Foundation Course in Western Veterinary Acupuncture
Argyle and Bute
About this course
Session 1. This is the first two days, which accustom the participant to needle
handling and instill 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.
The course can be taken as a single
four-day course, or as two x two days separated by a month. The former is
convenient for those who wish to minimize travelling and weekday time off
(Friday to Monday inclusive); the latter option allows for some needling
practice in between sessions and a discussion of this experience during the
Teaching includes a mix of didactic lecturing and practical sessions
where delegates practice needling their colleagues.
This will allow delegates to understand the different sensations resulting from
acupuncture at different sites of the body and also the sensations of
delivering a needle into different tissues.
· Live animal sessions
with horses and dogs, to demonstrate and practice the palpation and topography
of different acupuncture points. Clearly, on ethical grounds, these healthy
animals will not be needled. On most courses local vet practices will refer in
animals with pain for treatment, when the lecturers will demonstrate
· There are also group
seminars where cases are presented for problem oriented discussion of treatment
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.
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.