On Tuesday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m., Meagan Smith, DVM, will describe how she uses the ancient technique of acupuncture on her equine patients. The presentation is part of the First Tuesday Lecture Series at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) New Bolton Center and will take place at 382 West Street Road, in Kennett Square.

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 received additional training at the Chi Institute in 2013. She uses acupuncture as a complement to Penn Vet’s veterinary practice methods.

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 beltb@vet.