Conferences 2019


Hamburg, GERMANY

8th,9th and 10th of November 2019

Welcome to Hamburg, Germany 2019

We are very happy to introduce this year’s programme.

The conference is open for animal chiropractors, member or not, of the IVCA.

Please see below for more information about the programme of events and our conference speakers.

The deadline for booking is the 20th of October.

Programme of Events

Friday, November 8, 2019

11.45 – 12.30 Registration

12:30-15:30 Dr. Nicole Rombach
Functional anatomy and biomechanics: equine spine.

15:30- 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:30 Dr. Nicole Rombach
Pathology of the equine spinal column.

Let us meet for a social gathering and catch up on the latest news from old and new friends.
Note! Not on Saturday.


Saturday, November 9, 2019

09:00-10:00 Dr. Ellen Årtun
Human chiropractic research – what do we know?

10:00-10:45 Dr. Ellen Årtun
Research designs appropriate for clinical practice

10:45-11:15 – Coffee Break

11:15–12:30  Dr. Nicole Rombach
Neuromotor control in rehabilitation of equine spinal dysfunction

12:30-13:30 – Lunch

13:30-15:30 Boat tour

15:45-17:30 Dr. Nicole Rombach
Neuromotor control in rehabilitation of canine spinal dysfunction

17:30-18:00 Coffee break

18:00 – IVCA Annual General Meeting – only open for IVCA members 

Sunday, November 10th 2019

08:30-10:30 Geir Wiik
Dog´s shoulder problems  
Lecture and lab

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-12:15 João Paulo Marques
Manifestation of laterality in the horse

12:15-12:30 Closing remarks


There will be short breaks during the lectures at the discretion of the lecturer.
Changes may occur to the programme.

IVCA approve the conference for 14 points toward specific veterinary chiropractic part of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the IVCA.


Meet the Speakers

Dr. Nicole Rombach

Nicole attained the ITEC  qualification (United Kingdom) in 1997, the Equinology Equine Body Worker® certification in 1998 and the Equinology Master Equine Body Worker® certification (USA) in 1999. She holds the Caninology Canine Body Worker certification, and has also completed the post-graduate and MSc programmes in Animal Manipulation (small and large animals) with the McTimoney College of Chiropractic and University of Wales in the United Kingdom.

In 2013, Nicole earned her PhD from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. Her main interest lies in the effect of complementary therapies on equine performance, and the subject for her doctoral research was investigation into equine neck pain from the perspectives of pathology, neuromotor control and equine behaviour associated with spinal dysfunction.

Nicole regularly lectures at universities and for international professional associations, presenting evidence-based courses on equine and canine spinal dysfunction with an emphasis on neuromuscular rehabilitation techniques. All courses include theoretical and practical modules, and Nicole also leads whole-horse dissection workshops. She is also in ongoing collaborative research with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. Nicole is the chief instructor and examiner for Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT)  Equine  and Canine courses worldwide. In her equine and canine sport therapy practice she works in direct veterinary liaison to design individualized therapeutic programmes for sport horses and dogs in various disciplines, with a particular focus on neuromuscular conditioning and movement retraining for spinal dysfunction and other musculoskeletal conditions. 

Dr. Ellen Aartun(Årtun)
MSc Clinical Biomechanics(DC), PHD,

Ellen attained the University of Southern Denmark, Odense and got her chiropractic degree in 2002. She then went into private practice for 9 years in Norway, both as an associate and as a clinic owner.

Ellen earned her PhD from the Department of Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark in 2014.

After that she has worked at research departments with large global chiropractic research project both in Canada and Norway. She has authored and co-authored several per-previewed published research articles and lectured at major conferences.

Ellen is currently working as a researcher at the Institute of Health and Society, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.


Geir Wiik, DC

Geir has more than 25 years experience with human and animal chiropractic in private practice. He is a member of the IVCA management committee.  He sees many kinds of working dogs, such as hunting, sled dogs, search and rescue dogs, agility and obedience dogs in his practice. He has competed in long distance sled dog competitions for 20 years, and runs a kennel of 10 Alaskan Huskies.

Geir will be lecturing about shoulder injuries on dogs seen in an animal chiropractic clinic.  There will also be a practical demonstration on diagnostic and treatment techniques.

João Paulo Marques, DVM

Paulo Marques received his Veterinary Degree from the University of Veterinary Medicine (FMV-UTL) in Lisbon in 1995.

He is certified in Animal Chiropractic by the IVCA, certified in Veterinary Acupuncture by IVAS and Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CERP) by the University of Tennessee.

He is an FEI Official Veterinarian for Jumping, Dressage, Eventing and Driving.

A past Member of the Board of Directors of the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA), he is presently a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy (IAVRPT) and President of the Portuguese Association of Veterinary Acupuncture (APAMV).

He was a guest professor at Lusófona University (ULHT) and Technical University (FMV-UTL) in Lisbon, on Equine Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy, Acupuncture and Chiropractic.

He is founder and Director of the equine veterinary practice Equidesporto and he was co-founder and Director of the Equine Rehabilitation Centre Hidrovet, in Portugal.


Early bird (up to 12th of September 2019)
€ 295,00 – members
€ 425,00 – non-members

Standard Price (13th of September 2019 onwards)
€ 345,00 – members
€ 475,00 – non-members

Conference Dinner Friday 8th November – €35,- buffet

Saturday 9th November boat sightseeing tour – €25,-

Refund policy
90% refund up to 6 weeks prior conference. 
50% refund up to 1 week prior to conference, no refund after that.

If you have any questions, please contact the IVCA office at

Please note – registration deadline is the 20th of October 2018.

Accomodation is to be booked directly with the hotel.

Use this link for booking the hotel room to the conference price of €185,- single room/ €205,- double room per night.

This offer ends 31th of August.




Hamburg Marriott Hotel
ABC Strasse 52
20354 Hamburg

Phone: +49 40 35050


Web page: Hamburg Marriott Hotel



Hamburg Airport (HAM)

Airport Phone: +49 40 50750
Hotel direction: 6.3 miles S

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.
Estimated taxi fare: 25 EUR (one way)
Bus service, fee: 3.2 EUR (one way)
Subway service, fee: 3.2 EUR (one way)

Visit HAM airport website

Driving directions

Follow signs for Centrum and the yellow coloured park system signs. At the Gaensemarkt, take the first right onto ABC Strasse. The hotel will be on the right.


Off-site parking, fee: 4 EUR hourly, 28 EUR daily
On-site parking, fee: 4 EUR hourly, 30 EUR daily
Valet parking, fee: 30 EUR daily

120 car slots

Other Transportation

Car Rentals



Theodor-Heuss-Platz 1

Hamburg, 20354
Phone: +49 40 2801201


Heidi-Kabel-Platz 16,
Hamburg, 20099
Phone: +49 180 6 666666


Rothenbaumchaussee 10,
Hamburg, 20148
Phone: “+49 40 32873; ext= 800”

Bus Station

Hamburg ZOB

0.9 miles E from Hotel

Subway Station


0.1 miles NE from Hotel


0.3 miles NE from Hotel

Train Station


0.5 miles NE from Hotel

Hauptbahnhof/Main Station

1.3 miles SE from Hotel

We look forward to seeing you in Hamburg!


International Veterinary Chiropractic Association e.V.
c/o Inga Lösing, Bahrenfelder Strasse 201a, 22765 HAMBURG
22765 Hamburg, Germany

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Postfach 31 01 40
27537 Bremerhaven, Germany

Phone: 0049 151 646 88 741 (Germany)
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