Holistic Vets

Dr Kathy Cornack

0421 501 977

PO Box 620, The Junction
Newcastle NSW 2291

Servicing Newcastle and Surrounds

Kathy is a qualified veterinary behaviourist with over 20 years experience. She is available for consultation regarding behavioural issues in any species but works primarily with dogs and cats. Common problems include anxiety, aggression and house soiling. Home visit consultations are strongly preferred in all cases. Behaviour issues are complicated and many people are reluctant to seek assistance because they feel that it is all their fault. That is rarely the case. The best chance of success is when assistance is sought early. Most commonly, rather than getting better with time things get worse unless appropriate, qualified advice is obtained. Successful treatment involves understanding why the behaviour is occurring and developing strategies to make positive changes. This may include medications, lifestyle adjustments and referral to appropriate therapeutic trainers and a variety of other strategies and will vary from case to case. Each treatment plan is highly individualised working together with the animal and their family. Dr Cornack is able to provide certificates to councils regarding dangerous or menacing dogs, following appropriate assessment. 

Dog getting acupunctureAcupuncture is an ancient form of medicine that is widely used by people and can also be used very successfully with animals. It can be used to treat a whole range of conditions but is especially effective for treating arthritis and related diseases.

I treat many animals regularly using acupuncture as these photos show.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny, fine needles through the skin. This is very well tolerated by most animals. If animals are too sore or do not have an easy going disposition then the points can be stimulated using other means such as pressure (acupressure) or laser torch. For conditions like epilepsy, having gold bead implants done under anesthetic are also an option to provide long term relief.

I have been trained in animal acupuncture with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and am a member of the AVAG (Australian veterinary Acupuncture special interest group).

Acupuncture has been closely studied to understand how it works, within the framework of the western medical model. Simply put, it has been shown that the acupuncture points are indeed “special”: when examined under the microscope, these areas have special arrangements of nerves and blood vessels. The association with major organs has been confirmed also, using dye studies. Acupuncture has been proven to influence many chemicals in the body, including blood flow, endorphins and serotonin. Acupuncture works for providing pain relief,aiding healing and slowing degenerative processes

Even cats can enjoy acupunctureFrom the Chinese perspective, acupuncture works by balancing the flow of energy in the body. Disease is a manifestation of an imbalance of energy in the body, and acupuncture treatment aims to even out the flow once again. The theory says that energy flows around the body in daily cycles, along pathways called meridians. There are various points along the meridians that can be needled to influence the flow of energy along the channel or meridian, and thus bring about balance. Some of the points are close to the bodies surface and these are the ones we access with an acupuncture treatment.

There are 14 major meridians on the body and over 300 acupuncture points. The location of the meridians and specific points are remarkably consistent between species, and the actions are always the same.

Home visit consultation fees are based on a base rate of $198 - $275 / hour, depending on your location.

Initial appointments are typically 1 hour and subsequent ones usually half an hour. An additional travel fee may apply to home visits more than 20 minutes out of the Newcastle CBD area.

Please note Behavioural appointments can require a 90 minute visit.

Kathy will provide an estimate for a specific cost for your visit when the appointment is confirmed. Medications and extras eg tests etc beyond the consultation are additional fees.

Individual clinics set their own fees for my services there. Check with the clinic directly for their rates.