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Equine Acupuncture Training

Equine acupuncture is the perfect way to combine a love of horses with a passion for wellness, the natural way. If you are a veterinarian seeking the next challenge, you may want to consider equine acupuncture training and certification, available through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).  

As in traditional acupuncture, stimulating certain points generates a total reaction in the body. Energy, or qi, flows through 12 pairs of pathways called meridians. Treating the musculoskeletal system is the focus of equine acupuncture, but it may also be used to treat chronic disease, according to  

There are a number of techniques used in equine acupuncture: dry needle (conventional needling), aqu-acupuncture (point injection), electro-acupuncture, hemo-acupuncture, pneumo-acupuncture, and moxibustion. 

Equine acupuncture training covers a wide range of topics, from zang-fu pathology to the circadian clock to applied neurology, and the material is presented via lectures and hands-on instruction. The course provides postdoctoral education in basic acupuncture theory and practical skills for those veterinarians who pursue the certification. Certification is not yet recognized as a Board's specialty by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), but the certificate is more than worthwhile if you wish to treat your equine patients in alternative, holistic ways. 

Equine Acupuncture Training To-Dos
If you are interested in pursuing equine acupuncture certification, you must meet a number of requirements. First, you must be a licensed vet in good standing, or a final year vet student. The IVAS Course in Basic Veterinary Acupuncture has four sessions; students must attend all four to comply. After payment of the exam fee, students must acquire a passing score on both the written and practical exams. To complete the list, required case reports must be submitted and approved and, in the case of an internship, those hours must be fulfilled.

The course is held annually in the U.S. at various locations each year and periodically in other countries, if you wish to travel abroad for the course. Internationally recognized for two decades, the IVAS Certification prepares graduates to weave acupuncture techniques into their own practice. They will also have the opportunity to coordinate observation of acupuncture in clinical practice via a network of practitioners who are IVAS certified.

Equine acupuncture training is the perfect complement to a veterinary degree, combining scientific fundamentals and acupuncture applications rooted in Chinese medicine. The equine acupuncture certification might also open doors for vets to pursue Chinese veterinary herbology; the choice is yours. Find out more about the course curriculum and other points of interest on this and other unique alternative veterinary practices at the IVAS website.

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