Code of conduct


Code of conduct

The AVAG suggest the following guidelines for best practice of veterinary acupuncture.  We welcome member feedback for this document.

  • AVAG members should not advertise services of veterinary acupuncture unless they are suitably qualified in this area, such as the IVAS degree. 
  • AVAG members should not unnecessarily sedate animals for veterinary acupuncture, but should endeavour to make the animals comfortable using other means whenever possible. 
  • AVAG members should use the correct titles for their qualifications. This is CVA for Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture followed by the letters IVAS if they are IVAS members., i.e. CVA (IVAS) 
  • AVAG members should use sterile single use acupuncture needles for each animal. Needles should be disposed of in appropriate sharps bins. 
  • AVAG members should not leave animals unsupervised with needles in situ. Every attempt should be made to account for all needles after treatment. 
  • AVAG members should maintain their continuing veterinary acupuncture education in order to stay in touch with latest best practice and knowledge.