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VIN CE Course ALTM100-0116: Introduction to Holistic Methods I
The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format.

Enrollment is now closed.

Presenters: Doug Knueven, DVM (course coordinator)
Neal Sivula, DVM, PhD, FAAVA
Barbara Fougere, BVMS, MA
Susan Wagner, DVM, MS, ACVIM (Neurology)

Course Open: January 6-February 13, 2016
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, January 13, 20, 27, and February 3, 2016; 8:30-10:30 pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length. For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

*The presenters for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend one of the Practice Sessions.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists interested in learning more about holistic methods, the science that supports these methods, and how these are currently being used in veterinary medicine.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists (RACE #22-18879).

Course Information:
The first of 2 modules, this course provides an introduction to holistic medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine, energy medicine, and aromatherapy. The course covers the theory behind each holistic method, any scientific support for the efficacy of the method, and the appropriate use of these holistic methods in veterinary medicine.

Week 1 (Real Time Session January 13, 2016): Holistic Medicine Overview
Presenter: Doug Knueven, DVM
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 2 (Real Time Session January 20, 2016): Acupuncture
Presenter: Neal Sivula, DVM, PhD, FAAVA
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 3 (Real Time Session January 27, 2016): Herbal Medicine
Presenter: Barbara Fougere, BVMS, MA
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 4 (Real Time Session February 3, 2016): Energy Medicine/Aromatherapy
Presenter: Susan Wagner, DVM, MS, ACVIM
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Presenters:
Dr. Doug Knueven has been practicing integrative-holistic medicine since 1995. He is certified in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, in veterinary chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, and in veterinary Chinese herbology by Healing Oasis. He has been an active member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association since 1997. Doug has successfully integrated multiple holistic modalities into his three-DVM, small animal practice and has lectured on various topics of holistic veterinary medicine at over 40 veterinary conferences including the AVMA annual conference in 2008 and the NAVC conference in 2009.

Dr. Barbara Fougere is qualified in both Chinese and Western herbal medicine holding Graduate Diplomas and a Master's degree in herbal medicine. She teaches on the post graduate qualifications Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine and Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine and the IVAS Certification course in Chinese herbal medicine. She has almost 30 years' experience in integrating these therapies and is a co-author on the textbook Veterinary Herbal Medicine. She has been the president of the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association and is the current chairperson of the newly incorporated American College of Veterinary Botanical medicine. She enjoys growing herbs and uses herbs regularly in her practice.

Dr. Neal Sivula has been certified in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society since 2001. He has an Advanced Certification in veterinary acupuncture from the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA) as well. Dr. Sivula is a past President and board member of the AAVA and has presented continuing education lectures in acupuncture at regional and national meetings for the last seven years. In his practice he treats about 15 patients daily with acupuncture.

Dr. Susan Wagner has been practicing energy and integrative medicine for 20 years. She is a Level IV Healing Touch for Animals practitioner and has also studied Reiki and Reconnective Healing. She has been lecturing on energy medicine at veterinary conferences since 2005 and is a team leader for the Integrative Medicine elective at The Ohio State University Veterinary College. Dr. Wagner also lectures on aromatherapy at OSU's School of Pharmacy and teaches energy medicine in the undergraduate Integrative Medicine minor. She has written articles on energy medicine for Animal Wellness and Healing Touch Program magazines. Dr. Wagner practices integrative medicine at MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets.

Total CE Credit: 8

Tuition: Member $168 ($151 early bird special if enrolled by December 23, 2015)
Non-Member $266 ($239 early bird special if enrolled by December 23, 2015)

*Enroll in both modules (ALTM100-0116 and ALTM101-0316) of the Introduction to Holistic Methods course before January 13, 2016 and receive the discounted enrollment price: Member $286 Non-Member $452

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on January 13, 2016 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
Enrollment is now closed.
  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
"This program (22-18879) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 8 CE Credits, with a maximum of 8 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian or veterinary technician/technologist. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Non-Scientific-Clinical using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements."

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 797.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

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