10640NAT Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture 











10640NAT Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture is nationally accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework at postgraduate level.


10640NAT Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture is designed to increase the potential for employability for practitioners and enhance treatment options offered by practitioners.

Successful completion of this course will enable you to integrate a new therapy into practice. You will be able to offer this service to clients and increase treatment options for patients. The course:

  • Provides practitioners with skills and knowledge to practice veterinary acupuncture competently
  • Provides practitioners with an accredited postgraduate level award based on assessment of their competence;
  • Provides employees and clients with evidence of a high level of competence and
  • Provides participants with previous training a potential bridge to higher postgraduate qualifications through Recognitions of Prior Learning.

The College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies is a Registered Training Organisation (National provider 91769). We offer nationally accredited training under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Nationally recognized training provides a standard against which courses and colleges can be assessed and assures the student that the course is of an appropriate standard and that government guidelines are met. As RTO accreditation is an ongoing activity you can be assured that the high standards of the CIVT are maintained.  This training is available across Australia and internationally. 

10640NAT Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture is orientated towards applied theory, both traditional and scientific which you can apply to your work almost immediately. You will be able to develop your confidence and competence over time with continuous case support, guidance and feedback from tutors with both simulated cases, and active case forum and then your own clinical cases. You will be able to start using acupuncture within the first module.

Comments from a Current Student:

"Loving the course. Very informative, well presented and stimulating. You guys have put so much effort in it and sharing all your experience and knowledge is great.  I am already looking for a new vet to join the clinic so I can focus more on the complementary medicine ....", Dr Martina McPeace MVDr, BVSc, GDVWHM


As this course provides education and training in practical and theoretical skills relevant to the provision and integration of acupuncture into veterinary clinical practice, for entry into 10015NAT Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture, candidates must hold either:

  • an undergraduate veterinary science bachelor degree, DVM or equivalent OR
  • a relevant bachelor degree or postgraduate qualifications (Graduate Certificate/Diploma or Master) together with significant relevant vocational practice OR
  • a postgraduate qualification in veterinary science (Master or Doctorate)
  • exceptions may be made on a case by case basis at the discretion of the College depending on previous qualifications and experience.

Learners should also have sound skills in English written and oral communication, literacy and numeracy.


10640NAT Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture consists of basic and advanced instruction in veterinary acupuncture as the teaching components; the development of a reflective case log book of personal experience of the skills practiced, demonstrated professional ability and competence and preparing material and evidence for assessment of competencies.

(Note: IVAS Acupuncture Certification is recognised as a significant proportion of the Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Acupuncture and Recognition of Prior Learning is available - an evidence portfolio will be required; if you are Certified in veterinary Acupuncture elsewhere and have considerable experience please ask us about Recognition of Prior Learning.)

All 8 Units of Competency are core units and are required before full qualification is granted. Students are assessed continuously throughout the training and in the final module submit their portfolio of evidence to CIVT for assessment. Qualified assessors of CIVT assess each final submission.

Units of Competency

UNIT (in delivery   sequence)

VETTCM801A - Work within a   traditional Chinese medicine framework

VETACU801A - Apply   the veterinary acupuncture diagnostic framework

VETACU802A - Work   within veterinary acupuncture principles and practices

VETACU803A - Plan   and provide the veterinary acupuncture treatment strategy 

VETACU804A - Perform   the veterinary acupuncture assessment

VETACU805A - Provide   specialised veterinary acupuncture treatment

VETINT801A - Prepare   veterinary case studies for publication

VETINT802A - Reflect   upon integrated veterinary medicine practice



Please contact the College for further information.


As post graduate students studying at an academic level, candidates are expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study in their own time and be able to practice skills in the work place. The Course is undertaken over 24 months and the theory component is delivered online with continuous support by trainers and tutors for the development of practical skills in the workplace. The modules are taught by qualified trainers and assessors including Dr Barbara Fougere with major  input from recognised industry expert Dr Steve Marsden as well as other recognised industry expert practitioners contributing various components. The course is self directed and supported by lecture notes, video lectures and comprehensive study guides which take the student through step by step. Trainers and assessors are assigned to each Module to support students in completion of their activities and assignments as well as supporting them in developing skills and confidence in treating their own clinical cases by responding to cases via forum posts and email. One on one support is what makes this course unique. Your workplace is where you get to apply your knowledge and skills and manage your cases.

Part-time. 24 months. Expected volume of learning and study including clinical case time over the 24 months - 1605 hours.


CIVT Management is responsible for the quality of its training and assessment services in compliance with the Standards for RTOs 2015, and for the issuance of the AQF certification documentation. Once you have commenced the training and assessment in this Course , CIVT is committed to completing the delivery of the training assessment within the agreed duration and will further negotiate the timing for completion of the training assessment if you are unable to complete the course due to illness or extenuating circumstances. We offer an Absence of Leave option and an Extension of Course Time option. It is your responsibility to alert us if you require either of these.

Participants are required to demonstrate evidence of competencies through assessment processes which comprise activities and exercises based on actual and simulated cases in practice.

International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) Course curriculum can be mapped into the required competencies which means veterinarians who have completed IVAS Certification are eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for the first 5 Units of Competency; you may require additional submission of a portfolio of evidence demonstrating currency of skills and knowledge.

If you have studied Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine (e.g. IVAS Certificate in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine or CIVT Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine courses) and can provide evidence of competency, and if you have studied advanced acupuncture techniques and can provide evidence of competency, you can elect to undergo the process of Recognition of Prior Learning so that you do not have to repeat any studies you have already undertaken.

Those who are assessed as meeting the requirements of any single Unit of Competency, will be provided with a Statement of Attainment.

Those who are assessed as completing the requirements of all aspects of the course and providing evidence of Competency for assessment will receive the Award 10640NAT Graduate Diploma Veterinary Acupuncture.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/ or formal learning. Recognition of Prior Learning is offered to those who have pre-existing skills in Veterinary Acupuncture, Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture or training and skills in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine. These candidates need to complete an initial survey of experience and knowledge to determine if the RPL pathway is appropriate. Then they enrol in RPL for the course and begin the process of submission of evidence. This is a rigorous process. Any gaps in the mapping of skills and knowledge may need to be compensated for by completing individual Units of Competency or elements of a Competency. A portfolio of evidence towards RPL is submitted. This process can take 1 to 6 months to complete.


To apply please use the contact form below. You will receive an application pack and initial survey which you will need to complete and return.

COURSE FEES 2016 - 2018

Total Fee is $7688 -  paid as a deposit of $1496 plus 18 monthly payments of $344.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): Enrolllment and Process of Assessment $1950. You may be required to complete one or more Gap Skills Units or Modules; this is discussed on a case by case basis and will incur additional fees. Please contact collegeoffice@civtedu,org to discuss the possibility of RPL and the associated process entailed.

A scanned copy of your previous educational qualifications and photo identification (passport or driver’s licence) is required to complete enrolllment.

Provision of appropriate computer equipment and software, as well as any other costs associated with access to teaching and demonstrations or assessment submission shall be the responsibility of the student.







This course is approved for 600 IVAS Continuing Education Credits.


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