New IVAS Basic Course 2022/23

NoVAS, GerVAS (German Veterinary Acupuncture Society) and SNVA (Samenwerkende Nederlandse Veterinaire Acupuncturisten)

is happy to welcome you to participate in our upcoming course:


Session I: March 16-19, 2022, Hotel Oud London, Zeist, NL

Session II: April 27 – 30, 2022, Helsinge, DK

Session III: June 8-11, 2022, Hotel Oud London, Zeist, NL

Session IV: September 7-10, 2022, Hotel Oud London, Zeist, NL

Session V: October 12-15, 2022, Helsinge, DK

Session VI: November 17-19, 2022, Helsinge, DK

Exam: January 2023, Helsinge, DK

  • The most comprehensive veterinary acupuncture course outside China.
  • This course can be attended by licensed veterinarians and last year veterinary students.
  • The participants will be able to integrate acupuncture into their practice immediately.
  • Price: 4950€ incl. course material, excl. travel and hotel expenses.

For more detailed information, head over to:

NoVAS Annual Meeting 2020 in Jevnaker, Norway

An introduction to Japanese veterinary acupuncture diagnostics and moxibustion

NoVAS Annual meeting 2020, Thorbjørnrud hotel, Jevnaker, Norway

Time and lecturer

Friday 24th – Sunday 26th April 2020.

  • Registration/lunch from 13.00 Friday, course starts 14.00.

  • Course ends Sunday 12.15 with Lunch afterwards.

Lecturer: Rodrigo Fagundes, DVM | MSC | CVA | CVTP, Spain.

Lectures will be held in English.

About our lecturer and Japanese Acupuncture

Rodrigo Fagundes graduated in Veterinary Medicine from UFG – Federal University of Goias in Brazil in 1996 and has a Masters degree in Genetics and Biotechnology from the UCB/CENARGEM, Brazil. He is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and Veterinary Tui-Na from the Chi Institute of Florida/USA and in Herbal Therapy from the C’hien Institute in Brazil. He also studied Japanese Veterinary Acupuncture at the Acacia Animal Hospital in Tokyo/Japan.

In 1997 he founded CAANES, the first Veterinary Acupuncture clinic in Brazil and a few years later he helped founding the Brazilian veterinary acupuncture association (ABRAVET). From 2002 to 2012 he was the responsible for the Veterinary Acupuncture service at the Brasilia University (UnB) and the wild animals acupuncture service at the Brazilia Zoo and the wild animal’s ambulatory at the Brasilia University (UnB)/Brazil. He teaches Japanese Veterinary Acupuncture at the Chi Institute of Europe and IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society) from Spain, Netherlands and Belgium besides many postgraduation courses in Brazil, and is also board member of the WATCVM (World Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine). In 2017 he moved to Spain and founded CAANES Spain, a veterinary acupuncture and rehabilitation centre in the city of Alicante.


Chinese medicine made its way to Japan through Korea in the 6th century. However, Japan has practiced this medicine for 14 centuries, and over time a difference in practices and techniques was developed making a real distinguished form of “make” acupuncture.

One of the main reasons for this differentiation was the fact that during many years, acupuncture was a profession destined for the blind people in Japan. Today, around 40% of the human acupuncturists 

in Japan are blind.

For this reason, acupuncture in Japan was much more related to massage techniques than to herbal therapy and it brought many interesting characteristics to Japanese acupuncture.

Palpation is the main part of the diagnostic procedure and many palpation techniques were developed to make it a solid and reliable tool. In addition, there is a lot of emphasis on the use of palpation before needle treatment.

The needles used are smaller, thinner and inserted more superficially. The Qi sensation is lighter and less perceptible by the patient.

The moxibustion techniques are more subtle too and this technique is applied in the majority of the 

treatment protocols.

We can take advantage on all these characteristics on Veterinary Acupuncture. Animals love to be 

touched and to receive massage therapy and the more subtle needle and moxa techniques make the acupuncture sessions easier to apply and more comfortable for the animal patients.


Thorbjørnrud Hotell, Jevnaker, Norway.

1 hour from Oslo – 45 minutes from Gardermoen. 

Nearest airport Gardemoen Airport, Oslo. Then Askeladden bus service from platform no. 32 directly to hotel. See timetable bus here:


*Depending on interest, a guided tour of Kistefos with transportation will be organized for those interested after course ends on Sunday 26 th. Please let us know when registering for course. The cost of this is not included in the course fee.


We have reserved rooms at Thorbjørnrud until 28 th of February 2020.

