US Basic Course in Veterinary Acupuncture

Post-doctoral Education in Veterinary Acupuncture for Veterinarians

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2013 -2014 San Antonio, Texas

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Session 1 October  23 – 27, 2013
Session 2 November 20 – 24, 2013
Session 3 January 22 – 26, 2014
Session 4 February 26 – March 2, 2014
Mentored Internship April 2 – 3, 2014
Exams April 5 – 6, 2014

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The basic veterinary acupuncture course taught by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) in the United States has the longest history of a comprehensive study of veterinary acupuncture in the Western World. The curricula of the course integrates a balanced background of the fundamentals of the scientific basis and application of acupuncture as well as a background in the fundamentals and applications of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. The educational program provides acupuncture study and its clinical application for small animal as well as large animal, avian and exotic species.

Graduates of the IVAS United States Basic Acupuncture Course are prepared for more advanced study of veterinary acupuncture from either a scientific or traditional Chinese medicine perspective and they can pursue the study of traditional Chinese veterinary herbology as well.

A Superior Course:

The first comprehensive veterinary acupuncture course in the Western World. Most of the Western World’s foremost veterinary acupuncturist, including researchers, teachers, course coordinators and authors, have been certified by IVAS.

The lecturing faculty have a wide variety of professional backgrounds and clinical acupuncture experience including boarded veterinary specialists, veterinary college faculty, veterinarians who also have completed training and licensing in human acupuncture, licensed human acupuncturists and veterinarians who use acupuncture in the majority of their daily practice.

IVAS encourages clinical research for greater understanding of this ancient healing art.

The IVAS educational program continually integrates current, clinically useful information in the art and science of acupuncture.

The IVAS certified teaching associate staff keeps the student-to-teaching associate ratio low and allows more attention to each student in the hands-on laboratories.

The US IVAS course provides a consistent, comprehensive veterinary acupuncture training program that, unlike other courses, rotates to different regions of the country to allow more accessibility so that busy veterinarians may remain closer to home. It also is located close to major airports so that long ground transportation can be avoided.

Classroom lectures begin with the anatomic, physiologic and historical aspects of acupuncture. As the course progresses, patient assessment and diagnosis from a clinically scientific perspective and traditional Chinese medical theory approach are introduced. With a solid background in the varied integration of acupuncture theory, assessment, and treatment methods, the curriculum provides clinically useful ways to integrate the different approaches of acupuncture into veterinary practice.

This course prepares the student for both the written and practical examinations that are required for IVAS Certification in veterinary acupuncture for both small and large animals. The IVAS Certification has been internationally recognized for over 35 years. The student will be prepared to integrate acupuncture into their practice, and will have the opportunity to personally arrange for observation of acupuncture in clinical practices with a worldwide network of IVAS certified practitioners.

Educational Program

The curriculum of the course is not limited to the study of traditional Chinese medicine theory, but also incorporates current scientific acupuncture theory and biomedical science in its application and approach to patient assessment and treatment. A variety of methods of patient examination and treatment are taught and demonstrated. The program prepares the participant for integration of acupuncture into every day clinical practice.

  • Clinically relevant lectures that provide a foundation of referenced scientific and traditional Chinese medical information and incorporation of that information into patient assessment and treatment.
  • Hands-on palpation of acupoint locations in labs develop tactile point location accuracy for effective treatment.
  • Live Demonstrations of patient assessment and acupuncture technique by experienced clinicians provide examples of how acupuncture is used in practice.
  • Demonstration of acupuncture equipment such as needles, moxa, aquapuncture, electroacupuncture and cold lasers.
  • Optional lectures about Chinese herbs, and Teaching Associate review sessions.
  • Unlike some courses that restrict the student’s access to vendors, the US IVAS Course encourages vendors to attend in order to expose the students to a vast network of acupuncture supplies, equipment and books.
  • The course is divided into four sessions that include approximately 96 hours of required didactic lectures, 57 hours of supervised acupoint location labs, live examinations and demonstrations, and 10 to 12 hours of optional lectures. The course includes 16 hours of mentored internship for both small and large animals.
  • Integration of acupuncture into practice is discussed throughout lectures, laboratory and demonstrations.
  • Some lectures are provided online to reduce classroom hours.
  • Online study guides, self-assessments, and quizzes between sessions.

Session 1 - The first session provides a basic understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles and their relationship to Western Medicine, introduction to meridian theory, scientific basis of acupuncture, and acupoint location.

Session 2 – The second session provides a working knowledge of TCM diagnostic approaches. Introduction to Eight Principle and Zang Fu theory. It also provides a working knowledge of small animal and equine acupuncture.

Session 3 – In the third session, course attendees will acquire the ability to integrate the diagnostic approaches and develop treatment regimens.

Session 4 – The fourth session will enable course attendees to incorporate basic knowledge of acupuncture into clinical practice.


Veterinarians attending the US IVAS Basic Course must be graduate Veterinarians, or fourth year veterinary students. Documentation must be provided.

The IVAS Certification Process

The purpose of this course is to provide post-doctoral education in veterinary acupuncture theory and practical skills. The requirements for IVAS Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture include:

  1. Passing certification examination which includes written, canine practical and equine practical exams;
  2. Completion of the Introduction to TCM online course;
  3. Attendance at all four session of the course;
  4. Attendance at the mentored internship;
  5. Submission of a log book documenting a minimum of 10 cases within 6 months of completing the course; and
  6. Submission and approval of one peer-reviewed case report.

Who Should Attend:

  • Veterinarians who want to incorporate acupuncture into their practice and are looking for a solid, comprehensive, and practical acupuncture training.
  • Veterinarians interested in learning the basics of acupuncture from a scientific as well as traditional Chinese medicine approach.
  • Veterinarians who want a foundation of traditional Chinese medicine study and are interested in pursuing the additional study of traditional Chinese veterinary herbology.

Course Materials:

The US IVAS course provides the following, which are included in the tuition:

  • Online Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine Module. To be completed prior to the first session.
  • Course notebook with lecture material, appendix of articles, and required acupoint list.
  • USB Flash drive containing canine and equine acupoints.
  • Examinations – Written and Practicals
  • Mentored Internship of 16 hours
  • Membership in IVAS for a year.


The course provides a healthy continental breakfast with hot food items and healthy morning and afternoon breaks during lecture or lab intermissions. There is also an evening reception during Session 1, 2, and 3, and a Farewell Dinner Party and Dance during the final session!