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10640NAT-Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture

Graduate Diploma Veterinarians
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2 Years

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Nationally accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework at postgraduate level

About the Course

Who is it for?

10640NAT-Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture is designed for veterinarians who desire to further enhance their skills and knowledge in integrative veterinary medicine. Veterinary professionals are generally working and time-poor. They seek the opportunity for education that fits into their practice and work-life schedule. Successful completion of this course will enable you to integrate a new therapy into practice. 

The College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies is a Registered Training Organisation (National provider 91769). We offer nationally accredited training under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Nationally recognized training provides a standard against which courses and colleges can be assessed and assures the student that the course is of an appropriate standard and that government guidelines are met. As RTO accreditation is an ongoing activity you can be assured that the high standards of the CIVT are maintained.  This training is available across Australia and internationally. 

10640-NAT-Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture is orientated towards applied theory, both traditional and scientific which you can apply to your work almost immediately. You will be able to develop your confidence and competence over time with continuous case support, guidance and feedback from tutors with both simulated cases, an active case forum and then your own clinical cases. You will be able to start using acupuncture within the first module.

 

Modules and Competencies

10640NAT-Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture consists of basic and advanced instruction in veterinary acupuncture as the teaching components; the development of a reflective case logbook of personal experience of the skills practiced, demonstrated professional ability and competence and preparing material and evidence for assessment of competencies.

(Note: IVAS Acupuncture Certification is mapped towards a significant proportion of the 10640NAT-Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture and Recognition of Prior Learning is available - an evidence portfolio will be required; if you are Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture elsewhere and have considerable experience please ask us about Recognition of Prior Learning.)

All 8 Units of Competency are core units and are required before full qualification is granted. Students are assessed continuously throughout the training and in the final module submit their portfolio of evidence to CIVT for assessment. Qualified assessors of CIVT assess each final submission.

Units of Competency

UNIT (in delivery sequence)

VETACU801-Work within a veterinary acupuncture framework

VETTCM801-Apply the veterinary Chinese medicine diagnostic framework

VETACU802-Work within veterinary acupuncture principles and practices

VETACU803-Plan and provide the veterinary acupuncture treatment strategy

VETACU804-Monitor and evaluate the veterinary acupuncture treatment

VETACU805-Provide advanced veterinary acupuncture treatment

VETINT807-Prepare veterinary case studies for publication

VETINT808-Reflect upon integrative veterinary medicine practice

 

Course Delivery

As postgraduate students studying at an academic level, candidates are expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study in their own time and be able to practice skills in the workplace. The Course is undertaken over 24 months and the theory component is delivered online with continuous support by trainers and tutors for the development of practical skills in the workplace. The modules are taught by qualified trainers and assessors including Dr Barbara Fougere with major input from recognised industry expert Dr Steve Marsden as well as other recognised industry expert practitioners contributing various components. The course is self-directed and supported by lecture notes, video lectures and comprehensive study guides which take the student through step by step. Trainers and assessors are assigned to each Module to support students in the completion of their activities and assignments as well as supporting them in developing skills and confidence in treating their own clinical cases by responding to cases via forum posts and email. One on one support is what makes this course unique. Your workplace is where you get to apply your knowledge and skills and manage your cases.

Program Duration

Part-time. 24 months. The expected volume of learning and study including clinical case time over the 24 months - 1610 hours.

Service Qualify Commitment

CIVT Management is responsible for the quality of its training and assessment services in compliance with the Standards for RTOs 2015, and for the issuance of the AQF certification documentation. Once you have commenced the training and assessment in this Course , CIVT is committed to completing the delivery of the training assessment within the agreed duration and will further negotiate the timing for completion of the training assessment if you are unable to complete the course due to illness or extenuating circumstances. We offer an Absence of Leave option and an Extension of Course Time option. It is your responsibility to alert us if you require either of these.

