Dr. Marilyn Koski, a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) and certified veterinary acupuncturist (CVA), has been in practice for 20 years, treating dogs, cats and exotic species with both Western medicine and acupuncture. For 11 years she taught in the Companion Avian Exotic Pet Medicine Service at UC Davis, a service that treats pet birds, reptiles, fish, rabbits and rodent species. She has used acupuncture in treating dogs, cats, lizards, rabbits, tortoises, birds and exotic species—any pet animal, she says.
“Alternative, holistic, Eastern and complementary medicine are some of the many terms used to describe a wide array of disciplines,” Koski says. “I like to refer to acupuncture as a complementary medicine or integrative medicine, because I like to use it in addition to, or integrating it into a Western therapy.” Holistic generally means treating the whole patient, rather than only a localized problem. Acupuncture, she says, is certainly one way to do that.