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cover image Integrative Medicine - Neurologic Effects of Acupuncture


Dr. Neal James Sivula, DVM, PhD, FAAVA, MDiv


This lecture will review the effects of acupuncture from a neurologic viewpoint. We will discuss the effect of acupuncture in the areas of the local area of concern, the spinal cord, and higher centers. Recent research efforts will be mentioned, and a discussion of the science and use of electroacupuncture will done as well.

Presenter Bio

Dr. Sivula received his DVM from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed an Internship, Clinical Residency, and PhD from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He is certified in Animal Chiropractic from the College of Animal Chiropractors (COAC) and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA), in Veterinary Acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS), and in Veterinary Chinese Herbalism and Food Therapy from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.  He also holds an advanced acupuncture certification from the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (Fellow of the AAVA).  Dr. Sivula is also a Usui Reiki Master and a Zen Buddhist Priest.


Dr. Sivula is a past board member of the AVCA, COAC, and the AAVA. He is also a past President of both the AAVA and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA), an Executive Editor of the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Chair of the Integrative Medicine Committee for the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, and Chair of the Advanced Certification Committee of the AAVA. He has served as the AAVA’s Delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates and is a current faculty member for the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies.


Dr. Sivula is the founder of Dancing Paws Animal Wellness Center, an Integrative Veterinary Practice in Richfield Ohio.  Dancing Paws offers patients personalized care using both traditional and holistic methods.  The holistic therapies include acupuncture, chiropractic, nutrition, rehabilitation (including underwater treadmill therapy), and Chinese and Western herbal medicines.


Prolotherapy - A Simple, Natural Technique that Stimulates the Body to Repair
Damaged/Loose Ligaments
#Free CE for Members

A Hidden Genome - Mitochondria

Presented by Richard E. Palmquist, DVM, GDVCHM

The mitochondria is an important organelle, which does so much more that simply make energy. It is a vital regulatory player and has the power of life, disease and death over the cell. In this lecture we will explore these aspects and bridge our  academic studies with relevant clinical practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the mitochondria and its possible origins.
  2. Describe the nonenergy productive regulatory effects of mitochondria and how they relate to every day clinical conditions involving chronic inflammation, immune failure and cancer.
  3. Identify commonly used therapeutics and xenotoxins that harm and help mitochondria.
  4. Understand the importance and relationship of advanced glycation end products to aging, diet, and inflammation.
  5. Recognize how integrative therapies may be used to reduce mitochondrial harm.
  6. Begin to consider the mitochondria and microbiome in patient management.
Presenter information

Richard Palmquist was born in Greeley, Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University in 1983, where he received the Upjohn Award for proficiency in small animal medicine. He graduated from the Australian College of Integrative Veterinary Therapy with a graduate degree in veterinary Chinese herbal medicine in 2015.

He is chief of integrative health services at Centinela Animal Hospital in Inglewood, California. He is a past president of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (Editorial committee and Council of Elders) and is a past president and national research chair of the AHVM Foundation, which promotes scientific research and education into integrative therapies. He is also a board member of the World Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. He provides fourth year veterinary students experience in integrative practice for UC Davis and Western University.

Dr Palmquist is an international speaker in integrative veterinary medicine, especially homotoxicology, therapeutic nutrition, mitochondrial medicine, and modified hospice. He is an Alternative Medicine consultant for the Veterinary Information Network (VIN). In 2012 he was honored to receive the AHVMA Council of Elders Peacemaker Award for his work to bring harmony between CAVM and conventional veterinary medicine. He has published numerous papers and three books. The first is an evidence-based textbook for conventional veterinarians entitled Integrating Complimentary Medicine into Veterinary Practice. The second is a book for clients discussing how integrative thinking works. The third is a poetry book. He has consulted with ABC and CBS news and his practice was featured for its unique integrative approach to oncology patients.


Integrative Medicine Cancer: Part 1 - 6/2/20

Presented by: Dr. PJ Broadfoot

The realm of natural treatments in oncology has been expanding, due to recent developments in research. A few of these will be touched on, as a guide to furthering our clinical treatments.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this session participants will be able to:
1) Some selected herbs, supplements, and nutriceuticals have made their way into integrative practices. Though the possibilities seem nearly endless, there are some that are being used more commonly than in previous times and are readily available.
2) Some practical approaches to adjunctive care will be shared in this lecture, such as electroceuticals.
3) Mechanisms of action will be discussed for some therapeutics.

