I’m a Grand Prix dressage rider with a GP gelding with some miles, a 20-year-old small tour gelding (who I thought needed to retire), and an 18-hand uber-talented youngster with massive but not-yet balanced gaits. Dr. Jennifer Godman is essential to the management of each of these horses. Her unique qualifications—a surgeon with specialized education in internal medicine, combined with training at the Chi Institute—give her a perspective of how eastern and western medicine come together to make horses functional and sound using minimally invasive treatments. In particular, her treatment of my oldest gelding (and her astute observations of his movement) have changed his life and mine. My biggest worry was how to retire this horse who had struggled physically for 5 years, but still somehow loved to work. Now, he just loves to work and does so comfortably. We do lessons and clinics, and who knows, maybe a show next season! I feel so fortunate to have Dr G on our team. I can’t help but think that training in surgery, internal medicine, and eastern medicine combine to make one exceptional vet. And that’s what Dr Godman is.
Adrienne Wisenberg - Chapel Hill, NC
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My 18-year-old Holsteiner Mare has had intermittent SI, back and neck pain for the past 5 years was recently diagnosed with kissing spine. Which initially was a devastating diagnosis for me to hear.
We have tried all sorts of injections, supplements, and chiro with some improvement, but she has not been able to come back to full work. She has had ongoing issues with flexing, suppleness, and impulsion. She was also very cranky and guarded. I was considering retiring her.
Dr. Godman took a different approach with her than other vets I have used in the past. She fully evaluated her from nose to tail. She Recommended changes in her shoeing, rehabilitation exercises and training changes to improve her topline. She worked with my current vet and farrier to come up with a rehabilitation plan.
Using a combination of chiropractic and acupuncture she was able to immediately reduce her pain on the first session. By the 3rd session she was pain free.
I had been told previously that my mare was not really a candidate for acupuncture because she was so sensitive and would overreact to needles by bucking and becoming agitated. Dr. Godman is never in a rush, she spends the time needed to evaluate and treat your horse. This has made all the difference in my mare’s ability to quietly stand for acupuncture.
She is now back in full work and happier than she’s ever been. No sign of pain and her willingness to work, flexibility and impulsion are back better than ever.
I am forever grateful for Dr. Godman’s ability to help bring my mare back. She’s happy, healthy and pain free!
I would highly recommend Dr. Godman. She is extremely knowledgeable, and she has a passion for getting your animals feeling comfortable and pain free!
Liz Shaver - Pittsboro, NC
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An Integrative Approach for Your Equine Partner
IVMS EQUINE serves horses throughout North Carolina. If your area is not on the list please contact us to see if
Dr. Godman can meet your needs!
Dr. Godman is also licensed in FL, KY, GA, & OH
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Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Herbal medicine, and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) should be used as Integrative Medicine-- as an adjunct to traditional Western Medicine.
Your primary general practice veterinarian is the best person to address both annual wellness care and any emergency needs.
Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Herbal Medicine and TCVM are wonderful and effective therapies that are often appropriate for musculoskeletal concerns, chronic internal medicine conditions or conditions where traditional treatments need to be avoided due to the specific needs of the patient (e.g. drug allergies, steroid risk).
Professional Membership Organizations
American Association of Equine Practicioners (AAEP)
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC)
American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncturists (AAVA)
International Society of Equine Locomotor and Pathology (ISELP)
International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS)
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
World Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (WATCVM)
Equine Acupuncture Training: Chi Institute Reddick, FL
Equine Chiropractic (Equine Veterinary Medical Manipulation) Training: Integrative Veterinary Medical Institute Reddick, FL
Prescription Herbals: Dr. Godman only prescribes Herbal Medications from Dr. Xie's Jing Tang Herbal which are Made in the U.S.A. Certified cGMP in Manufacturing, Packaging, Warehousing and Distribution by National Animal Supplement Council (NASC).
“The natural healing force in each one of us is the greatest force in getting well”