US Basic Course in Veterinary Acupuncture

Post-doctoral Education in Veterinary Acupuncture for Veterinarians

2014 -2015 Portland, Oregon

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Session 1 October  29 – November 2, 2014                           Session 1 Fee: US$1,000.00
Session 2 November 19 – 23, 2014                                           Session 2 Fee: US$1,000.00
Session 3 January 21 – 25, 2015                                                Session 3 Fee: US$1,000.00
Session 4 February 18 – 22, 2015                                              Session 4 Fee: US$1,000.00
Mentored Internship March 25 – 26, 2015                                                    Mentored Internship Fee: US$1,500.00
Exams March 28 – 29, 2015                                                    Exam Fee included in registration of US$995.00

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The 2014-2015 Basic Course is being Co-Sponsored by Oregon Veterinary Medical Association

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Total Course Tuition: US$6,495.00

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 curriculum 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 (TCM) and acupuncture. The educational program provides acupuncture study and its clinical application for small animal, 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 herbology as well.

A Superior Course:

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

The lecturing faculty has 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, human acupuncture education faculty, 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 (5:1) allowing 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 both a clinically western perspective and traditional Chinese medical theory approach are introduced. With a solid background in the varied integration of evidence based and TCM acupuncture theory, assessment, and treatment methods, the curriculum provides clinically useful ways to integrate the different approaches of acupuncture into veterinary practice.

The laboratories teach hands-on palpation skills and acupoint location as well as exposure to different methods of patient assessment and treatment by experienced clinicians with live patients.

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 38 years. The student will be prepared to begin integrating acupuncture into their practice immediately, and will have access to 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 to 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.
  • 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 student 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, 64 hours of supervised acupoint location laboratories, live examinations and demonstrations.
  • Integration of acupuncture into practice is discussed throughout lectures, laboratory and demonstrations.
  • 16 hours of mentored internship prior to the certification exams.
  • Online study guides, self-assessment, and quiz between sessions
  • Online study guides, self-assessments, and quizzes between sessions.

Session 1 - This first session provides a basic understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles and their relationship to Western Medicine, neurophysiology, small and large animal anatomy and physiology review, introduction to meridian theory, and acupoint location. It will also include the fundamentals of needling technique.

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, we will cover the 5 element theory and course attendees will acquire the ability to integrate the diagnostic approaches and develop treatment regimens.

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


Attendees of the US IVAS Basic Veterinary Acupuncture Course must be licensed veterinarians, or fourth year veterinary students. Documentation must be provided.

The IVAS Certification Process

The purpose of this course is to provide postdoctoral education in veterinary acupuncture theory and practical skills.

Upon completion of the course, participants are expected to have the necessary preparation to successfully pass the certification examinations:

  1. Licensed veterinarian in good standing
  2. Attendance at all four sessions of the course
  3. Attendance of the Mentored Internship
  4. Passing scores on the written and two practical examinations
  5. Submission of a log book documenting a minimum 10 cases within 6 months of completing the course
  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 a 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 activities in addition to classroom
  • Course notebook with lecture material, appendix of articles, and required acupoint lists
  • USB Flash drive containing canine and equine acupoints in flash card format, and additional articles
  • Examinations – Written and Practicals
  • Membership in IVAS through June 30, 2015


The course provides a continental breakfast and morning and afternoon refreshment breaks during lecture or lab intermissions. There is also an evening reception during Session 1 and a Farewell Dinner Party and Dance during the final session!