Speakers

Ellbrønd Sødring Vibeke (DK)

About Vibeke Ellbrønd Sødring

graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Copenhagen, and has a PhD in Anatomy and Physiology. She is an Associate Professor in Anatomy at the Veterinary Faculty, Copenhagen University at Department of Veterinary and Animal Science. In 2007 she was certified in Veterinary Chiropractic and since then her research field has focused on biomechanics, functional anatomy, fasciae/myofascia, locomotion system and full body integration. She has been lecturing at several conferences, courses, educations and workshops in this topic. She continued on an education in Veterinary Acupuncture and was certified by IVAS in 2017. Later on, Osteopathic based normalization techniques was included. Besides the University she runs a small praxis where she treats cats, dogs and horses using manual therapies such as fasciae and myofascial release and treatments, chiropractic, indirect methods, laser therapy and acupuncture treatments.

 



Ericson Cajsa (SE)

About Cajsa Ericson

BSc Physiotherapy, MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy, Specialist in Equine Physiotherapy, FEI approved Equine Therapist.
A lifelong interest in horses, riding and competing in eventing and showjumping, working internationally with trotters and started to get interested in exercise physiology and rehabilitation which lead to a.
BSc in physiotherapy at Karolinska Institute 2003, she did her MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy at University of Liverpool and became specialist in Equine Physiotherapy 2016.
She runs her own company, Animotion Rehab, lectures in animal physiotherapy (mostly horses) for veterinarians and physiotherapists all around Europe.
Cajsa works as equine physiotherapist at Mälaren Equine Hospital, one of the largest equine hospitals in Sweden with around 80 employees and a big commitment for the treatment and rehabilitation of sport horses, where she has been involved in developing the rehab department of the clinic - one of the most advanced and well renowned in Sweden.
Cajsa works closely with the veterinarians during the full process from diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation plans in both clinic horses and horses at the hospital post surgery/injury.
Her special interest is to follow horses during their rehabilitation from "normal" orthopedic issues and horses with neurological deficits and are involved in studies about neurological rehabilitation of horses.



Herholz Conny (CH)

About Conny Herholz

  • Professor and Head of Equine Science with two scientific co-workers
  • Preparation & performing lectures and practical trainings in topics of equine medicine, preventive measures to equine health, applied anatomy, sports medicine, international horse industry in the orientation Equine Science of the Bachelor Agronomy, as well as in the  continued education for professional horse holders (EQUIGARDE)
  • Student supervision in Master and Bachelor-Projects in Equine Science,
  • Research, topic vector protection, stable management, sports medicine, construction and testing of riding surfaces, stable climate, testing of different bedding materials, other questions concerning Equine Science


Higgins Gillian (GB)

About Gillian Higgins

BSc First Class Honours Degree, BHS Senior Coach, Dip (RM) MSM, ITEC (equine), MCAM, MIAS, MRAMP.
Gillian is passionate about horses, equine anatomy and sharing all she knows for the good of the horse.
An authority in equine anatomy and biomechanics, a British Horse Society Senior Coach, professional sports and remedial therapist, author and with a first-class honours degree in Equine Science and Business Management.
Gillian specialises in assessing posture and movement, devising exercises for improving performance and educating horse owners.
 She is well known for her anatomical painting on live horses which she uses for her teaching.



Edge-Hughes Laurie (CA)

About Laurie Edge-Hughes

Laurie Edge-Hughes, BScPT, MAnimaSt (Animal Physio), CAFCI, CCRT

Laurie Edge-Hughes is a physiotherapist from Calgary, Canada.  She began working with animals 30 years ago and holds a Certification in Canine Rehab and a Master’s Degree in Animal Physiotherapy, as well as a certification in medical acupuncture.  Laurie taught the first canine physiotherapy courses in Canada, the USA, and Australia. She is a sought-after lecturer and instructor in North America and abroad.  Her primary teaching platform is now FourLeg.com, an online educational website. Laurie co-owns and practices out of The Canine Fitness Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In 2020, she was awarded the inaugural Veterinary Rehabilitation Therapist Award by the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy and in 2021 was awarded a Medal of Distinction by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.




Lamoreaux Hesbach Amie (USA)

About Amie Lamoreaux Hesbach

Amie Lamoreaux Hesbach, PT, DPT, MS, CCRP, CCRT, NCPT is a doctor of physical therapy, certified canine rehabilitation therapist and practitioner, and nationally certified Pilates trainer.  She owns EmpowerPhysio, providing comprehensive, forward-thinking, focused, and personalized solutions to mobility challenges for pets and pet parents and educating, mentoring, and coaching pet physical therapy and rehabilitation professionals in a NeuroPlasticity approach to rehabilitation.  Having worked with people and pets for over twenty years, she has merged the art and science of conventional physical therapy with innovative and intuitive approaches, giving people and pets more comfort, control, and confidence in movement.  Amie has provided workshops and lectures in Belgium, Finland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, and the United Kingdom, focusing on the application of practical manual therapy and therapeutic exercise techniques with a NeuroRehabilitation, NeuroFacilitation, and NeuroPlasticity approach.  Amie is a member of the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy and the former president of the Animal Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association.



