ABVA Scientific Meeting 2023

Date: 01 July 2023

Location: MacDonald Burlington Hotel, 126 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4JQ

Price: ABVA members £100, Non-members £120
Pre-meeting dinner: £25/person

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This year's meeting is entitled 'Acupuncture and the Abdomen'.

This will be a case-based meeting, with a lecture from Gwen Covey-Crump on the physiology of visceral pain compared to somatic pain.  Case presentation from Dietrich von Schweinitz will be followed by cases from delegates.

We would like to focus the rest of the meeting on collaboration and interaction between all delegates. Attendees and encouraged to bring along details of real clinical cases so that we can get everyone talking and sharing their experiences and knowledge. 

The meeting will be accredited for 5 CPD hours.  Please note that AGM will not take place at the  Meeting this year but will be online in November.


Pre-Meeting Dinner

Dinner will take place at the Chung Ying Cantonese Restaurant, Wrottesley Street, B5 4RT at 7pm on Friday 30th June. All delegates are invited to attend and it is always a great evening. The meal is of a banquet style and is priced at £25.00 per person (not including drinks/tips) to be paid at the time of booking.  Please advise us in advance if you have any specific dietary requirements.



Dietrich Graf von Schweinitz has a huge clinical experience of acupuncture, coupled with an extensive knowledge of current research into the physiological effects of acupuncture.  He has played a key role in developing and delivering our successful Foundation Course, ensuring that it is grounded in science while respecting and acknowledging the teachings of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dietrich has lectured extensively and internationally on the subject of Veterinary Acupuncture and is a long-serving member of the ABVA Council.



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

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia

EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia


After qualifying in 2001 from the Royal Veterinary College, London, Gwen spent 3 years in small animal general practice and has since worked in referral practice at University of Cambridge and Bristol Vet Schools. Having completed a residency she became European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2011.

Whilst maintaining clinical anaesthesia practice, Gwen now focuses her energies on chronic pain. Working alongside a team of physiotherapists and collaborating with specialist colleagues in surgery, neurology, oncology and medicine to provide a multi-disciplinary chronic pain referral service at Langford Vets. She provides specialist advisory and educational services, to Canine Arthritis Management, an organisation set up to increase awareness of chronic pain in dogs amongst pet owners and veterinary professionals. Gwen was President of the Comparative Medicine Section of the Royal Society of Medicine from 2017-19 and continues to serve on council. She also serves on committee for the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists.

Areas of interest include human factors in the veterinary clinical workplace, established and emerging therapies for chronic pain and the relationship between pain and behaviour in non-verbal species. To relax Gwen has a dog to amuse and exercise, plus a room stuffed with half-finished sewing and upholstery projects.



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