NOVEMBER 13TH, 2020 Animal Acupuncture

Animal Acupuncture for small animals and large a like. Study how to needle your pets, live stock, etc. Discounts PIHMA students $200.00 off/Alumni $100.00 off Class sized limited

November 13, 2020
5 Three-Day Modules



301 E Bethany Home Rd.   View map

Continuing Education for Acupuncturists by the Acupuncturists who brought it to the United States

Apply your training and expertise in Acupuncture to Animals!

PIHMA Center for Professional Education & Development, LLC (PIHMA-CPED) is pleased to present this specialized training for Licensed Acupuncturists in the field of Animal Acupuncture:
  • The historical perspective of acupuncture in relationship to healing animals is introduced.
  • The current practice of acupuncture on animals will be covered, including legal status for various states.
  • Claire Peterson, DVM, and Keri O’Neil, DVM will present small animal anatomy & physical exam details, and equine anatomy and physical exam details.
  • Proper and safe handling of small animals and large animals will be introduced.
  • An overview of Traditional vs. Trans-positional point location will be presented.
  • Part 1 of Acupuncture points on the horse will be presented by Keri O’Neil, DVM. This will include the indications of use for each point.

PIHMA Acupuncture College & Clinic
301 E. Bethany Home Rd., Ste, A-230, Rm E
Phoenix, AZ 85012
602-274-1885 x116

FIVE, 3-DAY MODULES ($1797.00 per module)

  • November 13th, 2020 (Module 1) -Keri O’Neal, DVM
  • December 11th, 2020  (Module 2) -Travis Buckmaster, L.Ac. & Claire Peterson, DVM
  • January 8th, 2021 (Module 3)- Keri O’Neal, DVM  (Equine)
  • February 5th, 2021   (Module 4) -Travis Buckmaster, L.Ac. & Claire Peterson, DVM
  • March 12th, 2021  (Module 5) – Keri O’Neal, DVM & Travis Buckmaster, L.Ac.
*Note: State Laws will vary*

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.


  1. You love working with Animals: People can be fun patients, and animals can be even more fun!
  2. Learn from the Experts that brought Animal/Veterinary Acupuncture to the United States: Over 45 years ago, a group of acupuncturists sought 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Flexible Training: Classes are offered over a period of 5 months, with one weekend per month live in-person class and clinicals, with didactic studies and mentoring throughout the month.
  5. 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.
  6. Need for Advanced Expertise in Acupuncture and Asian Medicine in the field of animal medicine. These acupuncturists brought animal acupuncture to the veterinarians in the 1970’s. Although veterinarians take some training in Acupuncture, they lack the full expertise that studying the full Asian, Classical, Traditional Chinese 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.
  7. Growing Demand: With training in Animal Acupuncture, you will be meeting the growing demand for Asian medicine based options in animal healthcare.
  8. 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.
  9. Eligible to sit for ABAA certification exam: Students with passing scores can sit for the American Board of Animal Acupuncture (ABAA).


Gene Bruno, OMD, LAc, FABAA
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 led to the establishment of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Association (IVAS) in 1974. As 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 Counsel 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, LAc,  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, DVM, 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.

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