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Acupuncture: What's the Point?

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Acupuncture: What's the Point?

You’ve no doubt heard of acupuncture—the use of small-gauge needles inserted under the skin’s surface to restore the body to normal physiologic function. But if you’re like many veterinarians, that’s just about all you know about acupuncture.

The fact is that acupuncture has been practiced worldwide for about 5000 years, and it is being used increasingly in veterinary medicine to treat a wide array of conditions in both large and small animals. Beyond pain control, acupuncture is used to treat allergies, seizures, reproductive problems, and liver and kidney diseases, among other ailments. Practitioner interest in acupuncture is growing, and increasing numbers of animal owners are investigating this complementary therapy for their pets.

Your Chance to Learn Acupuncture Basics

Veterinarians who want to pursue the use of acupuncture in their own practice have a golden opportunity to learn the basics in a 2-day, hands-on course at the state-of-the-art Oquendo Center in Las Vegas. Scheduled for December 12 and 13, 2015, this immersive course will provide a balanced introduction to both the scientific and traditional Chinese medical application of acupuncture therapy. 

Lecture presentations and discussion of acupuncture principles will provide the basis for hands-on experience using the dog as a model. In the laboratory portion of the course, attendees will learn the locations of commonly used acupuncture points in dogs as well as needling techniques. Case-based demonstrations will help put theory into practice. Highlights of the program include:

  • The history of acupuncture
  • Basic neurophysiology of pain and acupuncture
  • Internal and external pathogenic factors in disease
  • Yin/Yang theory
  • The 12 meridians
  • Case studies and demonstrations 
  • Techniques and supplies
  • Contraindications and treatment failure

At the end of the course, participants will be capable of applying in practice a fundamental knowledge of acupuncture and will be well prepared for additional in-depth study in a veterinary acupuncture certification program.

A Highly Experienced Instructor

Signe Beebe, DVM, the lead instructor for this course, is a recognized world expert in Chinese veterinary medicine and regularly lectures at scientific meetings in the United States and abroad. A complementary medicine practitioner for 20 years, Dr. Beebe owns and operates the Integrative Veterinary Center in Sacramento, California, where she offers clients conventional medical care along with complementary and alternative therapies.  

Get a Head Start!

If you’re interested in the increasingly popular modality of acupuncture, now’s your chance. December is just around the corner, so reserve your spot now for this intensive 2-day course. Attendees who complete the course, which runs from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm  Saturday and Sunday, will receive 16 CE hours. For more information and to register, visit wvc.org.

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