The Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Group (AVAG) is a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association and represents veterinarians who are interested in or qualified in veterinary acupuncture.
The Group provides member services and a vehicle for developing the field of veterinary acupuncture in Australia. We achieve this through:
- Education and on-going training and accreditation of veterinarians in veterinary acupuncture
- Promoting the integration of acupuncture into veterinary practice to create and maintain optimal health in all animals.
In the USA, specialty status (Board certification and Diplomat status) for advanced veterinary acupuncture study is underway, recognizing this valuable tool in the treatment of numerous conditions from allergies and behavioural problems to musculo-skeletal and immune-mediated diseases.
The AVAG is affiliated with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). IVAS is an internationally recognised organisation dedicated to promoting excellence in the practice of veterinary acupuncture through its accreditation process, continuing education programs and funding for responsible research projects to advance veterinary acupuncture. The AVAG delivers The IVAS Veterinary Acupuncture Course through The Australian College of Veterinary Acupuncture.
In Australia more than 470 veterinarians have been trained to international standards set by IVAS. Certified veterinarians are entitled to use the letters CVA (Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture) and must participate in continuing education in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.in order to maintain their membership..
A range of short courses and award courses in Veterinary Acupuncture and Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine are also available through other training providers. Further details can be located on the Continuing Education page.