Long Kathryn (NZ)

About Kathryn Long

  • NZ Registered Physiotherapist and Physiotherapy Acupuncturist 

  • Diploma in Animal Acupuncture 

  • Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy (Liverpool) 

  • Vice Chair of  NZ Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy Association (NZAVPA) 

  • Treasurer of Australia and NZ Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy Association (ANZAVPA) 

  • NZ Allied Veterinary Professional Regulatory Council 

  • Lecturer for University of Liverpool Post Graduate Vet Physio programme in Australia and New Zealand 


  I live in New Zealand and am passionate about horses



MacKechnie-Guire Russell (GB)

About Russell MacKechnie-Guire

Russell MacKechnie-Guire holds a PhD in Equine Biomechanics, graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 2019. Russell’s thesis was titled ‘The Relationship between Saddle and Rider Kinematics, Equine Locomotion, and Thoracolumbar Pressures in Sports Horses’. Russell is based at Centaur Biomechanics, a company which he founded in 2006. He has extensively researched the effect that tack (saddle, bridle and girth) and the rider has on equine health and performance. Russell holds a post at Hartpury University as a Reader in Equine Biomechanics. Russell’s current area of research is horse-saddle-rider interaction, spinal kinematics in horses when ridden over ground, the effect that rider asymmetry has on equine back movement, and from a rehabilitation perspective, the effect that training aids and pole work exercise has on back movement. In addition, Russell collaborates with researchers on various research projects associated with equine health, rehabilitation and performance. Russell is a consultant for the British Equestrian Federations World Class, Team GBR programme and is a member of Team GBR’s Scientific Advisory Group. Russell also sits on the Society of Master Saddlers Scientific Advisory Group, and is part of the executive committee for the International Task force on Laterality in Sports Horses. Russell is also a Pilates instructor, Intrinsic (Human) Biomechanics Trainer, a BHSI equestrian coach, and a keen competitor in dressage and show jumping.



Marti Korff Silvia (ES)

About Silvia Marti Korff

Cranio-Sacral Therapist for Horses, Dogs, Cats and Humans
Teaching Cranio-Sacral Therapy Courses in Spain (Cranio-Sacral Therapy Modules at the Equine Physiotherapy Master in Barcelona) and private groups, Germany (IAVC International Academy for Veterinary Chiropractic) and private veterinary groups, Denmark, Switzerland (private veterinary and physiotherapy group).
Teaching Logan Basic Technique (soft chiropractic technique) at IAVC



Smith Carrie (CA)

About Carrie Smith

BScPT, CCRT, CAFCI, Cert. Sport Physio, Cert. Gunn IMS

  • Owner of Kemptville Canine Centre (Ottawa, ON, Canada)
  • Graduated from the University of Western Ontario 1985
  • Physiotherapist for the Canadian Women's Hockey Team (1996-98), Canadian Men's Rugby Team (2007-2012)
  • Canine Rehab Therapist for the Canadian World Agility Open Team (2018-present)


Söhnel Katja (DE)

About Söhnel Katja

I studied biomedical engineering in Bachelor of science (2013) and Master of Science (2016) at the Technical University of Ilmenau. I did my PhD at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena ( Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Martin S. Fischer)  about biomechanics in dog sport agility (2021). Currently, I am working at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena ( Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Martin S. Fischer)  in a dog puppy project “GangWerkEntwicklung”.
My interests are in biomechanics of dogs locomotion, objective gait analysis, dynamics/ kinetic, kinematic. 



Van der Walt Ansi (ZA)

About Ansi van der Walt

Ansi van der Walt is a veterinary physiotherapist from Johannesburg, South Africa. Ansi has been in practice since 2001, and runs her own physiotherapy practice, treating mainly dogs, but also some horses, cats and exotic animals. She is currently pursuing her PhD in pain management through the University of Cape Town. 



Van Vliet Heiko (CH)

About Heiko van Vliet

Current professional activity: International NMES expert, direct and clinical support for athletes, international instructor for active knee and shoulder rehabilitation, sports physio- therapy and functional anatomy.
Heiko is owner of different animals and very familiar and enthusiastic with treating animals with NMES. He is teaching NMES basics and treating instructions in the education of the Swiss Association of Animal Physiotherapy.