Holly Johnson has been a veterinarian since 1992 and is licensed to practice in New Mexico, Arizona, Florida, Minnesota and New York. She earned her veterinary degree in 1992 from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University and her bachelor of science in animal science from North Dakota State University in 1986.

Holly was first exposed to, and required to use, acupuncture in 1993 during her internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She began studying Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine at the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1997. Since 2004, she has engaged in regular TCVM studies in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and food therapy at the Chi Institute, and in 2009 earned a Certificate in Equine Osteopathy through the Vluggen Institute.

Today these modalities form the core of her integrative practice for treating dogs and cats.

In addition to her emphasis on small animal care, Hollys professional experience has included veterinary treatment of horses, sheep and goats, exotics, cattle, seabirds and marine mammals.

Holly Johnson DVM Animal Acupuncture

© Photo by Gabriella Marks

Most recently, she had the opportunity to travel and study in China with the Chi Institute and attend the Chinese Medical Association Acupuncture Conference. As part of this intensive, she visited a traditional Chinese medicine hospital, herbal pharmacy and toured an acupuncture needle manufacturing plant. This provided her the opportunity to interact directly with TCVM veterinarians working in China, and as a result, she now incorporates broader considerations in diagnostics and treatment. Holly is committed to deepening her TCVM knowledge through continued studies through IVAS and the Chi Institute in the US and China.



“I truly appreciate the quality of care and knowledge that Dr Holly Johnson has given my animals. When my shepherd was dying of cancer she was available for compassionate care. I believe her treatments assisted immeasurably in his comfort & considerable reduction in pain. The acupuncture sessions were particularly beneficial.

This made the final days of his life much easier. She’s also given wonderful dental care to my elderly cat. In my opinion she’s a doctor who is excellent and I’m grateful for her presence in my pet’s lives.”

Diane Westwater
Santa Fe, NM



American Veterinary Medical Association
American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncturists
International Veterinary Acupuncture Society
Association of Shelter Veterinarians