September 2011
Maryland State Board of Acupuncture
  Certified Animal Acupuncturist Source Notes
Required level of general education Maryland Board of Acupuncture approved specialty training program in animal acupuncture Complete a Board-approved specialty training program in animal acupuncture from a school accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) or approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission that consists of a minimum of 135 hours of theory and clinical training
Hands-On Animal Patient Training Not specified (140 course hours animal acupuncture training) a) At least 90 hours in diagnosis of energy dynamics and treatment of animals; b) At least 15 hours in comparative functional anatomy and physiology of animals; c) At least 15 hours in animal handling, restraints, and emergencies; and d) At least 20 hours in introduction to animal diseases and zoonotics that require the immediate attention of a veterinary practitioner
Certification Exam No; application for certification submitted to the Maryland State Board of Acupuncture Please note that to practice acupuncture on animals, a licensed acupuncturist must: (1) Possess current certification for animal acupuncture from the Board; (2) Cooperate and consult with a veterinary practitioner... (see source for specifications)
Continuing Education Required No    
Legal ability to prescribe drugs to animals No    
Overseeing agency / regulating body Maryland State Board of Acupuncture Maryland Veterinary Practice Act
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
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