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Debra Voulgaris

DVM, MA, CVA, CCRP, Cert. Tui-na Practitioner

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Rehab + Integrative Medicine

Areas of Interest:

Pain Management, Anesthesia, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Animal Welfare

Veterinary School:
Ross University

University of Georgia

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • Southern California Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA)
  • California Veterinary Medical Association (CMVA)
  • American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV)
  • International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS)

Debra Voulgaris

DVM, MA, CVA, CCRP, Cert. Tui-na Practitioner

Dr. Debra Voulgaris is a native New Yorker who earned her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in Liberal Studies, then in 1999 earned her Master’s Degree in Biological Anthropology from the City University of New York at Hunter College.

Dr. Debra Voulgaris

Prior to entering veterinary school in 2001, Dr. Voulgaris taught high school science in New York City, where she nurtured her passionate interest in medicine by helping to advance the education and awareness of animal welfare issues. During this time, her interest in medicine and healing, combined with her respect for animals and her commitment toward their ethical treatment, led her to ultimately become a veterinarian.

She attended Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine, and completed her clinical year at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, graduating in 2005.  Because of her keen interest in pain management and anesthesia, Dr. Voulgaris eventually accepted an anesthesia internship at the University of Georgia.

In 2006, she took a position as a veterinary associate at an integrative medicine practice in Brooklyn, New York, where she continued to expand her interest in pain management. It is here that her understanding of, and interest in, holism blossomed, and in 2007 she became certified in veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).

After 2 years in general practice, Dr. Voulgaris decided to pursue further academic training. She accepted a 3 year anesthesia/pain management residency at the University of Tennessee (UT) in Knoxville.  During her appointment, she participated in creating an integrative medicine department for both small and large animal patients.  She gave numerous lectures on integrative medicine for canine, equine, camelid, and porcine patients, became the sole equine acupuncturist for the university, and taught within UT’s equine rehabilitation certification program. Dr. Voulgaris is trained and certified by the University of Tennessee in canine rehabilitation (earning a CCRP), and is a certified Tui-na Practitioner, having studied with the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL.

Dr. Voulgaris has published peer reviewed articles in ‘Anesthesia and Analgesia’, ‘The Canadian Journal of Veterinary Medicine’, and ‘The American Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine’.  She is on the IVAS exam committee, which sets standards for acupuncture certification among veterinarians.  She continues to teach and give lectures throughout the United States on veterinary pain management, acupuncture, physical rehabilitation, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.


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