2020 has been a trying year for many people around the world. As we look back on 2020 despite everything WATCVM was able to have some highlighting moments.
We congratulate our 2020 Grant Research Awardees Dr. Jacquelyn Olson (Efficacy of Two Topical Chinese Herbals and a Conventional Therapy in Virto Against Bacteria Cultured from the Ears of Canine Otitis Externa Cases) and Dr. Lyndy Soboleski (Effect of Electroacupuncture on PRP Concentration in Horses using Acupoints SO-10 and GB-39) and look forward to seeing their progress during 2021.
Our 2020 Board of Director’s meeting went off without a hitch and we welcome our newest President Dr. Roselle Hartwigsen from South Africa and we thank Dr. Ferdinand Nissen from Germany for his years as President. We also welcomed four new Board Members: Dr. Kai Fan from China, Dr. Janice Huntingford from Canada, Dr. Kendra Pope from USA, and Dr. Mizuho Uchida from Japan. It was also a delight to had representatives from all over the world attending both in person and virtually: Japan, China, USA, Iran, Ireland, Canada, Slovenia, Austria, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, West Indies, and Singapore.
After much rearranging and lots of hard work from Chi University we were able to hold the Annual International Conference of TCVM who’s main theme was on Gastrointestinal & Hepatobiliary Diseases. With the new virtual and in-person set up we had nearly 200 attendees from around the world.
Congratulations to the awardees for their outstanding contributions to TCVM and to the Conference.
Ma Shi Haung Awardee
Judy Saik, DVM, CVA, CVFT, CVCH
Outstanding Contributor Awardees
Ashley Geoghegan, DVM, CVA, CVFT, CVCH
Harvey Ramirez, DVM, CVA
Suzanne Brannan, DVM, CVA
Larry McCaskill, DVM, CVA, CVFT, CVCH, CVTP, CTCVMP
Excellent Speaker Awardees
Michelle Tilghman, DVM, CVA
Donna Hein, DVM, CVA, CVFT, CVTP, CVCH, CTCVMP, CVMMP
Mistie Vargas, DVM, CVA, CVFT, CVPT, CVCH, CTCVMP, CVMMP, CVBMA, MSTCVM
Silvia de Valle, DVM, CVA, CVTP
Suzan Seelye, DVM, CVA, CVTP
Also in 2020, we celebrated the first ever World TCVM Day on November 11th in honor of Professor Yu Chuan’s great contribution to TCVM as well as all the TCVM practitioners of today and yesterday. Dr. Yu was a pioneer of modern TCVM in China and was responsible for the establishment of the undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree for TCVM in 1958, and the Master’s of Science training program in TCVM in 1979 at the Beijing Agriculture University. He was the editor in chief of the first textbooks and monographs on TCVM and Chinese veterinary acupuncture in 20th century.
Dr. Yu Chuan was born in San-yuan, Shaanxi in November of 1924. He loved nature and animals. When he grew up, he went to the Army Veterinary Medical School and graduated in 1946 and taught at the Agricultural College of North China University from 1948 to 1950. Dr. Yu Chuan then joined the faculty at Beijing Agricultural University currently renamed as China Agricultural University, in 1950 and became a full tenured professor, serving in that capacity until his death in November of 2005.
To read more about Dr. Yu click here for the WATCVM Newsletter Article.
Now it is time to say hello to 2021, year of the Metal Ox. The year of the Metal Ox is said to be lucky and a good time to focus on relationship both friendship and love. It is a year of economy stability and a year where Yin energy will be strong and where responsibilities will weigh heavily, and one’s must be strong and disciplined. This is the year where problems are said to be solved. We wish to best to everyone in this new year and look forward to what 2021 has in store.
A Message from Dr. Roselle Hartwigsen, South Africa, WATCVM President
Bio: Dr. Roselle Hartwigsen qualified as veterinarian from the University of Pretoria in 2011. Thereafter she was certified as a Veterinary Acupuncturist in 2013 from the Chi Institute Europe. She spent the next couple of years working in private practice, integrating complementary medicine especially acupuncture when treating patients. Her clients are found in South Africa, Botswana and Dubai. In 2016 she spent a year treating horses exclusively and bringing veterinary acupuncture to the horse racing industry in Gauteng. Dr. Roselle has a passion for integrating complementary veterinary medicine into daily veterinary care in South Africa. One way she tries to achieve this is by education veterinarians through the Complementary Veterinary Medicine Group of South Africa (CVMG), and the Chi University (formerly Chi Institute).