How to Apply

Prior to enrolling ensure you read the Enrolment Terms and Conditions and the Student Handbook so you are aware of your obligations and rights.

To apply please click on the Enrol button. You will receive an initial survey which you will need to complete and return. A scanned copy of your previous educational qualifications and photo identification (passport or driver’s licence) is also required to complete enrollment. If you have questions before enrolling, feel free to email our Student Services team: enrolment@civtedu.org

Comments from a Current Student:

"Loving the course. Very informative, well presented and stimulating. You guys have put so much effort in it and sharing all your experience and knowledge is great.  I am already looking for a new vet to join the clinic so I can focus more on the complementary medicine ....", Dr Martina McPeace MVDr, BVSc, GDVWHM

 

Assessments

Participants are required to demonstrate evidence of competencies through assessment processes which comprise activities and exercises based on actual and simulated cases in practice over the two year period. This involves submitting both written assessments and performing practical tasks which will be observed by an assessor via Skype, FaceTime or viewing of a video recording. Assessment tasks are assessed throughout the course with final summative assessment occurring with submission of a case log book and two in-depth case studies.

International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) Course curriculum can be mapped into the required competencies which means veterinarians who have completed IVAS Certification are eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for the first five Units of Competency; you may require additional submission of a portfolio of evidence demonstrating currency of skills and knowledge.

If you have studied Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine (e.g. IVAS Certificate in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine or CIVT Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine courses) and can provide evidence of competency, and if you have studied advanced acupuncture techniques and can provide evidence of competency, you can elect to undergo the process of Recognition of Prior Learning so that you do not have to repeat any studies you have already undertaken.

Those who are assessed as meeting the requirements of any single Unit of Competency, will be provided with a Statement of Attainment.

Those who are assessed as completing the requirements of all aspects of the course and providing evidence of Competency for assessment will receive the Award 10640-NAT-Graduate Diploma Veterinary Acupuncture.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/ or formal learning. Recognition of Prior Learning is offered to those who have pre-existing skills in Veterinary Acupuncture, Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture or training and skills in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine. These candidates need to complete an initial survey of experience and knowledge to determine if the RPL pathway is appropriate. Then they enrol in RPL for the course and begin the process of submission of evidence. This is a rigorous process. Any gaps in the mapping of skills and knowledge may need to be compensated for by completing individual Units of Competency or elements of Competency. A portfolio of evidence towards RPL is submitted. This process can take 1 to 6 months to complete.

Study Outcomes

You will be able to offer this service to clients and increase treatment options for patients. The course:

  • Provides practitioners with skills and knowledge to practice veterinary acupuncture competently
  • Provides practitioners with an accredited postgraduate level award based on assessment of their competence;
  • Provides employees and clients with evidence of a high level of competence and
  • Provides participants with previous training a potential bridge to higher postgraduate qualifications through Recognition of Prior Learning

Credits

  • 93 RACE Credits
  • 600 IVAS Credits
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Meet the Tutors and Lecturers

Dr Jodi Van Tine
MA DVM CVA (IVAS) CVCHM (CIVT) GDVA (CIVT) GDVCHM (CIVT)
Dr. Jodi Van Tine received a Masters Degree in Cellular Immunology from San Jose State University in 1990. She earned the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of California, Davis, in 1994. For three years she practiced mixed...
1 Webinar and 9 Courses
DVMD Grad DipVA Grad DipVCHM, CVADr
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...
11 Courses
BSc BVMS (Hons) MODT BHSc (CMed) MHSc (Herb Med) Grad Dip Vet Acup Grad Dip VCHM Grad Dip VWHM CVA (IVAS) CVBM CVCP CMAVA
Dr Barbara Fougere is a 1986 graduate from Murdoch University Veterinary School Western Australia. She practices in Sydney Australia, exclusively in veterinary integrative medicine. She has served on the Australian Veterinary Association Policy...
9 Webinars and 10 Courses
DVM Grad Dip VWHM ACVHM CVA , RH (AHG), MS (TCVM)
Dr Lankenau graduated from Cornell in 1981 and moved into 100% dairy practice and became very frustrated with the limitations of western medicine. After a stint in the Peace Corps and time in a mixed animal practice, Cynthia began her path towards...
9 Webinars and 2 Courses
DVM, ND, MSOM, Grad Dip Vet Acup, Grad Dip VCHM, Dipl.AC, Dipl.CH, CVA, AHGDr
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...
26 Webinars and 15 Courses