Contact the hotel directly to book rooms at e-mail:

Refer to NOVAS annual meeting. After the 28 th of February the rooms will be released, but possible to book as long as rooms available.

Cost rooms incl. breakfast:

  • Single room: NOK 935,- per night

  • Double room: NOK 798,- per night.

Registration and course fee:

Registration at the latest: March 15th 2020.

(NB: Hotel rooms are released at 28th February 2020)

Pay to: Spar Nord Bank 7470 4562077982, IBAN: DK65 7470 4562077982, BIC: SPNODK22

Register on e-mail to: with:

  • Name, address,, e-mail.

  • NoVAS member, Vet/Vet student or PT/PT student. 

  • Dietary requests

The course fee includes:

  • Lectures and lecture-notes incl. workshops

  • Tea-coffee/break-snacks

  • Lunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday

  • BIG dinner party Saturday

Paying before 15th March:

  • NoVAS members: Euros 700 / DKK 5250 

  • Non-members: Euros 740 / DKK 5530

Paying after 15th March:

  • NoVAS members: Euros 740 / DKK 5250

  • Non-members: Euros 780 / DKK 5825


Friday April 24th

13:00 – 14:00: Registration/Lunch

14:00 – 15:30: Short Introduction to Japanese Acupuncture.

Main differences between Chinese and Japanese Veterinary Acupuncture

15:30 – 16:00: Break

16:00 – 17:30: Abdominal Palpation (Theory)

17:30 – 18:00: Questions and Answers

18:00 – 18:30: General Annual Meeting

Saturday April 25th

08:30 – 10:00: Modified Akabane Test (theory and practice with the students)
10:00 – 10:30: Break
10:30 – 12:00: Abdominal Palpation (practice with animals
12:00 – 12:45: Lunch
12:45 – 14:00: Time for taking a walk or having a look at Hadeland Glassverk
14:00– 15:30: Japanese Veterinary Moxibustion (main techniques)
15:30– 16:00: Break
16:00 – 17:30: Japanese Veterinary Moxibustion (main techniques)
19:30: Dinner Party

Sunday April 26th

09:00 – 10:30 Moxibustion (practice with animals)

10:30 – 10:45: Short Break

10:45 – 12:15 Moxibustion (practice with animals)




NoVAS/IVAS – Membership fee 2019/2020

Dear members,

Membership fee for NoVAS (incl the IVAS membership) is due =)

For all our existing members our Danish treasurer Kim Samuelsen has sent out invoices per mail.

The adress is “Nordisk Veterinær Akupunktur Selskab” (post(a) – because of the bookkeeping programme Kim uses for NoVAS.

Please contact Kim if you have NOT received that e-mail.

The current fee for 2019 – 2020 is

825 DKK

as agreed upon during this year’s Annual Meeting.We only operate with 2 currencies in NoVAS from this year on.

“For NoVAS with love” – Annual Meeting Spring 2019

30 years of NoVAS – a reason to celebrate! And so we did with this year’s Annual Meeting, a splendid event in the forests of Finland the first weekend after Easter. Our devoted lecturers Monika Bartholomé and Ferdinand Nießen from Germany gave our members a thorough introduction into Qi Gong, Tui Na and Pulse Diagnostics. The course location in Sappee provided us with cozy and comfortable cottages. We were blessed to have the most beautitful Spring weather and so we could have practical sessions outdoors. Our honorary NoVAS members Phil Rogers, Ireland and Jukka Kuussaari, Finland kindly joined us for this meeting.

Cozy Cottages…

Here are some impressions from this lovely weekend.

Lectures were held in the Après-Ski-Bar Vohveli
Qi Gong outdoors with Monika Bartholomé
Pulse diagnostics wet labs outdoors with Ferdinand Nießen
Wet labs Tui Na

At this year’s Annual Meeting a new honorary member has been accepted – hooray for Linda Boggie! Sadly Linda couldn’t join us this year, but we’ll surely find an opportunity to celebrate with our 4th honorary member appropriately in the future.

For NoVAS 30th birthday Ritva Krokfors Wretemark, one of the founders of NoVAS held a presentation to tell about the early days of NoVAS. Titled “For NoVAS with Love” this presentation brought across the pioneering spirit of those who brought veterinary acupuncture to Scandinavia and the warmth and openness we cherish about NoVAS as an organization. This was for sure a special treat after dinner. Freddy Wigelius, also one of the founding members shared his story about his first acupuncture patients. Current IVAS President and NoVAS treasurer Kim Samuelson discovered the needles around that time as well and said a few words as did Phil Rogers and Jukka Kuussari.

