Welcome to Acupet Integrative Veterinary Care

Acupet’s primary philosophy is to make animals comfortable, pain free and return them to as much function as possible so they can fully enjoy their lives. As a holistic clinic we integrate the best of conventional and complementary health care modalities to ensure your cat and dog is given every opportunity to regain health, wellbeing and vitality.

Who can benefit from treatment at Acupet?

  • As a rehabilitation clinic we work with cats and dogs recovering from orthopaedic and neurologic surgery or injury, to speed their recoveries and prevent further injury.
  • We also work with many cats and dogs suffering from chronic pain conditions, such as arthritis and cancer. We use an array of effective options for analgesia apart from drugs. In many older animals drugs can not be used as they have underlying liver and kidney issues.
  • There are also many other chronic conditions that respond very well to acupuncture and/or herbal medicine allowing the use of medicines to be stopped or reduced considerably. These conditions include inflammatory bowel disease, urinary incontinence, skin disease and seizures among others.
  • Cancer patients benefit immensely from holistic support alongside chemotherapy and radiation therapy or as an alternative option to conventional cancer treatment.

At Acupet we offer:

  • Acupuncture and electroacupuncture
  • Click to see what conditions acupuncture can help with.
  • Laser Therapy
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
  • Massage
  • TENS
  • Physiotherapy/physical rehabilitation
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Comprehensive pain management plans
  • Mobility aids (carts, braces, Kruuse joint protectors, harnesses)
  • Traditional Chinese and western herbal medicine
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Nutritional advice

The mind, body and spirit connection is important when addressing disease in our own bodies and it is the same for our pets. Treating an animal in a holistic way leads to a healthier and happier companion. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to meeting you.

Best wishes, Kym.


How do I know my cat or dog is in pain?

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Who is Acupet?

kym shrimptonDr Kym Shrimpton BVSc CVA CCRP NCAET
Acupet Director and Veterinarian

Dr Kym Shrimpton graduated from Massey University in 1998 and since this time has worked in small animal practice in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia in both general and referral hospitals.

Kym developed an interest in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine after feeling limited in the treatment of her patients with conventional veterinary medicine. She came to realise there are many animals for whom conventional medicine may work for a short period of time but then the problem then just keeps recurring. Many animals also seem to be prone to an array of different ailments that in conventional medicine do not seem to be related at all.
Realising a need to treat animals as “whole”, or holistically, led Kym to study Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. In 2010 Kym completed the Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA), an 18 month intensive post graduate course through the International Veterinary Acupuncture society in Australia. She began using acupuncture in a small animal hospital in the Hunter Valley before moving back to Auckland in 2012 and to establish Acupet Veterinary Acupuncture. Since its inception Acupet has evolved into a pain management and rehabilitation clinic. Due to working in this specialised area Kym has furthered her postgraduate education to allow her to deliver the best in analgesia and rehabilitation.

She has completed:

  • Post graduate papers towards the Diploma in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
  • The Certificate in Pain Management through the University of Tennessee (CAPM) for advanced analgesia in small animals
  • Is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP). This is the leading rehabilitation course for veterinarians, run through the University of Tennessee. This involved distance learning, on site workshops and lectures, an externship at the University of Tennessee rehabilitation department, case studies, and a final written and practical exam.
  • Currently doing further study in western herbal medicine through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies.

Kym is also a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS), the College of Integrative Veterinary Medicine (CIVT), The NZ Institute of Acupuncture (NZIA), the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) and is also a member of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV)

Alongside her work at Acupet Kym lectures in pain management and rehabilitation on veterinary nursing courses in Auckland.