[August 28, 2013, Kennett Square, PA] - Acupuncture services are now available at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center.

acupuncture, New Bolton CenterAcupuncture can be used on all species treated at New Bolton Center, although it is most commonly used in horses. The service can be helpful in treating back pain, laminitis, nerve problems, reproductive problems, and many other medical conditions.

Michelle Harris, VMD, DACVIM, an Emergency and Critical Care specialist, completed 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 acupuncture 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 treatment, 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. New Bolton Center will offer dry needle therapy, aquapuncture, electroacupuncture, and moxabustion.

Penn Vet is one of the world’s premier veterinary schools and is the only school in Pennsylvania graduating veterinarians. Founded in 1884, the school was built on the concept of Many Species, One MedicineTM. The birthplace of veterinary specialties, the school serves a distinctly diverse array of animal patients at its two campuses, from companion animals to horses to farm animals.

The large-animal facility, New Bolton Center, in Kennett Square, PA, includes the George D. Widener Veterinary Hospital for large animals; diagnostic laboratories serving the agriculture industry; and research facilities to determine new treatment and diagnostic measures for large-animal diseases. In Philadelphia, on Penn’s campus, are the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Ryan Hospital) for companion animals; classrooms; research laboratories; and the School’s administrative offices.

For more information, visit www.vet.upenn.edu.