Ritva Wretemark Krokfors giving her speech “For NoVAS with love”
Audience under a spell
Freddy sharing his acupuncture history

The dinner party provided us with ample opportunity for dance and conversation.

A huge thanks to all our members who attended this year’s Annual Meeting and our inspiring lecturers.

Welcome to NoVAS Annual meeting 2019 in Finland

Time and place:

Friday 26th – Sunday 28th April 2019 at Matkailukeskus Sappee, Pälkäne

Lecturers and main topics:

Monika Bartholome, Germany; Tui-Na, An Mo, Qi Gong

Ferdinand Niessen, Germany; Pulse

Lectures will be held in English


We have reserved some cabins for us (biggest for 8 persons, smaller for 4 to 6 persons). Staying in these cabins is included in the fee for the Annual Meeting. If you prefer to stay in a single room apartment (for1-2 persons), it will cost you 100€ more.

Nearest Airport is Tampere-Pirkkala, nearest train station Tampere

Registration and course fee:

Register on e-mail: with name, address,, e-mail, NoVAS member, Vet/Vet student or PT/PT student.
If you are travelling by train or flight to Tampere, we’ll organize transport from railway station / airport (14.10 Finnair and/ or 14.55 SAS) to Sappee. By registration, let us know how and when you are arriving!!!!
Please also mention by registration if it is OK for you to share a cabin or if you prefer “own space”

Registration at the latest: March 15th !!!

The course fee includes: lectures and lecture-notes, tea-coffee/break-snacks, lunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday, BIG dinner party Saturday and accommodation in a cabin.

Paying before 15th March: NoVAS members: Euros 700 / DKK 5250

Non-members: Euros 740 / DKK 5530

Paying after 15th March: NoVAS members: Euros 740 / DKK 5250

Non-members: Euros 780 / DKK 5825

Pay to Bank in Finland or Denmark: (don’t forget to write your name!)

Finland: Nordea FI35 1151 3000 2209 79 NDEAFIHH

Denmark: Spar Nord Bank 7470 4562077982, from abroad: IBAN: DK65 7470 4562077982, BIC: SPNODK22

Agenda for NoVAS Annual Meeting , Sappee Finland 26.-28.4.2019

FRIDAY 26.4.

16 – 16.20 Registration, coffee and welcome

16.20 – 17.10 Introduction into Pulse Diagnostic (Ferdinand Niessen)

17.10 – 18.00 Introduction into Tui Na, An Mo, Qi Gong (Monika Bartholomé)

18-19 Dinner

19> NoVAS Annual Meeting

SATURDAY 27.4.2019

7.30 – 8.30 Breakfast

8.30 – 9.20 TCVM Pulse Theory (Ferdinand Niessen)

9.20 – 9.55 TCVM Puls Practical (Ferdinand Niessen)

9.55 -10.10 Qi Gong (Monika Bartholomé)

10.10 – 10.30 Coffee

10.30 – 11.20 RAC Pulse Theory (Ferdinand Niessen)

11.20 – 11.55 RAC Pulse Practical (Ferdinand Niessen)

11.55 – 12.10 Qi Gong (Monika Bartholomé)

12.10 – 13.10 LUNCH

13.10 -14.00 Indirect Pulse Theory (Ferdinand Niessen)

14.00 – 14.35 Indirect Pulse Practical (Ferdinand Niessen)

14.35 – 14.50 Qi Gong (Monika Bartholomé)

14.50 – 15.10 COFFEE

15.10 – 16.00 Put it all together: TCVM Pulse, RAC Pulse and indirect Pulse (Ferdinand Niessen)

16.00 – 16.50 TCVM Pulse, RAC Pulse and indirect Pulse – how to diagnose a patient (Ferdinand Niessen)

16.50 – 17.25 TCVM Pulse, RAC Pulse and indirect Pulse – how to treat a patient (Ferdinand Niessen)

17.25 -17.40 Qi Gong (Monika Bartholomé)

18.30> DINNER, Celebrating NoVAS 30 years

SUNDAY 28.4.2019

08.00 – 08.45 Breakfast

08.45 – 09.35 Tui Na/An Mo Human Techniques (Monika Bartholomé)

09.35 – 10.25 Tui Na/An Mo Human Techniques (Monika Bartholomé)

10.25 – 10.50 Coffee

10.50 – 11.40 Tui Na/An Mo Basic Techniques Horse and Dog I (Monika Bartholomé)

