The Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Group was founded by a small group of dedicated veterinarians in 1985 to promote acupuncture as a treatment modality in veterinary medicine.
The Group is also the Australian Affiliate of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and has been providing IVAS certified training to veterinarians since 1991.
IVAS is an internationally recognised organisation dedicated to promoting excellence in the practice of veterinary acupuncture through its accreditation process, continuing education programs and funding for responsible research projects to advance veterinary acupuncture. The Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Group delivers The IVAS Veterinary Acupuncture Course through The Australian College of Veterinary Acupuncture.
Certified veterinarians are entitled to use the letters CVA (Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture) and must participate in continuing education in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in order to maintain their membership.
The Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Group aims to promote the use of acupuncture in veterinary practice as a drug free, complementary therapy which can be used as a sole method of therapy or in conjunction with conventional western medicine and surgery.
Members are able to connect with other practicing veterinary acupuncturists and participate in continuing education.