Dr. Smith to Discuss Equine Acupuncture During Free First Tuesday Lecture at New Bolton Center

On Tuesday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Meagan Smithwill describe how she uses the ancient technique of acupuncture on her equine patients. The presentation is part of the First Tuesday Lecture Series at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center, 382 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA.

The series offers free lectures to the public on equine topics the first Tuesday of each month. The lectures take place in New Bolton Center’s Alumni Hall. Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting Barbara Belt at

Acupuncture has been used on both animals and humans for thousands of years in China. The technique of acupuncture involves the stimulation of a specific point on the body to achieve desired therapeutic effects. Historically, acupuncture has been used in veterinary medicine to treat horses with a variety of ailments including musculoskeletal pain, ophthalmic disease, reproductive disorders, and chronic internal organ abnormalities.

Smith’s presentation will describe the founding principles of this ancient technique and how she approaches acupuncture in her equine patients. In addition, she will show videos of horses undergoing treatment.

Only licensed veterinarians are eligible to practice acupuncture in most areas of the United States. Smith received her equine acupuncture training at the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida, in 2010, and she received additional training at the Chi Institute in 2013. She uses acupuncture as a complement to Penn Vet’s veterinary practice methods.

Upcoming First Tuesday Lectures:

May 5: Dr. Dean Richardson, “Fixing Broken Horses”
June 2: Dr. Laura Johnstone, “Treating Cancer in Horses”

About the First Tuesday Lecture Series

During the First Tuesday Lecture Series, faculty and clinicians at New Bolton Center share current information on topics of interest and relevance to horse owners and caregivers throughout the region. Many of the lectures highlight the advanced techniques performed by Penn Vet’s team of leading clinicians and the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities available to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.

Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary medicine education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health Initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health. Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. The hospital handles more than 4,000 patient visit a year, while the Field Service treats nearly 36,000 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling more than 31,000 patient visits a year.

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