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Acupuncture is an ancient technique of placing needles into special points called acupoints in order to affect the flow of qi (pronounced “chee”).  Traditional Chinese Medicine describes qi as energy in the body. Qi flows along channels or meridians similar to how a car moves along a winding highway, and these pathways have been identified in modern medicine as tracts within the Central Nervous System that are interconnected to organ systems.  

Studies have shown that the insertion of a needle initiates a cascade of biochemical events that stimulate with the body to invoke a positive change. These events cause increased blood flow and oxygenation to the area of insertion, improve healing, relax muscles, release serotonin and endorphins, and stimulate local and systemic analgesia and immunity. Many scientific studies have proven the benefit of acupuncture in human cardiovascular disease, endocrine disease, and orthopedic disease, as well as painful conditions. The most common purpose for acupuncture in veterinary medicine, and the most evidence-based, is for the treatment of pain.


Benefits Of Acupuncture


Pain Management For Degenerative Diseases: Arthritis, Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)


Appetite Stimulant


Improve Strength and Neurological Function


Control of Nausea or Vomiting Associated with Cancer or Illness


Increased Level of Energy or Awareness


Management of Behavioral Conditions

Department Doctor

Heather Troyer, DVM, DABVP (Board Specialized in Canine and Feline Practice), CVA, (Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist), CVPP (Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner)

Dr. Troyer graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She completed a one-year internship at the Animal Medical Center in NY, NY from 2001-2002 and joined the staff at Oradell Animal Hospital in 2005 as a member of the general medicine and surgery group. In 2008, Dr. Troyer became board certified through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Canine and Feline Practice (general medicine and surgery), which awards specialty certification to practitioners who demonstrate expertise above and beyond what is required to practice veterinary medicine. In 2009, Dr. Troyer helped to create the Oradell CARES program. Oradell CARES is designed to assist families and patients with hospice and care giver support issues through both in-home evaluation and out-patient management. In addition, Dr. Troyer was awarded certification in veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida, in 2010, and completed additional curricula in Tui-Na, a unique form of massage specific for Traditional Chinese Medicine. She most recently rounded out her education by becoming a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management in 2014. She practices integrative medicine, especially in cases where quality of life issues are paramount, and practices both out-patient and in-home pain management using both eastern and western techniques. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children, running, and cooking. She frequently writes for medical journals such as Clinician’s Brief and Veterinary Team Brief, and actively promotes continuing education at our hospital through lectures and wet labs, and promotion of student externship programs.
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