Installment Payments Plan
A payment plan of five payments of $1,797 is available. A deposit of $200 (accredited towards your final payment) is necessary to reserve your seat. Thereafter, each payment must be completed prior to the beginning of each weekend session.
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Learn Animal Acupuncture
PIHMA Center for Professional Education and Development, LLC (PIHMA-CPED) is pleased to present this specialized training for licensed Acupuncturists in the field of Animal Acupuncture.
- This is a complete course in the treatment of dogs and horses with acupuncture with an emphasis on live clinical training.
- Classes are offered in 3-day modules, once a month, over a period of 5 months.
- Unlike many specialties in Traditional Medicine, Animal Acupuncture is a Stand Alone practice.
- Gene Bruno, OMD, LAc, FABAA will present on the acupuncture points on the horse, including the locations, functions, indications and treatment methods.
- Travis Buckmaster, LAc., FABAA will present on the acupuncture points on the dog, including the locations, functions, indications and treatment methods.
- This course is approved and certified by the state of Maryland for the practice of animal acupuncture.
- Successful completion of this course qualifies an acupuncturist to take the national certification exam from the American Board of Animal Acupuncture (ABAA). The ABAA exam is offered on the final day of this course.
November 12-14: In-Person and Online
December 10-12: In-Person and Online
January 7-9: In-Person at PIHMA
February 4-6: In-Person at PIHMA
March 11-13: In-Person at PIHMA
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Price: $8,985 (Payment plans are available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements)
Questions: Please email Paula Farquharson at email@example.com.
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) Dr. Gene Bruno, LAc & Jay Giles Clements, B.S., M.S. – November 12-14, 2021
(Module 2) Travis Buckmaster, LAc & Kim Focht, DVM- December 10-12, 2021
(Module 3) Dr. Gene Bruno, LAc, Travis Buckmaster, LAc, Kim Focht, DVM & Jay Giles Clements, B.S., M.S. – January 7-9, 2022
(Module 4) Dr. Gene Bruno, LAc, Travis Buckmaster, LAc, Kim Focht, DVM & Jay Giles Clements, B.S., M.S. – February 4-6, 2022
(Module 5) Dr. Gene Bruno, LAc, Travis Buckmaster, LAc, Kim Focht, DVM & Jay Giles Clements, B.S., M.S.- March 11-13, 2022
*State Laws will vary*
Dr. Gene Bruno, OMD, LAc
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.
Jay Giles Clements, B.S., M.S.
Jay has worked in the horse industry as a professional her entire life. Jay has a Bachelor of Science in Equine Science and holds a Master of Science in Agriculture – Animal Science/Equine Science. She was the Director of the Equine Science program at Colorado Northwestern College in Colorado and the director of the Equine and Agriculture degree programs at Cochise College in Arizona. She is currently the Director of Equine Science position at Scottsdale Community College. Jay trains outside horses works as a consultant and equine sports therapist. Jay has been teaching at the collegiate level for over 12 years.
Dr. Kimberly Focht, DVM
Dr. Kimberly Focht has a passion for animals and their care. She started as a kennel tech in sixth grade and never looked back. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s of Engineering and Applied Science in Agribusiness in 1991 and received her DVM from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. She has practiced small animal medicine in the Phoenix area for over 25 years. She is currently the Program Director for Mesa Community College Veterinary Technology program and has been a full-time faculty member since 2013.
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 are available with financing upon request. Contact Paula Farquharson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”