11.40 – 12.30 Tui Na/An Mo Basic Techniques Horse and Dog II (Monika Bartholomé)

12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH AND GOOD BYE

Questions? Contact Netta: netta.novas(a)

Veterinary Acupuncture Basic Course 2019 – Enrol before Dec 15th, 2018


NoVAS (Nordic Veterinary Acupuncture Society/Nordisk Veterinær Akupunktur Selskab) is happy to welcome you to participate in our upcoming course:


In Sundvollen, Norway and Sappee, Finland

Session I: February 20 – 24, 2019, Sundvollen

Session II: April 24 – 28, 2019, Sappee

Session III: August 21 – 25, 2019, Sappee

Session IV: October 9 – 13, 2019, Sundvollen

Workshops: November 13 – 14, 2019, Sundvollen

Exams: November 16 – 17, 2019, Sundvollen


  • The most comprehensive veterinary acupuncture course outside China.
  • This course can be attended by licensed veterinarians and last year veterinary students.
  • The participants will be able to integrate acupuncture into their practice immediately.
  • Price: 8.100€ incl. books and course material, excl. travel and hotel expenses.

You can access detailed information about the course in this pdf:

Basic Course Information

!!! The deadline for registration is December 15th, 2018. !!!

The registration form can be found here:

Registration form 2019 Basic Course


For more information and registration you can also contact the course committee:

Kim Samuelsen (DK) DVM, CVA:,

Netta Tammisalo (FI) DVM, CVA, Specialist in Small Animal Diseases:

Birgitte Langvad (DK) DVM, CVA, CVCHM and CCRT:








Time to pay your membership fee for 2018

Dear NoVAS members

It is time to pay the annual fee right now and the good thing is; it is lower than last year due to a low exchange rate to $!!!

So please pay as soon as possible (two weeks) this:

Finland: 105 € to  Nordea, FI35 1151 3000 2209 79
Norway: 1000 NOK to  DnBNOR, NO39 7177 0551 441
Denmark: 765 DKK to Spar Nord Bank, DK65 7470 4562 0779 82
Sweden: 1020 SEK to Swedbank Bg. nr 691-0871

Your “back again” NoVAS treasurer

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:

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

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; 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 with name, address,, 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 ( 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.



NoVAS News Autumn 2017

Hello all, November 2017

November already…some of us took part in the “new” Nordic tradition, Halloween, recently with kids and grandkids – carving pumpkins and overeating on sweets?!

Even if you don’t’ “do” Halloween, you might want to include the main Halloween-ingredient in your dog’s diet after next year’s Annual meeting! Subject for the 2018-meeting is FOOD – and feeding. Linda Boggie will lecture on Chinese food therapy for dogs and cats; digestive issues – TCVM vs Western diagnosis; Anna Hielm-Björkman will present results from her research on Raw food-feeding for dogs and we will have a food-oriented work-shop including western herbs well suited for digestive issues. So – find your calendars and hold the dates 16 – 18 March, 2018 – we hope to see lots and lots of you at the 2018 Annual Meeting in Gothenburg!!!!

Details for the agenda will be ready and sent to you well in advance of Annual meeting.

Best wishes from

Astri and the whole NoVAS board



This year’s BIG happening has no doubt been the IVAS International Congress in Cairns, Australia, August 23rd – 26th 2017. Those of us lucky to go there had a fantastic time Down Under.

 20170825_145955 Many of us took time to see a bit more of this huge and fascinating continent once we’d travelled so far – spending a couple of days in Sydney admiring of course the famous Opera house drawn by Danish architect Jørn Utson, was one of several highlights on this trip  20170821_200513

In the first photo we see Netta Tammissalo thanking Birgitte Langvad for her excellent lectures “Acupuncture, herbal medicine and rehabilitation works perfectly well together in neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disease”.


Next; Birgitte introduces Barbara Fougère – lecturing on moxibustion; “Where acupuncture meets herbs” .


  And here we see a picture from the Tui-na work-shop with Michelle Schraeder.


  And here we see a picture from the Tui-na work-shop with Michelle Schraeder. All in all we had 3 days with inspiring and interesting lectures covering various subject on dogs, cats and horses supplying us with new “tools” and ideas to include in our clinics. You will find all proceedings on IVAS homepage. And – of course – in addition we had social gatherings with wonderful colleagues from all over the world.

Main congress co-ordinator in IVAS, Debbie Prevratil, had also done a great job in organizing trips for us to Kuranda Village, Great Barrier Reef and to the Daintree rainforest; we hugged koalas, saw cangaroos, snorkelled/dived on the Reef, and were generally awed and impressed with the beauty and diversity of Australian East Coast.