Dr. PJ Broadfoot attended Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS and obtained a BS in Animal Science and Industry, with an emphasis on genetics. She graduated KSU School of Veterinary Medicine 1981, Cum Laude. She started a solo practice in Van Buren, AR in 1982. She has given lectures on nutritional aspects of healing, and the influence of environment and nutrition on children with learning and behavior difficulties. PJ lectures extensively on complementary medicine in the US and abroad. Published articles have been included in such diverse journals as Explore Magazine, The AHVMA Journal, The Bio-therapy Journal, distributed in the U.S. and Germany, and The Integrative Veterinary Care Journal. She co-authored a text-book: Integrating Complementary Medicine into Veterinary Practice (Wiley Blackwell 2008). Her Safe Goods title is “The Efficacy of Velvet Antler in Veterinary Practice.”

An Overview of Veterinary Cannabis: Phytopharmacology, Studies, Applications and Regulatory Constraints.
Approved for 1 NYSED continuing education credit.


Robert J. Silver DVM, MS
Chief Medical Officer, RxVitamins, Chief Veterinary Officer, Folium Biosciences

This 45 minute webinar will give the participants a working knowledge of the science that underlies the medical value of cannabinoid therapies, a brief review of the veterinary studies to date, an understanding of the clinical applications
for this emerging therapy, including information about product selection and safe and effective dosing strategies, and an explanation of the current regulatory environment for veterinarians.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understanding of mechanisms of action of the constituents of cannabis

2. Understanding of the nomenclature and definitions regarding cannabis and hemp

3. Learn about the safety and efficacy studies that have been published from Cornell and Colorado State University

4. Learn what are the best applications for this emerging therapy and how to dose

5. Understand what is needed to know regarding effective product selection

6. Learn what the current regulatory environment is for veterinarians in your state.

About Dr. Silver
Chief Medical Officer, RxVitamins, Chief Veterinary Officer, Folium Biosciences,
DVM: Colorado State University 1982, MS: Colorado State University, Cardiopulmonary Physiology 1976, BS: Colorado State University, Animal Science 1974, Past president: Veterinary Botanical Medical Association, Contributing Member: Hemp Feed Coalition

Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine: Cannabinoid Therapies for Animals; in Gupta RC et al. (eds.) Nutraceuticals in Veterinary Medicine, Springer Nature AG 2019;

In press:
Hemp Nutrition and Veterinary Cannabis Products and Dosing; in: Veterinary Cannabis; Springer Publications.
The Endocannabinoid System of Animals.

Webinar Recorded: August 2019


This course will present a description of the use of transdermal CO2 therapy on conditions such as soft tissue injury, arthritis, laminitis, and cellulitis. The presenters will be: Dr. David Levine of Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center, Dr. Joyce Harman of Harmany Equine Clinic, and Dr. Richard Rivers, of Johns Hopkins University.


Learning Objectives


Participants can expect to learn about:

  • The latest veterinary research performed using transdermal CO2  therapy
  • Practical veterinary uses and results in the field for horses and dogs
  • The physiology of Carbon Dioxide in the body

Webinar recorded: February 2020

Denamarin is a currently popular supplement which contains one of the phytochemicals found in Milk Thistle, Silybum marianum, silybin, and S-Adenosylmethionine. This product is marked as a hepatoprotective and neuroprotective supplement. While this product has been well researched and proven in its effectiveness, the whole seed of Milk Thistle, Silybum marianum, can offer additional benefits as a pancreatic restorative, as an aid in the treatment of diabetes; an aid in the treatment of vascular congestions in the liver, spleen and kidney; and can be used as not only organ protection in chemotherapy but also can augment the use of chemotherapeutics. In combination with other botanical medicines, its effectiveness can be increased to not only protect the liver in cases of oxidative damage but can be used as part of a protocol to treat various cases of chemical induced, bacterial, or viral hepatitis.

By the end of this session participants will be able to (list skills):
1. To be able to recognize the difference and use between a single phytochemicals and whole plant extracts.
2. To be able to recognize the wide applications of the whole seed of Milk Thistle, Silybum marianum.
3. To begin to recognize the use of synergy in botanical formulas in order to increase the depth and range of treatable syndromes.

Cynthia Lankenau, DVM, is a 1981 Cornell Graduate. She has completed training classes in both Chinese and western herbal medicine, earning a Diplomate degree in both. She recognized as a registered herbalist in the American Herbal Guild.

Recorded: Oct 2019