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Equine Acupuncture

Clinical trials indicate that acupuncture therapy can be effective as a supplemental treatment in the following conditions in horses:

  • musculoskeletal problems: muscle soreness, back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, obscure lameness, laminitis

  • gastrointestinal disorders: diarrhea, impaction, chronic colic, gastric ulceration

  • neurological disorders: seizure, laryngeal hemiplegia, facial and radial nerve paresis

  • other chronic conditions: heaves (COPD, RAO, asthma), anhidrosis, uveitis, behavioral problems, Cushing's disease, hypo- or hyperthyroidism, infertility, renal failure, geriatric weakness, skin problems, performance enhancement and prevention of disease (



Acupuncture is best applied as a complementary technique, promoting the well-being of the patient and assisting conventional therapies to achieve a positive result. Please remember, acupuncture therapy is meant to complement, not replace, conventional veterinary care.

Acupuncture is the stimulation of a specific site with a specific method, with the goal of a therapeutic homeostatic effect. The specific point on the horse’s body is called an acupuncture point (acupoint). The ancient Chinese discovered 361 acupoints in humans and 173 acupoints in horses.

Current studies have demonstrated that acupoints are located in the areas where there is a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles, and lymphatic vessels. The acupoint connective tissue represents a different configuration when compared to the rest of the horse’s skin. Stimulation of acupoints can induce the release of β – endorphin, serotonin and other neurotransmitters. Acupuncture for pain relief is well supported by many acupuncture scientific studies.

There are several acupuncture methods, aquapuncture, hemoacupunture, dry needling, and moxibustion. Aquapuncture utilizes saline and vitamin B12 to prolong stimulation. Hemoacupunture involves aspirating blood to control inflammation. Dry needling is point stimulation without the addition of medications, dry needling lengths rand from 0.5 to 4 inches deep. Moxa is a traditional Chinese herb utilized with in moxibustion. Moxibustion involves heat application and burning moxa to help chronic degenerative conditions. (

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(North of Spanish Fork)

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Educating equestrians about the importance of preventative veterinary medicine, specifically dentistry, and the benefits of veterinary acupuncture so that they may prevent disease in their equine companions, and enjoy riding them.  

Acupuncture | Chiropractic | Dentistry | Exams | Vaccines | Coggins | Health Certs | Euthanasia


Dr. Cate Dolan, DVM/CVA
Dr. Cate Dolan is a licensed veterinarian, is certified in veterinary acupuncture, and can perform acupuncture exams and treatments at your home or barn. She offers a medical perspective that is grounded in conventional Western medicine, but that also draws wisdom from traditional medical systems such as Traditional Chinese Medicine.


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Park City

(North of Spanish Fork)


Utah's only specialty vet practice in integrative sports medicine & rehabilitation.  We specialize in providing progressive and practical diagnostic and treatment choices to both equine and companion animal caretakers.  Instead of using integrative modalities in a Western medical context, we use conventional medicine with integrative therapies in a (w)holistic environment

Acupuncture | Chiropractic | Thermal Imaging | Musculoskeletal Ultrasound | Injury Rehabilitation | Nutrition | Holistic Medicine | Sports Medicine and Performance Consults | Kinesiotaping | Equinosis Lameness Locator | Radiology

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Saratoga Springs

From pasture to performance, our expertise touches all aspects of equine health, wellness, and reproduction.

Honorable Mentions
Las Vegas

(Outside of Utah)


Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine |
Acupuncture (Dry Needle, Electro, Aqua, Moxa) |
Virtual Consultations | At Home Euthanasia Services |
Laser Therapy

At Holiystic Vet, we are guided by three principles: to provide the best care possible through a holistic approach, work with compassion and consider the patient as a whole, and to work in partnership with you to ensure the best quality of life for your pet.

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