Foundation Course in Western Veterinary Acupuncture

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About the course

The course is divided into two sessions:

Session 1. This is the first two days, which accustom the participant to needle handling and instil the principles of safe needling; introduce the principles of point selection and the neurophysiological justification for these principles; the application of the principles to common pain conditions; and point finding on animals.

Session 2. During the second two days the approach is broadened and covers other conditions that may be treated with acupuncture, e.g. visceral and dermatological conditions, along with the introduction of electroacupuncture and further selected points, paper cases and live case demonstrations.

At the end of four-day course delegates should be able to:

  • State the origins of acupuncture, as well as some of the controversies and define some common areas of agreement between the “Western” and the traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach
  • Understand the neurophysiological mechanisms involved in the effects of acupuncture
  • Have palpated myofascial trigger points, understood their aetiology as currently understood and their relevance to acupuncture treatments.
  • Define the “Western” approach to acupuncture
  • Be able to apply the principles and safe practice of Western veterinary acupuncture.
  • Be able to construct treatment plans, including needling sites and techniques for a variety of different conditions.

Delegate expectations:

  • Skills: Delegates can expect to finish the course with the confidence to use acupuncture safely and competently in a wide range of conditions. They will also be equipped to make decisions about whether acupuncture is a suitable treatment for a given patient.
  • Materials: Each delegate will be provided with a set of course notes, a portfolio and a box of acupuncture needles so they will be able to get started on their first day back at the practice.
  • Support: Delegates are also given membership of an e-group, where they can discuss cases and get advice and support from the lecturers and other members.

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