What is Veterinary Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is used in a wide variety of human and animal disorders. Most simply stated, it is a therapy first developed by the ancient Chinese that consists of stimulating designated and precise points on the surface of the body by the insertion of hair thin needles to promote the release of natural pain killers and other chemicals in the central nervous. Acupuncture can also use heat (moxibustion) or a variety of techniques that use modern technology from electrical stimulation to the implantation of substances and low power laser. Veterinary acupuncture is a healing science which deals with the individual animal as a living energetic being, rather than simply as catalogue of signs and symptoms.
What Types of Conditions are Responsive? Acupuncture is used to help relieve pain, enhance the immune system, and improve specific or overall organ function in animal patients. Patients with musculoskeletal disorders such as chronic osteoarthritis or back pain, patients with respiratory problems, patients with skin problems, and patients with digestive problems can all benefit from acupuncture. Of course, it is not a panacea. Just as each patient is an individual, response to acupuncture varies.
LINDA VOGNAR, DVM, CVA (CERTIFIED VETERINARY ACUPUNCTURIST)
Dr. Linda Vognar is a graduate of Grinnell College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, and the University of California, where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She has practiced traditional western small animal medicine in Michigan, California, Kentucky and Wisconsin. Certified in veterinary acupuncture, she completed rigorous training at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (Reddick, Florida) in 2008. including 160 hours of instruction, practical and written examinations, and submission of a written case report. Dr. Vognar completed small animal advanced acupuncture training at Chi Institute in 2009 and is currently offering acupuncture consultation and treatment services to small animal practices in the Chippewa Valley through FOUR PAWS, FIVE TREASURES: Integrative Veterinary Medicine and Acupuncture.