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Scalp Acupuncture


6 Weeks


$325.00 USD


About the Course

Are you an acupuncturist wanting additional skills or CE? Do you need additional tools to treat paralysis or limb and spinal pain?

Scalp Acupuncture (SA) is a contemporary acupuncture technique that integrates traditional Chinese needling methods with Western medical knowledge of the cerebral cortex.  It is very effective for treating both acute and chronic Central Nervous System (CNS) disorders.  Just a few needles can bring about remarkable immediate improvements after just a few minutes of therapy. And it is useful for treating a number of medical conditions for which Western medicine has nothing to offer.

Scalp acupuncture is like Western medicine in that patients with the same diagnosis receive the same or similar treatment. The location of treatment area in Scalp Acupuncture are based on the reflex somatotropic system organized on the surface of the scalp; they do not correlate with TCM channels. The scalp somatotropic system acts as a small window with access to the CNS and endocrine system. It is a great primary or complementary approach to CNS or endocrine diseases.

Feedback from a Scalp Acupuncture student...... "I took the Scalp Acupuncture Course with CIVT in March 2020 and my first impression was: This sounds too easy, was this worth it? Now, after using this technique for almost a year, I can tell you: yes, definitely worth it! I am a beginner regarding acupuncture and it is the perfect addition to body acupuncture. Most of my neurological patients receive scalp acupuncture as well as patients that don’t let me treat certain areas on the body. You can basically see the needles working, the patients start yawning or moving the ears, all while being totally relaxed. I can highly recommend this course, it adds an extra tool to the acupuncture needle box!" Marie-Louise Ratcliffe, Namibia 

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

  • 5 recorded lectures
  • Copy of powerpoint notes
  • Mentor support throughout the course - clinical help
  • Relevant scientific papers are provided
  • No text books are required


  • Four quizzes to pass the course however RACE hours include a further six quizzes
  • Multiple choice questions throughout the course – 75% pass rate for RACE hours


  • 9.25 RACE Credits
  • 5 IVAS Credits
Dr Neal Sivula

Meet the Tutors and Lecturers

Dr Neal Sivula
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

What will you Learn

  • Mechanisms of scalp acupuncture
  • Primary and secondary zones
  • Scalp acupuncture cases
  • Clinical use
  • Mechanisms of scalp acupuncture
  • Primary and secondary zones
  • Scalp acupuncture cases
  • Clinical use
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Scalp Acupuncture

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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