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Marion County Veterinary Center Offers Acupuncture For Horses


A new facility in Marion County is helping horses in an unconventional way: acupuncture.

Equine Acupuncture opened Sept. 4 in Ocala, the horse capital of the world. Dr. Huisheng Xie, a veterinarian at the center, said acupuncture can help horses with problems ranging from respiratory issues to muscle pain.

Megan McNeil said the acupuncture has helped with Tuff’s breathing issues. He will visit the center regularly for treatments. (Casey Albritton / WUFT News)

The center’s first patient was a 7-year-old horse named Tuff. His owner, Megan McNeil, said he has trouble breathing during the summer.

“He loves it,” McNeil said. “It definitely is a good pain management.”

Xie said about 20 horses can be treated each day at the nearly 17,000-square-foot facility. It boasts a spacious waiting area and individual stables for patients. The total cost of the center was about $4 million.

“I learned the language ‘dirt cheap.’ Later, I found out that dirt is not cheap,” Xie said, referencing the dirt in the waiting area that alone was around $1 million.




About Casey Albritton

Casey is a reporter for WUFT who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

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  • Great story about our new UF Equine Acupuncture Center! Call (352) 392-2229 for an appointment or visit vethospitals.ufl.edu/acupuncture for more information.