Dr Esther Horton BVSc (Hons), CVA, CCRT
Dr Esther Horton graduated with Honours as a Veterinarian from the University of Queensland in 1989. She has worked in small animal practices around Australia.
Esther’s interest in Acupuncture and Integrative therapies was stimulated by the inability of Conventional Medicine to address many chronic diseases, such as osteo-arthritis. She is passionate about pain management for her small animals patients. Esther is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). Esther is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI). She has completed courses in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Herbal medicine, Food therapy, Myofascial Pain and Trigger Point therapy, Small Animal Pain Management and Chinese Massage/Tui Na. Esther is a Board Member of the Australian Veterinary Palliative Care Advisory Council and a registered Practitioner Member of the Australian Canine Rehabilitation Association. Esther is a tutor and examiner for the Australian College of Veterinary Acupuncture and Trigger point therapy courses.
Esther was President of the Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Group (AVAG) for four years and was on the executive committee for eight years. The AVAG is a Special Interest Group of the Australian Veterinary Association. She has represented the group during National Veterinary meetings and has organized AVAG annual conferences and workshops. She was the editor of the AVAG e-newsletter for eight years and still contributes regularly with recent scientific journal abstracts. Esther was the Australian House of Delegates Representative for the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society for two years.
Esther works closely with and refers to conventional veterinarians and veterinary specialists, as well as other integrative veterinary practitioners.
The benefits of a veterinarian undertaking acupuncture and integrative therapies are that a conventional veterinary examination is undertaken, in addition to the Traditional Chinese Medicine examination. This ensures the most appropriate therapies are recommended. Veterinary qualifications ensure the practitioner is fully trained in the anatomy, physiology, pathology and treatment of many different animals.