VETERINARY ACUPUNCTURE is the treatment of animals with acupuncture by a fully-qualified veterinary surgeon (veterinarian). The law (Veterinary Surgeons Act) dictates that only vets may legally treat animals other than their own with acupuncture. At the last communication with the RCVS, it was also stated that it is illegal for acupuncture to be administered by a veterinary nurse.
Veterinary Acupuncture is adaptable to treat any species, whether mammal, reptile or bird.
At the AVMC, we commonly treat horses, ponies, cats and dogs.
Acupuncture for animals (veterinary acupuncture) has developed from the same principles as those laid down for the treatment of humans, as devised by the Ancient Chinese (Traditional Chinese Medicine). Let no one tell you it is not a medical system but only treats pain. This is nonsense. Used in a properly holistic way, as it was devised to be used all those centuries ago, incorporating environment, diet and lifestyle optimization along with internal medicine (e.g. herbs or homeopathy), veterinary acupuncture can treat a wide variety of disease, both acute and chronic.