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                 go for the training because many clients asked her about it for their horses. Alternative medicine is not part of the curriculum at most veterinary schools, including the University of Pennsylvania, which operates the 700-acre New Bolton campus in Ken- nett Square. Smith earned her certification from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Florida, where she saw firsthand how animals respond to treatments. “There are acupoints for everything,” she says. We’re taught to treat every- thing except urgent emergencies.”
There are even acupoints for the mind. Horses that get upset during competition or trailering
can be treated on acupoints that produce a calming effect. Some owners want monthly treatments for their horses just to keep them feeling their best, especially if they’re involved in competition.
Sometimes Smith treats horses hospitalized with conditions causing severe pain. “Seeing them relax and have moments of feeling that good when they’re in chronic pain is very gratifying,” she says.
Acupuncture is just one of several components in traditional Chinese medicine. Kennett Square vet Dr. Elizabeth McKinstry offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, tui na (massage of acu- points) and food therapy in her practice, where she
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Above: Angela
Tocci embraces her Newfoundland, Sam, as he receives a vitamin shot from Dr. Elizabeth McKinstry.
Opposite page: McKinstry with her cat, Snowshoe. Previous page:
Dr. Meagan Smith, assistant professor at New Bolton Center’s Equine Field Service and a staff vet.
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