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Professional Bio of Mary Battistella, DVM, CVA

Dr. Mary Battistella, DVM, is a 1983 graduate of Auburn University and has been practicing integrative medicine since 1992. She incorporates acupuncture, chiropractic, Chinese herbal medicine, homotoxicology and nutrition into her small animal practice. Dr. Battistella owns and operates Kowaliga Whole Health Pet Care in Eclectic, Alabama and also does integrative work in the Birmingham, AL at Riverview Animal Clinic. She completed IVAS certification in acupuncture in 1994, and herbal certification in 2000. She has completed the IVAS herbal, BEVAS herbal and Mona Boudreaux and Gary Allen’s course in 1998 and 1999. She now continues herbal studies with Jim Skoien, OMD and with Dr. Shen Xie. Dr. Battistella has published an Atlas of Scalp Acupuncture of the Dog, Cat, and Horse with contributions from Dr. Buxton of Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine. She has recently presented on Veterinary Acupuncture and Herbs at the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) Congress, the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA) Congress, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, the International Traditional Chinese  Veterinary Medicine Congress in Beijing, and the North American Veterinary Conference. Dr. Battistella is also is a part of the Integrative Medicine program at the Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine and is on the teaching staff at Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese veterinary Medicine. Presently Dr. Battistella is on the continuing education committee for the AAVA, and a representative from the AAVA on the International Continuing Education Committee, and as a AAVA delegate to the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society House of Delegates. Locally, she served as the Small Animal Affairs Committee Chairman for the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association (ALVMA) and as the Alternative Veterinary Medicine Committee Chairman for the ALVMA.