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By Judy Abel / Special to The Malibu Times

From a young age, Dr. Marc Bittan knew he wanted to be a veterinarian — but little did he know he would wind up as a lead practitioner in the field of holistic medicine for the treatment of animals. Calling himself a skeptic of acupuncture at first, he tried it after suffering back pain and was quickly impressed. 

Amy Patterson

All three of the veterinarians at the Animal Medical Center of Park Hills — Dr. Crystal Harding, Dr. Jennifer Daniels and Dr. Jean Liljegren — offer a full range of medical care and treatments for companion animals, but Liljegren, the newest member of the team, also offers something different than traditional “Western” veterinary care.

By Patrick Mahaney, VMD

Should you pursue acupuncture for your pet? This is a prickly question that should be answered by a veterinarian having been trained in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM).

International Veterinary Acupuncture Society

What is Veterinary Acupuncture?

Acupuncture may be defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for thousands of years to treat many ailments. 

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