Australian IVAS Veterinary Acupuncture | Centre for Veterinary Education

Australian IVAS Veterinary Acupuncture

Veterinary Acupuncture

Integrate acupuncture into your practice in 2020

Clinical evidence shows that acupuncture can be used alone or in conjunction with mainstream medicine to achieve better patient outcomes. Continue your professional development and join our experienced team of lecturers and tutors in an evidence-based and traditional approach to small animal and equine acupuncture.

This structured program combines online lectures and hands-on practical workshop sessions to allow you to rapidly integrate acupuncture into your veterinary practice. 

On completion of all the course requirements, you will be eligible to receive the IVAS Certification of Veterinary Acupuncture. The IVAS Certificate is an internationally recognised standard of veterinary acupuncture training and has been facilitated by the Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Group (AVA SIG) since 1992.

Why study acupuncture?

  • Add an additional modality to treat a range of conditions, particularly musculoskeletal conditions, chronic pain, reproductive problems, some neurological disease and a range of internal medical conditions.
  • Integrate alongside traditional veterinary treatment
  • Ability to offer for management of conditions where there may be limited options

Why study acupuncture with IVAS?

  • Rigorous theoretical and practical training in veterinary acupuncture using both dogs and horses for clinical training
  • Internationally recognised and accredited
  • Endorsed by the Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Group
  • Intensive practical component delivered in 3 residential workshops to enable confident development of needling placement and technique in dogs and horses

Past Participants
“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

“Online lecture delivery was perfect for me as it meant that I could attend lectures while my children were asleep... It meant that I didn’t miss anything, I could review lectures until the concept was cemented.” Dr Elissa Marriott

Course pre-requisites

  1. A veterinary degree
  2. Registration as a veterinarian in the country of intended practice
  3. Minimum 2 years’ clinical experience as a veterinarian

About the organisers

The Centre for Veterinary Education (CVE), in association with the Australian College of Veterinary Acupuncture (ACVA), is pleased to be delivering the world-renowned International Veterinary Acupuncture Society’s (IVAS) Certificate of Veterinary Acupuncture in 2020 on behalf of the Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Group (AVAG), special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA).







This course would not be what it is today without the commitment and dedication of Dr Ulrike Wurth (Vale 2018). Read more


Term 1 - Introduction to Acupuncture

Term 1 introduces you to acupuncture, using a neurophysiological approach to explain the mechanisms of acupuncture, and teaches the basic concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

  1. Introduction & Basic Neurophysiology 

  2. Neurophysiology I 

  3. Fundamental Substances 

  4. Zang Fu Organs 

  5. Fundamental Substances II 

  6. Causes of Disease 

  7. Five Elements 

  8. TCM Diagnosis 

  9. Eight Principles 

  10. Points with Special Action 

The residential workshop is a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions which teach you canine acupuncture point location and how to treat simple clinical conditions. Workshop date: 2 - 5 April 2020, at Geelong Conference Centre

On completion, you will be on the way to diagnosing and treating your own clinical cases.

Term 2 - Advanced & Clinical Acupuncture 1

Term 2 initially focuses on TCM pathology and diagnosis, including a selection of appropriate points. Lectures then concentrate on diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.

  1. Zang Fu Pathology I 

  2. Zang Fu Pathology II 

  3. Clinical Application of Eight Principles 

  4. Clinical Application of Five Elements 

  5. Bi Syndrome 

  6. Wei Syndrome 

  7. Canine Lameness 

  8. Equine Lameness 

  9. Combined Zang Fu Pathology 

  10. Eight Extra Meridians 

The residential workshop includes lectures, practical sessions and case studies covering equine acupuncture points and the clinical application of acupuncture in equine and canine practice. Workshop date: 2 -5 July 2020, at Geelong Conference Centre

On completion, you will be able to confidently incorporate the principles of acupuncture to treatment of musculoskeletal conditions in the dog and horse, e.g. lameness, intervertebral disc disease, osteoarthritis, paresis, and paralysis.

