hybrid Congress 
7th to 9th of June 2024
Congress language: english
participation: in person or online

Intro (video)

Accreditation by the Society of Swiss Veterianarians (GST):
Friday: 7 hours
Saturday: 7 hours
Sunday: 4 hours

Congress 2024

Location Friday / Saturday

The congress will take place at Versuchs-Stollen Hagerbach: https://hagerbach.ch (Test-Tunnel)
Adress: Versuchs-Stollen Hagerbach, Polistrasse 1, CH-8893 Flums
Parking: Enough parking spaces are available.
Dogs: Dogs are allowed in the tunnels and are welcome.
Please only bring your dogs if there is no other accommodation possible.

This is how you will find the Versuchs-Stollen Hagerbach
Arriving by public transport
From Zurich mainstation:
IC3 train direction Chur, get off at the stop SARGANS and change to bus number 441 direction Flums, get off at the Stop HEILIGKREUZ RAGNATSCH, from there it is a 9 min walk by foot up the road to the Versuchs-Stollen
Arriving by private transport
From Zurich: motorway A3 direction CHUR, take exit nr 49 FLUMS, then the road direction Flums, after approx. 7 km turn left onto Polistrasse

Impressions of the rooms 1 2 3

Event location Sunday-Program

All workshops are held at the Eichengut facility in Maienfeld (equestrian sports centre / rooms for dogs).

Registration still possible
Details of the location:      eichengut.ch
How to find the location:  google-Maps

Detailed daily program

FridaySaturdaySunday (Workshop)

Workshop Dog

Prof. Martin Fischer and Dr. med. vet Daniel Koch will take part in the plenary event with the basic theme “how much and how should the young dog move”. The “Gangwerk Development” study serves as the basis.
The whole thing is supplemented with the analysis of individual dogs on the Canidgait®.
This will be the basis for profitable interdisciplinary discussions.
Afterwards we give interested owners and their dogs the option of an analysis on the Canidgait® with individual coaching from an animal physiotherapist.
Participation in person or online. Workshop will be hold in german.
extraordinary registration

Workshop Horse

Russell MacKechnie-Guire, PhD in Equine Biomechanics, graduate of the Royal Veterinary College, will hold a plenary session on the Horse-saddle-rider interaction: understanding the complexities.
For this we need 2 riders with horses who make themselves available for these analyses and discussions.
Afterwards, it is also planned to offer other rider-horse couples the chance for an analysis by Russell MacKechnie-Guire. 
The workshop will be hold in english. Participation in person or online.
extraordinary registration

Price congress 2024 (in CHF)


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SVTPT-Members (10%)

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 Commited speaker

Anna Boström BSc (PT)
MSc Vet Physio, PhD

Anna is a physiotherapist working in animal physiotherapy. She is based at the Helsinki University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Helsinki, Finland, where she is working both with clinical patients and in research. Anna holds a PgDip/MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy from the Royal Veterinary College in London and she has completed her PhD at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki in 2018 on the topic “Evaluation of epaxial muscle structure in dogs with spinal disease.” Besides the work with clinical patients, Anna continues her research in the FaunaFysio research group at the Department of Equine and Small Animal Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki. She is the supervisor of two PhD students. Her special research interests are back muscle structure and function in dogs with spinal disease and the increasing physical demands in agility. On clinics Anna works both in the small animal and equine hospital, treating orthopedic, neurological, internal medicine and critical care patients.

Wolfgang Fasser (CH)

Qualified physiotherapist SRK, MMACP, Qualified. music therapist, SFMT, MAS clinical music therapy
Wolfgang Fasser works in the field of physiotherapy and music therapy with children and adults in private practice and in cooperation with clinics. He is a lecturer and organizer for seminars and post-graduate teachings in the medical, pedagogic, therapeutic and rehabilitative field. As well lecturer on conferences and workshops in Switzerland, Germany and Italy. Supervisor for music-therapists and physiotherapists. Collaboration in the music therapy project for children ’il Trillo’ in Poppi, Italy.
Regular teacher for the development of physiotherapy services in government and non-government institutions in Lesotho.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Martin S. Fischer (DE)

Evolutionary biologist and canine scientist.
Prof. Dr. Martin S. Fischer is a renowned expert and scientist whose work is groundbreaking in various scientific disciplines. His research projects are of great importance to the medical and biological community and have the potential to revolutionize understanding and application in these fields.
Prof. Dr. Fischer will speak about his latest study project “GangWerkEntwicklung”.

