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If you are looking for a veterinary acupuncturist in your area please call us on 01606 786782 and we will advise.

Welcome to the ABVA

The Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists was formed in 1987, as a result of a growing interest in acupuncture by veterinary surgeons in the UK.

The aims of the Association are:

  • To further the research and teaching of veterinary acupuncture through an organised programme of continuing education.
  • To encourage the safe and competent use of acupuncture in veterinary medicine.
  • To ensure that animal owners in the UK may contact veterinary acupuncturists from a credible source.

The ABVA maintains standards of education, ethics, practice and discipline to ensure the health and wellbeing of animals in the UK. It provides a basic standard for the clinical application and integration of this ancient - yet progressive - medicine into veterinary practice.

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Date: 6/7th OCT and 3/4th NOV 2016
Location: Warwickshire College
Price: £1200 (or £1000 if booked and paid for up to 6 weeks in advance.)

The Foundation Course is primarily a practical one for veterinary surgeons who are new to acupuncture or those who wish to refresh their knowledge.

Experience in point finding and needling in various species will be gained from animal acupuncture demonstrations provided when indicated, especially dogs and horses. Videos are shown. Safety issues in humans and animals are explained. A tuition in the science of acupuncture is given over 3 days and the basic traditional concepts of Chinese Medicine and acupuncture is covered on the 4th day. Those delegates who wish to be needled or needle others are invited to do so. Notes are provided. A full programme is available on request.

The information we give you stands firmly on a Western clinical diagnosis and an understanding of acupuncture's neurophysiological mechanisms; but to broaden your experience we would like to introduce you to some of the historical and traditional concepts from which this ancient form of medicine evolved. It takes four days to give you the information you need to start practising acupuncture safely and competently for the relief of a broad range of conditions. On completion of the Foundation course you will be entitled to a years free membership to the ABVA.


Date: 23-24TH May 2016
Location: Langford Veterinary Services, Bristol
Price: Information to come

Information to come


Date: 13th/14th June 2016
Location: Langford Veterinary Services, Bristol
Price: Information to come

Location: Langford Veterinary Services, Bristol

Price: Information to follow

Keeping your dog fit and active sports medicine not just for the athlete but for every young dog that does not want to be a couch potato

Time is running out to book your place on Lowri Davies' fantastic Sporting Dog course, taking place on 13th/14th June at Langford Veterianary Services near Bristol. This course has proved to be very popular previously and has received some great reviews.

Take a look at the course programme below:

  • Functional Assessment of the Canine Athlete Lecture/Practical
    Focus on the assessment of the patient from the perspective of athletic performance. Look at how to assess balance and coordination within the individual and how conformation can affect performance. Explore ancillary diagnostic tools such as video analysis and pressure mat systems.
  • Common Injuries of the Sporting Dog and their Management
    A cute and chronic injuries and how movement patterns can predispose to injury long term. We will consider the precursors to common injuries such as illiopsoas strain, lumbar pain and shoulder joint instability, then look at management options for these conditions.
  • The Myofascia and Movement
    Cover the anatomy of fascia and consider its critical role in movement.
  • Acupuncture Meridians and Fascial Lines - Are there any Comparisons?
    Look at the parallels between acupuncture channels and the fascial lines within the body. Explore fascial/channel pathology and how palpation can assist with deriving an appropriate acupuncture formula. 
  • Nutrition and Laboratory Analysis of the Canine Athlete
    Look at what laboratory tests are appropriate in the management of dogs in training and how the information can again assist with refining our choice of acupuncture points. We will also briefly cover the nutrition essentials for a performance dog.
  • Rehabilitation and Training What
    Role Does Acupuncture Have? Which point do we chose? Can the dog's constitution affect our choice of points? This lecture will aim to move the practitioner away from a reliance on trigger points alone when treating the canine athlete.
  • How do Athletes Manage Pain?
    A brief review of pain pathways will be followed by a look at nociception, pain and how they differ. It will also consider how individuals manage their pain differently.
  • How Common Sporting Disciplines can Predispose to Pathology 
    Different disciplines such as agility and obedience place different stresses and strain on the body. By understanding this we can improve our diagnosis and management.

To join us for two days of great learning and practical sessions, click the button below and book now!


Date: 22 - 24 September 2016
Location: Venue: The Ripon Spa Hotel, Park Street, Ripon HG4 2BU Tel 01765 602172 practicals will be held at: Bishopton Veterinary Practice, Mill Farm, Studley Road, Ripon HG4 2QR
Price: £750 for 3 days.

This is 3 day course incorporates lectures with practical demonstrations and lab work and is designed as a great introduction to Equine Acupuncture.


The instructors are DG von Schweinitz and AJ Macdonald

Day 1
Brief history
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and Western
Medical Acupuncture
Equine charts and points
Art & Science, Evidence based medicine and Equine Acupuncture Literature
Palpation Labs(human)

Day 2
Acupuncture physiology
- Local and Spinal
- Central:Limbic system, opioids and autonomics
- Electro-Acupuncture introduction
Myofascial pain syndrome and Myofascial Trigger Points
Equine Labs

Day 3
Poor performance with uncertain diagnosis
Thermography cases
Visceral disease treatment
Equine Labs

Please note that if you have already attended the ABVA 4 day foundation course, days 1 and 2 of the Equine acupuncture Introduction are optional and individual days can booked at £250.



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