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Alternative Pet Care On The Rise

Alternative Pet Care On The RiseMoreand more veterinarians are turning to universities like Tuftsto learn about holistic treatments for animals, including chiropracticcare and acupuncture. No.Grafton, Mass.

No. Grafton, Mass. [08.04.03] The classroom at Tufts’School of VeterinaryMedicine was filled with veterinarians from around the countrywho wanted to learn about one of the field’s growing treatmentoptions – chiropractic care. Part of an emerging trend,holistic treatments like chiropractic and acupuncture are quicklygaining footing among animal care professionals.

“Whilethe practice of applying chiropractic methods to animals datesto the early 1900s, its popularity has risen in recent years,”reported The Boston Globe.

As a result,veterinarians like Dr. Margo Roman are flocking to veterinaryschools like Tufts’ – one of the few that offers chiropracticinstruction.

“Veterinariansare training in these modalities to give themselves more toolsin their toolbox to take care of animals,” she told theGlobe. “It’s the total picture of what itis to be in medicine.”

Other holistictreatments are gaining ground as well.

Acupuncture,say Tufts experts, has been growing in popularity among veterinariansand students who are seeking ways to add it to their skill sets.

“Moreand more people are turning to alternative medicine,” Dr.Mary Rose Paradis, an associate professor at Tufts, said in anAssociated Press story on holistic treatments for animals.“They find it useful for themselves, so they want the sametreatments for their pets.”

Dr. MaryKahan – a Tufts-trained veterinarian in Concord, Mass.,– offers her patients both acupuncture and chiropractictreatments.

“It’sincredibly popular,” Kahan told the Globe lastyear. “People love it and the horses love it and they respondwonderfully.”

More andmore veterinarians are embracing the treatments.

“Accordingto the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, which certifiesanimal chiropractors, 683 veterinarians worldwide are certifiedto perform chiropractic work on animals, 571 in the United States,”reported the Globe.

Universities,says clinical assistant professor Dr. Allen Schoen, play an importantrole in the growth of holistic treatments.

“Besidesresearch, [Schoen said] universities need to acknowledge holisticmedicine to enhance its reputation and give it more widespreadacceptance,” the New York Times reported in anarticle on the topic.




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