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Nationally accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework at postgraduate level
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
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.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
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 (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.
You will be able to offer this service to clients and increase treatment options for patients. The course:
Work within a veterinary acupuncture framework
Work within a veterinary acupuncture framework
Apply the veterinary Chinese medicine diagnostic framework
Work within veterinary acupuncture principles and practices
Small Animal - Plan and provide the veterinary acupuncture treatment strategy and VETACU804 – Monitor and evaluate the veterinary acupuncture treatment
Equine/ Large Animal - Plan and provide the veterinary acupuncture treatment strategy and VETACU804 – Monitor and evaluate the veterinary acupuncture treatment
Provide advanced veterinary acupuncture treatment 1
Provide advanced veterinary acupuncture treatment 2
Prepare veterinary case studies for publication and reflect upon integrative veterinary medicine practice
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:
Recommended Entry Requirements
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:
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
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.