ABVA Spring Scientific Meeting 2018

Date: 17 March 2018

Location: MacDonald Burlington Hotel, Birimingham, B2 4JQ

Price: ABVA members £150, Non-members £175

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For 2018, we are very lucky to have three fantastic speakers to discuss the use and study of acupuncture in both small animals and horses. 


Gwen Covey-Crump BVetMed, CertVA, Dip.ECVAA, CertVetAc(IVAS), MRCVS

After graduating in 2001 Gwen spent 3 years in small animal practice before commencing a residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia at the University of Bristol in 2004. After completion she spent 1 year in clinical anaesthesia practice at the Queen's Veterinary Hospital, University of Cambridge, returning to Bristol as the team lead Clinical Anaesthetist for the newly formed Langford Veterinary Services (University of Bristol School of Veterinary Sciences teaching hospital) in 2009. She obtained the European Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2012. Gwen now focuses her energies working alongside 2 physiotherapists in the Small Animal Rehabilitation and Pain Management Service at Langford Vets, and collaborating with specialist colleagues in surgery, neurology, oncology and medicine. She has a particular interest in established and emerging non-pharmaceutical therapies for pain and the relationship between pain and behavioural medicine. Gwen is the current president of the Comparative Medicine Network of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Gwen will be speaking on the integration acupuncture with western conventional multi-modal management of chronic pain and reviweing what we know about the interactions of pain medications with acupuncture mechanisms.


Bettina Dunkel DVM, PhD, Dip ACVIM, Dip ECEIM, Dip ACVECC, FHEA, MRCVS

After graduating from The Free University of Berlin Bettina completed a fellowship, a rotating equine internship and a large animal internal medicine and an emergency and critical care residency (alternate track) in the United States. Since 2005, she has been a member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and attained her PhD from the University of London in 2008. Since 2008 Bettina has been employed as a first a lecturer and then senior lecturer in equine medicine at the Royal Veterinary College. 

Bettina will be covering current scientific evidence for use of acupuncture in veterinary medicine and specifically horses. Underlying reasons for the frequent lack of evidence, particularly the difficulties in designing and conduction research studies will also be discussed.


Dietrich Graf von Schweinitz BSc DVM MRCVS CertVetAc

Dietrich is our main lecturer and course organiser. He graduated form the University of Georgia in 1982 and has been practising acupuncture for over thirty years. He is a past member of the Board of Directors and Education Committee for the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and is also a past president of the ABVA. He has carried out and published pioneering research in equine acupuncture.

The past 30 years has seen an explosion in research in the physiology of acupuncture from all regions of the world. Much of the research has focused on the response of the nervous system to acupuncture. This is an extremely difficult system to study due to the vast number and variability of transmitters and reflexes involved. Recent advances in the technology of neurologic studies, esp. with functional MRI, has produced an entirely new understanding of acupuncture. Dietrich will cover some of the highlights of the fMRI research in acupuncture effects on the limbic system in the brain and associated responses. 



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