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Certification in Equine Acupuncture


12 Months

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About the Course

CIVT1006VAEq Certification in Equine Acupuncture is a 12-month, part-time, fully online course orientated towards applied theory, both traditional and scientific which can be applied to clinical practice. You will be able to develop your confidence and competence during the course with continuous case support from tutors and case forums. You begin your clinical training with simulated cases but rapidly transform to the discussion of your own patients and your treatment progress.

The course is comprised of four modules. You will move sequentially through the material. 

The Certification course may provide significant credit towards the 10640NAT- Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture. 

IVAS recognizes the CIVT Acupuncture courses. CIVT Graduates of the Certificate Veterinary Acupuncture (Equine) course can join IVAS as Credentialed members.

Please note that this is an evidence-based course delivered by qualified and experienced practitioners but is not an Australian government-accredited qualification.


Successful completion of the certification requires you to be treating a range of cases and record these in a case log-book which provides ‘proof’ of your skills and knowledge. You must also complete ALL assessments in the course with a passing grade of 70% or more.

You will be required to develop a portfolio of cases to demonstrate your proficiency. These need to be across a range of conditions and each case must be examined and treated at least twice.


  • 25 RACE Credits
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Dr Susi Lam
Dr Cynthia Lankenau
Dr Steve Marsden
Dr Linda Boggie

Meet the Tutors and Lecturers

Dr Susi Lam
Dr Susanne Lam studied at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna when she was first exposed to acupuncture through Dr Oswald Kothbauer. After being based in Hong Kong for 17 years, Susi moved back to Austria permanently in 2012 with...
2 Webinars and 11 Courses
Cynthia Lankenau, DVM, graduated from Cornell’s Veterinary College in 1981 and joined a 99% dairy practice in upstate NY with a total love of working with small dairy farms. In the attempt to expand her practice knowledge, she joined the...
10 Webinars and 2 Courses
Dr Steve Marsden received his doctorate in veterinary medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 1988. At the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon he obtained a doctorate in Naturopathic medicine, a Master's of Science...
35 Webinars and 15 Courses
Dr. Linda Boggie graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. After graduation she worked in various practices including a 24 hour animal hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, locum work for various small animal...
3 Webinars and 2 Courses

What will you Learn

Veterinary Chinese Medicine Foundation 

The first module covers traditional Chinese medicine designed for application in an animal care context.

Successful completion of these modules equips practitioners working with animals to:

  • develop knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine principles
  • identify the theories of traditional Chinese medicine practice
  • develop knowledge of the cause of disease from a traditional Chinese medicine...
Veterinary Chinese Medicine Foundation 

The first module covers traditional Chinese medicine designed for application in an animal care context.

Successful completion of these modules equips practitioners working with animals to:

  • develop knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine principles
  • identify the theories of traditional Chinese medicine practice
  • develop knowledge of the cause of disease from a traditional Chinese medicine perspective
  • develop a basic knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine anatomy
  • identify the basic principles of acupuncture and apply them to veterinary practice
  • diagnose clinical conditions seen in veterinary practice from an acupuncture perspective
  • identify the central philosophies of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and apply them to veterinary practice
  • develop knowledge of Chinese medical pathology
  • apply the principles of Chinese medical pathology and pathophysiology within an acupuncture diagnostic framework in veterinary practice
  • conduct a veterinary Chinese medicine assessment utilising physical examination, tongue diagnosis and pulse diagnosis techniques

Topics covered:

Health and Harmony according to Chinese Medicine

  • Introduction to Philosophies of Chinese Medicine & Concept of Dao/Unity
  • Differences between Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine
  • Introduction to the History of Veterinary Acupuncture
  • Overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Introduction to the Science of Acupuncture
  • Concept of Yin and Yang - qualities and interrelationships
  • Concept of 5 Elements/ Wu Xing/ Phases - qualities, correspondences and inter-relationships
  • Concept of cyclical rhythms in Chinese Medicine (Chinese clock, seasonal and diurnal changes)
  • Concepts of Qi, Blood, (Xue), Body fluids Jin Ye qualities, types, production, functions, circulation, inter-relationships

