September 2011
International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS)
  Veterinary Acupuncturist Source Notes
Required level of general education Licensed DVM or fourth year veterinary students Veterinarians attending the US IVAS Basic Course must be graduate Veterinarians, or fourth year veterinary students. Documetation must be provided
Hands-On Animal Patient Training 40 hours (internship spent doing clinical cases) The current IVAS certification process in the United States requires successful completion of all four sessions of the IVAS course; passage of all written and practical examinations; a forty-hour internship spent with current IVAS certified members doing clinical cases; and a peer-reviewed written case report
Certification Exam IVAS Certification Process The IVAS Certification has been internationally recognized for over 35 years
Continuing Education Required No Does not require CE credits specifically for the acupuncture certification, but IVAS does provide CE opportunities. CE credits are required under the DVM
Legal ability to prescribe drugs to animals Yes (only if licensed DVM)    
Overseeing agency / regulating body None  
This chart was prepared to provide an example of the education, training, certification and regulatory oversight requirements of veterinarians and non-veterinarian providers in selected areas of veterinary practice. The chart is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a comprehensive statement on the subject matter covered, but rather a guide that provides practical information for the reader. The chart does not represent legal advice and does not constitute a limitation or expansion of the lawful scope of practice applicable in any jurisdiction. The educational programs included in this resource are those known to AVMA and most often referenced in state regulations. This list is not exhaustive and not intended to describe every program offered in any covered category. The information was prepared in September 2011 and may not necessarily reflect future changes in programs. We hope that you find this material useful. Links to other websites are provided for information and convenience only. The inclusion of such materials or links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorsement of those views and positions.
Source: Staff research, AVMA State Legislative and Regulatory Department
Contact: Tara Southwell, State Policy Analyst, AVMA State Legislative and Regulatory Department, 847-285-6779