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VIN ALTM201-0922: Getting Started - Acupuncture in Practice

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

Presenter: Carol Gifford, DVM, CVA (IVAS), FAAVA, CVCH (Chi), CVSMT (Healing Oasis)
Course Open: September 16-October 12, 2022
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Sundays, September 25 and October 2, 2022; 4:00-5:30 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 3
RACE Category: 3 hours Medical

Enrollment is closed.  

Tuition: Member $69 ($62 early bird special if enrolled by September 2, 2022)
Non-Member $137 ($123 early bird special if enrolled by September 2, 2022)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

Course Information:
You’ve invested a lot of time and money to learn acupuncture. You know it can benefit your patients, and maybe you’ve even seen some positive results, but can you make it a lucrative, enjoyable part of your practice? In this two-part series we will discuss how to successfully incorporate acupuncture into your companion animal practice. We will explore different ways to integrate acupuncture into your practice, how to explain acupuncture to your clients and staff, discuss common and not-so-common cases that respond well to acupuncture, and get to know some “beginner” herbs (Chinese and Western). We’ll round out the course by discussing community, appreciating differences and dealing with feelings of isolation.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • understand how to introduce acupuncture into practice.
  • talk to clients about how acupuncture works.
  • easily start treating both common and uncommon cases.
  • identify cases in which to use a small arsenal of commonly used herbs (Chinese and Western).
  • find support for questions, concerns, and community.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians interested in learning how to incorporate acupuncture into their practice.
Accreditation: This course is approved for 3 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 20-933934)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session September 25, 2022): Introducing Acupuncture Into Your Practice

Week 2 (Real Time Session October 2, 2022): Treating Common And Uncommon Cases With Acupuncture

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(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

Enrollment is closed.  

Tuition: Member $69 ($62 early bird special if enrolled by September 2, 2022)
Non-Member $137 ($123 early bird special if enrolled by September 2, 2022)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on September 23, 2022 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.

Enrollment qualifications:
  1. VIN CE Courses:
    1. VIN CE courses are open to VIN member, VIN student member, and non-member veterinarians.
    2. Veterinary support staff must be VSPN members in order to enroll in a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. VSPN CE Courses:
    1. VSPN CE courses are open to veterinary support staff and veterinarians.
    2. Only VIN and VSPN members can enroll in a VSPN CE course.
    3. Veterinarians will only receive credit for those VSPN CE courses that specify in the Accreditation statement that the course is accredited for veterinarians.
  3. Please check the course Level and Prerequisites, Accreditation, and Tuition before enrolling.
  4. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses.
    1. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  5. 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.

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.

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

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

VIN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 797
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01 45 222 6154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357