Animal Holistic Therapies is a clinic located in Western Sydney, which offers alternative treatments for the animal community. Focussing mainly on the treatment of dogs and horses, the clinic uses treatment modalities including acupuncture, chiropractic, Chinese herbal medicine, infrared laser therapy, myotherapy, trigger point therapy and biochemics {Schuessler Tissue Salts}.

We are not a veterinary clinic, so we recommend that you consult your veterinarian regarding complementary treatments for your animal friend to determine if it is appropriate for his/her needs.


Head Practitioner


Image of Neil Barnsley of Animal holistic TherapiesNeil Barnsley B App Sc (TCM), Dip VTCM

Neil started his vocation in holistic animal health care by obtaining a Bachelor of Applied Science (Traditional Chinese Medicine) at The University of Western Sydney in 2008 [now Western Sydney University], covering both herbal medicine and acupuncture for humans. He travelled to China for his post-graduate qualification of Veterinary Acupuncture from Shi Huang Institute of Animal Science & Technology, in Nanjing 2008.  Neil also received formal training as a Chiropractitioner in Veterinary Orthopaedic Manipulation [VOM] in America.

Neil is a third generation practitioner in this unique field of animal physical therapy; a distinction in itself.  His father and mentor, Gary Barnsley, is a renown specialist in the greyhound industry who practised in Greendale for almost 40 years.  Gary was trained by his father-in-law, William Burns – a pioneer of chiropractic and acupuncture treatment for animals in Australia.


Hear from Neil about his training and why this work is so important to him...


What Neil says about his approach to treatment:

I actively treat any musculoskeletal issue that can affect dogs, cats and horses; basically anything that causes pain, lameness or spinal dysfunction. This is my specialty and my passion; spinal conditions and diseases affecting the spine and neurological system.

Spinal dysfunction can be seen as anything from lower back strain through to complete paralysis.  It never ceases to amaze me when I see an animal having trouble walking, or cannot walk at all, yet within a few weeks of treatment, they are back to running around!  These are the cases I thrive on for many reasons, the main one being that many of these beloved animals would be euthanised or subjected to major surgery.

Most animals are treated using acupuncture, infrared laser therapy, adjusted with the activator, myofascial release treatment after adjustment, and diet recommendations.  I also treat these conditions with supplements involving chinese herbal medicine, naturopathic herbs as well as minerals and tissue salts.

However, every patient I see is different, and so the treatments for each patient may vary depending on the needs and requirements to ensure a successful and speedy recovery.