What is Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is a medical system that has been used to treat animals for thousands of years. This system includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, acupressure, and food therapies. On the human side, meditation and exercises are also used, but this is hard to teach our pets. TCVM has been used to treat a variety of problems including pain, arthritis, various organ diseases (heart, lung, kidney, liver, digestive, hormonal, allergic, reproductive), and behavioral abnormalities. In fact, TCVM can be used to treat (or support Western treatment of) almost any imbalance other than those requiring surgery. Even then, TCVM can help your pet recover from the surgery and anesthesia more quickly, so still should be used before and after the procedure. TCVM is especially powerful for chronic illnesses. The TCVM approach is to balance the individual as an integrated, energetic structure by helping the body regulate itself.

In cooperation with a patient’s current veterinarian, Island Holistic Veterinary Center will provide consultation and recommendations regarding acupuncture, herbal medicine, and food therapy only after a full review of a patient’s medical history and medical records have been completed and a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medical Exam, as well as a Western Physical Exam, has been performed.

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Pricing:

Convenience Fee

House calls within a 20-mile distance of the clinic mailing address range from $25-$90. An estimate can be given for travel outside this region.

Due to the nature of a mobile business, appointments may run early or late. Please allow a 15-minute window before and after your appointment time. However, every effort will be made for your appointment to run on time.

Initial consultation

A thorough review of the patient’s history and medical records will happen prior to arrival. During the consultation, Dr. Duffner will perform a Western medical exam, a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medical Exam, and a nutrition consult. From there, Dr. Duffner will make recommendations for acupuncture, food therapy, and herbal medicine therapy.

  • $235
  • 90 – 120 minutes

Follow-up Consultation

Follow up appointments or consultations may take place in your home or via phone or email. If the appointment is in your home, the Convenience Fee will apply. Follow-ups will check on the progress of your pet and may include acupuncture, food therapy, and adjustment or additional of herbal medications.

  • $145
  • 60 Minutes

Acupuncture Treatment Plan:

  • $720
  • 6 Sessions

Acupuncture packages are not available for purchase until after your pet’s initial consultation. Travel fee is not included.

Island Holistic Veterinary Center does not provide routine veterinary services. It is strongly encouraged that you see your regular veterinarian for your pet’s vaccinations, diagnostics, etc.

Phone calls and e-mails are only answered between 9 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday, although appointments may be scheduled outside of that time.

Please give at least a 24-hour notice for appointment cancellations. A non-refundable deposit will be required prior to future appointments if the requested notice is not given.

We offer in-depth case consultations by phone and e-mail; please contact us for more information. Consultations and questions outside of routine TCVM scheduling and follow up will accrue this consultation fee.