Teachers and guest speakers

Irma Wensink – Paraveterinair / Certified thermographer (also course organizer)

Irma has worked for more than 17 years professionally with horses in different disciplines and as an animal care assistant. Irma’s education includes horse training, nutrition, injury prevention, equine massage, kinetics, first aid, hoof care, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and complementary medicine. In 2004 Irma began utilizing equine thermography, working with vets, saddle fitters and other equine professionals. She has received Equine Thermography education at the Ohio State University Veterinary School and Vetel Diagnostics in the US.
In 2007 Irma became certified as a Clinical Technologist in Veterinary Thermology by the American Academy of Thermology. Every year Irma continues her education in thermology and the medical field to keep her professional knowledge on a high level.

The Veterinarians

Dr. Tracy A. Turner – DVM (USA)

Dr. Tracy Turner attended veterinary school at Colorado State University, did an internship at the University of Georgia, and completed his surgical residency and M.S. at Purdue University. In 1986, Dr. Turner became a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He has served on staff as associate professor at the University of Illinois and also at the University of Florida. He was also a professor at the University of Minnesota where he served as Chief of Large Animal Surgery for three years. His special areas of interest are equine lameness, navicular disease, orthopedics, podiatry, back issues and of course Equine Thermography. Dr. Turner was one of 3 veterinarians inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame.
Dr. Turner works more than 30 year with Equine Thermography.
He is board certified in Thermology.

Dierenarts Astrid Bos

Astrid Bos – DVM (NL)

Astrid graduated as a veterinarian at the University of Utrecht in 1997. After graduation she did an internship at the Equine clinic Emmeloord. From the contacts of the Equine clinic Emmeloord with various European horse clinics, she then can gain experience in England Beaufort Cottage Newmarket Equine Clinic in Germany Tierklinik Telgte in Belgium Dierenkliniek the Bosdreef Moerbeke and the Netherlands Veterinair Centrum Someren. In 1999 she returned to the Equine clinic Emmeloord where she concentrated on the ultrasound imaging of tendons, joints and ligaments and also on the reproduction. Her special areas of interests are equine back issues, lameness, spine related problems, ultrasound tendons and joints. She did also the study “focus on Equine Spine” (www.focusontheequinespine.com) and the ISELP. (www.sporthorsemdc.com/iselp)

Prof. Dr. Ram Purohit

Prof. Dr. Ram Purohit – DVM (USA)

Dr. Ram C Purohit, DVM, PhD, DACT is a Professor Emeritus, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Alabama, USA. Dr. Purohit started thermography research in 1975 at Auburn University. Over the years held many professional offices, including the presidency of American Academy of Thermology from 2001-2004. He was the first veterinary doctor to join the Society of Thermography (International Society of thermography) in 1976. Since 2003 he has served on the editorial board of Thermology International, a journal published by five international associations. He has published more than 150 publications and many book chapters. He is board certified by the American Board of Thermology in orthopedic, vascular medicine, neuroscience and Veterinary Medicine.

Natanya Nieman – DVM (USA)

Natanya grew up in Lexington. She rode dressage and event horses, worked at thoroughbred sales and worked on thoroughbred and standardbred farms throughout college. In 1994, she graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Biotechnology. After college, she attended Veterinary school at The Ohio State University and graduated in 1998. By 1999, Natanya had completed an internship at Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala, Florida. She then worked at Woodford Veterinary Clinic from 1999-2002. Natanya works at the racing stable WinStar for 5 years now.

Kimberly Henneman

Dr. Kim Henneman DVM, FAAVA, Dip ABT, CVA, CVC, Diplomate Am College Vet Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Kim Henneman is a native of Utah. She graduated magna cum laude from Utah State University in 1981 and is a 1986 graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she did an internship with a racing practice in Ireland.

