the *American Journal of Botany, Pollen et Spores, *and *Allertonia, *as well as monographing two families for *Flora Vitiensis Nova*.  She is the author of *The Natural History of Medicinal Plants* and *American Household Botany*, which received the American Horticultural Society Book Award in 2005. In 2007 Judith was awarded the Gertrude B. Foster Award for Excellence in Herbal Literature by the Herb Society of America. She is currently writing a botanical history of World War II, tentatively titled *Plants Go to War: A Botanical History of World War II*. Judith is a frequent

invited lecturer for botanical and horticultural organizations and symposia, including the New York Botanical Garden, Mohonk Mountain, Cornell University, Maine Garden Day, and Strawbery Banke.


April 9th & 10th - Terry Durkes Seminar

Terry Durkes, DVM will be giving a 2 day seminar on pulse and gold bead implants.


This seminar has been awarded 12 hours of CE credit by IVAS.


Seminar Schedule:

Morning April 9, 2016

  • Summary of acupuncture points that have special properties.
  • Belt meridians and where and how to use them.
  • Herniated disc condition in neck and back.
  • How important is acupuncture technique?
  • Changing blood values.


Afternoon April 9, 2016

  • Chiropractic treatment using the pulse.
  • The two minute acupuncture treatment.
  • Changing energy fields in diagnosing and treating patients.
  • Auricular therapy for stroke.
  • Auricular therapy for allergies.


Morning April 10, 2014

  • Gold bead implant and where to use it.
  • Gold bead implant for seizures.
  • Gold bead implant for hip dysplasia.
  • Gold bead implant for spondylosis of the back.
  • Gold bead implant for wobblers.


Afternoon April 10, 2016

  • Gold bead implant for osteochondritis desicans of shoulder.
  • Gold bead implant for arthritis of elbow..
  • Gold bead implant for arthritis of knee.



About Dr. Durkes

Dr. Durkes received his DVM degree from Purdue University in 1971 and a BS in nutrition in 1967. He became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture in 1975 and started his research in the gold bead implant and auricular acupuncture at that time. He has lectured on acupuncture and the gold bead implant since 1976.  His motto is "treat all pets as if they were your own".


About Gold Bead Implants

Dr. Durkes began his research in the gold bead implant in 1975. Initially his research was for the treatment of hip dysplasia and epileptic seizures.  Over the next 5 years he also started research on arthritis of the back, knee, elbow, and shoulder plus the treatment of wobbler disease.  In all conditions except epileptic seizures, Dr. Durkes is helping the muscles, tendons, and ligaments around the joint to tighten up.  This prevents the excessive movement of the joint which helps to stop pain and weakness of the joint.  Dr. Durkes is able to achieve this goal in 1 to 3 weeks post gold bead implant.


Long term, Dr. Durkes gets a gradual remodeling of the joint.  In spondylosis of the back, he has had complete remodeling of the back within 2 years post implant.  In all other joints he has 30- 40% remodeling.


In epileptic seizures Dr. Durkes is correcting electrical blockages in the nervous system.  These electrical blockages will eventually cause seizures if the body is unable to correct them.


Gold bead implants can be effective for many severe, otherwise degenerative conditions, such as hip dysplasia, elbow or knee arthritis, and epilepsy.  Dr Durkes implants the beads into specific acupuncture points, which vary depending on the medical condition and the individual energetics of the animal.  They offer a safe, drug-free, and effective way to help patients.


To view Dr. Durkes implanting gold beads in a patient, please CLICK HERE





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