Acupuncture is a very ancient form of complimentary medical treatment, thought to have started in China in around 100 BC although it's introduction to include animals is a more recent phenomenon. It involves the insertion of very fine, sterile needles into various locations on the body, and can be used to treat  a wide range of musculoskeletal and other disorders .

Acupuncture can be divided into two approaches: Traditional Chinese Medicine, which aims to restore the balance between physical, emotional and spiritual factors , and the Western Method, sometimes known as the 'Scientific Method' which describes the actions of acupuncture in terms of the neuro-endocrine systems including endorphin and serotonin release as well as the autonomic nervous system. I have trained in Western Veterinary Acupuncture.

It can be performed on any animal species - although some are more amenable and easier than others! There is a reported incident of acupuncture being used to treat a spinal curvature in a crocodile  but appear to be no records of whether or not it worked, or whether the acupuncturist survived! The commonest species to be treated by acupuncture are dogs, horses, cats and an increasing number of rabbits. In the UK, acupuncture on animals can only be performed by a fully qualified  and registered Veterinary Surgeon.


Alix Heady BSc (Hons), BVMS, MRCVS

Providing veterinary acupuncture for all your pets in your home or

at your yard. 

Exmoor Veterinary Acupuncture​