Learn Animal Acupuncture!
- Introduces the historical perspective of acupuncture in relationship to healing animals.
- Covers the current practice of acupuncture on animals, including legal status for various states.
- Claire Peterson, DVM, will present small animal anatomy & physical exam details, and Keri O’Neill DVM will present on equine anatomy and physical exam details.
- Addresses proper and safe handling of small animals and large animals.
- Presents an overview of Traditional vs. Trans-positional point location.
- Acupuncture points on the horse, locations, functions, indications, and treatment methods, will be presented by Gene Bruno, OMD.
- Acupuncture points on the dog, locations, functions, indications, and treatment methods will be presented by Travis Buckmaster, LAc.
This course is approved and certified by the state of Maryland for licensure in Maryland. Students who complete this course will qualify to take the exam for national certification by the American Board of Animal Acupuncture.
Why Should an Acupuncturist Study Animal Acupuncture?
- You Love Working with Animals: People can be fun patients, and animals can be even more fun!
- Learn from the Experts that brought Animal/Veterinary Acupuncture to the United States: Nearly 45 years ago, a group of acupuncturists fought for the right to needle animals professionally, partnering with supportive veterinarians willing to learn and work alongside with each other, cross-training and supporting animals across the nation. These same acupuncturists, along with other veterinarians and acupuncturists, are bringing their training to you to keep this good work going.
- Unique Training: This course has been specially developed to train you in small animal and equine Acupuncture and Asian medical healthcare, including academics and live clinical training.
- Flexible Training: Classes are offered over a period of 5 months, with one weekend per month live in-person class and clinical, with didactic studies and mentoring throughout the month.
- Add Value to Your Practice: Adding training in Animal Acupuncture adds value to your practice. It can also be used as a stand-alone practice.
- Need for Advanced Expertise in Acupuncture and Asian Medicine in the field of Animal Medicine. Although veterinarians take some training in Acupuncture, they lack the full expertise that studying full Asian Medicine can provide. More support is needed to address complex internal medicine conditions in animals, from the Asian medical perspective. You can offer that to veterinarians who recognize your expertise and who want to grow integrative practices.
- Growing Demand: With training in Animal Acupuncture, you will be meeting the growing demand for Asian medicine-based options in animal healthcare.
- Support for State-Specific Practice: While states may vary in their regulation of Acupuncturists working on animals, Maryland led the nation in establishing standards for Acupuncturists in the field of veterinary medicine. By building expertise in this area, we can support a future where we can integrate into this field. We will provide any support we can to you in your state towards this goal.
(Module 1) Keri O’Neal DVM, & Dr. Gene Bruno- November 12-14, 2021
(Module 2) Travis Buckmaster & Claire Peterson- December 10-12, 2021
(Module 3) Keri O’Neal, DVM & Dr. Gene Bruno(Equine) – January 7-9, 2022
(Module 4) Travis Buckmaster & Claire Peterson- February 5-7, 2022
(Module 5) Keri O’Neal, DVM…Dr. Gene Bruno & Travis Buckmaster- March 11-13, 2022
*State Laws will vary*
Dr. Gene Bruno, OMD
In 1971, Gene accepted an appointment as one of the Directors of the Veterinary Acupuncture Research Project of the National Acupuncture Association (NAA), and along with John Ottaviano, he introduced Animal Acupuncture into the United States for the first time. During this time he worked directly with Veterinarians, teaching them the basics of acupuncture and how it could be used to treat small and large animals. This work leads to the establishment of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Association (IVAS) in 1974. He is an NAA acupuncturist, he participated in the Acupuncture Pain Clinic at UCLA medical school from 1972 until 1974. Dr. Bruno was a co-founder of the first two schools of Acupuncture in the United States and the co-founder of the Oregon Acupuncture Association in 1978. He is the past president of the AAOM, the national association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. From 2007 until 2011, he was a member of the Executive Council of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies, representing the largest organization in the US, the AAAOM. In 2007 he founded the Trudy McAlister Foundation, a non-profit, charitable, scholarship foundation for AOM students. In addition to the extensive research on developing animal acupuncture, Dr. Bruno has done research at Harvard Medical School and at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, looking into the practical applications of acupuncture for the treatment of pain in humans and animals. Dr. Bruno has also developed a treatment protocol for using micro-current stimulation to treat macular degeneration. He is the past president of the American Board of Animal Acupuncture. He has published a textbook on equine acupuncture points entitled Acupuncture Points on the Horse.
