The Small Animal Acupuncture Program is a 130-hour program that certifies students in veterinary acupuncture with an emphasis on small animals. The program begins with an overview of fundamental aspects of Chinese Medicine, including Yin-Yang and Five Elements theory, which serve as a foundation for case diagnoses and treatment presented later in the class. A variety of acupuncture techniques are taught, including electro-acupuncture and moxibustion, in addition to conventional "dry" needling. Students of the program learn acupuncture points on small animals only, and primarily dogs are used for practice in the wet labs.
The program is presented in six sessions (three online and three on-site). Online sessions are composed of lectures that students can stream at their own convenience. Afternoon or morning wet-labs of on-site sessions give students the opportunity to learn acupuncture points on live animals in small lab groups of five to six students per instructor. Small Animal Acupuncture is offered to licensed veterinarians and veterinary school students only.