Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

(Acupuncture, Herbs, Food Therapy)

 At North Scottsdale Animal Hospital, we provide Traditional Chinese Veterinary services to treat musculoskeletal problems, neurological disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, quality of life, cancer and hospice care, along with several other chronic conditions. For thousands of years in China, acupuncture has been performed on animals and humans.


According to modern research, acupoints are located in areas of the body with a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, lymphatic vessels and small arterioles. Studies indicate that stimulation of acupoints induces the release of beta-endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters. Pain relief, promotion of tissue healing, anti-inflammatory effects, GI motility, and antifebrile effects are a few of the positive physiological effects studies show to be induced by acupuncture. 


Colleen Brown, DVM

Integrative Veterinarian

Dr. Brown dreamed of becoming a veterinarian during her youth while growing up in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate studies at Arizona State University where she was a member of the Barretts' Honors College. After receiving concurrent bachelor degrees from ASU in Biology and Italian she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. 

Special interests of Dr. Brown include Integrative Veterinary Medicine, specifically Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). She graduated from the Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Mixed Animal Acupuncture program via The Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Reddick, Florida. 

 Dr. Brown is a member of The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA). She occasionally teaches at a local college as an Adjunct Professor of Biology. She has also published several articles for Biology Digest on topics regarding the veterinary profession.  


 When Dr. Brown is not treating patients her favorite past time is creating art.  She also enjoys yoga, tennis, travel and spending time with family and friends. Dr. Brown is excited to bring her acupuncture expertise to North Scottsdale Animal Hospital.