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At Vet crèche we are very lucky to have Reagan Carnwath of Herbal Vet Scotland working with us. Reagan is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the British Association of Veterinary Herbalists, the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and specializes in herbal medicine and acupuncture.

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the patient’s body to relieve symptoms of disease or promote well being. It has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Under UK law the act of acupuncture can only be performed by a Registered Veterinary Surgeon.

Before acupuncture is given your pet will be examined to assess the condition being treated. Once the needles are inserted they are left in place for around 20 minutes. Patient response can vary, however, many animals become relaxed and even fall asleep. Acupuncture can be used to inhibit pain pathways and can also cause the release of hormones and chemical messengers in the body resulting in more generalised pain relief.

Acupuncture can be used for a range of clinical conditions or diseases including:


  • Arthritis

  • Chronic pain

  • Skin conditions

  • Digestive conditions

  • Behavioural problems (often associated with pain)

  • Chronic respiratory conditions

  • Urinary Issues

Reagan is qualified in both the western approach to acupuncture and she holds a diploma in traditional Chinese acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.


Herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years. It is the prevention of illness or treatment of disease with plants. The plants can be given internally as teas, tinctures, dried herbs and capsules or externally as ointments, creams, teas or gels. Herbal medicine can be used for preventative care, as part of holistic practice and in a range of clinical conditions including:


  • Arthritis

  • Cancer

  • COPD

  • Digestive issues

  • Diarrhoea

  • Heart problems

  • Kidney problems

  • Laminitis

  • Liver problems

  • Nervousness

  • Respiratory problems

  • Sinusitis

  • Skin problems




If you think your pet would benefit from any of these therapies, then please contact us.

Herbal Medicine &  Acupuncture