Date: 18 October 2023
Location: Canine Partners, Osgathorpe, Loughborough, LE12 9SR
Price: Existing ABVA members £1200
Delegates qualify for 1 year free membership on completion of the whole course.
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
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 follows the following format:
Dr Mike Cummings
Mike has been Medical Director of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) since 2001. This role involves running the BMAS London Teaching Clinic (LTC), developing and running BMAS courses in Western medical acupuncture, acting as an associate editor for the Medline-listed journal Acupuncture in Medicine, and representing the BMAS at academic and political meetings.
He is an Honorary Clinical Specialist at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, which is part of the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where he supports acupuncture services.
His principal academic and clinical interests are musculoskeletal pain, and in particular, needling therapies in the treatment of myofascial pain syndromes. He has published several papers in this area as well as in the broader field of Western medical acupuncture.
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.
Jen Porter BVetMed PGCertVetEd FHEA MRCVS CertSCVA
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PRACTICAL SESSIONS USE LIVE ANIMALS FOR ACUPUNCTURE POINT LOCATION ONLY. FOR ETHICAL REASONS DELEGATES WILL NOT BE PLACING NEEDLES INTO LIVE ANIMALS. WE ENDEAVOUR TO PROVIDE CASES FOR ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT DEMONSTRATION BUT THESE ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.