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ABVA Spring meeting 2018 BIRMINGHAM
Macdonald Burlington Hotel - (View on Map)
Saturday 17 March 2018

ABVA Spring Scientific Meeting 2018

Date: 17 March 2018

Location: MacDonald Burlington Hotel, Birimingham, B2 4JQ

Price: ABVA members £150, Non-members £175


For 2018, we are very lucky to have two fantastic speakers to discuss the use and study of acupuncture in both small animals and horses. 


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

After graduating in 2001 Gwen spent 3 years in small animal practice before commencing a residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia at the University of Bristol in 2004. After completion she spent 1 year in clinical anaesthesia practice at the Queen's Veterinary Hospital, University of Cambridge, returning to Bristol as the team lead Clinical Anaesthetist for the newly formed Langford Veterinary Services (University of Bristol School of Veterinary Sciences teaching hospital) in 2009. She obtained the European Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2012. Gwen now focuses her energies working alongside 2 physiotherapists in the Small Animal Rehabilitation and Pain Management Service at Langford Vets, and collaborating with specialist colleagues in surgery, neurology, oncology and medicine. She has a particular interest in established and emerging non-pharmaceutical therapies for pain and the relationship between pain and behavioural medicine. Gwen is the current president of the Comparative Medicine Network of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Gwen will be speaking on the integration acupuncture with western conventional multi-modal management of chronic pain and reviewing what we know about the interactions of pain medications with acupuncture mechanisms.


Bettina Dunkel DVM, PhD, Dip ACVIM, Dip ECEIM, Dip ACVECC, FHEA, MRCVS

After graduating from The Free University of Berlin Bettina completed a fellowship, a rotating equine internship and a large animal internal medicine and an emergency and critical care residency (alternate track) in the United States. Since 2005, she has been a member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and attained her PhD from the University of London in 2008. Since 2008 Bettina has been employed as a first a lecturer and then senior lecturer in equine medicine at the Royal Veterinary College. 

Bettina will be covering current scientific evidence for use of acupuncture in veterinary medicine and specifically horses. Underlying reasons for the frequent lack of evidence, particularly the difficulties in designing and conduction research studies will also be discussed.


As usual, the Spring Meeting will end with the 2018 ABVA Annual General Meeting. All members are encouraged to attend and get involved in the Association's work.

All delegates are invited to join us for dinner at one of Birmingham's top Chinese restaurants on the evening of Friday 16th March. The cost is £25 per head and places can be reserved when booking the course.  . . . 


Spring meeting Birmingham ABVA member£150.00
Spring meeting Birmingham non member£175.00
Friday Dinner - Chung Ying Garden restaurant£25.00

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