Chinese Medicine Anatomy

  • Characteristics and Functions of the 12 Organs/ Zang Fu and extraordinary Fu
  • Characteristics and Functions of the Meridians/ Channels/ Jing Luo

Causes of Disharmony Chinese Medicine Health Paradigm and Causes of Disease

  • Internal (emotional), External (climatic), Miscellaneous causes

The Diagnostic Framework

  • Central Philosophies of Veterinary Acupuncture
  • Acupuncture and Veterinary Acupuncture History
  • Chinese Medicine Physiology
  • Yin and Yang, Zang Fu and Fundamental Substances
  • Chinese Medicine Pathology
  • Pathophysiology - Patterns of Disharmony according to Chinese Medicine
  • Approaches to Chinese Medicine Methods of Diagnosis
  • Methods of Examination Tongue diagnosis, Pulse diagnosis, Palpation techniques and other techniques
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Diagnosis by Eight Principles
  • Diagnosis by Qi, Blood and the Zang Fu
  • Diagnosis by the Six meridians, Four phases and San Jiao
  • Taking the Case

Veterinary Acupuncture Principles and Practices 

Successful completion of module two equips practitioners to:

  • apply the central philosophies of acupuncture to veterinary practice
  • integrate principles of acupuncture into mainstream veterinary practice
  • develop in-depth knowledge of veterinary acupuncture techniques and applications in current veterinary practice

Topics covered:

Neurophysiology of Acupuncture

  • Neurophysiology of Acupuncture- How it works
  • Modern Acupuncture Theories
  • Bridging Science and Acupuncture

Acupuncture points

  • Names, classifications, actions and indications of points

Channels and Key Acupuncture Points

  • The Channels
  • Empirical Points
  • Points with Special Actions

Principles of Treatment

  • Designing an Acupuncture Point Prescription
  • Stimulating Acupuncture Points
  • Blood flow- the key to efficacy
  • Safety Issues with acupuncture
  • Practical aspects of veterinary acupuncture
  • Five element acupuncture

Veterinary Acupuncture Treatment Strategies 

Modules three and four will develop the skills and knowledge required to administer veterinary acupuncture treatment according to the philosophy and practices of a Chinese medicine therapeutic framework as applied to horses.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to TCM and Five Elements in Horses
  • Indications and Contraindications for Acupuncture in Horses
  •  An Overview of Equine Acupuncture Channels
    • Lung and Large Intestine Channel Acupuncture Points
    • Spleen and Stomach Channel Acupuncture Points
    • Bladder and Kidney Channel Acupuncture Points
    • Pericardium, Triple Heater, Heart and Small Intestine Channel Acupuncture Points
    • Gall Bladder and Liver Channel Acupuncture Points
    • Governing Vessel and Conception Vessel Channel Points and extra points
    • Diagnostic Acupuncture Point Palpation for Equine Lameness
    • Acupuncture for Front Limb Lameness and Laminitis
    • Acupuncture for Hind Limb Lameness and Back Pain
    • Acupuncture for Equine Cough and Respiratory Disease
    • Acupuncture for Equine Cushing's Disease
    • Acupuncture for Equine Ophthalmology and Dermatology
    • Acupuncture for Equine Gastrointestinal Disease
      • Acupuncture for Behavioural Issues
      • Acupuncture for Reproduction


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Course Testimonials

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“I genuinely can’t rave enough about CIVT’s Equine Acupuncture course. If you’re like me, you may be interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) but not sure where to start, this is the perfect place. I cannot recommend it enough. It was a really smooth transition into the world of TCM. The course was outlined very well, was easy to follow, and broke everything down simply.  Not only was the whole system super easy to use, and the information laid out in a palatable way, but all my tutors were easily accessible whenever I needed help or needed advice about anything TCM. I for one am definitely hooked on acupuncture and TCM and can’t wait to do more.”