Travis Buckmaster, MSOM, LAc., FABAA
is an acupuncturist and herbalist practicing in Salem, Oregon. He holds a Masters of Oriental Medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine. Travis completed his animal acupuncture training with the International Academy of Animal Acupuncture under the tutelage of Dr. Gene Bruno. He has served as a Director of both the American Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine and the Oregon Acupuncture Association. Currently, he is President and Treasurer of the American Board of Animal Acupuncture. He has been in practice for 20 years and is the owner of Acupuncture Center.
Claire Peterson, DMN
graduated veterinary school in 2013 from Oregon State University. She currently works as a locum veterinarian in the Portland, OR area for small pets (cats, dogs, and other small animals). She is the staff veterinarian at Chintimini Wildlife Center in Corvallis, OR. Her passion is working with birds of prey, both as a veterinarian and a trainer. In addition, she is a licensed falconer and raptor educator. She taught for the International Academy of Animal Acupuncture and is a board member of the American Board of Animal Acupuncture.
Keri O’Neal, DVM
graduated veterinary school in 2013 from Oregon State University. She currently works as a veterinarian in Hawaii and Arizona, practicing western medicine on dogs and cats and acupuncture on dogs, cats, and horses. She is a 2018 graduate of the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine’s Mixed Practice Veterinary Acupuncture and is working on earning her Certificate of Veterinary Acupuncture as well as Certified Veterinary Food Therapist certification through the Chi Institute. Horses are her passion, and in her free time, she breeds, shows, and rides Arabian horses for the sport horse disciplines with a focus on Dressage.
Noreen B. Javornik, M.S., M.Ac., L.Ac., Maryland Licensed Acupuncturist, Maryland Certified Animal Acupuncturist, Fellow American Board of Animal Acupuncture.
My own experience with acupuncture as a patient was so profound that I found myself wanting to learn more about this medicine. So I enrolled at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (TAI) now called TAISophia Institute and I received a Master of Acupuncture degree in 1997. I have also taken classes in Zero Balancing, Reiki, and Healing Touch for Animals. My people practice is located in Laurel Maryland and my animal practice is located in Howard County between Columbia and Laurel. In 1997, I joined the faculty at TAISophia. Currently, I am an Associate Professor where I teach theory classes and pulse development classes in addition to being the Director of the Maryland State Animal Acupuncture Certification Course. I graduated with a B.S. and M.S. degree in Allied Medicine from Ohio State University. I worked for many years in clinical trials in Ophthalmology with a focus in Macular Degeneration at both the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and at the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. I have lived in Howard County Maryland for over 20 years. I am involved in therapy dog work with Fidos for Freedom and in the past have been the Vice-President of the Board of Directors. I enjoy working with my dog Cassie at a local elementary school in a reading program and am involved with local business and civic organizations.
Five 3-Day Modules for $8985 or ($1797.00 per module). Payment plans available with financing upon request. Contact Paula Farquharson at 602-274-1885 x 116 or email email@example.com.
Cancellations made less than 7 calendar days prior to the first day will receive a 50% refund less $40.00 admin fee. In the unlikely event that PIHMA has to cancel the CE due to insufficient enrollment, or for some other unforeseen reason, registrants will receive a full refund.
“I understand prior to the first class I will be required to sign a waiver this course does not guarantee me the right to practice on animals in my state and that state’s laws may vary. I choose to take this course for my own educational and professional development.”
Acupuncture Points on the Horse, by Gene Bruno, OMD, LAc, FABAA
Acupuncture Points on the Dog, by Gene Bruno, OMD, LAc, FABAA
Merck Veterinary Manual
Textbook of Veterinary Anatomy, by Dyce DVM, Sack DVM, and Wensing DVM
- Lectures 0
- Quizzes 0
- Skill level Must be a licensed acupuncturist or senior level acupuncture student.
- Language English only at this time.
- Students 1
- Assessments Yes