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Equine Acupuncture a Popular Service for Clients

December 15, 2014

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Dr. Sarah le Jeune’s acupuncture treatments have proven to be quite a benefit to some VMTH patients.

As a part of the Equine Integrative Sports Medicine Service at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, acupuncture is becoming an increasingly popular treatment option for horses when Western medicine may not be entirely effective, such as treating back and neck pain. Led by Dr. Sarah le Jeune, the Service has been offering the complementary procedure for several years with increasing success rates.

Acupuncture has been used to treat various medical conditions in humans and animals for more than 3,000 years. Horses were among the first animals treated with acupuncture due to their importance in warfare and farming. An equine surgeon, Dr. le Jeune was one of the first to regularly incorporate acupuncture into her practice. Acupuncture and other traditional Chinese veterinary medicine procedures can easily be integrated into conventional diagnostic and treatment modalities to optimize clinical outcome. The use of acupuncture for pain relief is well supported and elucidated by modern research studies.

Dr. le Jeune has completed a multitude of post graduate work in equine acupuncture and sports medicine. She studied acupuncture at the Chi Institute in Gainesville, Florida and is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. Dr. le Jeune is also a Certified Veterinary Chiropractor and is board certified in surgery as well as sports medicine and rehabilitation.

The accepted importance of acupuncture as part of a treatment plan, and the increase in interested clients has played a part in enabling the VMTH to add an advanced training program in equine integrative medicine. Dr. Jodie Daglish recently joined the Service for a year-long fellowship to study under Dr. le Jeune and other equine faculty members.

In addition to acupuncture, the Service is directed towards sports medicine and lameness. It incorporates routine lameness work-ups, diagnostics and treatments, in addition to complementary modalities including chiropractic, saddle fit, laser therapy and rehabilitation.

About the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
The William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis—a unit of the School of Veterinary Medicine—provides state-of-the-art clinical care while serving as the primary clinical teaching experience for DVM students and post graduate veterinarian residents. The VMTH treats more than 47,000 animals a year, ranging from cats and dogs to horses, cows and exotic species. To learn more about the VMTH, please go to Timely news updates can be received on its Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages.

Rob Warren
VMTH Communications & Marketing Officer