Raw Feeding Veterinary Society Conference

Nov 10, 2018 at 09:00 — 17:00 (GMT)

Our 5th international conference is open to all vets, vet nurses, vet techs and student vets and nurses/technicians.

This year, we meet at Manchester Airport to facilitate transport from all over the world as we hope to welcome many of our overseas members.

Your ticket will include a good, hot lunch with vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and meat options,(Please e mail enquiries@rfvs.info before 1st November if you have any serious allergies so we can let the chef know)

For the first time, we have a few places available for paraprofessionals such as nutritionists, behaviourists, trainers and keen pet shop owners.  These will be made available in September.

Here is our excellent line up of speakers, in alphabetical order:

Dr. Ian Billinghurst
An overview of the science showing cancer to be a mitochondrial/metabolic disease… one disease… not 200 or more as we currently believe. 

Dr. Ian Billinghurst BVSc (Hons) BScAgr Dip Ed
Nutritionist, Agricultural Scientist, Veterinary Surgeon, Acupuncturist, Author, Lecturer, Nutritional Consultant and Formulator/Producer of Raw Pet Foods.

Dr. Billinghurst currently consults on evolutionary nutrition, conducts clinical and literature research into nutrition, writes and lectures on evolutionary nutrition and acupuncture and for the last ten years has produced his own brand of Pet Foods – Dr. B’s BARF. These frozen raw pet foods are based on Evolutionary principles of nutrition; they are formulated to be affordable and suitable for all stages of life and are available throughout Australia, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Dr. Billinghurst is currently developing a range of raw food diets (based on evolutionary principles), designed specifically to deal with a wide range of degenerative diseases, including allergies, skin problems, arthritis, all the common pancreatic problems, the various IBD’s, seizures and other neurodegenerative conditions, renal problems, hepatic disease, cardiac problems… etc.… and of course – cancer.

Ian is spoken of as the father (or even Godfather) of raw food feeding, along with Tom Lonsdale, having woken the world up, in the 1980s and 1990s, to the problems with kibble feeding and the benefits of raw species appropriate food — culminating in his first and still most widely read book… "Give Your Dog a Bone”.

When we asked him to come, he jumped at the offer. Ian will speak about diet and cancer. He now dedicates much of his time to explaining why we must understand cancer as a disease with mitochondrial/metabolic origins… a disease of impaired oxidative phosphorylation. He will talk about the research which demonstrates that ketogenesis and calorie restriction — in the context of a raw… species appropriate diet — MUST become our primary modality — “No matter what else we do!” — if we are to defeat cancer.

We are delighted and honoured to have him with us for the day.

Dr. Conor Brady 
Studies Supporting Raw Food Feeding
'There is not a single study where dry fed dogs were compared to a control group of dogs (ones fed a biologically appropriate raw meat and bone diet) where dry food fared better. I'm sure about this. 
"When authors do investigate the benefits of fresh food or a meat and bone diet to dogs, the studies thus far, have always been favourable towards their inclusion and, vitally, not a single one against".

Dr. Conor Brady's background includes a doctorate studying the effects of diet on animal behaviour and five years in Guide Dogs (Ireland and Australia) as a trainer and Pup Supervisor. For the last six years he has been neck deep in canine nutrition, conducting international nutritional seminars for vets, canine professionals and public alike.

"I’m a dedicated advocate and blogger on all things nutrition and natural health and I’m proud father to Dudley, a slightly odd black and white Cocker Spaniel. What he lacks in brains and grace he makes up for with determination (though to be fair this could apply to the both of us)".

Here's a video of Conor on The Dragon's Den from 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=JdMVYvBF2XA

Conor is possibly the most enthusiastic advocate of raw food feeding on the planet. His work is rigorously research based. To have Conor and his encyclopedic knowledge of the literature on species-appropriate pet nutrition will be an asset to our conference.

Alex German
Fat, Carbs and Obesity in Pet Animals

Professor Alex German BVSc(Hons) PhD CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Medicine (Internal Medicine) and EBVS® European Specialist in Small Animal (Internal Medicine)

Alex holds the position of Royal Canin Professor of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Liverpool. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Bristol and, after spending two years in mixed practice, returned to Bristol to undertake a PhD in mucosal immunology, and then a residency in small animal internal medicine. He is a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist in Internal Medicine, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His clinical and research interests include comparative obesity biology, ageing, preventing chronic disease, gastroenterology, and evidence-based veterinary medicine.

Alex requested to come along to discuss these controversial issues. He changed his commitments that weekend especially to come and speak. We are very pleased indeed to be able to welcome Alex to discuss these issues in the light our experiences and reading in raw food nutrition.

Dr. Mark Roberts 
The Instinctive Diet of the Domestic Dog and the Impact this has on Health-related Markers in Comparison to a Standard Dry Commercial Food.

Dr. Mark Roberts PhD, Institute of Vet, Animal & Biomedical Science 
College of Sciences, Massey University, New Zealand.

Here he is presenting his thesis at the Three Minute Thesis presentation in 2016: 

Dr. Roberts is a rare breed of researcher. He races huskies in New Zealand, all fed raw food. He is head of nutrition at K9 Natural, a kiwi pet food company offering raw frozen, freeze dried, canned and other food for dogs and cats and he has just completed his PhD in raw food research. He is keen to present his work, his research and his practical dog feeding experiences with us. We are thrilled to welcome Mark all the way from New Zealand.

Jonathan Self 
Novel research in Raw Food Feeding Dogs
Jonathan will present new work he and the team at Honey's have been working on for the last few years. He assures us the work is rigorous and surprisingly supportive of raw food feeding. 

Jonathan Self is a journalist, researcher, author, educator and entrepreneur. He is one of the founders of Honey's Real Dog Food and a former trustee of the World Land Trust.

Jonathan and his business partner, Vicky Marshall, have published two books on canine nutrition - The Natural Feeding Handbook and The Lucky Dog Weight Loss Plan. He started Honey’s because he and Vicky were passionate about raw feeding, working dogs and farm animal welfare (Jonathan is a pig farmer turned vegetarian). They strive for top quality products with a robust ethical concern.

Jonathan has spoken before at our conferences. His enthusiasm to present his new work won us over, and we are pleased to give him a platform to present his fascinating work.

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