October 2013 Issue - page 11

PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
October 2013
Page 11
Acupuncture services are
now available at Penn Vet’s New
Bolton Center.
Acupuncture can be used on
all species, although it is most
commonly used in horses. The
service can be helpful in treating
back pain, laminitis, nerve prob-
lems, reproductive problems, and
many other medical conditions.
Michelle Harris, VMD,
DACVIM, an Emergency and
Critical Care specialist, com-
pleted acupuncture training at
the Chi Institute of Chinese
Medicine in Florida and will
perform acupuncture services at
the hospital.
“Many clients of New Bolton
Center are familiar with acu-
puncture and want to try different
treatments for their hospitalized
animals,” said Corinne Sweeney,
DVM, Associate Dean of New
Bolton Center. “We are excited to
offer this new service.”
For the past three years,
Meagan Smith, DVM, DABVP
(Equine Practice), has offered
acupuncture to New Bolton
Center’s Equine Field Service
clients. Liz Arbittier, VMD, CVA,
who joined the Field Service last
month, adds to the team’s ability
to offer acupuncture. Drs. Smith
and Arbittier also were trained at
the Chi Institute.
“Acupuncture is especially
useful for pain management, to
help get the horse through the
worst of times,” Dr. Smith said.
“It can be a great adjunct to any
therapy to increase comfort and
lessen recovery time.”
At New Bolton Center,
acupuncture is not used to cure a
disease or replace Western treat-
ment, but to provide additional
therapy that can ease pain and
improve the animal’s quality of
life. In some cases, acupuncture
can decrease the need for certain
medications.
Acupuncture dates back
thousands of years in China.
The techniques used on animals
are similar to those used on
humans. This will include dry
needle therapy, aquapuncture,
electroacupuncture, and moxa-
bustion.
For more information, visit
Acupuncture
Available At New
Bolton Center
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