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By Luke Feeney

Most people would cringe at the thought of putting a needle in their pet. However, at Long Island Veterinary Acupuncture, it is their specialty.

Long Island Veterinary Acupuntcture, founded in 2008 by Dr. Nina Malik, specializes in the treatment of cats, dogs, and exotic animals. Malik believes in a holistic approach to helping pets. The practice aims to “look at your pet from a Western medical perspective (physical exam and test results) and from an Eastern perspective…your pet’s lifestyle, personality, and underlying patterns. underlying conditions that may be causing his medical issues,” according to Malik’s website statement.

“We offer other therapies, but for the most part, 95% of the animals we see can be treated with acupuncture,” Malik said. The procedure is performed with fine, stainless and sterilized needles. The clinic’s website notes, “It’s not painful, and your pet may only feel the needle as it goes through the skin for a second, or not at all. Many animals relax and may even fall asleep with their needles in place. The procedure has been shown to help manage musculoskeletal diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, and behavioral issues, among others.

The practice will typically see up to 12 animals per day. In general, animals are usually treated for four to five weeks. Malik said the first encounter with a pet usually lasts an hour.

After the first encounter, she will meet the animal once a week for 30-40 minutes per session. In cases where acupuncture does not work, the clinic can also offer electrical stimulation and herbal remedies. “We are not a veterinary hospital, but we can do blood tests on animals if necessary,” added Malik.

She said her approach to treatment dates back to her upbringing. “I’m of Indian descent, working with herbs was something I was already comfortable with,” Malik said.

After graduating from Cornell University, she interned at the University of Pennsylvania Emergency Veterinary Hospital. “There were high euthanasia rates in the hospital, and I just thought there had to be another way,” Malik said. After her hospital stay, she was trained and certified in veterinary acupuncture by the International Society of Veterinary Acupuncture.

In the years since the clinic opened at 1924 Wantagh Ave., Malik has been recognized for her work, including winning Long Island’s Best Veterinarian Award in 2010 and 2011, as well as Best Service outpatient healthcare in Wantagh in 2021.

To learn more about Long Island Veterinary Acupuncture, visit For an appointment call (516) 404-1529.