ABVA Spring Scientific Meeting 2017

Date: 25 March 2017

Location: MacDonald Burlington Hotel, Birimingham, B2 4JQ

Price: ABVA members £120, Non-members £140

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'The Painful Truth'

For 2017, we are very lucky to have Lowri Davies as our guest speaker.  Lowri's lectures will help us to review how we understand the pathophysiology and psychology of pain and how we can use our acupuncture skills to get the best results from our treatment. She will also provide a practical demonstration on fascial release using one of the ABVA Council Members as a live model. 

In the afternoon, Lowri will join a panel to discuss cases presented in advance by delegates. If you have a case that is puzzling you, this is a great opportunity to get some advice from some leading acupuncturists, as well as your ABVA colleagues.

As usual, the Spring Meeting will end with the 2017 ABVA Annual General Meeting. All members are encouraged to attend and get involved in the Association's work.

All delegates are invited to join us for dinner at one of Birmingham's top Chinese restaurants on the evening of Friday 24th March. The cost is £25 per head and places can be reserved when booking the course.  In the past, this evening has proved to be a great night of scientific (and not so scientific) discussion in an informal setting with some great food. There is a tradition developing of continuing these discussions further into the evening over a drink or two  . . . 



9:00 - Registration and Coffee

9.30 - 10.30

It’s all in the mind - how can we use psychology to manage pain and improve treatment outcomes?

Look at different psychological profiles of chronic pain patients and how this can be integrated into clinical practice to refine our acupuncture point selection and technique.

10.30 - 11.00

Pain, Fascia and acupuncture meridians - a practical approach

Review the pathophysiology of chronic pain and consider why it often remains refractory to pharmacological management but often responds well to acupuncture. 

11.00 - 11.30 - Coffee

11.30 - 12.00

 Pain, Fascia and Acupuncture II

A practical demonstration on a willing volunteer. Using a member of the ABVA Council, Lowri will demonstrate practical fascial release and - if time allows- body art in a few of the fascial lines to show how they mirror acupuncture lines. 

12.00 - 13.00

When the drugs stop working what else can we do?  

13:00-14:00 - LUNCH

14:00 - 15:30  

Acupuncture Case Forum

Delegates are invited to submit details of interesting and challenging cases for discussion with Lowri and Dietrich von Schweinitz, along with your ABVA colleagues (please submit case info in advance if possible).


HorsePower Review

Every year, the ABVA sponsors an equine CPD extravaganza involving a bunch of experts and a host of locations and all on two wheels. Dietrich brings us a review of this year's adventure.

16:00 - 17:00

ABVA Annual General Meeting

All members are invited and encouraged to join us for our AGM. Find out what's been happening, what's in the pipeline, and tell us what you think!

Lowri Davies BVSc DipACVSMR MRCVS CertVetAc (IVAS) ABVA CCRP graduated from Bristol Veterinary School in 1992. She is founder and director of the SMART Veterinary Clinics, specialist rehabilitation and sports medicine clinics based in South Wales but with a UK wide client base. She has a postgraduate qualification in Veterinary Acupuncture awarded by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and she gained her CCRP accreditation in 2005.  She is past president of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists and is currently president of the British Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine association.   Lowri is a member of the International Association for the Study of pain, the NOI (neuro-orthopaedic institute) and associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine.  She has lectured internationally on rehabilitation and sports medicine including developing and teaching the rehabilitation elective programme at Murdoch University. Lowri has contributed to numerous publications on rehabilitation and pain management and written chapters on Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine for various textbooks including the recently published Pain Management in Veterinary Species.

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