Acupuncture & Chiropractic Services - Knoxville and Oskaloosa

What is veterinary acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve a healing effect. It is not a cure-all, but it works well where indicated and when used alone or in combination with traditional veterinary medicine. Veterinary acupuncture has been used to treat animals for nearly 4,000 years in China. In North America it has been used for decades, in both domestic and exotic animals. Acupuncture is one of a variety of therapies a veterinarian may use to treat your pet.


How does acupuncture work?

Ancient Chinese medical philosophy believes that disease is a result of an imbalance of energy in the body. Acupuncture is believed to balance this energy, and thereby assist the body in healing disease. In Western terms, acupuncture can assist the body’s efforts to heal itself by causing certain physiological changes. For example, acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasms, and cause the release of hormones, such as endorphins (one of the body’s pain control chemicals) or cortisol (a natural steroid).


What are some of the uses of acupuncture?
Acupuncture is known to have therapeutic effects in a wide variety of animal diseases. Pain modication is an important application of veterinary acupuncture, but there are much wider applications. Examples of clinical conditions where veterinary acupuncture may be used are:


  • Gastrointestinal disorders

  • Respiratory problems

  • Urinary disorders

  • Musculoskeletal disorders

  • Dermatological problems


How long does treatment work and how often are treatments?

The length and frequency of treatments depends on the problem and condition of your pet. Stimulation of an individual acupuncture point may be for as little as 10 seconds or as long as 20 minutes. Generally, acute problems require less time and frequency of treatment in chronic cases. For example, an acute sprain may require only one treatment, whereas more severe or chronic ailments may require multiple treatments. A positive response is generally seen after the first to third treatment in chronic cases. Once optimum response is achieved, treatments are tapered off so the greatest amount of symptom-free time elapses between them.


What is veterinary chiropractic?

Veterinary Chiropractic is the science, art and philosophy concerned with good health through restoration and maintenance of a properly functioning neuromusculoskeletal system, without the use of drugs or surgery.


Veterinary Chiropractic care is a manual therapy, which can be used for many health and performance problems. It focuses on the biomechanical dysfunction of the spine and its effect on the entire nervous system throughout the body.


Veterinary Chiropractic treatment does not replace traditional veterinary medicine; however, it can provide additional means of diagnosis and treatment options for spinal problems as well as biomechanical related musculoskeletal disorders. Veterinary Chiropractic can often eliminate the source of acute or chronic pain syndromes.


  • Corrects imbalance and lack of adequate mobility between two bones

  • Increases flexibility

  • Improves blood flow and nerve impulses

  • Releases endorphins

  • Relieves pain

Meet our acupuncture and chiropractic specialist

Lisa King, D.V.M. CVA

Small and Large Animal Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Lisa King was born in west central Iowa and grew up on the family farm. She participated in livestock production on the farm and had her own small flock of sheep growing up. Lisa earned her bachelor degree at Iowa State University in Animal Science through the Biotechnology program. She completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 at ISU. In 2008, Lisa started her acupuncture training with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and was certified in 2010. In 2011, Lisa completed her chiropractic training and was certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in animal chiropractic. She is a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association.


At Animal Health Centers of Knoxville & Oskaloosa, Lisa treats a variety of species, from dogs, cats and horses to small ruminants and pocket pets. In her spare time, Lisa trail rides and events her horses, participates in stock dog trials with her Australian Shepherds, and raises Dorset sheep.


Our locations

Hours of Operation

Animal Health Center of Albia

1976 684th Avenue

Albia, IA 52531

Phone: 641-932-3455 

Animal Health Center of Oskaloosa

1015 A. Avennue W.

Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Phone: 641- 673-5525 

Animal Health Center of Knoxville

605 West Pleasant Street

Knoxville, IA 50138

Phone: 641-828-2101

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sunday: Closed


*Animal Health Center of Oskaloosa is now open until 7pm on the first Wednesday of the month!

Animal Health Center of Ottumwa

301 Richmond Ave 

Ottumwa, IA 52501 
Phone: 641- 682-8701

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