Upcoming Conferences/Seminars


April 8th - 10th 2016 - NYCAVMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE




Early Bird Pricing through 2/1/16, $450.00 for NYCVMA Members, $500.00 for non-members

Pricing starting 2/2/16, $499.00 for NYCAVMA Members, $550.00 for non-members

Student Pricing:  $125, please email for details.


HOTEL INFO:  Conference Center of Niagra Falls: Sheraton At The Falls, 300 Third Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303 Reservations can be made by calling 1-866-961-3780 or online HERE. Be sure to mention the event when booking.


CE CREDIT INFO: 12 hours IVAS and NYS for Terry Durkes, 6 hours for Judith Sumner from NYS - NYS CE should be acceptable in other states.


April 8th - A Day with Judith Sumner

In this plant-centered workshop on herbal medicine for veterinarians, we will begin with traditional medicine and ethnobotany, from the Doctrine of Signatures to the evolution of secondary compounds in ecosystems. We will

focus on science (while still including some lore and history) to glean lessons from natural history, herbal medicine, Eastern traditions, zoopharmacognosy, and current research in veterinary herbal medicine.


Judith Sumner is a botanist who specializes in ethnobotany, medicinal botany, flowering plants, and plant adaptations. She has taught medicinal botany both at the college level and at botanical gardens, including the

Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Garden in the Woods and has lectured for the Integrative Veterinary Herbal Medicine Course at Tufts/Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She writes and lectures for the Herbal Academy of New England and has been a featured lecturer at the several Herb Society (USA) annual meetings. Judith graduated from Vassar College and completed graduate studies in botany at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She studied at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,and at the British Museum (Natural History) and did extensive field work in the Pacific region on the genus *Pittosporum*. She has published monographic studies in the *American Journal of Botany, Pollen et Spores, *and *Allertonia, *as well as monographing two families for *Flora Vitiensis Nova*.  She is the author of *The Natural History of Medicinal Plants* and *American Household Botany*, which received the American Horticultural Society Book Award in 2005. In 2007 Judith was awarded the Gertrude B. Foster Award for Excellence in Herbal Literature by the Herb Society of America. She is currently writing a botanical history of World War II, tentatively titled *Plants Go to War: A Botanical History of World War II*. Judith is a frequent

invited lecturer for botanical and horticultural organizations and symposia, including the New York Botanical Garden, Mohonk Mountain, Cornell University, Maine Garden Day, and Strawbery Banke.


April 9th & 10th - Terry Durkes Seminar

Terry Durkes, DVM will be giving a 2 day seminar on pulse and gold bead implants.


This seminar has been awarded 12 hours of CE credit by IVAS.


Seminar Schedule:

Morning April 9, 2016

  • Summary of acupuncture points that have special properties.
  • Belt meridians and where and how to use them.
  • Herniated disc condition in neck and back.
  • How important is acupuncture technique?
  • Changing blood values.


Afternoon April 9, 2016

  • Chiropractic treatment using the pulse.
  • The two minute acupuncture treatment.
  • Changing energy fields in diagnosing and treating patients.
  • Auricular therapy for stroke.
  • Auricular therapy for allergies.


Morning April 10, 2014

  • Gold bead implant and where to use it.
  • Gold bead implant for seizures.
  • Gold bead implant for hip dysplasia.
  • Gold bead implant for spondylosis of the back.
  • Gold bead implant for wobblers.


Afternoon April 10, 2016

  • Gold bead implant for osteochondritis desicans of shoulder.
  • Gold bead implant for arthritis of elbow..
  • Gold bead implant for arthritis of knee.



About Dr. Durkes

Dr. Durkes received his DVM degree from Purdue University in 1971 and a BS in nutrition in 1967. He became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture in 1975 and started his research in the gold bead implant and auricular acupuncture at that time. He has lectured on acupuncture and the gold bead implant since 1976.  His motto is "treat all pets as if they were your own".


