Introduction to Veterinary Acupuncture is designed for veterinarians with no prior experience of acupuncture. You will learn techniques and some of the most powerful acupuncture points to get you started in treating musculoskeletal disorders in small animals (also with some application in equines).
As a veterinarian you can get started with what you already know – acupuncture improves patient well-being in ways you already understand – influencing autonomic activity, relieving pain and changing blood flow patterns, through techniques and mechanisms that the veterinarian can learn quickly and easily.
This six week course will get you started and the positive results with patients will inspire you to obtain in-depth acupuncture training. CIVT also offers a Certification in Equine Acupuncture, Certification in Small Animal Acupuncture and the accredited post-graduate degree 10640NAT-Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture.
To watch a short video of Dr Steve Marsden discussing the ‘Science behind Veterinary Acupuncture’ please CLICK HERE.
This course is for veterinarians and assumes a veterinary background, others will be considered on an individual basis.
- History of Veterinary Acupuncture: What is acupuncture? A brief history of acupuncture.
- The Science behind Veterinary Acupuncture: Neuroimmunology, hemodynamics, mechanisms of analgesia and review of the research.
- Overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Concepts of meridians and channels, Internal Medical Theory, terminology and the language of acupuncture, all in the context of cutting edge medical research
- Acupuncture Diagnosis: Assessing the Patient, hemodynamics and acupuncture.
- Points for Common Conditions: Acupuncture points for stifle problems, points for neck pain, acupuncture points for hip pain, points for back and hind limb pain.
- Getting Started: Your first treatment. Types of needles, appropriate cases, observations and follow up.
At the end of this 6 week course participants will be able to:
- Use some of the most powerful acupuncture points used to treat small animals for a variety of common musculoskeletal disorders.
- Use a technique that makes point selection easy and effective.
- Tell in advance that the patient will go home and improve.
- Explain the basics of how acupuncture works from both an Eastern and Western perspective to any of your clients or colleagues.
- See for yourself the efficacy and ease of integrating acupuncture into your practice.
Communication and course material
We will provide self-paced learning content and activities within the myCIVT classroom online. You will receive a log in and password to access this room. From myCIVT you can access course content as well as submit assessment tasks and online quiz. Tutor support is available throughout the course. Email/skype support is available.
You should have independent computer skills and be able to access the internet. This course is restricted to qualified veterinarians, others will be considered on an individual basis.
The course takes approximately 20 hours to complete. The course is conducted online through myCIVT. You will be enrolled for 8 weeks. If you require additional time, it will incur an extra fee.
Forum participation, quizzes, pulse log for five patients, and case log for three patients. You must have access to a minimum of five dogs/cats. Alternative assessment conditions are available. You will receive a Certificate of Completion.
Please note that this is an evidence-based course delivered by qualified and experienced practitioners but is not an Australian government-accredited qualification.
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