Registration opens in December

Program for April 5

Early Bird Session

7:15am / Integrative Medicine: A Platform for Personal and Professional Balance

Nell Ostermeier, DVM, CVA (IVAS)
Lombard Animal Hospital / Portland, OR

Dr. Nell is originally from Illinois where she grew up on a small farm and began working to heal farm animals and wildlife at a very young age, setting the stage for her career. She attended the University of Illinois for both undergraduate and veterinary degrees, practiced for a few years in Southern California, and eventually moved to Portland, Oregon where she created a neighborhood small animal practice with her husband. In addition to providing a high standard of patient care for small and exotic companion animals, they participated in intensive business and communication coaching programs that have been integral to the health and culture of their practice.   Dr. Nell’s journey with integrative medicine began in 2010 when she signed up for the IVAS Acupuncture course and realized that Chinese Medicine directly improved patient outcomes and enhanced quality of life.  From then on, her passion became integrating the best of the East and the West and in 2013 she was honored to return to the IVAS course as a Teaching Associate. This led to her current role as Teaching Associate Coordinator and Instructor for the IVAS Acupuncture Course. Dr. Nell continues to practice in the “real world” clinical setting while sharing her expertise in business, communication and Integrative Medicine with others in the field. Her mission is to promote integrative medicine as the gold standard in veterinary care and to improve work-life happiness in the veterinary field at the global level.  When she’s not out working on this mission, Dr. Nell loves to do just about anything outdoors and enjoys traveling, especially to obscure or remote destinations.

General Session

8:00am / The Liquid Crystalline Collagen Continuum Theory of Acupuncture and the Clinical Applications in Veterinary Acupuncture Practice

11:00am / Veterinary Acupuncture Approaches for Critical Care Medicine

Allen Schoen, DVM, MS, PhD (hon.), CVA
AMS Consulting/Center for Integrative Animal Health / Saltspring Island, BC

Dr. Schoen received his D.V.M. from Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in 1978.  He also holds a Master’s Degree in neurophysiology and animal behavior from the University of Illinois.  Dr. Schoen received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Becker College in 1998 for his contributions to Veterinary Medicine.

In 2016, Dr. Schoen was recognized as one of the 15 most influential veterinarians for his contributions to the advancement of veterinary medicine.

In 2010, Dr. Schoen received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions in Veterinary Acupuncture, from the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture.

Small Animal

1:00pm / Forelimb Injury and Pain-How to Diagnose With An Integrated Approach

2:00pm / Rear Limb Injury and Pain-How to Diagnose With An Integrated Approach

Laurie McCauley, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVC
Red Tail Rehab / Zirconia, NC

Dr. McCauley graduated in 1992 from Colorado State SVM. After six years in general practice, she became a pioneer in the field of Veterinary Rehabilitation, designing the first underwater treadmill for dogs.  Dr. McCauley started the first Rehabilitation Clinic in 1998 and was on faculty at Canine Rehabilitation Institute for 14 years.  She is certified in Acupuncture and Chiropractic therapy and in 2014 became Board Certified in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Dr. McCauley is an International lecturer and contributing author in many textbooks and journals.  She was awarded the 2011 Iams AARV Award of Excellence in the Field of Rehabilitation and the 2015 AHVMA Holistic Practitioner of the Year Award.

3:30pm / Power Mushrooms:  The Supportive Power of Japanese and Other Mushrooms

Michelle Schraeder, DVM, MEd, FAAVA
Mountain Veterinary Hospital / Bellingham, WA

Dr. Michelle Schraeder graduated from The Ohio State University in 1985.  Through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) she is certified in veterinary acupuncture and in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine, and through the Chi Institute is certified in veterinary Tui-na (massage).  Dr. Schraeder became one of first two veterinarians to become a fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA).  She has a Med in College and Continuing Education.  Presently she is a chair of the IVAS International Education Committee, an IVAS board member, and a member of the AAVA Advanced Certification Committee and its Organizing Committee for Specialty Recognition in Acupuncture.  She has lectured at various veterinary conferences including Western Veterinary Conference, MidWest Veterinary Conference, several state veterinary conferences, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, AAVA, and IVAS internationally.  She is an instructor for the IVAS acupuncture course and practices integrative medicine at her clinic in Bellingham, WA.

4:30pm / The Use of Si Miao San and A Multi-Species Mushroom Supplement to Mitigate Metastasis Risk of Canine Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Shannon Bennett, DVM, CVA, CVFT, GDVCHM
Annabessacook Veterinary Clinic / Monmouth, ME

2006 DVM University of Georgia
2014 CVA Chi Institute
2015 CVFT Chi Institute
2018 GDVCHM College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies

Areas of Interest: Canine and Feline Geriatric Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Oncology

Large Animal

1:00pm / The Use of TCVM to Treat Emergency Medical Conditions in Horses and Cattle

Nancy Martin, MS, DVM, CVA
East Meets West Veterinary Service / Vacaville, CA

Dr. Martin obtained her B.S. in Animal Science in 1981 from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California.  While completing a Master’s Degree in Domestic Animal Behavior at UC Davis, Dr. Martin managed the University’s beef research herd for four years, and went on to finish a DVM at UC Davis in 1991. She has practiced rural mixed animal medicine for 25 years in Northern California.  Her practice has been integrative since receiving her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2008 with IVAS. Dr. Martin is considered a specialist in herd animal management and disease prevention.

Alternative or complementary medicine has much to offer for those interested in developing a better understanding of the relationship between genetics, the natural environment, and the development of disease.  Disease treatments outside of allopathic medicine can be considered additional “tools” to aid or promote the return to health. It is also imperative to understand each animal’s natural biology, recognize constitutional imbalances early, and make management adjustments before they cause disease.

3:30pm / The Latest Research in Photobiomodulation Laser Acupuncture Techniques and Approaches in Equine Musculoskeletal Conditions

Allen Schoen, DVM, MS, PhD (hon), CVA
AMS Consulting/Center for Integrative Animal Health / Saltspring Island, BC

Dr. Schoen received his D.V.M. from Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in 1978.  He also holds a Master’s Degree in neurophysiology and animal behavior from the University of Illinois.  Dr. Schoen received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Becker College in 1998 for his contributions to Veterinary Medicine.

In 2016, Dr. Schoen was recognized as one of the 15 most influential veterinarians for his contributions to the advancement of veterinary medicine.

In 2010, Dr. Schoen received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions in Veterinary Acupuncture, from the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture.

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