It's time for this conference on equitherapy; Horses, Healthcare & Science

Speciaal Onderwijs1 2016

About one and a half year ago, Nicole Kien of LS&H Lawyers, a Rotterdam law agency dedicated to Life Science & Health sector, together with general director of the EC's Fred Rozendaal, developed the idea to organize the conference Horses, Healthcare & Science. In her daily job Nicole often experiences that innovative medical treatments such as equitherapy are not accepted as medical treatment because people have sincere doubts about the effectiveness. That's also why it's not covered by the health insurance in the Netherlands.

“Very often involved parties sneer somewhat about swimming with dolphins but there is no acceptance of the proven effectiveness of such treatments with animals," says Nicole. "There is so much scientific research all around the world which proofs that equitherapy is a justified and succesful treatment for many patients. This research however is fragmented and spread over the world which makes it difficult to use. That for me is the primary reason to bring all these scientists together and than the largest equestrian event ever organized in Rotterdam is a unique place to meet. We want this conference to make information from applied science available and approachable for i.e. the patient, therapists and other professionals in medical and equestrian environment, decision makers at the government and health insurance, as well as family and relatives of people who need such care. And for me personally it's not only a business reason to organize this conference. Horses, care and science are my passion. I'm extremely proud that we have such a large programme. We discuss equitherpay from all sights, the patient, the doctor, horse well being and health care system. As far as I know this never was presented this way before!"

The conference Horses, Healthcare & Science: Connected by Horsepower is on Saturday August 24 during the Longines FEI European Championships Jumping, Dressage and Para-Dressage Rotterdam 2019. More information on the programme, speakers and tickets you will find here :

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