CE Guidelines to fulfill the Standing CE Recommendation for Certified Members:

  1. All CE requirements are based on the IVAS member annual dues billing cycle (fiscal year) beginning July 1st.
  2. If you are behind on your CE: One does not catch up past CE hours. Simply begin now to make your certification current.
  3. If you earn extra CE hours in a given year: You cannot roll over extra hours into the next two year time period.
  4. If you have NO CE for the coming fiscal year but have paid or wish to pay for membership for the coming year: You are given a 90 day grace period to acquire the necessary CE hours to keep your certification current. Beyond that time frame your certification will become inactive until you provide IVAS with proof of attendance at an IVAS approved event.

Maintaining your IVAS Certification

In addition to renewal dues remittance, and verification of current veterinary license, CERTIFIED members need to obtain annual continuing education (CE) credits as recommended by the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Directors in order to keep your certification active. Failure to obtain the required number of CE hours will result in your certification being inactivated until the CE is obtained. You are still IVAS certified; however, as long as your certification is inactive, IVAS will be unable to list you on the public referral site.

The CE requirement is only for CERTIFIED members. We encourage our non-certified members to pursue educational opportunities; however, IVAS does not require non-certified members to obtain continuing education.

The current continuing education requirement for CERTIFIED members is as follows: The year that you finish IVAS approved Basic Course on Veterinary Acupuncture no continuing education (CE) credits are required. Beginning the following year you are certified, you are required to achieve ten (10) CE hours for each twenty-four month (2 year) period you are an active certified IVAS member. This is accomplished by showing proof of attendance for IVAS approved CE when you submit CE credits to the IVAS office prior to or at the next dues billing cycle of the IVAS fiscal year for the purpose of keeping your certification active.

An easy way to remember when you are due for your CE submission is:

  • If you were IVAS certified in an ODD numbered year (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013), you are required to obtain 10 hours of IVAS approved CE by the dues renewal every EVEN numbered year (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014).
  • If you were IVAS certified in an EVEN numbered year (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014), you are required to obtain 10 hours of IVAS approved CE by every ODD numbered year (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Locating CE Opportunities

  1. Review the IVAS Newsletter, “The Point” for future pre-approved courses/workshops/seminars.
  2. Visit our website https://www.ivas.org for pre-approved courses/workshops/seminars.
  3. If you find other acupuncture and herb related courses, workshop, seminars NOT listed in the IVAS newsletter, or website, then contact the IVAS office to see if they have been added. If not, request the sponsor of the event submit a daily schedule.

Obtain CE Approval or Rejection for a CE Event

To verify if a course, workshop, or seminar has already been approved or rejected, please check under the IVAS Event Calendar on the website or in “The Point.” If you have any questions regarding the CE listing please contact us at +970-266-0666 or at [email protected].

If a course, workshop, or seminar you are searching has NOT been previously submitted to IVAS for approval, please contact IVAS with the following information for submittal to our CE Committee:

* Obtain the daily schedule breakdown containing the following: hours of lectures, lecture titles, and lectures.

Report your CE to IVAS Office upon completion of the Workshop, Seminar, Course(s)

You are asked to report your CE activity at the same time you remit your dues renewal. For AAVA and AVAC, you may submit a copy to AAVA and AVAC and these affiliates will transmit the information to IVAS with your dues renewal. Or, we welcome your direct submission to us by faxing or mailing a copy of the event’s completion certificate or other proof of attendance to the IVAS office. DO NOT SEND THE ORIGINAL TO IVAS OFFICE.

The Sponsor of course/workshop/seminar is required to submit the following to IVAS. Please verify with the sponsor that they are doing so.

  1. Submit a daily schedule of the event showing the hours of lectures, lecture titles, and lecturer(s).
  2. Submit copies of the daily sign-in sheet to the IVAS office.
  3. Provide each attendee with a certificate or letter of proof of attendance.

* Fax, email, or mail the schedule to IVAS as much in advance of the course, workshop, or seminar as possible for IVAS CE approval or rejection.

IVAS will forward the information to the Continuing Education Committee Chair, Kristin Edwards VMD. We anticipate having a response within two weeks from the time we receive the information. Feel free to contact us if you haven’t heard from us after two weeks.

NOTE: The IVAS CE Director only approves CE for those portions of the workshops, seminars, or course(s) that directly relate to acupuncture and TCM. Therefore, the number of CE hours assigned by the teaching sponsor may vary from those assigned by the IVAS CE Director.