She received her IVAS certification in veterinary acupuncture in 1991 followed shortly by her AVCA certification in veterinary chiropractic (the twenty-first in the US). She finished her certification in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2000. Dr. Henneman has completed training in both basic and advanced classical veterinary homeopathy and has integrated classical homeopathy for both companion and equine patients into her practice since 1994. In 2006, she traveled to China to study Traditional Chinese and Tibetan Veterinary Medicine and is currently working on a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine from the Chi Institute and the Southwest Veterinary College in Sichuan, China. In 2008, Dr. Henneman passed the AAVA’s advanced acupuncture exam, becoming only the 12th veterinarian in the country to do so.

Ruth Brouwer-Cohen – Equine osteopath, physiotherapist, lymph-edema physiotherapist and student human osteopathy. (NL)

Ruth Brouwer-Cohen is an equine osteopath, physiotherapist, lymph-edema physiotherapist and student human osteopathy. She has supplemented this knowledge and expertise with dry needling, ultrasound, thermography, medical taping, manual lymph drainage and many courses and self-studies on all kinds of subjects. She graduated on the ‘diaphragm and the relationship with the thorax and the head and neck area of the horse’, based on embryology.
She has also attended and done many dissections on horses, dogs, cats and even a goat.
She is co-founder and chairman of the NVDO, the Dutch Association of Animal Osteopathy, the professional association for animal osteopaths. Her experience, unique way of thinking and her view on how your body works ensure that both horses and people are viewed from a four-dimensional vision. Despite the many possibilities, she also knows very well where her limits lie. Beyond these limits, she has an extensive network of experts where people or animals can be helped further.

Paardentandarts Daan Staller

Dr. Daan Staller – Certified equine dentist and veterinarian (NL)

Daan Staller heeft zich na zijn studie diergeneeskunde gespecialiseerd als paardentandarts. Hij heeft het examen aan de Academy of Equine Dentistry in USA gehaald. Dit is een wereldwijd bekend staande school van zeer hoog niveau, waar professionalisme en goede educatie hoog in het vaandel staan. Daan Staller runt een fulltime mobiele kliniek voor gebitsverzorging aan paarden. Tevens gaat hij elk half jaar terug naar Amerika om les te geven en meer kennis en kunde op te doen.


Hai Theunissen – Level 3 gecertificeerd thermograaf

Hai Theunissen heeft in 2001 zijn bedrijf THEOLT thermografie en techniek opgericht. Hai beschikt over specialiste kennis met meer dan 25 jaar nationale en internationale werkervaring. Zo heeft hij meer dan 10 jaar praktijk ervaring in de thermografie als NDO methode. Sinds mei 2005 is Hai EN473 level 3 gecertificeerd voor infrarood thermografie, momenteel de enige in de Benelux.

Daarnaast is Hai o.a. docent en examinator voor EN473 level 1 en 2 thermografie trainingen en examens, voor Sector Cert (de industriële thermografie).

Arno Vlooswijk – Onderzoeker Thermoregulatie (Thermo Lab)

Arno Vlooswijk is researcher Thermoregulation and works at Tripleee in Arnhem with projects which has to do with thermoregulation. 7 years ago he start up the “World of Warmth” together with TService. The “World of Warmth” is a large collection infrarood images and video clips for educational purpose.

Ninon Schutte

Ninon Schutte – Saddler

After my professional training in the men’s tailoring I began as a saddler in 1999. The reason why I wanted to be a saddler was because of my hobby, horses. In 2008, after much experience with all brands of saddles, I started my own business, Zadelatelier.nl, with my own product, Schutte saddles. The starting point has always been to deliver saddles that I have developed myself. This gives me the best possible knowledge of the product. The structure, appearance and quality is always in my own hands. I am a saddler who finds it fascinating to make a static object like a saddle for two not static beings, man and the horse. It requires empathy combined with technical and logical thinking. It is therefore important for me to delve into the anatomy of the horse and the rider. Knowledge in terms of riding style, obtained by riders and instructors, gives me insight into what is required of a horse. As a saddler therefore I feel responsible for the well-being of the horse. However it is the owner who makes a choice for a particular training, handling and housing of the horse and is always the person in charge for the well-being and performance of the horse.

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