Term 3 - Advanced & Clinical Acupuncture 2

Term 3 builds on the knowledge and skills gained in Terms 1 and 2 with the emphasis on internal medical syndromes and acupuncture for canine, equine, feline and bovine cases.

  1. Eyes, Ears, Scars, and Tumours 

  2. Trigger Point Therapy  

  3. Respiratory/Cardiac 

  4. Gastrointestinal 

  5. Dermatology/Immune Disorders 

  6. Reproduction 

  7. Neurological/Behavioural Disorders 

  8. Urological/Geriatric Conditions 

  9. Feline Acupuncture 

  10. Chinese Dietary Therapy 

The residential workshop focuses on clinical cases and reinforces clinical acupuncture skills in both canine and equine patients. Bovine acupuncture is presented as a video-based elective at this workshop. Workshop date: 24 - 27 September 2020, at Geelong Conference Centre

On completion you will be able to confidently incorporate the principles of acupuncture to treatment of internal medical conditions and integrate these approaches with western medicine

Term 4 - Preparing for Certification

This shorter, final term of online lectures is designed to complete your knowledge of acupuncture theory and prepare you for the IVAS Examinations on 5th December 2020.

  1. Neurophysiology II 

  2. Neurophysiology III/ Recent Research 

  3. Ear Acupuncture/ Gold Beads 

  4. Revision and Student Requests 

  5. Introduction to Chinese Herbs

You will receive

  • Textbook: The Foundations of Chinese Medicine 3rd Edition, by Giovanni Maciocia - RRP AU$212

  • Lecture notes

  • Canine and equine point location manuals

  • The Acupuncture Points Functions Colouring Book, Rainy Hutchinson - RRP AU$35

  • Internationally recognised Certificate of Veterinary Acupuncture (IVAS)

  • FREE CVE Professional Membership valued at AU$390 

  • 2020 subscriptions to IVAS, CVE and AVAG Newsletters

Pay as you Learn - Payment Plan

The CVE offers a simple course payment plan to enable you to pay as you learn. You will need a AU$1,000 deposit to secure your place, followed by 50% of the total course fee by 1 December 2019. We’ll arrange simple monthly direct debits from your credit card over 3 or 6 months.
Note: Payment Plan will incur an additional AU$250 administration fee, and Early Bird rates do not apply if you choose the payment plan option.

IVAS graduates

Previous IVAS Veterinary Acupuncture course graduates can review online course materials for a minimal fee and participate in workshops to update their practical skills at an additional cost.
Enrol in the Online Lecture Review course (IVAS Graduates only) - see pricing table.


Monday 13 January - Saturday 5 December 2020
3 x 4-Day Workshops
2-5 Apr, 2-5 Jul & 24-27 Sep 2020
Delivered Online
Super early bird
31 August, 2019
Early bird
31 October, 2019



After graduating from Texas A & M School of Veterinary Medicine in 1980, Kevin went to a practice that utilised acupuncture in both equine and small animals. He became certified in veterinary acupuncture (IVAS) in 1988, and in 2000 completed the IVAS course in veterinary herbal medicine. Kevin also holds a Masters in Veterinary Chiropractic. Since 1996, Kevin has been lecturing on equine acupuncture for the IVAS Certification Acupuncture Course in the USA, and internationally. 
Kevin is a partner in the El Cajon Valley Veterinary Hospital near San Diego in California. His primary function is equine ambulatory medicine with a special emphasis on equine performance medicine, lameness, dentistry, acupuncture, herbal medicine and chiropractic.
Kevin has lectured the equine component in the Australian IVAS Certification Course since 2012 and shares a wealth of knowledge, experience and practical tips with students.


Susan graduated from the University of Queensland in 1982 and followed her interest in equine science to complete an internship at the University of Sydney.