On our outings we were lucky enough to see plenty of wildlife – here represented by an impressive crocodile on the river bank and a cassowary (reputedly the most dangerous bird in the world…but this one kept his calm surrounded by us tourists ).

 20170830_182706 Maybe the most famous landmark in Australia – Uluru – formerly known as Ayers Rock – go – see – experience is all I can say…

Thank you to IVAS and also AVAG – Australian veterinary acupuncture group – for making the 2017 congress a HUGE success both professionally and socially!



BOARD MEETING – The NoVAS board met at Astri’s place in September for a board-meeting to sum up this year’s activities and to plan for next year – most important: PLANNING for our next Annual meeting! As you now know – we believe you will all be happy with the subjects and the lecturers.


Three nice ladies on the bridge – Diana, Netta and Venla impersonating Edvard Munch’s painting “Pikene på broen”


Kim Samuelsen arranged a course in Equine Respiratory Diseases in TCVM, at his place in Ejdrup, Denmark, in October 21st – 22nd 2017. The week end was a great success with a mix of lectures and practical demos with patients. Katja did a great job, was super organized. (And Kim comments that he now believes he understands how to interpret symptoms in order to come up with a proper TCM diagnosis on LU conditions).

Resp Course 2017

Photo from the left:
Lise Kousgaard, Lars Kristiansson, Katja Görts, Eva-Kristin Lunde, Kim, Anders Kragh, Stine Andreassen, Helle Johanssen


Rikke Schultz and Cecilie Stadler, PT, are responsible a new series of courses with Patricia Kortekaas from Oregon. The course is open for veterinarians and human PTs and the first of 6 modules, Introduction to Animal Osteopathy®class took place in Roskilde in June. Contact the course arrangers if you want to know more about this!!!

Cecilie Stadler: mobil +4540459198 or Rikke Schultz: mobil +4524400015


See the following congress link on interesting human acupuncture congresses, put in the adresses as your favourites and you can go in and see their programs:

In English:

See also:



      • Register yourself for a congress or meeting in time
      • Send in info any change (name, email, address, telephone) for us to be able to have an updated memberlist – at all times! to Venla Kärki – our secretary
      • Send in questions, ideas or info on upcoming events to one of us on the board
      • Keep checking the NoVAS’ homepage for news (If you are here reading this, well done! 😉 )


NEXT NEWS LETTER will be out early 2018 with more information about the upcoming Annual meeting! We on the board wish you all a lovely and “hyggelig” November – and even if a bit early; have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones! 

Evidence based raw feeding for dogs and cats – what do we KNOW now?

An invitation from the University of Helsinki:

An inaugural 2-day seminar at the University of Helsinki, Finland the 15-16th Sept. 2017

Food and diets are topics that for some reason makes heated discussions, so also when feeding pets! As there is nearly nothing published on this topic yet and as the dog owners are taking to the internet instead of asking veterinarians and animal nutritionists, we decided to fill this void: the DOGRISK research group at the Department of Equine and small Animal Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Helsinki, welcomes you to join!

When? Friday and Saturday September 15-16, 2017. Please register now!

Where? Depending on how many register, we might have to change the room but for now: Friday: University of Helsinki main building (Helsinki city center campus): Sali 12, Fabianinkatu 33, Helsinki, 3rd floor. Saturday, same address but Pieni Juhlasali, 3rd floor. Coffees served, lunches and dinners are on you. For whom? Friday there will be more topics that interest the raw food industry but also vets and students. Saturday for everyone; Veterinary practitioners, students, dog owners but as we believe in multidisciplinary research, we hope other discipline academics will attend.

Language: English.

Registration: asap, (cheaper before September 1st, 2017). For registration please make one registration per person with e-mail address, telephone number and which day/days each of you will participate. Also, please inform if you are coming to dinner on Friday (everyone pays the dinner for themselves) and if you have some special dietary needs.

Cost: We will take a seminar fee as all revenues will go to sponsoring the nutrition research done by the DOGRISK research group at the University of Helsinki. In this way you simultaneously contribute to our funding…

The fee covers only lectures and coffees, but NO TRAVELING OR ACCOMODATION.

-Vets from other than the university, dog owners, industry, others: 150 euros/day/person

-University faculty/vets (-50%): 75 euros per/day/person

-University of Helsinki students (please show your student card at the registration): FREE!

