HAMPTON—Dr. Angela Bross, DVM, MBA, CVA, CVTP, CVMMP and the owner of Joy-Chi Veterinary Acupuncture in Hampton, has been interested in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine since before she got into medical school. While she was working toward her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Cornell University, she found that between her studies and working a number of different jobs, she was always exhausted and no one could figure out why. In her quest to find relief, she went to see an acupuncturist and, in spite of everything Bross had going on at the time, the treatments gave her more energy.
“Because it worked so well, when I was working at the vet school at Cornell, there was an instructor there doing acupuncture on large animals at that time,” said Bross. “I got to see how that worked and ever since I’ve been really interested. It helped with my tunnel vision to get into and through veterinary school, and when I was in my clinical rotations, I took two acupuncture rotations. As soon as I graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, I started taking a course at the Chi Institute.”
The Chi Institute, or Chi University as it is now called, was founded in 1998 by Dr. Huisheng Xie. Since its founding, the institute has trained more than 9,000 veterinarians from 75 countries and regions in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and other integrative and holistic modalities.
TCVM consists of acupuncture, food therapy, Chinese herbal medicines, and Tui-na massage as well as exercise. In addition to those services, Joy-Chi also offers veterinary medical manipulation (which can be thought of as similar to chiropractic services, but for pets), and laser and ozone therapy. Bross also specializes in hospice and palliative care for her geriatric patients, which are primarily dogs and cats.
Bross opened her own practice, Joy-Chi Veterinary Acupuncture, in 2010. In December 2017, Bross became a Certified Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner (CVMMP) through the Integrative Veterinary Medical Institute. She continues to further her studies by pursuing the highest level of certification available: Certified Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Practitioner and Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.
Why would you take your pet to Joy-Chi?
“Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine picks up where general medicine leaves off, meaning we can only go so far with pain medications, then there’s nowhere else to go,” Bross explained. “It takes up some of the slack from that and it also treats different problems. In addition to arthritis, I can treat congestive heart failure, this can help with palliative and cancer patients, it can help with digestive issues, and I get a lot of customers who are just interested in a more natural approach to their pet’s health and welfare.”
Bross is an integrated veterinarian who still practices general medicine, so is currently available only three days a week for her TCVM patients. To find out more about her practice, or to set up an initial consultation, visit her website at http://joychivet.com. The initial consultation will allow her to assess a client’s pet’s condition, listen to the client’s expectations, then develop a customized treatment plan based on all the different options available.