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The acupuncture referral service is run by Sarah Tait BVSc MRCVS and Caroline Queen BSc BVSc MRCVS. Acupuncture cases are seen at both our Tybridge and Berkeley House practice’s. Both Caroline and Sarah have been awarded certificates in Veterinary Acupuncture.

Acupuncture can be used to help with painful conditions, as an addition to prescribed drugs or in cases when drugs are not effective. Acupuncture works by stimulating pain receptors to tell the brain that something no longer hurts. The acupuncture service is part of our rehabilitation service, and helps us provide a complete Orthopaedic surgical and rehabilitation service. It can be very effective and produce- quick results in animals suffering from acute and chronic pain.

Acupuncture comes from traditional Chinese medicine techniques but has been extensively scientifically researched and has a place in modern therapeutics both for ourselves and our pets. It can be used to complement traditional medicine, primarily for the treatment of pain. It can be used in conjunction with anti-inflammatory painkillers and is believed to work differently from these drugs.

Scientific research suggests that stimulation of acupuncture points acts on pain receptors that send messages to the brain saying that it no longer hurts, rather like rubbing your elbow when you have just knocked it!

Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of conditions:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Acute musculoskeletal injuries
  • Spinal disease
  • Cruciate disease
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Post operative pain
  • Pain associated with cystitis or constipation

Pets tolerate acupuncture surprisingly well and it can be really helpful for those pets who are not able to take traditional anti-inflammatory painkillers as well as those that are becoming resistant to them. It can produce some very quick responses in acute injuries as well as assisting the recovery of patients from major orthopaedic surgery allowing them virtually painless mobility and earlier return to normal mobility

If you have any questions or would like to refer a case please call our Tybridge House Practice on 01905 421296.