ABVA Foundation Acupuncture Days

Date: 16 March 2020

Location: Canine Partners
LE12 9SR

Price: Existing ABVA members £1300
Non-Members £1400

Delegates qualify for 1 year free membership on completion of the whole course (28hrs) followed by a discounted rate of £50 for the second year.

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ABVA Foundation Acupuncture Days - Spring
  • Taught by internationally recognised lecturers with a wealth of acupuncture experience
  • The only UK veterinary acupuncture course to include an introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine Learn how to practice acupuncture safely in practice
  • Hands-on practical sessions every afternoon
  • 2 x 2 days teaching allows time for reading and practice between sessions
  • The first step towards ABVA Certification
  • One year membership to ABVA included in the course fees

Acupuncture has been around for a long time. It’s an ancient art that we are now able to apply to our patients on a day to day basis using traditional theories and new science to get the best possible results.

The ABVA Foundation Course is primarily a practical one for veterinary surgeons who are new to acupuncture or those who wish to refresh their knowledge. 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. This is just the beginning of this fascinating subject. 

The Foundation Course gives a tuition in the science of acupuncture over three fascinating days, followed by basic traditional concepts of Chinese Medicine and acupuncture on the fourth day. Experience in point finding and needling in various species will be gained from practical labs and animal acupuncture demonstrations provided on each of the course days. Safety issues in humans and animals are fully explained and those delegates who wish to be needled or needle others are invited to do so. Full notes are provided and a detailed lecture and practical itinerary is available on request.

It takes four days to give you the information you need to start identifying appropriate cases and to practice introductory acupuncture safely and effectively.

“Great mix of theory and practical” “Gave me incredible enthusiasm for the subject” “All the speakers excellent, obvious enthusiasm for their subject, very inspiring for the Novice!”

Pre-Course Preparation:  Before attending the Foundation 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.


Dr Alexander Macdonald M.B., B.S., D.L.O.
Alex is a medical acupuncture practitioner with a lifetime of experience both in acupuncture practice and in the Royal Naval Medical Service. He has been published in countless academic journals and contributed to several recommended medical acupuncture texts. He has been Trustee of the Myofascial Pain Research Trust and is Director of Advanced Pain Management Ltd.

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.

Linda Boggie DVM
Dr Linda Boggie graduated from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She has trained with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, the Chi Institute and also a Daoist priest. Linda established a small animal holistic practice in the Netherlands in 2003 and she teaches acupuncture and herbal medicine all over the world. She is a past President of IVAS and a worldrenown speaker.

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