The Australian IVAS Course commenced in January 2020 with a total of 28 veterinarians enrolled. As with previous courses, the students come from a variety of practice types with participants from small animal, equine and mixed practices. In addition to veterinarians from around Australia, we also welcome veterinarians from New Zealand and Hong Kong.
This is the first course that has been run jointly with the Centre for Veterinary Education at the University of Sydney. We have developed a strong working relationship between the staff at CVE and the faculty members of ACVA. The course is still being taught to the same established IVAS curriculum by our dedicated ACVA faculty, with CVE facilitating the administrative running of the course including the use of their learning management system, administration assistance with marketing, enrolment and logistical management of the workshops. AVAG remains the IVAS affiliate in Australia, with the ACVA and CVE delivering the IVAS Veterinary Acupuncture Course on behalf of the AVAG.
Some new tutors have been recruited to support the course and students this year which bolsters our faculty staff in numbers and experience. We are grateful for all of our tutors and their willingness to share their time and experience throughout the program which is critical to the ongoing success of the IVAS Course.
We have been challenged by the travel and movement restrictions associated with the presence of COVID-19 which has impacted on our ability to run the in-person practical workshops to our normal schedule of April (Workshop 1) and July (Workshop 2). We have continued to deliver the lecture content via our established online mode and have made arrangements to cover the workshops at a later time. This has ultimately pushed back the course by approximately 6 months as we intend to run the workshops in October 2020 and February 2021. The final exam is now scheduled for April 2021, and final case reports will be due by 30 September 2021. IVAS have been supportive and flexible in allowing us to make these adjustments so that the course could continue.
We have offered a more interactive weekly tutorial session which is an addition to what has been offered in previous courses. This is being delivered by audiovisual online conferencing, to help maintain student engagement and to be available for questions and discussion, particularly given the delay in face-to-face connection and learning that normally takes place at the workshops.
We acknowledge these are challenging times and remain quietly hopeful that we will be able to deliver the face-to-face workshops in October 2020 and February 2021. However, we also have some contingency plans in place should there be ongoing travel and group gathering restrictions. Fortunately we have a group of enthusiastic veterinarians enrolled demonstrating a real willingness to embrace the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine despite the global challenges.
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Enrolments for the 2022 Australian IVAS Veterinary Acupuncture Course are expected to commence around mid 2021.
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