The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
Visit conference.ava.com.au to register.    To download a pdf file of the entire program click here.
Wednesday, May 16 • 10:30am - 11:00am
Are you what you eat? Herbal medicine and the microbiome

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Herbal medicine emerged from the co-evolution of animals, plants and microorganisms. The relationship between the gastrointestinal tract and health has been recognised by traditional medical systems for thousands of years. Western herbal medicine acknowledges the significance of the extensive innervation of the gastrointestinal tract and the relationship between the gut and central nervous system by calling the gut the 'second brain'. Research confirms the importance of the gut microbiome and the impact of dysbiosis on the immune, central nervous and cardiovascular systems. Many plant constituents require metabolism by the gut microbiome to form active secondary metabolites which are absorbed across the gut wall. Diet, especially soluble and insoluble fibre intake may be adjusted to modify the gut microbiome.


Megan Kearney

Dr Megan Kearney is an integrative veterinary surgeon and Medical Herbalist. She runs a veterinary hospital and practice for people in Bangalow, Northern NSW. She sees a wide range of species including companion animals, horses, livestock, exotics and wildlife. Megan was inspired... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Plaza P2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre