Welcome to NoVAS’ Annual meeting 2018 in Sweden

Time and place:

Friday 16th March – Sunday 18th March 2018 in Göteborg/Gothenburg at Gothia Towers– see: www.gothiatowers.com

Lecturers and topics:

Topic for annual meeting this year will be FOOD, FEEDING and FOOD THERAPY. Linda Boggie will be main lecturer.

On the Friday, Anna Hielm-Björkman will present her research on raw food – see www.dogrisk.com

Lectures will be held in English.

For Dr Hielm-Björkman’s lectures; non-acupuncturist veterinary colleagues are also invited.


See Gothia Towers’s homepage for information; the address: Gothia Towers, Mässans gata 24, Göteborg.

Make sure to book your own hotel-rooms directly with the hotel! Find the lowest price on the hotels web site; https://online.gothiatowers.com/reserve/s/home. We have been given a price for double room: SEK 1375,- NB: Your hotel-rooms and travel are not included in the course-fee.

How to get there:

The hotel is 20 minutes from Landvetter airport; buses to/from airport stop near hotel. For more information and details on how to reach the hotel from railwaystation or by car, please see hotel’s homepage!

Registration and course fee:

Register on e-mail Venla Kärki venlakarki@gmail.com with name, address, tel.no, e-mail, NoVAS member, Vet student.

Registration at the latest: February 23rd!!!

The course fee includes: lectures and lecture-notes, work shop/“food” lab, tea-coffee/break-snacks, lunch Saturday and Sunday, BIG dinner party Saturday !!!

Paying before February 23rd: NoVAS members: Euros 505 / NOK 4470 / DKK 3765 / SEK 4860

Non-members: Euros 515 / NOK 4570 / DKK 3865/ SEK 4960

Vet.students: Euros 410/ NOK 3600 / DKK 2800 / SEK 3900

Paying after February 23rd: NoVAS members: Euros 525 / NOK 4670 / DKK 3915/ SEK 5060

Non-members: Euros 545 / NOK 4770/ DKK 4115/ SEK 5260

!NB: Special price for non-acupuncturist colleagues only attending Dr Hielm-Björkman’s lectures on Friday:

 Euros 100 / NOK 980 / DKK 750 / SEK 985

Pay to Bank in your own country: (don’t forget to write your name!)

Finland: FI35 1151 3000 2209 79

Norway: DnBNOR 7177.05.51441

Denmark: Spar Nord 7470- 4562 077 982

Sweden: Swedbank Bg. nr. 691-0871 (new account)



Friday 16th March

1330-1400 Registration
Anna Hielm-Björkman, DVM, CVA, PhD, Docent

DogRisk research group leader, University of Helsinki, Finland

1400-1445 The Finnish food frequency questionnaire: Canine raw feeding seems to be healthy!

1445-1530 The wolf is a wolf and the dog is a dog, so what should the dog eat?

1530-1600 Break

1600-1645 Positive and negative evidence based raw feeding research, ours and others’

1645-1730 Practical application – how to advice clients in feeding raw food. From puppies to geriatric, from slow start to medical conditions.

1730-1800 Questions and answers

1900-1945 NoVAS’ General Annual meeting

Saturday 17th March

Linda Boggie, DVM, CVA (IVAS), FAAVA

0900-1100 Stomach and Spleen – where it all begins

1100-1130 Break

1130-1300 Chinese Materia Medica of Food

1300-1400 Lunch

1400-1530 Cooking  – supporting SP/ ST

1530-1600 Break

1600-1730 Cooking – Slow cooking versus stove top

2000…. BIG dinner party 

Sunday 18th March

Linda Boggie

0900-1000 Feeding to Fundamental Substances – Building Blood

1000-1015 Short Break

1015-1100 Feeding to Fundamental Substances – Supporting Yin, warming Yang

1100-1230 Modifying a diet for a specific imbalance

1230-1330 Lunch


Welcome to NoVAS and Gothia Towers in Gothenburg



About the lecturers:

Linda Boggie DVM, CVA (IVAS), FAAVA

Linda Boggie1Dr. Linda Boggie graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She became certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) in 1995 and incorporated acupuncture into her existing small animal practice. She completed the Chinese herbal course at the Chi Institute in 2004. In 2014 she became a Fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncturists.

Since 1998 she has lectured for various acupuncture courses, advanced continuing education seminars, congresses and symposiums in the USA, Canada, Scandinavia, Europe, Australia, China and Taiwan and Brazil. She currently organizes courses in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in the Netherlands.

An active member of the IVAS since 1995, she served as President from 2002-08 and remains involved as the Examination committee chair and member of the Board of Directors.

In 2003 she moved to The Netherlands and has an integrative practice in Deventer with her husband, a veterinarian specialized in dentistry and orthopedics in companion animals. She enjoys Chinese veterinary medical practice, lecturing on Chinese medicine, acupuncture and the use of Chinese herbs in small animals. Any spare time is enjoyably spent with her husband, their Friesian horses, cat, two dogs and a Shetland pony.

Linda Boggie2


Anna Hielm-Björkman is a DVM, CVA (IVAS) PhD

AnnaAnna Hielm-Björkman is a DVM, CVA (IVAS) PhD and Docent and is working at the Dept. of Equine and Small Animal Medicine and at the University Animal Hospital at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki in Finland. She is the leader of the DogRisk research group that focus on translational Medicine and Ani-Man One Health. That means that her group study diseases that occur spontaneously in both dogs and humans. Her main interest here is nutrition related epidemiology, aetiology, and pathophysiology.

She also has researchers working on metabolomics, nutrigenomics, gut microbiota, nutrition profiles of the healthy and diseased animal and clinical outcome measures for pain and quality of life. She also validates and studies scent discrimination dogs that sniff diseases from biological samples; now cancer from urine samples. Dr Hielm-Björkman is also head of the pain- and rehabilitation clinic at the University.

In this seminar she will talk about results from the group’s big food frequency questionnaire (www.ruokintakysely.fi) as well as other research the group has done, and about practical raw feeding.

Anna Hielm-Björkman became certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) in 1992 and has used acupuncture in her practice ever since. She has organized courses in acupuncture as well as in canine rehabilitation. She lectures at courses and congresses in Europe and America. She was President of NoVAS board from 2004 – 2016.



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