About the Vet

I am a qualified veterinary surgeon that has developed skills and experience in acupuncture therapy , as well as currently studying for my dermatology certification. My joy and passion is helping animals great and small and this has been my life's dream and goal. 


My passion first started in South Africa where I experienced working with both wild and domestic animals. Soon after I discovered that becoming a vet was my destiny. My journey took me across the world to the beautiful Scotland Highlands.


The small animal veterinary work that I am grateful to be a part of had sparked a passion in veterinary dermatology which lead me to start my certification in March 2021. I am due to sit my exams in May 2022 and will be offering veterinary dermatology services at Scottish Vet Referrals in Inverness working alongside an amazing and passionate team. 

Using acupuncture to treat multiple conditions has proven to me, through the improvements of my patients, that alternative therapy is a much needed and useful form of therapy and treatment to use alongside other forms of treatment and sometimes even on its own. 


About Acupuncture

Conditions treated through acupuncture.

  •  Chronic pain from any origin; spinal or nerve damage/neuropathic pain and musculoskeletal pain.

  •  Behavioural problems (Which are often linked to pain)

  •  Chronic digestive disturbances (IBS like symptoms and non-surgical colic)

  •  Chronic respiratory disease (Such as Asthma, chronic bronchitis)

  •  Fatigue syndromes, chronic eye disease and non-healing wounds

  •  Heart, liver, and urogenital diseases; incontinence 

  • In planned sessions, post surgical procedures, to help improve and speed up the healing response and relieve pain and discomfort. 

  • Acupuncture is used with animal physiotherapy to improve response to therapies and relieve musculoskeletal pain and discomfort. 

Acupuncture has gained increasing recognition as a useful aide to modern medicine in animals. Defined by the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a natural healing response, the needles are very fine and do not cause any pain or trauma. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated and each individual may need assessment for a tailored therapy. 

Acupuncture involves stimulating one’s natural repair mechanisms within the body and helps boost a positive healing response in the nervous system, immune system, hormonal system and also the cellular system. Treatment should first follow an accurate diagnosis and appraisal of all treatment options. A detailed history is reviewed, the animal is examined, and treatment is tailored to each individual.  In many cases, acupuncture is best used in conjunction with conventional medicine, and in some conditions, it can be used as a sole treatment. 

It helps minimise the requirements for medications (which may have undesirable side effects), and helps to improve quality of life in patients where medications for treatment of chronic pain are not an option due to disease in the liver or kidneys. Acupuncture is extremely safe when practised correctly and is well accepted by the majority of animals. Under UK law animal acupuncture may only be administered by appropriately qualified veterinary surgeons.

Meet the Vet behind the needles

Your local vet treating pets great and small through acupuncture.

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Dominique Baranska


"Throughout my experience I have seen evidence of astonishing health improvements and improved demeanour in my patients, which is why I am so passionate about my work with acupuncture."