IVAS Congress, New Orleans May 16-19, 2013

Hello Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the Joint International Conference sponsored by the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. I am speaking with the Louisiana VMA and LSU School of Veterinary Medicine to look at co-sponsoring opportunities with both which will give this program maximum exposure for qualified continuing education credit. I will keep this group informed on the progress.

2013 AAVA-IVAS International Conference on Veterinary Acupuncture

Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

May 16-19, 2013


The AAVA/IVAS Joint Program Committee has put together a range of important topics with an impressive list of speakers. The focus topics for this event are:

Veterinary Rehabilitation

Feline Medicine

Introductory Chinese Herbs for Acupuncturists

Tongue and Pulse Lab

Keynote Speaker for the Plenary Session is Dr. Bonnie Wright who will be speaking on: 

Current status of research and evidence as applied to acupuncture 

Acupuncture for gastro-intestinal and renal disease

Acupuncture and immune modulation

Controversies in medicine: surgical versus non-surgical approaches


Dr. Wright graduate from Colorado State University in 1995. She completed her residency in Anesthesia and Critical Patient Care at the University of California, Davis and became board certified in 2001. After being on faculty at two universities for 8 years, Dr. Wright moved back out into private practice. She has pursued advanced training in acupuncture and physical rehabilitation. President-elect of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Medicine, Dr. Wright teaches extensively on pain medicine, acupuncture, and anesthesia. She works for the Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation hospital as a pain practitioner, anesthesiologist and emergency doctor. She also volunteers for the ACVA, and is on the board of directors of a local rotary club.

In her free time Dr. Wright likes to ride her horse, hike with her dogs, snuggle with her cats, garden, raise chickens and bees, ride motorcycles, and keep in touch with her grown sons.

Session Speakers and topics include,

Beebe, Signe DVM - Chinese herbs for acupuncturists/Food Therapy

Bessent, Chris DVM - Herbal product testing/forms

Fougere, Barbara DVM - Xiao Chai Hu Tang

Gaspar, Michele DVM - Feline TCM Therapy

Glinski, Maria DVM - Canine rehabilitation/Physical Therapy

Huntingford, Janice DVM - Rehabilitation Techniques

Iff, Isabelle DVM - Chronic Pain 

Lankenau, Cynthia DVM - Chinese herbal medicine for equine sports injuries

Mayo, Erin DVM - Acupuncture clinical trials in private practice

McConnico, Rebecca DVM - Designing acupuncture trials

Peterman, Uwe DVM - Canine/Equine ear and laser acupuncture

Ridgway, Kerry DVM - Equine rehabilitation/Physical Therapy

Schraeder, Michelle DVM - Proof of Acupuncture Validity: Are Double

Blind Studies the Only Choice of Validity?

Schultz, Rikke DVM - Recent acupuncture studies


Dr. Steve Marsden will present a 4 hour lab on Tongue and Pulse Diagnoses

Of course we will also have:


Welcome Reception


Gala Banquet - A Masquerade Ball with masks! 

This is an international event providing a wonderful opportunity to meet and network with other veterinary acupuncturists from around the world.


Conference Venue

New Orleans is one of the world's most fascinating cities - a heady confluence of European grace and joyful Southern Soul. It is renowned for its sumptuous cuisine and wonderful music.

The home base for the conference is the landmark Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter is the "Grande Dame" of New Orleans hotels, delivering as much character and as the city she calls home. AAVA/IVAS have negotiated special lodging rates for attendees of this conference:

Single or Double Room - $169 per night

Triple Room - $194 per night

Quadruple Room - $219 per night

These rates are valid from May 12, 2013 through May 22, 2013. Plan to make it a vacation!


Make your reservations now by calling +(504) 523-3341 or +1-800-217-2033. You may also reserve by fax at +(504) 528-1019. Reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. You may cancel the reservation 72 hours prior to date of arrival. Mention the reservation code of 2013 AAVA/IVAS Conference to receive the discounted room rates.

We will be mailing the Conference Prospectus/Brochure and Registration materials in November 2012. This information will be posted on both the AAVA and IVAS websites. Registration will be offered online, by mail, by fax, or by telephone.

STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION by visiting the IVAS website at www.ivas.org. Information will be regularly updated under the Congress menu button.

With kind regards, 

Vikki Weber, MBA

Executive Director

International Veterinary Acupuncture Society

1730 S College Ave, Ste 301

Fort Collins, CO 80525 USA

Tel: +970-266-0666

Fax: +970-266-0777