Meet Julia Ledger-Muennich
Dr. med. vet. Julia Ledger-Muennich Veterinary Surgeon, MRCVS
Graduating as a veterinary practitioner from the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, I completed the practical examinations for my thesis ´Ultrasonograhic examination of the equine mammary gland, a contribution to improving the examination of the mare’s udder’ in the Clinic for Horses in Kerken, Wachtendonk. This is a 46-box clinic with outstanding surgical facilities, specialising in colic surgery and orthopaedics. Here I worked exclusively on night duties looking after the inpatients, particularly the intensive care stable, involving both post surgical care as well as conservative treatment.
I gained broad experience in general equine practice where my case load was mostly first opinion ambulatory work but included lameness workups with nerve and intra-articular blocks, gastroscopies, bronchoscopies as well as anaesthetics for the hospitalised patients.
Over the years I found that traditional veterinary practice did not always improve the patients to my satisfaction, leading me further afield to explore acupuncture and chiropractic practice. I was looking for treatments not to replace, but to actively complement, the traditional veterinary methods. I subsequently found that a more comprehensive and wide-ranging approach to animal wellbeing was providing better results for my patients, so I opened up my own practice to include equine and canine chiropractic and veterinary acupuncture treatment. This created a happy medium offering a more holistic approach to animal wellbeing backed up by my veterinary qualification and broad experience.
This proved to be such a successful combination that I now solely focus on chiropractic and veterinary acupuncture with herbal treatment at my practice, while keeping up to date with the latest developments in conventional medicine through my Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) accredited work at four-star events supporting my patients up to Olympic standard.
I have undergone extensive training to offer a comprehensive solution to my patients in terms of holistic animal care.
I have been certified in animal chiropractic since 2008, following a one-year course.
I studied acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine in some depth, qualifying as a veterinary acupuncturist in 2011.
I am a certified Tui Na practitioner in Chinese manipulative therapy, a manual therapy to complement the chiropractic and bodywork. It is one of the four pillars of traditional Chinese Medicine: acupuncture; food therapy; herbs; Tui Na.
I am a Certified Chinese Veterinary Herbalist, following a two-year course, which is accredited by the World Association of Traditional Veterinary Chinese Medicine (WATCVM).
I am waiting for my final accreditation from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) as a Certified Traditional Chinese Veterinary Herbalist. This course will further build on my previously completed Chinese herbal course knowledge.
I also have Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) veterinary accreditation that allows me to work as a FEI Permitted Treating Veterinarian at FEI events, where I have worked at Badminton Horse Trials, Burghley Horse Trials and the CHIO in Aachen, Germany.