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Vitality Vetcare

Phone: 02 6687 0675
4a Ballina Rd Bangalow
NSW 2479 Australia

Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine

There is no separation between conventional and natural therapies.

Our priority is what is going to be of the most benefit to your animal.

Voluntary Wildlife Care

Voluntary Wildlife Care

Pro-bono treatment of Australian wildlife

We collaborate with local wildlife groups to provide excellent care of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife

Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine

We use Western and Chinese herbal medicines for a wide range of acute and chronic problems including skin, digestive, nervous and painful conditions.

Vitality Vetcare Homeopathy

Vitality Vetcare Homeopathy

Homeopathy can be a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of acute and long-term problems for a particular animal or group of animals.


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Vitality Vetcare Acupuncture


"It does not matter whether medicine be old or new, so long as it brings about a cure.
It matters not whether theories be eastern or western, so long as they prove to be true."
Jen Hsou Lin, DVM, PhD

Acupuncture Treatment for Animals

Fine needles are inserted into acupoints for musculo-skeletal and internal organ problems inducing relaxation in most animals.

A typical treatment is a course of 4 sessions once a week for 4 weeks.

Contact Vitality Vetcare to book a consultation for your animals ph: 02 66 87 0675 or visit our contact page to send us a message.

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Why Use Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is used by Dr Megan Kearney at Vitality Vetcare because it can be a safe and effective therapy to improve animal health and well-being. Acupuncture has helped many animals have a more healthy and active life, especially in older age. It may be used on its own or with other integrative therapies or conventional medicine and surgery.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles through the skin into specific points for the treatment and prevention of disease. It is one of the oldest forms of veterinary medicine in the world with livestock being treated in China for over 3000 years. Acupuncture is part of the system of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine that includes moxibustion, herbal medicine, nutrition, massage and other techniques.

What conditions can be treated with Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is part of a complete medical system known as Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture may be used for a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. It is most well know for the treatment of muscle, joint, nerve and spinal problems. It can also help animals with immune, digestive, kidney, heart, respiratory, skin, urinary, reproductive and behavioural disorders.  It may be used on its own or integrated with herbal or conventional medicine and surgery. It may also be used when an animal cannot tolerate its medication or where the medication is providing limited benefit. Like all therapies, acupuncture is not a cure-all but it can work well when it is indicated.

Is Acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture needles are very fine with rounded tips so they glide through the skin rather than cut it like a hypodermic needle. This is especially the case with the Japanese style needles we use at Vitality Vetcare. People may feel a brief needling sensation which may be described as tingling or burning and presumably animals can experience a similar needling sensation. Most animals accept acupuncture readily and relax and enjoy the attention. Some animals fall asleep during an acupuncture treatment. Rarely, an animal doesn’t like it and other treatment may be chosen if necessary.

Many Years of Experience

Dr Megan Kearney completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society 2 year course in Veterinary Acupuncture in the UK in 2001. She first started to learn and practice acupuncture 6 years before this whilst working for one of the first vets to practice acupuncture in the UK. Since then she has continued to learn and develop her skills as a veterinary acupuncturist and is a member of the Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Group.

Opening Hours

10am - 6pm Tue - Thur

Consultations by appointment only. A late appointment may be available on Thursday evenings

Late cancellation fees may apply


Emergencies: please call your referring general practice vet or

North Coast Emergency Vets, Ballina 0424 054 056 weekends & PH

Animal Emergency Service, Carrara, Gold Coast 07 5559 1599


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