with the patronage of

  • ministero affari esteri
  • ministero ambiente
  • consiglio lazio
  • comune roma
  • wwf
  • Federico II
  • sivas
  • fise
  • soap
  • osean
  • cromon
  • jean-monnet
  • jean-monnet-2
  • sosvi

in partnership with

  • aiot
  • still academy
  • cerdo
  • eiom
  • eiom
  • euo
  • ibo
  • iom
  • raomed


  • tutto_osteopatia
  • tutto_osteopatia

in Sponsorship con

  • crv
  • fm broker


Rome, 28th-29th of September 2012

Hotel Parco Tirreno
Via Aurelia 480


Friday 28th September 2012
09:00 - 10:30 First Session: Integration of Veterinary and Osteopathic Medicine in Italy and Internationally

Chair: L. Zicarelli
Moderator: K. Friedrich
08:00 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 09:10 Opening
(P. Tozzi - P. Zavarella - CROMON /
K. Friedrich - SIVASZoo)
09:10 - 09:15 Contribution from the University of Naples
(L. Zicarelli - UNINA)
09:15 - 09:30 Speech
(D. Loni - OrdineVet)
09:30 – 09:45 Non Conventional Medicine in Animal Practice: where we are and where we are going
(D. Bettio - UMNCV)
09:45 - 10:00 The Society of Osteopaths in Animal Practice (S.O.A.P.): a british associative model of Osteopathic synergy in Animal Practice
(T. Nevin - SOAP)
10:00 – 10:15 Educational and Scientific considerations of Veterinary Osteopathy in French University
(C. Douart - ONIRIS)
10:15 - 10:30 Overview of the legislative and educational Status of Osteopathy in Animal Practice in Italy
(P. Tozzi - CROMON)
10:30 - 11:00 BREAK
11:00 - 13:00 Second Session: Osteopathy on Exotic Animals and Birds

Chair: P. Selleri
Moderator: T. Nevin
11:00 - 11:05 Introduction
(T. Nevin)
11:05 - 11:25 Lymphatic pump treatment protects against solid tumor development in the lung
(L. Hodge)
11:25 - 11:45 Osteopathy and Exotics - Thinking outside of the box
(T. Nevin)
11:45 - 12:05 Osteopathy and Birds - A Global Approach
(T. Nevin)
12:05 - 12:25 Articulation: a safe and effective technique for all species
(C. Short)
14:15 - 17:45 Third Session: Osteopathy and Manual Therapy for dogs and cats

Chair: S. Hani
Moderator: N. Hobson
14:15 - 14:20 Introduction
(N. Hobson)
14:20 - 14:35 A therapeutic approach to polyradicular neuritis as the basis to a standard rehabilitation programme for neurological diseases in dogs: a retrospective study
(E. Canestrelli)
14:35 - 14:50 Manual therapies on dogs and cats: Shiatsu
(R. Pozzi)
14:50 - 15:05 Posture and osteopathic considerations in the Obedience training
(M. Mannino)
15:05 - 15:25 The tissue-oriented approach in Osteopathy
(S. Cayre)
15:25 - 15:45 Proposal of a measurement method of tissues response following osteopathic treatment
(P. Chêne)
15:45 - 16:15 BREAK
16:15 - 16:35 A retrospective study of forelimb lameness in canines from an osteopathic viewpoint
(N. Hobson)
16:35 - 16:55 Case Reports on OMT effectiveness
(A. Accorsi / C. Lucci)
16:55 - 17:15 The effect of repeated lymphatic pump treatment on the lymphatic system
(L. Hodge)
17:45 - 18:00 Furaha Presentation
18:00 Closing Session
18:00 - 20:00 Light Dinner
Saturday 29th of September 2012
09:00 - 12:20 Forth Session: Osteopathy and Equines

Chair: L. Tosti Croce
Moderator: J. Brooks
09:00 - 09:05 Opening and Introduction
(J. Brooks)
09:05 – 09:25 Rehabilitation techniques as integration to osteopathic treatment
(S. Molle)
09:25 - 09:45 Most common osteopathic lesions of cervical column and front limb in show jumping horses
(V. Rocchelli)
09:45 - 10:05 The voice: an instrument at the service of equine osteopathy
(A. Jourcin)
10:05 - 10:25 The lymphatic system of the horse: aim and approach of an osteopathic treatment
(N. Berthon)
10:25 - 10:45 Osteopathy: efficacy or placebo effect? Survey on horses taking part in national and international horseshows
(E. Deforest)
10:45 - 11:05 The role of Osteopathy in the treatment of muscoloskeletal dysfunction in animals
(J. Brooks)
11:05 - 11:25 Thermography as an aid to monitoring osteopathic cases: results of osteopathic treatment of 54 horses
(C. Colles)
11:25 - 11:55 BREAK
12:20 - 13:20 Fifth Session: Osteopathy and Wild Animals

Chair: C. Colles
Moderator: L. Christodoularis
12:20 - 12:25 Introduction
(L. Christodoularis)
12:25 - 12:45 Using infra red thermal imaging to assess osteopathic treatment of 2 asian elephants
(T. Nevin)
12:45 - 13:05 Osteopathic contribution in the well-being of raptors
(L. Christodoularis)
13:20 - 13:30 Closing session
Saturday 29th of September 2012

Workshops A-H
14:30 - 18:30 WORKSHOPS
14:30 - 16:30 WORKSHOP A:

Principles and Methods of Neurological Physical Therapy

(E. Canestrelli)

This workshop aims to introduce delegates to a standardized therapeutic protocol addressed to the neurological patient (cats, dogs, rabbits).