What will you Learn

Work within a veterinary acupuncture framework

  •  Health and Harmony according to Chinese Medicine
    • Introduction to Philosophies of Chinese Medicine and 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
    • ...

Work within a veterinary acupuncture framework

  •  Health and Harmony according to Chinese Medicine
    • Introduction to Philosophies of Chinese Medicine and 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 Inter-relationships
    • 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) and Body Fluids - Jin Ye qualities, Types, Production, Functions, Circulation and Inter-relationships
  • Chinese Medicine Anatomy
    • Characteristics and Functions of the 12 Organs/ Zang Fu/ Extraordinary Fu
    • Characteristics and Functions of the Meridians/ Channels/ Jing Luo - Twelve Main and Secondary and the Eight Extraordinary Meridians
  • Causes of Disharmony
    • Internal (emotional)
    • External (climatic)
    • Miscellaneous (constitution, diet, exercise, work, reproduction, poisons, trauma, parasites, infectious disease)
  • Workshops - Getting Started with Acupuncture 1

 

Apply the veterinary Chinese medicine diagnostic framework

  • Central Philosophies of Veterinary Acupuncture Review and History
  • Chinese Medicine Physiology
  • Chinese Medicine Pathology
    • Pathophysiology - Patterns of Disharmony according to Chinese Medicine
      • Five Elements/ Phases/ Wu Xing including Concept of Causative Factor
      • Eight Principles (Ba Gang)
      • Qi/ Blood (Xue)/ Body Fluids (Jin Ye)
      • Channels/ Meridians/ Jing Luo
      • Six Jing/ Four stages/ Three Jiaos
    • Zang Fu Pathology and Pattern Differentiation by System
  • Methods of Diagnosis
    • The Circadian Rhythm in Diagnosis
    • Pulse and Tongue Diagnosis
  • Methods of Examination
    • A Chi Points, Trigger Points
  • Taking the Case
  • Workshop- Getting Started with Veterinary Acupuncture 2

 

Work within veterinary acupuncture principles and practices

  • Neurophysiology of Acupuncture
  • Meridians and Key Acupuncture points- Location of points on all 14 meridians
  • Names, classifications, actions and indications
  • The Lung and Large Intestine
  • The Heart and Small intestine
  • The Pericardium and Triple Burner
  • The Liver and Gallbladder
  • The Kidney and Bladder
  • The Spleen and Stomach
  • The Conception and Governing Vessel
  • Principles of Treatment
    • Acupuncture Treatment Procedure
    • Practical application of Theory and Diagnosis to each individual case
    • Appropriateness of Acupuncture and when to refer
    • Assessment of Appropriate Root/ branch (Ben or Biao) - underlying disharmony and/ or presenting condition
    • Treatment Planning - according to prognosis, treatment acute versus chronic and emergency situations
  • Designing a Point Prescription
  • Empirically Useful Points
  • Special Acupuncture Points
  • Needling Techniques- selection, depth, duration, manipulation, withdrawal and contraindications
  • Moxibustion - direct and indirect methods and contraindications
  • Other Ways of Stimulating Points
  • Interpreting Responses to Acupuncture
  • Workshop - Getting Started with Acupuncture - 3 and 4

 

Small Animal - Plan and provide the veterinary acupuncture treatment strategy and VETACU804 – Monitor and evaluate the veterinary acupuncture treatment