Dr. Lesley Goff (AUS)

Dr Lesley Goff is a Musculoskeletal and Animal Physiotherapist, practising in Queensland, Australia and has completed masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Exercise and Sports Science and Animal Physiotherapy as well as PhD on the Kinematics and Morphology of the Equine Sacroiliac Joint. In addition to running her private clinic where she treats horses, dogs and humans, Lesley is an Adjunct Research Fellow, University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science.
Lesley has published her research in various scientific journals, contributed to a number of animal rehabilitation and sport medicine textbooks and special publications, and is co-editor of the “Animal Physiotherapy – Assessment Treatment and Rehabilitation of Animals (2nd edition, 2016)”.
Lesley’s special areas of interest in clinical practice are the equine lumbo-pelvic region and the integration of horse and rider in performance as well as tendinopathy management in all species.

Aagje Hardeman DVM, PhD, IVCA-cert. chiropractor

Aagje Hardeman (1986) graduated from Utrecht University in 2012, as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Afterwards, she did the BackBone Academy in Germany, to become a certified equine chiropractor.
In 2014, she moved to Germany to work at Tierklinik Lüsche, one of the biggest referral clinics in Europe, where she has been part of the orthopaedic and rehabilitation team. Simultaneously, she did her PhD, supervised by Prof. Dr. Rene van Weeren (Utrecht) and Prof. Dr. Lars Roepstorff (Uppsala). Her entire PhD was focussed on the clinical application of quantitative gait analysis in horses. She defended her dissertation in 2021 at Utrecht University.
After moving back to the Netherlands, she started her own business DataHorse, which focusses on the clinical implication of quantitative gait analysis in several clinics and practices, as well as for individual patients.

Dr. Adrian Harrison (DK)

Curo acoustic EMG System

Associate Proffesor and Lecturer in Animal Production Physiology at the Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences, Copenhagen University. Adrian is trained in agriculture, biochemistry & nutrition as well as possessing a D.Phil. in physiology from Cambridge University. His main research interest has been muscle, first at the level of porcine muscle development, later with isolated rat muscle contraction, and clinical studies of muscle function and weakness. Adrian´s research also covers intestinal function, GI tract motility, bone density and palaeo-biomedicine. Adrian is the inventor of acoustic myography and has published more than 140 scientific publications

Dr. Kirsten Häusler (DE)

Dr. Kirsten Häusler studied agricultural biology with a focus on ethology (animal behavior) at the University of Hohenheim and also received her doctorate in this subject. She then earned her degree as a “Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner” from the University of Tennessee, USA.
She is passionate about animals and especially their welfare and rehabilitation after operations and/or joint diseases. Today she makes use of her extensive knowledge from behavioral research and veterinary medicine and successfully combines them with animal physiotherapy methods to achieve the best rehabilitation results for her patients.
Kirsten Häussler is a member of the gait development project.

Dr. Heli Hyytiäinen (FI)

Heli graduated as a physiotherapist in January 2000 and did her Finnish specialization studies in Animal Physiotherapy in 2003, after which she has worked only with animal clients. She graduated as a Master of Science in Veterinary Physiotherapy from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012, and finalized her PhD in 2015. 17 years ago she started, and has since further developed, the physiotherapy department at the Helsinki University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, working with both, small animals and horses. She is also the consulting physiotherapist for a private equine clinic. Currently she works as a clinical lecturer at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki. She is the leader of research group FaunaFysio, providing research and evidence based information to the animal physiotherapy community. She is also a lecturer at the University of Liverpool Master of Science in Veterinary Physiotherapy programme.

Dr. med. vet. Daniel Koch (CH)

Dr med. vet Daniel Koch is a respected expert and scientist who impresses with his in-depth knowledge and passion for veterinary medicine. His many years of clinical experience and his innovative approaches have led to significant advances in animal health. He is committed to the training of veterinarians and animal physiotherapists.

