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Are you a veterinarian interested in learning acupuncture?

Enrollments for 2020 Australian Acupuncture Course are closed

We are pleased to announce that the IVAS Veterinary Acupuncture Course will be held again in 2020 and be delivered by the Centre for Veterinary Education (CVE), at The University of Sydney.  The Australian College of Veterinary Acupuncture (ACVA) will continue to play a key role in the delivery of this course.

If you are interested in our next course and want to be placed on the email list for information updates please contact  It is expected that the next course will commence in Jan 2021.

The CVE has an extensive background in delivering high quality continuing veterinary education to veterinarians world-wide.  Utilising their expertise in content delivery and the latest online education principles and technology, the CVE aims to continue to deliver this outstanding IVAS Veterinary Acupuncture Course, while enhancing the learning experience of the participants.

2020 course registrations are now open.  Please visit

For anything further please contact the CVE directly at or call +61 2 9351 7979.

 We are very pleased with the progress of the 28 students currently undertaking Australian IVAS Veterinary Acupuncture Course in 2020, especially in the trying times of the CoVid-19 travel restrictions.

The 2020 enrollment form has pricing and course content, complete the registration form to register early. REGISTER for 2020 HERE  you may use this as a guide in interested.

You can start a payment plan on your credit card to get the Early Bird rate. See details on the enrollment form.


Acupuncture is an important part of a system of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) developed over a period of more than 3000 years and used by over 1 billion people across the world. Drug free, it stimulates the body’s innate capacity to heal itself. Based on a different philosophy of health and disease, it adds to your diagnostic and treatment abilities and may enable you to diagnose and treat patients, where all the laboratory and imaging results are normal, but the patient is ill.  If you find these cases frustrating, then now is the time to think about learning acupuncture and the benefits of TCM.


Acupuncture can be used as a primary treatment or in addition to your medicine and surgery.  The course gives you the ability to approach a clinical case in another way and choose the most appropriate treatment for that individual patient.  Mentally stimulating, this course will expand your understanding of health and disease.


Our aim: To provide training to graduate veterinarians seeking to integrate acupuncture into their practice, either as a stand-alone strategy or in conjunction with mainstream medicine and surgery with a reliable, concise and industry specific course suited to their clinical needs.

Our goals are to introduce acupuncture to the Veterinary profession and teach the skills to ensure you become a confident and qualified acupuncturist.

We work with you to ensure you can successfully introduce acupuncture into your clinic and successfully treat your patients as knowledgeable and competent practitioners of acupuncture.

To View and Download The 2020 Online ACVA IVAS Course Booklet – CLICK HERE FOR 2020 Australian IVAS Course booklet



The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting excellence in the practice of veterinary acupuncture as an integral part of the total veterinary health care delivery system. The IVAS Course was first taught in Australia in 1991 and the 8th course in 2012 was the first IVAS course in the world to go on-line.


The Australian College of Veterinary Acupuncture (ACVA) is the only provider of the IVAS Certification course in Australia that provides face to face workshops with hands on practical training.

Our experience over the past 24 years of providing acupuncture training has reinforced the importance of these hands on practical workshops. An Analogy that Veterinarians will all be familiar with is that of surgery.


How confident would you feel if you were to do your first spey after just hearing a lecture or reading a text.

How much more confident would you be if you had a mentor to show you the subtleties of the surgical technique. We believe this analogy also applies to acupuncture where the art of palpation to make a diagnosis and treatment is as vital as the needling technique.

To View and Download The 2020 Online ACVA IVAS Course Booklet – CLICK HERE 2020 Aust IVAS Course Booklet

ACVA logo Pointing the Way 2018

The 2018 Course

The 11th Australian IVAS Course started in January 2018 and the recent examinations in December 2018 shows the course delivers a high standard of training to IVAS examination requirements.  Students will be completing their submissions over the next month or so to achieve certification.  The practical hands on workshops Marcus Oldham College proved to be a highlight for our students and staff.

The course is a carefully structured program that teaches the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and its clinical applications through on line lectures and face to face workshops enabling veterinarians to integrate acupuncture into their clinical practice, either as a stand- alone therapy or in conjunction with mainstream medicine and surgery to produce better patient outcomes.   The program concentrates on dogs and horses as representative species making it possible to anatomically transpose acupuncture points to many other species. Lectures for cattle and cat are also included.


 The course is taught by an experienced team of dedicated lecturers, demonstrators and tutors and is divided into four terms, with weekly online lectures and on line assignments. At the end of the first, second and third terms there are practical workshops at Marcus Oldham College in Geelong. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on developing practical skills of diagnosis and treatment techniques and treating clinical cases at the workshops and in the clinic. See our brochure for full details of the course program and IVAS Certification requirements.

You will Experience

  •  Weekly online and interactive lectures (recording of lectures available throughout the course)
  • Hands-on practical sessions in small groups to develop tactile point location accuracy for effective treatment
  •  Interactive online forums with tutors and fellow students
  • Experienced internationally acclaimed leaders in veterinary acupuncture as lecturers, tutors and mentors
  • Clinically relevant lectures
  • On line study guides, self assessment quizzes and references for extra reading
  • Demonstration of acupuncture equipment such as needles, moxa, electroacupuncture and lasers.
  • Demonstrations of patient assessments and treatment with live cases
  • Convivial and stimulating fellowship at residential seminars
  • New techniques and knowledge to tackle difficult cases
  • How to incorporate acupuncture into your practice

You will receive

  • More than 100 hours of lecture time
  • Over 56 hours of face-to-face workshops
  • Regular feedback from tutors
  • Textbook – Maciocia, G., The Foundations of Chinese Medicine
  • Printable lecture notes
  • Printable manuals of canine and equine point locations
  • Internationally recognised Certificate of Veterinary Acupuncture (IVAS) – see requirements
  • 2020 subscriptions to CVE, IVAS and AVAG
  • 211  CPD points

To View and Download The 2020 Online ACVA IVAS Course Booklet – CLICK HERE

What will you learn? and further 2020 Course Information and FAQ available at the CVE link above.

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