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About the Course

Do you have a basic certification in veterinary acupuncture but want to take your acupuncture to the next level? Then this is the master class you have been looking for.

The western world has been working to put its own scientific explanations to the why and how acupuncture works and translate Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theories into modern western understanding of how the body works. There is no single explanation or theory on how it works, but acupuncture seems to stimulate several physiological effects that seem to activate the body’s own homeostatic regulatory systems.

This course explores acupuncture from a modern, evidence-based perspective, with discussion of the use of acupuncture, explained through a neuro-physiological perspective, for a range of common veterinary medical conditions in small animals. In this rapidly developing area, effective evaluation and validation of research is important and will also be discussed.

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

Communication and course materials

  • Approximately 18 hours of recorded lectures
  • Detailed lecture notes developed by specialist in each area
  • Mentor support throughout the course - clinical help
  • Relevant scientific papers are provided
  • No text books are required

Assessments

Multiple choice questions throughout the course – 75% pass rate for RACE hours

Credits

  • 15 RACE Credits
  • 15 IVAS Credits
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Meet the Tutors and Lecturers

Dr Neal Sivula
DVM, PhD, FAAVA, GDVWHM
Dr. Sivula received his DVM from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed an Internship, Clinical Residency, and PhD from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He is certified in Animal Chiropractic...
2 Webinars and 6 Courses
DVM, MEd, FAAVA
Dr. Michelle Schraeder graduated from The Ohio State University in 1985. Through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) she is certified in veterinary acupuncture and has completed a three-year course in Veterinary Chinese Herbal...
3 Webinars and 4 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...
11 Webinars and 10 Courses
DVM , Grad Dip VCHM
Dr Richard Palmquist is the Chief of Integrative Medicine at Centinela Animal Hospital in Los Angeles. He is currently president of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, chairs the Research Committee, and sits on the Editorial...
5 Webinars and 3 Courses
DVM, PhD, CVA, CVCH, FAAVA
Dr. Patricia Baley has a PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Basel Biocenter in Basel, Switzerland. She was also a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Cell Biology at the Baylor College of Medicine. She got her Doctor of Veterinary...
3 Webinars and 2 Courses

What will you Learn

  • Overview and Clinical Application of Acupuncture Neurology
    • History of Acupuncture- reconsidering the evidence
    • Introduction to Acupuncture Neurophysiology the science behind acupuncture
  • Practical Application of Neurophysiology to Common Conditions
    • Treating internal medical disorders with medical acupuncture with a focus on gastrointestinal disease’
    • Immune stimulation with acupuncture (immune and neoplastic disorders)
    • ...
  • Overview and Clinical Application of Acupuncture Neurology
    • History of Acupuncture- reconsidering the evidence
    • Introduction to Acupuncture Neurophysiology the science behind acupuncture
  • Practical Application of Neurophysiology to Common Conditions
    • Treating internal medical disorders with medical acupuncture with a focus on gastrointestinal disease’
    • Immune stimulation with acupuncture (immune and neoplastic disorders)
    • Acupuncture in cardiology
    • Acupuncture for urological disorders
    • Scalp acupuncture
  • The Science of Acupuncture – research, validation, evaluation and communication
    • Current Science of acupuncture
    • Evaluating clinical research
    • Proof of acupuncture effectiveness and validity
  • Mitochondrial Health and Disease
    • The microbiome in treatment planning
    • The effect of therapies on the mitochondria and microbiome1
    • The effect of therapies on the mitochondria and microbiome2
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Before you take the course

Below requirements are needed before you can take this course.
  • This course is restricted to registered veterinarians.
Pre-requisite Courses

Below are the required course(s) that you need to complete

Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture
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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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