Students who are training to be vets at the University of Bern are to be given a course in acupuncture on a herd of 80 Holstein cows and calves in May. It's the first time animal acupuncture classes have been held in Switzerland, says the agricultural office for the Canton of Fribourg, where the herd is based.
Other alternative therapies are also being looked at, especially if they be used instead of antibiotics. A spokesman for the agriculture office said that alternative medicine was "in development" as a way of maintaining animal health without using the drugs.
An Australian specialist is coming over to teach the students at an organic farm in Sorens, which is attached to a teaching farm that has worked closely with Bern University for more than a decade, and is currently involved in a project to reduce the use of antibiotics in milk production.