Holly is a Labrador cross Collie – always active and loved agility. Once osteoarthritis in both hips was diagnosed, at age four years, we switched from agility to Scurry Training (gun-dog dummy retrieval). She is a dog who loves to work, and needs the mental stimulation that this activity involves. Even though the work was tailored with the aim of not putting excessive strain on her hips, she slowly declined. Conventional veterinary medication was never agreeable to her digestive system.

On the first consultation, I expected Iris to tell me the kindest thing to do for Holly was to put her to sleep. She was in so much pain; unable to put her one rear leg to the ground. Life was miserable for her.

Even after the first session, Holly made remarkable progress, and with continual treatment, over the past years, she has improved. Iris found a local physiotherapist who makes home visits to give her regular physio and laser treatment.

Holly can over-work her muscles sometimes and will visibly flinch when stroking her back – Iris suggested acupuncture. I was sceptical at first and worried that Holly would not accept needles being inserted. It is truly AMAZING. The needles are painlessly put in place and the effect is almost instant.

You can stroke her with no reaction and visibly see she is more fluid in her movements, and she loves the attention.

We all work together to keep Holly fit and active, with regular communication between us all. Holly loves her herbal tincture, and we are able to continue with Scurry Training, even though, now at age 12 years, it is done in an even more leisurely way. Both Holly and I are able to continue to enjoy our weekly training sessions with our mates, both four- and two-legged!

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Iris Ege, Dr med vet, MRCVS, Cert Vet Ac

Iris grew up on a smallholding in Germany. In her teens, she became an active member of the local riding club and took the practical and theoretical exams for the riding pass (safe hacking) and DRA Class IV and III (Theory, Dressage and Jumping). Today she lives with her husband, the cat Sandy and the dog Pachinho in rural Herefordshire and rides just for pleasure.

She studied Veterinary Medicine at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen in Germany and graduated in 2003. She has practised veterinary acupuncture since 2004. After her graduation as a vet, she started her Acupuncture training with the ATF, the German Association for Veterinary Continuing Education. She trained in Wings® Animal-Kinesiology and did her Practitioner exam Aug. 2007. This enables her to access other complementary therapy forms, especially for chronic cases.

2011-2012 she did the international acupuncture training (IVAS), took the written and practical exam and fulfilled the requirements for certification January 2013.

Iris covers the fields of Traditional as well as Western Acupuncture and Low-Level Laser Therapy. To enhance or sustain the effects, she often uses herbs as well. She combines the scientific approach to herbal medicine with holistic herbal knowledge.

April 2008 until October 2012 Iris has worked in general practice for Arrowfield Veterinary Group in Kington, Herefordshire. Besides horses, dogs and cats she has treated cattle and pet goats holistically, having good results. Acupuncture has become her main interest and October 2012 she left mixed practice to focus on alternative veterinary medicine. January 2013 she became a founding member of A.P. Vet LTD to facilitate the team approach for the benefit of the patients.

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