It will include a proprioceptive rehabilitation program based on a variety of manual approaches and active exercises, aimed to achieve balance and strength, together with the psycho-physical health of the animal patient.

Each exercise will be demonstrated, its objectives explained, to then be practiced by participants to make them fully appreciate its efficacy and rationale. The ethologic aspect will be covered together with the most commonly used strategies to prompt the animal to actively collaborate during the exercise program.

The effect of each exercise will be discussed, and the anatomical regions involved will be specified. It will be also highlighted the importance of the ludic component in the relationship between therapist, patient and owner, that allows continuity along treatment and reinforces the exercise therapeutic potential.

Osteopathic treatment of the axial skeleton and soft tissues of small animals

(T. Nevin)

This will introduce the concept of applying osteopathic principles to the treatment of small animals. Areas addressed will be the central aspect of the axial skeleton, its place in the overall scheme of holistic manual medicine, and the intricate role of the soft tissues.

Tony will explain and demonstrate the fundamental concepts of integrating osteopathic medicine into standard veterinary care as part of an animal’s overall health plan.

With over 20 years experience of working within veterinary practices Tony is continually honing his osteopathic skills, as well as his overall learning approach to the treatment of small and large animals. He has personally pioneered the application of osteopathy to over 300 species of animals and birds, with the list continually expanding.

14:30 - 16:30 WORKSHOP C:

Medullary traction force and spiral functional torsion

(P. Chêne)

This workshop will introduce delegates to the concept of strenght traction of the spinal core, from childhood to the adult stage; including the apparent rise of the spinal cord in the spinal canal, the physiological conseguences and the possible patological conditions that may follow. Different clinical cases of various animal species will be discussed.

The idea of a SFT will be forwarded too, together with the related "fascial helix" and the correspondent 4 counterweighting visceral spaces (abdomen, thorax, neck, skull). Both the previously cited concepts (MFT and SFT) found their conceptual origin in the principles of cellular tensegrity, medullary traction force (proposed by Antonio Ruiz de Azua Mercadal) and functional torsion of Yves Guillard.

This workshop will offer an integrated and global vision to simplify the osteopathic treatment, to clear up the interpretation of certain diseases usually seen as complex, to explain the PRM as a resonator for body structure. The practical session will be on listening exercises of the MTF and SFT, and application of these concepts into a coherent treatment plan.
16:30 - 18:30 WORKSHOP D:

Shiatsu treatment of dog's back

(R. Pozzi)
14:30 - 16:30 WORKSHOP E:

Osteopathic treatment of birds and small exotics

(L. Christodoularis)

This workshop will demonstrate means of handling injured birds commonly seen in wild life clinics. Areas that will be covered include initial assessment, mechanical evaluation, basic principles of first aid and the role of the osteopath within a wild life rehabilitation unit.

Various osteopathic techniques will be demonstrated and shown how their application can improve flight mechanics and help the recovery of birds.

Leonidas has been collaborating with veterinarians and rehabilitators for the past 20 years. He has long experience of work in wild life rehabilitation and has been applying Osteopathy in a range of animals for the past 10 years.

16:30 - 18:30 WORKSHOP F:

Neuro-physiological aspects of Osteopathic care of small animals

(J. Brooks)

This workshop will introduce delegates to the fascinating field of neuro-physiological aspects affecting small animals, and the role that osteopathy can play in improving function where there is impairment.

It will also cover some of the signs and symptoms that can be mistaken for having a neurological origin, as well as those that create chain reactions throughout the body, often causing owners and clinicians serious concern.

Julia will demonstrate effective ways for osteopaths to perform simple neurological tests, as well as offering a refresher on the most common CNS conditions seen in animal practice. With nearly 30 years experience treating large and small animals and a passion for research and all things technical Julia has managed to navigate a coherent path through the neurological minefield, and integrate it into the osteopathic care of small animals.

She has co-written several scientific papers along with her late husband Anthony Pusey, who was one of the early pioneers of animal osteopathy.
14:30 - 16:30 WORKSHOP G: - FULLY BOOKED

Visceral aspects to Osteopathic care of cats and dogs

(N. Hobson)

This workshop will introduce the concept of an integrated approach to Animal Healthcare. Over 15 years at the Hyde Park Veterinary Centre Nadine Hobson has worked closely with the Vets; before and after surgical procedures: giving second opinions on cases where medical tests are inconclusive and running a busy Osteopathic list.

At first the cases were typical musculo-skeletal problems but rapidly the viscero-somatic interactions became apparent which encouraged further interdisciplinary dialogue and referrals. Nadine will present some of these cases applying Osteopathic Principles and using Osteopathic Techniques to influence the viscero-somatic pathways and autonomic mechanisms.

Nadine has over 20 years experience in Animal practice, and lectures and teaches on the UK postgraduate circuit. The visceral work has been inspired by her experience from working in a renowned Integrated Medical practice specialising in Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Infant care.
16:30 - 18:30 WORKSHOP H:

The 'tissue tension based approach' to small domesticated animals

(S. Cayre / G. Urdich)

It will be a tissue approach workshop, based on inner feeling. We propose a workshop in which each participant will develop fundamental parameters of tissue approach in order to acquire a real experience of this specific approach.

Each participant should then be able to pursue this work during its own practice.

After a reminder of the parameters specific to tissue approach, exercises with balloons and inter-participant exchanges will be performed. A brief discussion session about everyone's feelings will close the work.