Dr. Russell MacKechnie-Guire (GB)

Russell MacKechnie-Guire holds a PhD in Equine Biomechanics, graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 2019. Russell’s thesis was titled ‘The Relationship between Saddle and Rider Kinematics, Equine Locomotion, and Thoracolumbar Pressures in Sports Horses’. Russell is based at Centaur Biomechanics, a company which he founded in 2006. He has extensively researched the effects of tack (saddle, bridle, and girth) and the rider on equine health and performance. Russell holds a position at Hartpury University as a Lecturer in Equine Biomechanics. Russell’s current area of research is horse-saddle-rider interaction, spinal kinematics in horses when ridden over ground, the effect of rider asymmetry on equine back movement, and from a rehabilitation perspective, the effect of training aids and pole work exercise on back movement. In addition, Russell collaborates with researchers on various research projects related to equine health, rehabilitation, and performance. Russell is a consultant for the British Equestrian Federations World Class, Team GBR program and is a member of Team GBR’s Scientific Advisory Group. Russell is also a member of the Society of Master Saddlers Scientific Advisory Group and serves on the executive committee for the International Task force on Laterality in Sports Horses. Russell is also a Pilates teacher, Intrinsic (Human) Biomechanics trainer, a BHSI equestrian coach, and a keen competitor in dressage and show jumping

Carrie Smith (CA)
BScPT, CCRT, CAFCI, Cert. Sport Physio, Cert. Gunn IMS

• Owner of Kemptville Canine Centre (Ottawa, ON, Canada)
• Graduated from the University of Western Ontario 1985
• Physiotherapist for the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team (1996-98), Canadian Men’s Rugby Team (2007-2012)
• Canine Rehab Therapist for the Canadian World Agility Open Team (2018-present)

Dr.Katja Söhnel (DE)

She studied biomedical engineering in Bachelor of science (2013) and Master of Science (2016) at the Technical University of Ilmenau. She did her PhD at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena (Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Martin S. Fischer) about biomechanics in dog sport agility (2021). Currently she is working at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena (Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Martin S. Fischer) in a dog puppy project “GangWerkEntwicklung”.
Her interests are in biomechanics of dogs’ locomotion, objective gait analysis, dynamics/ kinetic, kinematic.

Prof. Dr.Vibeke Sødring Elbrønd

Vibeke Sødring Elbrønd graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Copenhagen, and has a PhD in Anatomy and Physiology. She is an Associate Professor in Anatomy at the Veterinary Faculty, Copenhagen University at Department of Veterinary and Animal Science. In 2007 she was certified in Veterinary Chiropractic and since then her research field has focused on biomechanics, functional anatomy, fasciae/myofascia, locomotion system and full body integration. She has been lecturing at several conferences, courses, educations and workshops in this topic. She continued on an education in Veterinary Acupuncture and was certified by IVAS in 2017. Later on, Osteopathic based normalization techniques was included. Besides the University she runs a small praxis where she treats cats, dogs and horses using manual therapies such as fasciae and myofascial release and treatments, chiropractic, indirect methods, laser therapy and acupuncture treatments.

Prof. Dr. med. vet. Ingrid Vervuert (DE)

Diplomate in Animal Nutrition and Dietetics
Temporary head of the Institute of Animal Nutrition, Nutrition Diseases and Dietetics University of Leipzig
I did my doctoral degree in Animal Nutrition. I am a diplomate in Animal Nutrition and Dietetics. Currently, I am in charge of the entire spectrum of teaching and research in our institute. In addition I am the head of the nutritional consultation service for veterinarians and animal holders. I have a special degree in didactics which is embedded in the “Zertifikationsprogramm” of Leipzig University. My research area is focused on obesity in equines and other animals. Furthermore, I am involved in research to prevent gastric ulcers in animals with special interests in the equine. In addition, a current project focus on the impact of pyrrolizidine alkaloids in compound feeds for horses.
In June 2019 I have been appointed as a professor.

Ansi van der Walt

Ansi van der Walt is a veterinary physiotherapist from Johannesburg, South Africa. Ansi has been in practice since 2001, and runs her own physiotherapy practice, treating mainly dogs, but also some horses, cats and exotic animals. She is currently pursuing her PhD in pain management through the University of Cape Town.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zentek (DE)

Dr. Jürgen Zentek has been Professor of Animal Nutrition at the Free University of Berlin since 2005, and is also a member of the VDH’s Scientific Advisory Board for Breeding and Research.The scientist obtained his university teaching qualification at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover in 1994. After being appointed associate professor in 1999, Prof. Dr. Zentek moved to the British University of Bristol in 2000 for a twelve-month research stay. Afterwards, he worked for about four years in Vienna, where he took over the endowed professorship of Clinical Animal Nutrition.Prof. Dr. Zentek’s special interests and fields of work are nutritional and dietary questions, as well as questions of the pathogenesis of nutrition-related diseases, feeding effects on the intestinal flora and the intestinal immune system. He also specialises in clinical nutrition of dogs and cats with internal problems. He is currently working at the Free University of Berlin. His main areas of expertise are:
– Feed additives
– laboratory analytics
– Micro- and molecular biology
– Probiotics and prebiotics
– animal nutrition

