Sunny spring days in Copenhagen – Annual Meeting 2023

NoVAS held it’s Annual Meeting a couple of days ago in Copenhagen which greeted the participants with the most awesome sunny weather on both Friday and Saturday. Dr. Colleen Smith held an interesting mixture of lectures for us. She was available for all sorts of questions all through the weekend and we are very grateful that Colleen made the long trip to Denmark for us. We were even joined by 3 students from the Veterinary University of Copenhagen. Lecture breaks were preferrably spent outside in the park next to the course venue.

Two of our NoVAS members did a splendid job with helping the board to organize this year’s meeting in Copenhagen. A huge thanks to them! Catering was amazing this year, healthy and most tasty. We enjoyed one of our dinners at the canteen at vet school which was a true trip down memory lane for some of our members. The dinner on Saturday was supervised by Denmark’s favourite bird – the swan in the building of the anatomical institute.

As per usual it was very nice to reconnect for the NoVAS Annual Meeting. The board continues in the same constellation for the next year. Suggestions for topics for upcoming Annual Meetings and involvement from members are most welcome. The board has been discussing to have the focus on equine patients next year. Hope to see many members there!

NoVAS Annual Meeting April 21st-23rd, 2023 at the Veterinary University in Copenhagen

The NoVAS Annual Meeting and Course will be held from Friday to Sunday April 21st to April 23rd, 2023 in Copenhagen

at the Vet University, Dyrlægevej 100, Building 1-05, Auditorium A1-05.01.

This is the old Kgl. Veterinær- og
Landbohøjskole, now called University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg Campus.

Friday 21st:

13.30 – 14.00 Arrival and sandwiches

14.00 – 17.00 Lectures by Dr. Colleen Smith, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Dr Smith will lecture on acupuncture,
species appropriate nutrition, ozone, CBD, Mushroom medicine, Cancer, Crystal medicine, herbal medicine,
microbiome health and/or mind/body care, all days.

17:00 – 18.00: NoVAS Annual General Meeting. Agenda to be send out later.

19.00: Dinner on Location. Beverage excluded.

Saturday 22nd ,

Lectures from 9.30 – 16.15

Dinner on location also on Saturday

Sunday 23rd

Lectures from 9.30 – 12.30

All meals excl. breakfast on location.

The board will stay at Hotel Cabinn Scandinavia, Vodroffsvej 55, 1900 Frederiksberg, 1,5 km from the uni.

Price including all meals: 5500DKK (740€) to be paid to:
SparNord IBAN: DK65 7470 4562077982, BIC: SPNODK22 / 7470 / Kontonr. 4562077982, no later
than March 31., 2023.

Please also send an email to that you have signed up including information whether you will be arriving by car.

If arriving by car you will need a parking permission. Let us know when signing up if you arrive in car; and
we will arrange parking tickets. Otherwise, the parking is to be paid for .

About our lecturer

Dr. Colleen Smith is a graduate of Ross University and has been practicing integrative medicine since 2005.

She has owned her small animal practice Chattanooga Holistic Animal Institute (CHAI) for 11 years
and it has given her an opportunity to learn and apply the principals of conventional medicine and
successfully integrating them with alternative treatments. She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist
through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, and has a special interest in dietary therapy using
principals of traditional Chinese veterinary food therapy. She is also a certified chiropractitioner, and
integrates additional modalities such as herbal medicine, Ozone, stem cell therapy, microbiome transfers
and additional therapies as needed. She is the past-president to the AHVMA (American Holistic Veterinary
Medical Association) for the years 2020-2021, which is the US national association for holistic veterinarians.
She also served on the Board of Directors for 8 years and now serves on the Council of Elders for the
AHVMA. Additionally, she is on the Board of Directors of Chattaneuter, a low cost spay/neuter clinic in
Chattanooga. Dr. Smith is an avid kayaker, paddleboarder and yoga practitioner, and she also enjoys hiking
with her two dogs Scout, a Cattle dog mix, and Hank, a hound mix.

