Acupuncture Service

Veterinary Acupuncture Service

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To schedule an appointment, please contact Purdue Veterinary Medicine's Large Animal Hospital at 765-494-8548.

Although we are in an era of medicine that revolves around scientific scrutiny, the practice of acupuncture has found relevance in modern medicine. Consequently, veterinary acupuncture and acutherapy have become increasingly accepted as an integral part of veterinary medicine.

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body which that alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve desired effects. It is a means of helping the body heal itself. Acupuncture has been used successfully for nearly 4,000 years on animals as well as humans.

Medical veterinary acupuncture, also known as neuroanatomical acupuncture, stimulates the nervous system of the animal and helps the nervous system modulate the body to heal on its own.  Acupuncture is not meant to be a cure-all, but when integrated with traditional veterinary medicine can work quite well.

Frequently asked questions:

What conditions respond well to acupuncture?

Acupuncture does more than relieve pain. Acupuncture can be integrated with traditional veterinary medicine to aid in treatment of medical conditions allowing our patients to experience increased quality of life.

In small animals, acupuncture is commonly used for musculoskeletal problems such as hip dysplasia and arthritis; skin problems such as lick granulomas; nervous disorders such as traumatic nerve injury and certain types of paralysis; and to assist in control of pain following surgery or radiation therapy.

In large animals, acupuncture is most commonly used for musculoskeletal and reproductive issues. Treatment may also be sought in cases of facial paralysis, temporomandibular pain, and sinus problems, among others.

Meet Dr. Jennifer Koziol


Jennifer Koziol,

Dr. Koziol received her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 2012 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 2015. She completed her certification in large and small animal veterinary medical acupuncture in 2017.

How does it work?

Dr. Koziol utilizes a contemporary neuroanatomical approach to acupuncture, reflecting the idea that needle placement is guided by the practitioner's detailed knowledge of veterinary anatomy and neurology. How it works depends on what condition one is treating and which points are utilized.

Acupuncture increases circulation, reduces inflammation, causes the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins from the brain, relieves muscle spasms, stimulates nerves, by stimulating the body's own defense systems.

Is it painful? How will my animal react?

Acupuncture is performed with sterilized single-use thin stainless steel needles. There is occasionally a brief moment of sensitivity as the needle penetrates the skin in certain sensitive areas. Once the needles are in place, most animals relax, and even may fall asleep during treatment.

Is it safe?

Acupuncture is one of the safest therapies utilized if practiced by a competent acupuncturist. Side effects are rare. Occasionally an animal's condition may appear to deteriorate temporarily before improving, similar to what humans experience following a deep tissue massage. This phenomenon typically resolves in 24 hours. Because acupuncture balances the body's own system of healing and no chemicals are administered, complications rarely, if ever, develop.

How often and how long does one treat?

Sessions may last anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour depending on the patient. Each session will begin with a complete myofascial examination so that Dr. Koziol can determine the exact areas that should be treated. Once the needles are placed the duration of the treatment is determined by the patient and there level of tolerance of the treatment. Patients are often treated 1-3 times a week for 3-6 weeks. A positive response is often noticed within the first 2-4 treatments, sometimes earlier, depending upon the condition treated. Following the initial treatments the patient will be scheduled for maintenance therapy as needed.

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