Dr. Frank J DeFeis, Central Veterinary Associates’ Senior Vice President and Director of Oncology, Acupuncture and Homeopathic Medicine, has achieved certification in veterinary acupuncture from the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida. This certification allows him to perform acupuncture on small animals, including exotics.
Dr. DeFeis specializes in companion animals with a special interest in internal medicine. A 1990 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, he performed internships in Oklahoma and Canada. He is currently working on his certification to practice herbology and towards his Master’s degree in Chinese medicine.
He has been with Central Veterinary Associates for the past 20 years. He is also a member of American Animal Hospital Association and the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association.
Acupuncture for animals is one of the safest therapies available when administered by a veterinarian, according to the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. It is administered to animals for the treatment of musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, skin problems, nervous disorders, reproductive disorders, respiratory problems, poor immunity and heart and kidney disease, among others.
Unlike traditional medicines which only mask the problems, acupuncture can be used as either diagnosis or treatment. Side effects are rare, and the body is allowed to heal naturally through the release of chemicals already secreted in the body, thereby eliminating the need for any additional over-the-counter medications.