Dog having acupuncture at Fitzpatrick Referrals
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Veterinary acupuncture

Acupuncture has gained increasing recognition as a useful adjunct to modern medicine in animals as well as humans. Under UK law, animal acupuncture may only be administered by appropriately qualified veterinary surgeons.

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Veterinary acupuncture

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Veterinary acupuncture

Acupuncture treatment

Explaining acupuncture

While the traditional theories explaining acupuncture are sometimes expressed in terms of balancing energy in meridians, there is a more medically competent explanation emerging from the research. This involves stimulating the body’s repair mechanisms in the nervous system, immune system, and hormonal and cellular systems.

Acupuncture treatment should first follow an accurate diagnosis and appraisal of all treatment options. In many cases, acupuncture is best used in conjunction with conventional medicine, and in some conditions, it can be used as a sole treatment. It helps minimise the requirements for medications (which may have undesirable side effects). Acupuncture is extremely safe when practised correctly and is well accepted by the majority of animals.

Treatments take about 30 minutes and the number and interval of follow-up treatments varies with the condition; once a week for 2-4 weeks and then wider intervals are common. Most animals accept acupuncture well. Treatment costs are covered by most vet fees insurance policies.

Dietrich Graf von Schweinitz, BSc DVM MRCVS Cert Vet Ac (IVAS)

What conditions may respond to acupuncture?

Most chronic conditions can be treated, for example:

Examples of conditions treated:
  •  Chronic pain from any origin; spinal or nerve damage
  •  Behavioural problems (often linked to pain)
  •  Chronic digestive disturbances
  •  Chronic respiratory disease
  •  Fatigue syndromes, chronic eye disease
  •  Heart, liver, and urogenital diseases; incontinence
Staff at Fitzpatrick Referrals caring for patients

Book an appointment

Please provide the following:

To book an appointment, your primary care vet will need to send us a referral for your pet, following which, one of our team will be in contact with you to arrange the appointment.

For ongoing acupuncture appointments, please give the department a call on 01483 423761 and we can arrange this for you.

For more information about our veterinary acupuncture service, please contact us on

01483 423761

or email [email protected]