Dre Jennifer Jobin, D.V.M., C.V.A.
Dr Jennifer Jobin, D.V.M., C.V.A.
Dr Jennifer Jobin is a veterinarian with a passion for integrative medicine. She received her acupuncture training with IVAS and is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. She has completed a two-year course in veterinary osteopathy through IMAOV. After her internship in equine medicine, lameness and surgery at a large practice in the US, she gained many years of experience treating both horses and small animals in general practice. She has a passion for equine performance and loves helping her clients' small animal companions improve their quality of life.
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, Dr Jobin 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. If you have questions about this modality do not hesitate to contact us.
Equine acupuncture and osteopathy
are offered around Montreal, surrounding regions and west to the Ontario border.
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Companion Animal Services
Acupuncture and osteopathy services are available for dogs and cats at these clinics:
l'Hôpital Vétérinaire des 3 Lacs
Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC J7V 1E9
l'Hôpital Vétérinaire Saint-Lazare
2050 Chemin Ste Angélique
Saint-Lazare, QC J7T 2Y7
l'Hopital Vétérinaire Mercier
135 Boulevard Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Mercier, QC J6R 2C1
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