A move to mixed practice in Tasmania led to community involvement with animal education. Initially teaching adult education classes in Animal Care and she then implemented the Pets and People program in primary schools. Susan has completed a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.

In 1995 she completed the IVAS certification course and began integrating veterinary acupuncture into chronic disease management. Further training in Veterinary Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy and Tui Na followed. In 2004 she became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science in small animal surgery, finding acupuncture improved the outcomes of surgical cases.

In 2009 she returned to full time equine practice and undertook further training in Veterinary equine dentistry and equine reproduction. Susan currently works for Hobart Equine Practice two days per week and three days practicing acupuncture for dogs and cats.


Elissa graduated from Melbourne University in 2008 and worked in small animal practice in Victoria, in between raising a family. She undertook the IVAS Acupuncture course in 2012 after feeling that western medicine wasn’t a complete picture for some of the clinical cases encountered in general practice. Elissa has extended her therapeutic range with qualifications in acupuncture, herbal medicine and animal biomechanics. She now practices primarily on performance dogs including greyhounds and working dogs, throughout Victoria.


Jen graduated from veterinary medicine from the University of Hanover in 2013 and completed an internship at Southpaws Specialty Surgery for Animals in surgery, oncology and internal medicine in 2014. Dr Jen worked in general practice for several years, with a strong interest in integrative and geriatric medicine. During her work, Jen has encountered many cases, where conventional western medicine simply just wasn’t enough to help her patients. She undertook several courses in canine rehabilitation and completed her training in veterinary acupuncture through IVAS in 2017

BVSc (Hons) CVA

Gloria graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2004. She worked in private practice in Melbourne’s western suburbs until 2008 before moving to Sydney to work at the University of Sydney. After a year teaching students and obtaining a Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Clinical Studies, Gloria returned to small animal practice in Melbourne’s west. Gloria’s special interests include rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, companion birds and reptiles. She has completed the IVAS course for veterinary acupuncture in 2017 and the CVE course in small animal behavioural medicine.

BVSc, DipAC, CVA (IVAS), GradDip AnimChiro

Carl graduated from University of Melbourne in 1968. He entered mixed practice and worked in regional Victoria with primarily cattle and horses, before focusing on small animal practice in Melbourne and the UK. He established the Prahran Veterinary Hospital in 1975 and since his retirement works as a consultant in the fields of acupuncture and chiropractic at this ASAVA accredited practice.

Carl is one of the foundation members of AVAG and has been a lecturer of the Australian IVAS Certification course since its establishment in 1991. He brings a detailed knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine theory as well as a breadth of clinical experience in integrating Chinese Medicine with conventional veterinary medicine.


Lisa graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2000 and went on to work in mixed animal practice in Tasmania, Victoria and England working with companion animals, horses, sheepand cattle. She has undertaken research in equine biomechanics, equine sports medicine, equine and ruminant parasites, and prevention of ruminant diseases.

Lisa completed the IVAS acupuncture course in 2015, in an effort to learn an additional modality to apply to helping performance horses recover from injuries in a faster time frame, as well as applying the techniques to assist horses presenting with more subtle signs of lameness. More recently Lisa has worked in university and private equine practices with a sports medicine focus, utilising acupuncture alongside standard veterinary medicine approaches for managing a range of conditions in performance and pleasure horses. Lisa is based in the Adelaide region and sees first opinion and referral cases for predominantly musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions.

Course fees
Registration typeSuper early birdEarly birdFull rate
Course registration + FREE CVE Membership*$10,197$10,593$11,000
Online Lecture Review (IVAS Graduates only)$1,210$1,210$1,210

Acupuncture course participants will receive FREE CVE Professional Membership valued at AU$390 for the duration of the course. To reserve your place a non-refundable deposit of AU$1,000 is required. To claim the early bird rates full payment is required by the early bird end date. All course fees will be charged in Australian dollars and include GST.