Alexandra Wagner
Saint Lucia

“I am a private thoroughbred veterinarian working in Colts Neck, New Jersey and I just completed my Equine Veterinary Acupuncture course through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT).  I’ve been interested in adjunctive therapies for horses since owning and showing horses as a kid.  Horses are athletes and with every athlete, sports-related injuries can occur. Common western medicine approaches solve many of these problems.  To me, acupuncture is a great alternative to these types of recurrent or non-resolving injuries and also has the benefit of being minimally invasive.  CIVT was a great experience for me because I could learn online on my own time when I wasn’t busy working on the horses.”

Dr Brittland Hughes
United States of America

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Is online study right for me?

The College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies offers courses that are both challenging and rewarding. You can learn at your own pace under the tutelage of experts in their field. Online or distance learning is not for everyone. Think carefully before you enroll. To succeed in online learning and distance education you will need:

  • A commitment to study and enquiry
  • To be capable of self directed learning with our guidance and support through your course
  • Motivation to pursue your course of study
  • Access to the internet and a printer
  • A good internet service that provides a good speed for downloads
  • An enthusiasm for engaging with your tutors and peers
  • The ability to work on your own or collaborate in a team
  • The capability of an independent level of written and spoken English
  • An appointment by phone may be requested prior to course commencement- we don't want you to start if we think we can't provide the right experience for you
  • If you are not sure contact us, we can help you gain a  full understanding of our courses before applying.

What you won't need is to pay airfares, travel, hotel bills by participating in green education!

All our courses are available to enrol at any time.  Our courses are part time, self paced within the course timeframe, and fully online.  Sometimes there is a scheduled start date for a course, in which we accept a group intake of enrolments. This encourages a cohort of students to move through the course together, making for a more interactive learning experience.

Although some courses have live sessions available, there are no live sessions that you are required to attend for any of our courses.  Our courses are delivered online and are self paced within the course timeframe, to give you the greatest flexibility with your study. You can study anywhere, anytime that suits you. We have great learning tools such as lectures, comprehensive course notes, videos, online resources, discussion forum and continuous support from our highly qualified and experienced tutors to help you can get the most out of your course.

Please refer to our enrolment terms and conditions when seeking extra time in a course, https://civtedu.org/enrolment-terms-and-conditions 

If you take a "leave of absence/deferral" from a course this freezes your progress in the course.  You will have no access to the course during this time.  A request for a leave of absence/deferral can be made for up to 3 months, initially.  Longer periods of time away from the course can be reviewed after this time.  If you want to use any course resources whilst you are taking your leave of absence/deferral you will need to download the material (such as documents, course notes, reading material) beforehand.  There is no fee to take a leave of absence/deferral, however your regular payment instalments for the course will continue.

If you request an "extension" for a course, you may be given extra time in a course and still have full access to the course.  An extension can be granted for up to, or equal to, the maximal period of study for that course.  There is a fee involved in applying for an extension, this varies according to the amount of extra time requested and is found on the link provided.


This depends on the type of course you enrol in.

Our introductory or short courses require approximately 3-5 hours per week.  Our Certifications and Graduate Diplomas require approximately 5-10 hours per week.  This will vary amongst individuals, depending on the pace in which they learn.  More time may be needed each week, depending on how long an individual needs to spend on completing assignments. 

If you are a registered Veterinarian, you are eligible to enrol in any of our courses, https://civtedu.org/courses 

If you are a Veterinary Technician or Veterinary Nurse or Animal Health Professional you may be able to apply to enrol in selected courses for Veterinarians, however you will need to go through an eligibility process first. Otherwise, you can apply for our courses for Animal Health Professionals, https://civtedu.org/courses/animal-health-professionals 

If you are a Pet Owner, you can apply for our courses designed for Pet Owners, https://civtedu.org/courses/pet-owners 


Earn your own CIVT certificate of completion

The College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies offers courses that are both challenging and rewarding. You can learn at your own pace under the tutelage of experts in their field. What you won’t need is to pay airfares, travel, hotel bills by participating in green education!

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements.

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