About James R. Ansley, DVM, CVA
Having graduated in 1973 from the New York State Veterinary College at Cornell University, my first job as a new graduate was in helping a practice to grow in Poughkeepsie, NY, my late wife’s hometown. The caseload was heavy, the hours were long, the pay was adequate for a single person and the community accepted me. What more could you want? For 33 years, Community Animal Hospital remained my daily veterinary endeavor.
My second job was in Wimberley, TX! A part-time position at Cypress Creek Animal Hospital, PC afforded me a chance to stay active in practice and gave me an appreciation of uniquely “Hill Country” conditions. For example, before moving to the area, I had never seen a dog with injuries sustained from falling out of a tree, a condition not uncommon in Jack Russell Terriers who blindly pursue squirrels up live oak trees. With a part-time job comes leisure time, which I chose to fill with study of acupuncture, the first tool in the TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) arsenal.
Following 5 modules of acupuncture over two years at the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine in Reddick, FL, passing a written examination as well as sitting for an oral exam, plus having a case study reviewed and accepted by the teaching staff, I was entered as a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) on the registers of the Chi Institute and the China National Society of TCVM in January, 2011. Currently, I am continuing my studies in Chinese herbal medicine, having successfully completed all five modules toward certification in that discipline. Upon completion of three case studies, and acceptance by the Chi Institute, I will earn the certificate of “Chinese Veterinary Herbalist”.