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Companion Animal Practice
Veterinary acupuncture: a Western, scientific approach
  1. Samantha Lindley

    Samantha Lindley graduated from Bristol in 1988 and is an honorary clinical lecturer at Glasgow veterinary school, where she runs a pain and rehabilitation clinic. She teaches acupuncture to veterinary and medical clinicians and is currently a council member of both the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists and the British Medical Acupuncture Society. She also runs behaviour referral clinics and teaches behaviour therapy to vets, nurses and undergraduates.


THIS article provides an overview of veterinary acupuncture as practised using a ‘Western’ approach, which starts with an orthodox diagnosis and treats animals according to neurophysiological principles. It discusses safety aspects, current evidence and some clinical indications to help put acupuncture in context for practitioners considering referral.

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