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ABVA Foundation course, March/April 2020 Loughborough
POSTPONED - new dates to be arranged soon
16/17 March & 27/28 April 2020

Foundation Acupuncture Days

Venue:  Canine Partners, Ashby Road, Loughborough  LE12 9SR


Date: 16 & 17 March 2020 and 27 & 28 April 2020 (4 day course)


Price:   £1,300 - ABVA member £1,400  - non member   £1,200 - Early bird (available until 20 January 2020)

Delegates qualify for 1 year free membership on competion of the whole course (28hrs) followed by a discounted rate of £50 for the second year.


Thank you for expressing interest in the New ABVA Foundation course.

The ABVA committee has worked hard to produce a course that offers a solid foundation in the current practice of veterinary acupuncture. The lectures and practicals provided will enable you to understand the current thinking in the physiology of acupuncture, the basic traditional Chinese medical concepts pertaining to acupuncture, and most importantly the clinical applications of this ancient, and yet progressive medicine. The first three days of the course explores the current physiological understanding of acupuncture.

We are very fortunate to have Dr Alex Macdonald as a primary lecturer. He has a wealth of medical acupuncture experience in clinical and experimental conditions and has published extensively on the subject. He is one of the authors in the recommended text, Medical Acupuncture, A Western Scientific Approach. He is joined by Dr Dietrich von Schweinitz who has over 20 years in acupuncture practice and published acupuncture studies in the equine.

The fourth day examines some of the traditional Chinese medical (TCM) concepts in the practice of acupuncture. While significant controversy surrounds the accuracy of translations of the TCM sources and the merits of employing the ancient paradigms of TCM, there is, however, recognition of the profound observational skills of the ancient Chinese medical thinkers and their thoroughly holistic view of health that merits study and provides treatment strategies that have “stood the test of time”.

There will be 2-3 hours per day given to labs using delegates, dogs, and horses for acupoint finding exercises. Delegates may bring a dog to the course for acupuncture if it is appropriate and after prior notification in registration; and there may be animals presented at the venues for acupuncture demonstrations.

We welcome you to the ABVA and our course.

We strongly recommend you prepare for attending the course by obtaining the recommended text, Veterinary Acupuncture, Ancient Art to Modern Medicine (ed. Schoen) and reading Chapters 1-3. This book contains very useful acupuncture charts and information for all the common animal species. There is a lot to learn - but it’s worth it!

D G von Schweinitz

Early Bird rate of £1,200 is only available until  20 January 2020.  If full payment is not received by this date the standard cost of £1,400 applies.


ABVA FC1 Non member£1400.00
ABVA FC1 member£1300.00
ABVA FC1 deposit only available ...............£1400.00
Lab Assistants & Lecturers£0.00

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