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OVERVIEW

The Small Animal Acupuncture Program is a 130-hour C.E. program (approved by a majority of state boards) that certifies students in veterinary acupuncture with an emphasis on small animals.  The program begins with an overview of fundamental aspects of Chinese Medicine, including Yin-Yang and Five Elements theory, which serve as a foundation for case diagnoses and treatment presented later in the class.  A variety of acupuncture techniques are taught, including electro-acupuncture and moxibustion, in addition to conventional "dry" needling.  Students of the program learn acupuncture points on small animals only, and primarily dogs are used for practice in the wet labs. 

The program is presented in five sessions (5 online modules with three on-site wet labs). Online sessions are composed of  lectures that students can stream at their own convenience.  Afternoon wet-labs during the 3 on-site sessions, give students the opportunity to learn acupuncture points on live animals in small lab groups. Small Animal Acupuncture is offered to licensed veterinarians and student in their final year of veterinary school. 

TUITION & FEES

Early bird discount of 1120 AUD for students who register and pay the tuition by Apr 17th, 2017 (total tuition for 7770 AUD). The regular tuition is 8890 AUD if students register after Apr 17th, 2017.

  • Please note that all tuition prices are before GST is added.
  • An additional USD $100 (AUD $127) application fee is required of new Chi students.
  • Full tuition payment is due 60 days before the start of each session.
  • A USD $50 late fee will be charged for payments made less than 60 days before the start of a session.

 

MAJOR TOPICS

  • Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM)  Principles: Five Elements, Yin-Yang, Eight Principles, Zang-Fu Physiology and Pathology, Meridians and Channels
  • Scientific Basis of Acupuncture
  • 126 Transpositional Canine Acupuncture Points (hands-on, wet-lab demos)
  • 40 Classical Canine Acupuncture Points (hands-on, wet-lab demos)
  • How to needle acupuncture points in dogs, cats and birds
  • TCVM Diagnostic Systems, including Tongue and Pulse Diagnosis
  • How to integrate acupuncture into your practice
  • How to use veterinary acupuncture to diagnose and treat:
      1. Musculoskeletal conditions, lameness and neurological disorders
      2. Cardiovascular diseases and respiratory disorders
      3. Gastrointestinal disorders and behavioral problems
      4. Dermatological problems and immune-mediated diseases
      5. Renal & urinary disorders and reproductive disorders
  • Veterinary acupuncture techniques:
      1. Dry needle (conventional needling)
      2. Aqua-acupuncture (point injection)
      3. Electro-acupuncture
      4. Hemo-acupuncture
      5. Moxibustion
ON-SITE CLASS

On-site lectures and wet-labs will be held at
6 Gawler Rd, Two Wells, SA, 5501

ONLINE CLASS REQUIREMENTS
Adobe Flash Player v.10 or later: Download one for free at get.adobe.com/flashplayer
High Speed Internet Connection: To watch demo lectures click here

REQUIRED READING

OTHER REFERENCE BOOKS

  • Veterinary Acupuncture: Ancient Art to Modern Medicine by Allen Schoen
  • Four Paws, Five Directions by Cheryl Schwartz
  • The Foundations of Chinese Medicine by Giovanni Maciocia
  • Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion by Cheng Xinnong
  • Chinese Veterinary Herbal Handbook by Huisheng Xie

REQUIRED READING FOR EACH SESSION

  • Session 1:
    Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine-Fundamental Principles 2nd edition
    : Chapters 1, 2, 4, & 5
    Xie’s Veterinary Acupuncture: Chapters 1 and 2
  • Session 2:
    Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine-Fundamental Principle
    s 2nd edition:
    Chapter 3
    Xie’s Veterinary Acupuncture: Chapters 3, 5, 7 & 8
  • Session 3:
    Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine-Fundamental Principles 2nd edition
    :
    Chapters 6, 7, & 8 (Mixed and Equine Students must read chapter 9 as well)
    Xie’s Veterinary Acupuncture: Chapters 9, 10 & 11
  • Session 4: Review all assigned chapters and prepare for finals.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Students of the Small Animal Acupuncture program are eligible for the Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist certification endorsed by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine. The CVA certification requirements are as follows:

  • Complete all five sessions of the program.
  • Pass three online quizzes (administered online after sessions 1-3) with scores above 75%.
  • Pass final written exam in the final on-site session with a score above 75%.
  • Pass the clinical acupoints exam in the final on-site session with a score above 75%.
  • Submit one veterinary acupuncture case report to be approved.
  • Complete 30-hours of advanced TCVM program training or internship with a certified veterinary acupuncturist.

2017/2018 Class Schedule

Australian residents will be charge tuition and fees in AUD while those residing outside of Australia will pay tuition and fees in USD.

Session
Dates
Tuition for International Vets
Tuition with GST for Australian Vets 
1, 2*
Online
July 10 - Sep 15, 2017 USD $1,450
 AUD  $2,059
2
Sep 16 - 17, 2017*
USD $795
AUD  $1,230 
 3, 4*
Online
Sep 18 - Jan 12, 2018*
USD  $1,450  AUD  $2,059 
4 Jan 13 - 14, 2018
USD $795 AUD  $1,230 
5* Online
5 On-site
Jan 5 - March 23, 2018*
March 24 - 25, 2018 (on-site)
USD $1,650** AUD $2,312** 

*Online session or portion 
** Includes USD $350 certification and final exam fees

Payment Information
  • An additional USD $100 (or AUD $150) application fee is required of new Chi students. Your registration will not be complete until this fee has been received. 
  • Full tuition payment is due 60 days before the start of each session.
  • A USD $50 late fee will be charged for payments made less than 60 days before the start of a session.
  • Scholarships are available for current junior or senior vet school students and for vet school faculty, graduate students and residents.