Dog With a Horse


Wholistic Veterinary Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

Serving equine and small animal patients in Charlotte and the surrounding areas.  Optimizing treatment outcomes, speeding return to normal function and reducing pain without drug side effects.  Wholistic means incorporating the best modalities for the greatest benefit to the patient, and avoiding unwanted effects on other body organs and systems.


Horse Acupuncture

We are often asked, "How will my horse tolerate acupuncture?" The closed eyes and serene expression on this patient's face are very representative of how equine acupuncture is experienced by the vast majority (no pun intended!)

Who We Are

  • Managing Veterinarian: Dr. Elena Shirley DVM, CVA
  • Trained and experienced technical nursing staff
  • Licensed to practice in North Carolina, California, and Oklahoma

What We Do

  • Patient Evaluation and History
  • Diagnostic Orthopedic, Neurologic Examinations
  • Developing and Explaining AP Treatment Plan (Acute and Long-Term Where Appropriate)
  • Acupuncture Treatment(s) of the patient
  • Prescribing Herbs Where Appropriate (*Drug Test-Free Formulas for Racing/Showing)
  • Writing and Maintaining Records (Shared With You / Your Primary Veterinarian)
  • Follow-Up Communication and Maintenance Treatment(s)

What We Care About

  • Appropriate Treatment for the Equine Patient
  • Treatment with Minimal/Zero Adverse Effects
  • Communication with Owners, Trainers to Facilitate Optimal Outcomes
  • Relief of Discomfort that is Sustainable and Minimally Invasive
  • Enhancing Quality of Life for our Patients and Owners
  • Enabling Our Patients' Enjoyment of their Work and Performances
  • Being a Trusted Member of Your Animal's Veterinary Team

Conditions We Commonly Treat Include
(Though Not Limited To)

  • Osteoarthritis and Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Back pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Stifle Pain
  • Hock Pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Caudal Heel Pain
  • Laryngeal Hemiplegia (Select Cases)
  • Gastritis
  • Ulcers

Payment Accepted At the Time of Service

  • Visa
  • MC
  • Discover
  • AmEx
  • Debit Card with Visa Logo

Dog Receiving an Acupuncture Treatment


What is Acupuncture, and how does it work?

Stimulation of Endogenous Resulting in a Physiologic Change and Therapeutic Effect

  • Opioids, Endorphins, Enkephalins
  • Neurotransmitters (GABA, Somatotrophin, Histamine)

Basic Stimulation Methods