About Gold Bead Implants

Dr. Durkes began his research in the gold bead implant in 1975. Initially his research was for the treatment of hip dysplasia and epileptic seizures.  Over the next 5 years he also started research on arthritis of the back, knee, elbow, and shoulder plus the treatment of wobbler disease.  In all conditions except epileptic seizures, Dr. Durkes is helping the muscles, tendons, and ligaments around the joint to tighten up.  This prevents the excessive movement of the joint which helps to stop pain and weakness of the joint.  Dr. Durkes is able to achieve this goal in 1 to 3 weeks post gold bead implant.


Long term, Dr. Durkes gets a gradual remodeling of the joint.  In spondylosis of the back, he has had complete remodeling of the back within 2 years post implant.  In all other joints he has 30- 40% remodeling.


In epileptic seizures Dr. Durkes is correcting electrical blockages in the nervous system.  These electrical blockages will eventually cause seizures if the body is unable to correct them.


Gold bead implants can be effective for many severe, otherwise degenerative conditions, such as hip dysplasia, elbow or knee arthritis, and epilepsy.  Dr Durkes implants the beads into specific acupuncture points, which vary depending on the medical condition and the individual energetics of the animal.  They offer a safe, drug-free, and effective way to help patients.


To view Dr. Durkes implanting gold beads in a patient, please CLICK HERE


















November 3rd - 6th 2016:

Are Thoresen enjoyed working with our group so much that he'll be returning to the Hudson Valley for another amazing seminar at the Won Dharma Center, Hawthorn Valley NY.




November 3rd will be biodynamic farming:

9:00:  introduction in Antroposophical veterinary medicine

10:00:  the interaction between humans and animals

11:00:  Break

11:00:  the preparations, what do they do

12:30:  Lunch

1:30:  How to treat the animals without ordinary medicines

3:30:  Break

4:00:  closing hour, discussion ….. Questions ….



Full four days:

Early Bird until June 30th: $550 member, $650 non-member

After July 1st: $599 member, $699 non-member


Just Mindful Anthroposophic medicine day, November 3:

Early Bird until June 30th: $150 member, $175 non-member

After July 1st: $165 member, $190 non-member


Just three days November 4-6:

Early Bird until June 30th: $450 member, $525 non-member

After July 1st: $525 member, $600 non-member



Pricing includes meals, coffee and teal all day.

Single Occupancy: Weekday rate, $185/night per person. Weekend rate, $218/night per person

Double Occupancy: Weekday rate, $110/night per person. Weekend rate, $147/night per person

Quad Occupancy:  Weekday rate, $85/night per person. Weekend rate, $105/night per person

Dorm Room:  Weekday rate, $60/night per person. Weekend rate, $75/night per person. Requires the guest to bring a sleeping bag & pillow. We provide camp mattresses. There are no beds.





All commuters are required to pay $60 per day for meals, snacks and beverages.






April 2017:

Jeffery Yuen has agreed to speak at our next Annual Conference...dates and locations to be announced.






July 2017:

We're going to ICELAND to study with Are Thoresen and go to Elf School.

We have a potential of 26 openings for the elf school and lodging at the school, AND there are nearby guest houses for those with family that want to come as companions but not participants. Are is working on finding out about those. Price for elf school includes 6 days of two with elves, free driving and lunch; 2 days of horse riding (checking if companions can participate); 2 days of acupuncture lectures. Lodging for participants at elf school is included. Extra will be travel expenses to the school, plane and car rental, dinners etc. Based on current exchange rates, total cost for this even will be $1380.


Payment is requested as follows:


December 2015 = $460 for participants, $140 for each additional companion

December 2016 = $460 for participants, $140 for each additional companion

March 2017 = $460 for participants, $140 for each additional companion


At this time, refund rate for cancellations will be 100% minus currency exchange fees.


CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM - Please email Cindy prior to signing up, all spots are currently full but a few may open up.


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