CanidGait® – Gait analysis measurement system for diagnostics, therapy and rehabilitation

The instrumented zebris treadmill and platform systems CanidGait®
The easy analysis and documentation of gait abnormalities in dogs
The CanidGait® treadmill and platform systems bring the many years of experience of zebris Medical GmbH in the field of biomechanical gait analysis to the world of veterinary medicine. Without further preparation, a complete assessment of the walking behavior of dogs can be carried out in just a few minutes.
The easy-to-use computer evaluation software provides – after an automatic or manual allocation of the limbs – scientifically based and valid gait parameters.

Markerless lameness diagnostics on your phone

Scientifically validated gait analysis in the Sleip app

Sleip combines video with precise equine biomechanic data points. The data captured and processed is displayed in user-friendly graphics directly on your phone.

Kristin Dean
Emma Mathlin 

Founded by Kristin Dean and Emma Mathlin, Equimotion is an Australian company providing physiotherapy, rehabilitation and biomechanics for horse and rider. Equimotion is driven by a commitment to advancing the well-being of horses, with a strong clinical focus on education and exercise prescription. Born out of a desire to advance the field of equine rehabilitation and educate the equine industry of the importance of tailored, evidence-based exercise programs, they developed EQ Active, an exercise prescription software platform tailored for equine practitioners.
Alongside their human physiotherapy degrees, Kristin completed the Australian Physiotherapy Association animal physiotherapy certification and a postgraduate certification in equine rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee. Emma completed a postgraduate masters in animal physiotherapy through the University of Queensland and a masters in exercise & sports science through the University of Sydney. Both are international wellknown speakers. 

About the organization


The SVTPT is the official professional organization of animal physiotherapists and is recognized by the Swiss Physiotherapy Association physioswiss and the Society of Swiss Veterinarians GST. It offers the federally subsidized preparatory course for the higher professional examination HFP to become an animal physiotherapist with a federal diploma, the additional training for animal physiotherapy. The recognition of the HFP by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, SBFI took place in December 2008 and thus the profession Animal Physiotherapist with Federal Diploma is a regulated, officially recognized profession.
The association aims to promote the professional education and training of its members and to ensure the quality of animal physiotherapy as well as to represent the professional and economic interests of its members to the outside world. In order to retain the title, the therapists are obliged to attend regular further training courses. As specialists, animal physiotherapists make an important contribution to the health of the animal and to interdisciplinary cooperation in animal health.


Dear Speakers

We very much look forward to organising three very interesting days with the theme „animal physiotherapy“. In order to enable us to present a versatile, interesting and attractive program, we are reliant on your factual contributions. Please create a true to the practice animal physiotherapy workshop or hold a factual presentation about a related topic. You can also hold an introductory about a scientific project known to you, or create a poster. Grab the chance to provide the visitors with a view to your practice, your projects and your scientific work that involves the theme „animal physiotherapy“. This is your chance to actively participate in the second international convention for animal physiotherapy in Switzerland.


 This hybrid congress is aimed at qualified and interested persons in the field of animal physiotherapy:

– Animal physiotherapists

– Veterinarians

– Related occupations (branches of the veterinary medicine, osteopathy,
  saddlers, blacksmith etc.)

Modes of presentation

– The following modes of presentation are possible:

– Presentation (30 minutes speech + 15 minutes A & Q) in person or online

Kindly make a suggestion to your preferred mode of presentation.

Submission of abstracts

An abstract in the following category can be submitted with regards to the theme:

– Scientific project

– Project related to the practice

– Submission until the 30th August 2023

Layout abstract

Scientific project:
– Title, Back-ground, Question / Objective, Method, Results, Conclusion
Projects related to the practice (even unconcluded / open projects):
– Back-ground, description of project, evaluation, recommendations
– Short presentation (self-explanitory)


Contact us

Schweizerischer Verband für Tierphysiotherapie SVTPT
CH-8192 Steinmaur