ABVA Equine Acupuncture Introduction

Date: 05 October 2020

Location: The Horse Trust
Princes Risborough
HP27 0PP

Price: £850 for 3 days

***If you have recently completed a Foundation course days 1 and 2 are optional and days can be booked at £285 per day.

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ABVA Equine Acupuncture Introduction

ABVA Equine Acupuncture Introduction

Presented by Dietrich G von Schweinitz and Alex Macdonald


3 days with lab and demos, 

Limited to 15 students: suitable for 1st timer and as a refresher 

Instructors: D G von Schweinitz, A J Macdonald



This course is designed to offer equine veterinarians an introduction to equine acupuncture, and as a refresher to those who have previously attended a Foundation Course or similar introduction course. 

Day 1

  • 9:00-9:15 – Introduction / Overview
  • 9:15-9:45 - Brief history (equine) DvS
  • 9:40- 11:00 - Acupuncture physiology, Part 1 (AM) 

 11:00-11:20 Coffee

  • 11:20-12:50 - Acupuncture physiology, Part 2 (AM)
  • 13:00-13:45 – lunch
  • 13:45 – 14:30 – Safety & Techniques (DvS)
  • 14:30 – 15:00 - Equine Acupuncture Charts (DvS)
  • 15:00 – 15:30 – Palpation discussion of techniques, interpretations
  • 15:30-17:00 – Lab: Equine palpation, Acupoint Locations
  • 17:00- 17:20 Tea
  • 17:20-18:00  - TCM, TCVM, WVA & Politics (see “Mao Invented TCM”, Western Med Ac handouts)
  • 18:30 – Venue to be confirmed



Day 2

  • 9:00- 10:20 Myofascial Pain Syndrome (3) DVS
  • 10:20-11:00 Myofascial Trigger Points – locations & treatments
  • 11:00-11:20 Coffee
  • 11:20-12:00 Autonomics
  • 12:00-13:00 Equine Acupuncture Literature & Discuss (see Ac Research & Paradoxes handouts)
  • 13:00-13:45 Lunch
  • 14:00-17:00 Equine Labs Needling lab



Day 3

  • 9:00-10:00 Poor Performance with uncertain diagnosis 
  • 10:00-11:00 Thermography cases / Autonomic responses
  • 11:00-11:20 Coffee
  • 11:20-12:00 Visceral disease treatment 
  • 12:00-13:00 Case Discussions with Treatment plans
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-16:30 Equine Labs
  • 16:30-17:00 Tea & Close



The schedule is subject to minor revisions during the course.



Dr Macdonald is a founding member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society and has practiced and published extensively on the subject. Dr von Schweinitz has 30 years of conventional equine practice and veterinary acupuncture experience and has published original research in equine acupuncture. The course will cover the essential physiological understanding of acupuncture and its application. There will be labs with horses for acupoint location and palpation exercises as well as acupuncture demonstration.

Pre-Course Preparation:  Before attending the Equine Introduction Course, it is highly recommended to review your knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy and the autonomic nervous system. Lists for further reading can be provided on request.

It is required that participants purchase Schoen’s Veterinary Acupuncture, 2nd ed textbook. This contains equine acupuncture charts from both the traditional Chinese and the western transposition system, along with several chapters on equine acupuncture from different authors with different approaches. It is strongly recommended to read the introductory chapters and the first 2-3 equine chapters beforehand. Veterinary acupuncture books still reflect a mainly traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) approach and this course will focus on western medical acupuncture which draws on certain aspects of TCM which can make a great deal of sense. 


There are other equine acupuncture point atlases available on line for purchase, but not provided at the course.  Membership to IVAS includes a download atlas of equine acupoints.  


*Horses for labs are arranged with the venue; it is not possible to guarantee their availability on the day, but every effort is being made to have suitable cases.


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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