Finally a real life NoVAS meeting again – Annual Meeting and Myofascial Kinetic Lines in Ejdrup, Danmark 2022

Last weekend NoVAS held it’s Annual Meeting in Ejdrup in Danmark. Our treasurer Kim hosted the meeting and course this time in a cosy room in his clinic. He and his wife really outdid themselves as our hosts. They had even ordered the most splendid spring weather.

Our fabulous, generous, approachable and knowledgable teachers for the weekend Rikke M. Schultz, Vibeke S. Elbrønd and Tove Due really brought the topic to life and made it easy for us to apply the new skills already on Sunday.

We also enjoyed a get-together over dinner on Friday night at Kim’s place and a nice hotel dinner on Saturday night. Sorry, folks, no dancing this time 😉 Oh, and beautiful Ejdrup also gave ample opportunity to stretch one’s legs for the so-inclined to enjoy the fresh spring air and re-oxygenate our brains.

Not surprisingly, we had mostly Danish participants this time. Thanks to everybody for coming!!! It was great to see both known and new faces, to connect and reconnect on a personal level after three years since the last real life NoVAS Annual Meeting. The board has been discussing to host this course in Finland as well, given that there will be enough interested participants. For those of you who can’t wait, check out to see all the courses Tove, Vibeke and Rikke have to offer. Stay also tuned for the book on Myofascial Kinetic Lines in the dog. The one on horses is already out.

Thanks to everybody for coming!!! This was such a great experience. Looking forward already to the next Annual Meeting!

NoVAS Annual Meeting 2022, March 11-13 in Denmark with Course on Myofascial Kinetic Lines in the Dog

It is a pleasure of the board to invite our members to the annual meeting and a course on MYOFASCIAL KINETIC LINES IN THE DOG.

Three Danish vets have discovered and mapped the myofascial kinetic lines of the dog (and horse) and they have agreed to give a course on the topic at our annual meeting. The vets are: Rikke M Schultz, Vibeke S Elbrønd and Tove Due. The course gives an understanding of the function of the lines, how to diagnose blocking of the lines and how to treat (unblock) the lines. The only tools you need are your hands and acupuncture needles!

In most cases of restricted movements, contracted fascia and/or stiffness is involved. With this tool you are able to diagnose and treat tensions that are disturbing your lameness diagnosis and complimentary treatment’s efficiency. In many cases disturbed movements are likely to be corrected by use of this tool. The purpose of this course is to connect holistic and ordinary gate analysis in the dog.


Friday 11.

13.00 – 17.00: Theory

17.00 – 18.00: NoVAS annual membership meeting, separate agenda.

19.00: Dinner on NoVAS, off location

Saturday 12.

8.30 – 17.00: Theory and HANDS ON live dogs, incl. lunch and breaks

18.30: Dinner on your own (together) and more fun off location

Sunday 13.

8.30 – 13.00: Theory and HANDS ON live dogs

13.00: sandwich or something else to travel home on


Kim’s Clinic (Ejdrup Akupunktur) at Ejdrupvej 43, DK-9240 Nibe, 45 minutes from Aalborg Airport.

Price: 6.300DKK/ 850€ – for bank account information check the invitation in your e-mail inbox sent out at the end of January =)

Accommodation and transportation not included.

Payment and email sign up to Kim no later than February 28.

Refund of payment is possible if someone on a waiting list can take your seat.

Unfortunately, the course has a limit of 20 participants, so sign up quickly (at: ) and then pay as soon as Kim has confirmed your seat at the course.

If you have dietary restrictions, please let Kim know.

Transportation from and to airport may possibly be arranged/ coordinated. Let us know if you need transportation.


Koppes Mølle B&B: 4km from venue, about 4-5 double rooms. Kim may coordinate if you want to share room. If all rooms are booked, please call Karen (landlady) on the phone: she has another 3 beds available. Around 10 beds in total.

Aars Hotel: 11 km from venue (search: )

Nibe Camping Rooms and Cottages: 13km from venue (search: )

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: