Integrative Veterinary Medicine: Our Younger Generation Vets Are on Board!

For the second time in two years, CSCM has had the privilege of delivering a presentation about small animal massage to students at the University of Illinois Veterinary School in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. During our most recent visit to the school, we met with the Integrative Medicine Club and discussed specifically what massage and acupressure entail, their role in the veterinary community, and how they can be integrated into the overall care of our animals. 

The Integrative Medicine Club (formerly known as the Holistic Club) focuses on learning how to treat the entire animal in order to create a state of wellness. By combining all aspects of conventional medicine (antibiotic therapy, surgery, medical therapy, etc.) with holistic modalities such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, western herbs, eastern herbs, homeopathy, nutraceuticals, homotoxicology, and rehabilitation, integrative practitioners have a wide range of tools in their medical toolbox that can help heal their patients.

Practitioners of Integrative Medicine approach the treatment of patients by first using modalities that are less invasive, less expensive, and potentially have the least amount of side effects. Veterinarians who practice an integrative approach to veterinary medicine have received outside professional training and certification in these areas. 

It wasn’t long ago that traditional Western medicine was the only focus in veterinary school. Integrative modalities were rarely, if ever, part of the conversation. Now, however, it is common for veterinary students to talk more about these modalities and seriously consider long overlooked components of animal care like nutrition, behavior, and low stress handling. We look forward to continuing our role as educators by sharing the value of massage, acupressure, and other forms of bodywork with future veterinary practitioners as well as with the most seasoned veterinarians.

The Integrative Medicine Club is a student chapter of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA–www.ahvma.org) with chapters at over 20 universities across the county. 

Accredited Veterinary Schools With Active Student AHVMA Chapters:

  • University of California Davis
  • Cornell University
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Illinois
  • Iowa State University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Michigan State University
  • Midwestern University
  • North Carolina State University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Ross University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Tuskeegee University
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Virginia-Maryland
  • Washington State University
  • Western University