And, yes, I use acupuncture on my own pet. I completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) basic course (2006) and am now a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA).
I earned this certification after I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (1999) and completed an internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, D.C (2000).
I make house calls with the emphasis on pain management through acupuncture and musculoskeletal therapy. I also advise on pet-safe environmental changes, recommend dietary modifications, prescribe medications, dispense supplements and Chinese herbs, communicate with your regular veterinarian or specialist, and provide euthanasia services (when needed).
I also work with local Los Angeles rescue organizations to help those pets that have been given a second chance to live healthier lives. I’m currently sharing my perspective on companion animal care at my National Pet Care Examiner column, Perez Hilton’s pet-centric website TeddyHilton.com, and The Daily Vet on petMD.