Animal Holistic Therapies is a clinic located in Camden NSW which offers alternative treatments for the animal community. Focussing mainly on the treatment of dogs and cats, the clinic specialises in any musculoskeletal and neurological problems, from a slight limp to paralysis (arthritis, IVDD, spinal conditions/injuries and any conditions affecting the spine and neurological system) using 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 (AU), Grad Dip. Vet Ac. (China), CVCP (USA)

Neil started his vocation in holistic animal health care by obtaining a Bachelor of Applied Science (Traditional Chinese Medicine) at Western Sydney University, covering both herbal medicine and acupuncture for humans. He travelled to China for his Post-graduate qualification of Veterinary Acupuncture from Nanjing Shi Huang Institute of Animal Science & Technology. Neil also received formal training as a Certified Veterinary Chiropractitioner (CVCP) 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 over 45 years. Gary was trained by Neil's grandfather, 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.