Dre Jennifer Jobin, D.V.M., C.V.A.
Acupuncture and Osteopathy,
for horses, dogs and catsService Vétérinaire de l'Ouest
for horses, dogs and cats
Dr Jennifer Jobin, D.V.M., C.V.A.
After graduating in veterinary medicine, Dr Jobin completed an internship in equine medicine, lameness and surgery. She then gained many years of experience treating both horses and small animals in general practice. Dr Jobin's interest in equine performance led her to pursue integrative medicine in order to offer a more complete range of services to her patients.
Dr Jobin received her acupuncture training with IVAS in 2006-2007 and is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. She is trained in veterinary osteopathy through IMAOV. She loves both working with horses and helping her clients' small animal companions improve their quality of life.
Dr Jennifer Jobin is a veterinarian with a passion for integrative medicine. She is honoured to have served as president for the Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists of Canada from 2018 to 2020.
An acupuncture treatment can have many effects: decreasing pain, causing muscle relaxation, improving circulation as well as others. Conditions that can be treated or helped with acupuncture include: musculoskeletal issues such as lameness, pain in the neck and back, soft tissue injuries, herniated disks, neurological issues, allergies, chronic digestive issues, anxiety and others.
Acupuncture is a type of treatment that has been used for many millennia in China. It was initially used on people and work animals (including horses) and was recently adapted to pets. Acupuncture uses small needles at very specific locations, called acupuncture points, to have particular effects. Acupuncture can be used by itself or in combination with other medical or surgical treatments to improve the quality of life of a patient.
At the beginning of a consultation, the patient will receive a physical examination and be evaluated in his/her entirety, then an acupuncture point prescription will be made depending on the animal and the cause for consultation. Every point will be treated with needling or local pressure and will be chosen for a particular reason. The number of needles used will vary depending on the diagnosis and the patient. Sessions are done in a calm environment and are generally a moment of relaxation for the patient. The patient can be particularly calm or feel tired for a day or two after the session. It is generally recommended to abstain from performance or competition for at least 2 days after a session to allow the patient to gain the maximum benefits from the treatment.
Osteopathy is a manual treatment that was developed for people and adapted to use in animals in the last 50 years by dedicated veterinarians. Osteopathy can be very useful for animals presenting with lameness, chronic problems or multiple issues. Osteopathy can also help with issues related to aging, growth or performance. However, osteopathy is contraindicated in conditions requiring surgical interventions (example: fracture) or in acute or infectious conditions that are better treated by other means.
An osteopathic examination includes watching the animal in movement and a complete examination at rest. Depending on the animal’s history and the problems observed, a veterinarian can discuss the recommended treatments. Osteopathy and acupuncture can often be used in the same session to allow the patient to get maximum benefit from both modalities. It is normal for a patient to be tired for a day or two after treatment and it is important to avoid significant exertion for at least 48 hours after treatment to allow recovery.