-Dog food industry: 150 euros/day/person. Upon request; tables at lecture hall entrance, by coffee stands (Be quick, there are only very few! For prices, please contact us at )

Payment of seminar fee: To the DOGRISK account Nordea FI9610153500102368 before 1st of September, 2017. Receiver is Anna Hielm-Björkman / DOGRISK. After this date; 50 euros extra on top. Cancellation free till 1st of September, after that no refund.

For more info: Please contact Anna Hielm-Björkman, Docent, DVM, CVA, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Dep. of Clinical Veterinary Sciences, Surgery, P.O.Box 57, 00014, University of Helsinki (UoH), FINLAND ; Tel:-358-(0)44-3270462;

Friday 15th Septemper 2017:

8.00-9.00 Registration outside Sali 12, Fabianinkatu 33, 3rd floor (University main building)

9.00-9.15 Why we need a seminar for raw food and feeding, program, welcome – Anna Hielm-Björkman, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki (UoH)

9.15-10.00 Which bowl of food does the dog select? Instinctive diet selection in the domestic dog – Mark Roberts, PhD student; AgResearch/ Massey University, New Zealand (NZ)

10.00-10.45 The effect of fibre inclusion in raw red meat diets on faecal parameters, including the microbiome” –Nina Butowski, PhD Student, AgResearch, Massey, NZ

10.45-11.15 Coffee and interaction

11.15-12.00 Effects of raw meat structure on feeding behaviour in domestic cats – Professor Dave Thomas, Massey University, NZ (Massey/Wageningen project)

12.00-12.45 The associations between foods and diets versus different neoplasias and cancers- data from the DOGRISK questionnaire – Anna Hielm-Björkman, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UoH

12.45-13.45 Lunch

13.45–14.30 The role of the PFMA (Pet Food Manufacturors Association) Raw Group in raising standards, promoting responsible raw feeding, educating stakeholders, and monitoring the commercial raw market” – Michael Bellingham, PFMA Chief executive, also heading the PFMA raw pet food group, London, Great Britain.

14.30–15.00 What has so far been reported on pathogenic bacteria in pet food and their transmission to humans – do we know if there is a real risk? – Professor Maria Fredriksson-Ahomaa, Dept. of Food Hygiene and Environmental Health, UoH

15.00-15.30 Coffee and interaction

15.30–16.15 Greetings from clients, vets and nutritionists to the raw food industry. – All researchers and nutrition consults

16.15–17.00 General discussion, Q&A, what now?

19.00 Dinner (at own cost) will be organized at 19.00 in the city so please indicate if you plan to eat with us (First come-first served principle: We take reservations to one restaurant, until there are no more places available) ————————————————————————————————————————————— Saturday 16th September:

8.00-9.00 Registration outside Pieni juhlasali, Fabianinkatu 33, 3rd floor (University main building)

9.00-9.15 Why we need a seminar for raw food and feeding, program, welcome – Anna Hielm-Björkman, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UoH 9.15-10.00 Raw diet and immunity in dogs Johanna Anturaniemi, M.Sci (animal breeding, genetics), PhD student (animal nutrition), student of DVM, UoH

10.00-10.45 Hematology and clinical chemistry in dogs eating different kind of diets Noora Sjögren DVM, M.Sci (animal nutrition), PhD student (DVM) UoH 10.45-11.15 Coffee and interaction

11.15-12.00 Targeted Metabolomics analysis for determining metabolic changes after a high fat, low carb raw food diet compared to a low fat, high carb dry diet Robin Moore, M.Sci student, Dept. of Organic Chemistry, UoH

12.00-12.45 Ideas on how dog and cat food metabolism might really work…and what is a keto-genic diet in dogs? Anna Hielm-Björkman, UoH

12.45-13.45 Lunch 13.45-14.30 Five Conditions to Think Raw – Dr. Nick Thomson, BSc (Hons) Path Sci., BVM&S, VetMFHom, MRCVS. President Raw Feeding Veterinary Society –

14.30–15.00 What you or your clients need to know about switching to raw – safely – Malin Ekblom, Raw food author and consultant, Finland. 15.00-15.30 Coffee and interaction

15.30–16.15 Instinctive diet selection in the domestic dog – Mark Roberts (PhD student; AgResearch/ Massey University, NZ) OBS: Same lecture as Friday morning!

16.15–17.00 The effect of fibre inclusion in raw red meat diets on faecal parameters, including the microbiome” –Nina Butowski, PhD Student, AgResearch, Massey University, NZ OBS: Same lecture as Friday morning!