Free Members-only Webinar

Self-Care for Veterinary Acupuncturists

Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Starting at 12:00 pm (Central Daylight Time)

Presented by Nell J. Ostermeier, DVM, CVA, FAAVA

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Nell J. Ostermeier, DVM, CVA, FAAVA

Balancing our own wellbeing as we work to help our veterinary patients maintain or regain balance is an ongoing challenge! This 1-hour webinar will focus on the importance of self-care for veterinary acupuncturists, including strategies for supporting our emotional health as we continuously invest energy into patient care. With our TCM knowledge, we have a higher level of awareness when it comes to the interrelatedness of the mind-body-spirit and how that relationship can affect both physical and emotional health in our patients. However, we don't always take the time to apply that awareness to ourselves.

This webinar will provide perspective and strategies for maintaining physical-mental-emotional balance during the everyday and long-term stressors of life as an integrative veterinarian. Included bonus - a recorded interview with Jennifer Verhoog, LAc providing tips on how we can use our TCM and acupuncture skills to help ourselves!


  1. Attendees will leave with additional perspective that should help them to be more aware of their emotional balance and happiness.
  2. Attendees will leave with strategies for self-care that they can implement right away.
  3. Attendees will receive tips from a licensed acupuncturist for humans regarding how to use TCM and acupuncture skills to help themselves during times of stress.

Dr. Nell Ostermeier grew up on a small farm in Central Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois in 2004. She then moved to the West Coast with her husband Preston and founded a small companion animal/exotic companion animal hospital in Portland, Oregon. Nell began integrating acupuncture into practice while becoming certified through the IVAS course in 2010. Practicing integrative medicine made such a difference for her patients and practice that she wanted to help more veterinarians implement acupuncture successfully. She returned as a TA to the IVAS program in 2014, then became the small animal lab coordinator, an instructor and is now the Course Coordinator for the IVAS U.S. Course. One of her most proud moments was receiving the IVAS volunteer of the year award in 2019.

Nell more recently founded a solo, mobile style acupuncture practice so that she has more time to focus on developing online continuing education options for integrative veterinarians. She is the creator and moderator of the private Facebook group “Every Day Acupuncture for Veterinarians” which brings together vets from all over the globe who are interested in sharing and learning more about this amazing modality. Her mission is to make acupuncture more accessible to veterinarians and animals worldwide.


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Wednesday, June, 12, 2024
Starting at 12:00 pm (Central Daylight Time)