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July 18, 2013

How to find an equine acupuncturist

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

Acupuncture is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) as a “valid modality” for treating horses.  Acupuncture treatment consists of inserting fine, stainless steel needles into specific points of the body to prevent and treat disease. The procedure must be administered by a licensed veterinarian as it is considered surgery by veterinary associations and requires a thorough knowledge of veterinary anatomy and physiology. Many veterinarians are seeking training in acupuncture to use as part of their standard diagnostic and treatment services. The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and the Chi Institute both offer training in veterinary acupuncture.

You can find a certified veterinary acupuncturist by going on the IVAS website ( and using the Vet Search feature on their home page. Another option is to ask local horse care professionals if they know of a veterinarian who has practical experience, but may not be IVAS certified.

To watch a series of videos on the various acupuncture methods, please visit Dr. Mark’s YouTube Channel.

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