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Australian College Of Veterinary Acupuncture

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Australian College Of Veterinary Acupuncture

Bill Rae, Course Administrator & Director

0414 295 503



PO Box 6088, Geelong 3216 VIC, Australia

About the ACVA

The ACVA is a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation that has been established to promote veterinary acupuncture education and research within Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

The mission of the College is to provide basic, advanced and continuing education for veterinarians in the clinical application of acupuncture using scientific and traditional acupuncture theories, related therapies and to promote veterinary acupuncture research.

Research into veterinary acupuncture is currently very limited and in addition to teaching acupuncture, the ACVA Foundation aims to raise money to fund research into veterinary acupuncture. The ACVA Foundation aims to establish research projects within a number of Australian universities over the coming years.

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The ACVA Course - Next Course Commences 2020

The basic Australian IVAS Veterinary Acupuncture Course has been offered to qualified veterinarians every two to three years since 1991.  

This course is for qualified veterinarians with at least 2 years of clinical experience, who would like to expand their professional knowledge and integrate acupuncture into their daily practice. Clinical evidence shows that acupuncture can be used alone or in conjunction with mainstream medicine to treat a wide variety of clinical conditions.

Click here to find out more information about the 2020 Australian IVAS Veterinary Acupuncture Course

Why Choose the ACVA IVAS Veterinary Acupuncture Course?

The goal of this course is to provide you with the opportunity to learn both the scientific basis of veterinary acupuncture and the Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) theory of acupuncture as well as its application.

In this course, you will learn and have a working knowledge of the most frequently used acupuncture points on the dog and the horse.

You will be able to diagnose and treat common conditions in veterinary practice using the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as integrating veterinary acupuncture into mainstream practice.

Enrol for the 2020 ACVA Course and Receive:

  • More than 102 hours of lecture time
  • Over 60 hours of face-to-face workshops
  • Regular feedback from your tutors
  • Textbook: Maciocia, G., The Foundations of Chinese Medicine
  • Printable lecture notes
  • Printable canine and equine point location manuals
  • Internationally recognised Certificate of Veterinary Acupuncture (IVAS) (once certification requirements have been met)
  • One year subscriptions to IVAS and AVAG newsletters
  • 211 CPD Points

Important dates for the 2020 Course:

Super Early Bird Registration

Enrol by 31 August 2019

Early Bird Registration

Enrol by 31 October

Course Commences January 2020

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Continuing Education Opportunities

The ACVA also offers continuing education programs for veterinarians to build on the knowledge gained from the IVAS Certification Course.  These programs also provide the important CE requirements of 10 CE points every two years to maintain IVAS Certification.

For veterinarians who have previously completed their IVAS Certification, there is the opportunity to refresh and update your knowledge by taking part in the weekly online lectures of the current Course. Previous IVAS graduates can review the online lectures at a special rate, which is a wonderful way to update your current acupuncture knowledge.


"The online lecture delivery was a perfect for me as it meant that I could attend lectures in my study while my children were asleep in their beds- no babysitter, and I could review lectures if necessary. Following this course, I have shifted my career to a predominately acupuncture and Chinese herbs"

- Dr Elissa Marriott

"The IVAS acupuncture training was one of the most memorable and enjoyable experiences I have had to date in my veterinary career.  It was a definite turning point in my life, one that I had intended to do for many years."

- Dr Fiona Mead 

"I found the course of intense, but manageable format and travelling schedule. The weekly tests and online lectures made an originally huge topic much more digestible. In addition, my tutor was very supportive, and classmates very helpful!" 

- Dr Olivia Chan

"I work with thoroughbreds and while there was some initial scepticism among some clients about the effectiveness of acupuncture (compared to western drugs); nevertheless they were willing to give acupuncture a try. These same clients are now among my strongest supporters."

- Dr Aileen Sandosham

"If you are an IVAS certified graduate from one of the earlier courses and want to increase your acupuncture case volume, this is the online course for you.  It’s the perfect opportunity to revitalise your energy and kick start your enthusiasm to use more acupuncture and TCM. You can listen to the lectures from the comfort of your home, as live weekly interactive webinars or at any convenient time for you within a 12 month period, since they are recorded. The great news is that all 100 lectures come with a price tag of $1,100- fantastic value."

- Dr Margaret O'Riordan


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