Early-Bird ticket prices until March 17

Program for April 17

General Session

8:00am / Expected and Unexpected Outcomes From Acupuncture Research

9:00am / Top Ten New Allies From Anatomyland

10:30am / ReVising the Value of the Vagus

Mistralvet-Veterinary Anethesia Teaching and Support / Johnstown, CO

Dr. Bonnie Wright was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She accomplished her DVM at Colorado State University and a residency in Anesthesia and Critical Patient Care at The University of California, Davis.  She has lived in Colorado since 2001.

Dr. Wright is board certified in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia.  She has earned certificates in Medical Acupuncture, Veterinary Pain Practitioner, Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner and Therapist and canine musculo-skeletal imaging.

She works and teaches in the areas of anesthesia, pain medicine, medical acupuncture and regenerative medicine and rehabilitation.   She has two adult sons, several wonderful dogs and a retired horse. She spends time exercising and building her off-grid Hawaiian farm with her life partner.

Small Animal

12:30pm / Introduction to the Balance Method Acupuncture

1:30pm / Approach to Immune Disease Using TCVM

3:20pm / Approach to Renal Disease Using TCVM

Orchid Springs Animal Hospital / Winter Haven, FL

Dr. Vargas received her DVM from Tuskegee University in 1994. In 1996 she established her AAHA accredited Orchid Springs Animal Hospital in Winter Haven, FL. In 2009 she started her studies at Chi Institute, eventually garnering certifications in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy and Tui Na. She has also achieved the following: Certified TCVM practitioner, Certified Veterinary Medical Manipulator, Certified Balance Method Acupuncturist, Fellowship of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture and has a  Master’s Degree in TCVM. She teaches at Chi Institutes of Florida, Peru, and Costa Rica campuses and has worked as a consultant for Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Dr. Vargas is also a sought out speaker and author of the book Alt-Vet: the revolutionary pet care and longevity solution.

Her passion for helping animals and her volunteerism has awarded her state and national recognition. Among her awards is the Purina National Pet Care Award, Bay News 9 Medical Hero Award, Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Business Award, Bright house Regional Business Finalist, Girls Inc “She knows where she is going award” and the FVMA Gold award. She was honored by the American Veterinary Foundation as “America’s Favorite Veterinarian” in 2015. In 2018 she was awarded “Veterinarian of the Year” by the FVMA.

She lives in sunny Winter Haven, Florida with her husband, two teenage daughters and a menagerie of pets!

4:20pm / Gone With the Wind

Joan D. Winter, D.V.M. / Simi Valley, CA

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Magnum Cum Laude,1976.  University of California, Davis, Dept. of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Masters in Pharmacology and Toxicology, 1981.  University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, D.V.M. with honors 1984.  CHI Institute of Chinese Medicine, 9700 west Hwy 318, Reddick, FL 32686, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist,9/2/2002.  Certified Veterinary Tui-Na Practitioner, 10/31/2003.  Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist, 4/23/2004.  FAAVM 6/20/16.

Dr. Winter works in Southern California as a mixed animal veterinarian treating companion animals.  She also volunteers her time as the shelter veterinarian at the Northwest SPCA.  It is her mission to diagnose and treat the symptoms and underlying root deficiencies in her patients.  Dr. Winter does this by integrating Western and Eastern Veterinary Medicine.  She has had great success utilizing both principles and finds private practice very satisfying.  Dr. Winter is the only veterinarian in her area that she knows of, that treats mixed animals in this fashion.

4:50pm / A Randomized, Blinded Study on the Effects of Preoperative Oral Administration of Yunnan Baiyao on Mitigating Blood Loss in Dogs Undergoing Elective Spay/Neuter Surgeries

Sleep Dog Vet / Arlington, MA

Dr. Jenny Liu graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from Cornell University.  She completed her veterinary training at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991.  Jenny started out her career in mixed animal practice, caring for large (mostly horses, cattle and the occasional small ruminant) and small animals (dogs and cats).  Over time she has narrowed her practice to small animals.  She took a small detour in her career to obtain a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts at The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2007.

Dr. Liu has training in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) which encompasses Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Tui-na (massage), Herbal medicine, as well as Life style.  Dr. Liu began her training in TCVM at the Chi Institute in Reddick Florida in 2004 and continues to advance her studies there. In 2018 she received her Masters Degree in TCVM.  She has lectured on behalf of the Chi Institute on basic TCVM principles and is a Lab TA for the Basic Acupuncture lab course.  She continues to practice small animal Integrative medicine, bringing the best of both Western and Eastern medicine.

Large Animal

12:30pm / Eastern Medicine for the Geriatric Equine Patient

1:30pm / Acupuncture for the Other Equids: Donkeys, Zebra and Miniature Horses

3:20pm / Acupuncture and Ponies: The Treatment Schedule Leading Up to the USEF Pony Finals

4:20pm / Acupuncture and Tui Na for the Metal Constitution Horse in International Competition

Lori Bidwell, DVM, DACVAA, CVA, CVTP
East West Equine Sports Medicine / Lexington, KY

Dr. Lori Bidwell is a 2001 graduate of Michigan State University, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and a certified veterinary acupuncturist.  She did her internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky and completed her anesthesia residency at Michigan State University.  She was the head of anesthesia at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and Lexington Equine Surgery and Sports Medicine and has been on faculty at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  In 2105 she co-founded East West Equine Sports Medicine, a practice that involves consulting and covering veterinary services for hunter/jumper circuits on the West and East Coasts.  Dr. Bidwell also consults in anesthesia for equine practices, teaches part of a study abroad program in Thailand and South Africa and speaks and teaches nationally and internationally.