  • Veterinary Acupuncture
  • Strategies for the Pain and Paralysis
  • Strategies for Neurological and Ophthalmologic Conditions
  • Strategies for the Gastrointestinal System
  • Strategies for the Hepatic system
  • Strategies for Endocrine and Reproductive disorders
  • Strategies for Dermatological and Ear Conditions
  • Strategies for the Urological System
  • Strategies for the Cardiovascular
  • Strategies for the Respiratory System
  • Strategies for the Hematologic, Infectious and Immune System Disorders
  • Strategies for Neoplastic Conditions
  • Strategies for Behavior
  • Strategies for Common Feline Conditions
  • Strategies for Common Avian and Exotic Species

 OR

Equine/ Large Animal - Plan and provide the veterinary acupuncture treatment strategy and VETACU804 – Monitor and evaluate the veterinary acupuncture treatment

  • Introduction to Equine Acupuncture
  • Equine Acupuncture Channels and Points
  • Equine Acupuncture Strategies for Lameness
  • Equine Acupuncture Strategies for Internal Medicine and Behavior
  • Bovine Acupuncture Strategies

 

Provide advanced veterinary acupuncture treatment 1

  • Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • The Clinical Approach in Herbal Medicine
  • Interpreting Outcomes in Herbal Medicine
  • Classic Chinese Herbal Formulas
  • Chinese Herbal Treatment of Skin Disease
  • Chinese Herbal Treatment of Autoimmune Disease
  • Chinese Herbal Treatment of some Cancers
  • Chinese Herbal Treatment of some Endocrine Disorders
  • Chinese Herbal Treatment of some common Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Chinese Herbal Treatment for Pain Management
  • Chinese Herbal Treatment of Renal/ Urinary Tract Conditions
  • Chinese Herbal Treatment of some Neurological Disorders
  • Chinese Herbal Treatment of some Cardiopulmonary Disorders
  • Chinese Medicine Food Therapy

 

Provide advanced veterinary acupuncture treatment 2

  • The Eight Extraordinary Meridians
  • Advanced Point Stimulation
  • Six Heavenly Influences
  • Determinants of Life - Critical Care Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
  • Bi and Wei Syndrome
  • Sinew Channels and Ancestral Sinews
  • Advanced Equine Acupuncture Techniques

 

Prepare veterinary case studies for publication and reflect upon integrative veterinary medicine practice

  • Research and Communicating Chinese Medicine
  • Case Reports
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis
  • Applying Reflective Practice
  • Professional Practice
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Before you take the course

Below requirements are needed before you can take this course.

As this course provides education and training in practical and theoretical skills relevant to the provision and integration of acupuncture into veterinary clinical practice, for entry into 10640-NAT Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture, candidates must hold either:

  • A veterinary science degree (Bachelors or DVM) or equivalent OR
  • A relevant bachelor degree or postgraduate qualifications (Graduate Certificate/Diploma or Master) together with significant relevant vocational practice OR
  • A veterinary nursing qualification (Cert IV or above) with significant experience (minimum 5 years) plus written practice support to provide cases
  • Exceptions to these will be considered on a case by case basis
  • Entrants must have access to at least 30 patients over the duration of the course
  • Have access to a video recording device such as a smart phone or webcam
  • Have access to a computer (with Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word and a web browser installed)
  • Have access to the internet
  • Have access to acupuncture equipment (needles)

Recommended Entry Requirements

  • A high level of language, literacy and numeracy levels sufficient to interpret and analyse lectures, journal articles and prepare written reports and case studies.
  • An intermediate level of technology skills; sufficient to use an on line classroom, download documents, upload assessments and post on forums.
LLN support requirements and eligibility to enrol in the qualification are assessed at enrolment.
 
 
For students residing in Australia ONLY, you will be required to apply for, or use a pre-existing, Unique Student Identifier (USI).

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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 are able to apply to enrol in our 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 

 

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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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