Pre-Symposium on Animal Healthcare and Veterinary Phytotherapy

Animal Healthcare and Veterinary Phytotherapy

Science and Practice

Animal healthcare and veterinary phytotherapy is again a main topic of the 65th GA Congress. For the first time we will have a one-day Pre-Congress Symposium on Sunday 3rd September, organised by the GA-networking group on medicinal plants and natural products in animal healthcare and veterinary medicine (, in collaboration with the veterinary section of the Swiss Medicinal Society for Phytotherapy (SMGP) (

An international industrial exhibition with companies presenting herbal feed additives, veterinary drugs and health care products for animals will be held during the Pre-Congress Symposium.

In the Pre-Congress Symposium and in the Congress are opportunities for short lectures and poster presentations.

Our networking group is based on this scientific exchange.

We invite you to submit high quality scientific abstracts addressing veterinary  phytopharmacology, ethnoveterinary medicine, clinical uses of natural products and herbal drugs in animals, and plant derived feed additives.


8:30 – 9:10 Registration
9:10 – 9:15 Welcome
9:15 – 10:30 Recent challenges in veterinary pharmacotherapy – could medicinal plants be an option?
Hanspeter Nägeli, Zürich, Switzerland
Johanna Fink-Gremmels, Uetrecht, The Netherlands
10.30 – 11.15 Coffee Break, Posters, and Industrial Exhibition
11.15 – 12.30 Science and practice of veterinary phytotherapy
Keynote Lecture
Medicinal plants for chronic diseases of small animals
Barbara Fourgère, Rozelle, AustraliaInvited Short Lecture
How to gather practise based evidence? – The “Idialoog System” for accessing efficacy of herbal remedies.
Maria Groot, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Contributed Lecture 1
Plant extracts and isolated compounds that are as active as commercial acaricides in controlling ticks in vitro and in vivo
Eloff Jacobus 1, Nyahangare Emmanuel 2, Mvumi Brighton 2, Adenubi Olubukola 1, Naidoo Vinny 1, McGaw Lyndy 1
Phytomedicine Programme Faculty of Vetrinary Science University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, 2 University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Contributed Short Lecture 2
Ethnoveterinary herb use in the Netherlands – between ethnobotany and zoopharmacognosy
van Asseldonk Tedje, Lans Cheryl, Kleijer Gerdien
Institute for Ethnobotany and Zoopharmacognosy (IEZ), Beek, Netherlands
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch-Break, Posters, and Industrial Exhibition
14.00 – 15.15 Ethnoveterinary Medicine
Keynote Lecture
Use and dosing of homemade herbal remedies – fits Swiss farmers knowledge in recent pharmaceutical science?
Michael Walkenhorst, Frick, Switzerland and Matthias Melzig, Berlin, Germany
Invited Short Lecture
Plants used in animal care – practices of farmers in India
Nithya Gothge, Pune, India
Contributed Short Lecture 3
The benefits of employing saponin-rich plants as feed additives in cattle
Mendel Marta, Chłopecka Magdalena
Warsaw University of Life Sciences Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Warsaw, Poland
15.15 – 15.45 Coffee Break, Posters, and Industrial Exhibition
15.45 – 17.00 Animal Self Medication
Keynote Lecture
What could we learn from monkeys for the maintenance of domestic and zoo animals health?
Mike Huffman, Kyoto, Japan
Invited Short Lecture
Are horses able to choose the right remedy – a practise report
Sabine Vollstedt, Bockholt-Hanredder, Germany