Animal Acupuncture Academy

FULL COURSE SYLLABUS

(CORRESPONDENCE COURSE)
(An up-to-date Fee Schedule comes with the Prospectus)

INTRODUCTION includes our Mission Statement, and a short history of acupuncture. We include here, information on how to study, what to study, and how to contact us with your questions plus what we expect from you and what you can expect from us.
CHINESE PHILOSOPHY is the study of the very concept of life itself and forms the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine. An understanding of these principles and their intricate inter-relationships is necessary for a student to grasp the methodologies of diagnosis and treatment.
CHINESE PATHOLOGY is the study of the diseased states of the body. It involves the recognition of the specific patterns of disease which are manifest in the patient and which result from specific causes. These causes may be of internal origin, external origin or due to constitutional weaknesses, trauma, overusage or abnormal usage. When patterns are recognised, the cause is identified and the treatment may be prescribed. With such a heavy dependance on subjective symptomatology , much is not relevant to animals. What is relevant is taught.
ANATOMY is the study of the structure of the animal on both a gross (visible) scale as well as on the microscopic scale. For the purposes of this course, it is important that the student achieve an understanding of the major structures of the body and their relationships to one other. Using the human as the base model, the student will learn the terminology of anatomy and then apply it to the study of the other species of interest. Differences between the species which are of significance to the acupuncturist will be studied.
POINTS & MERIDIANS is the study of how the energy-flow in the body may be influenced to achieve a therapeutic outcome. A knowledge of what Acupuncture Points are, how they are arranged on the body, and how the energy flows within the body is the key to becoming an effective practitioner. There are hundreds of acupuncture points and 59 meridians to be aware of. Not all of the points and meridians are significant to the animal-acupuncturist and not all will be studied in detail.
POINT LOCATIONS is the study of the precise location of individual acupuncture points. All points of significance to an animal-acupuncturist are studied individually. Methods of locating points are discussed. Special characteristics, functions and contra-indications of individual points are studied . Where applicable, points are related to their human counterparts.
POINT SELECTION is the result of the fusion of your knowledge of all the above. It is what acupuncture is all about. Your knowledge of anatomy , chinese pathology and physiology, will enable you to choose a selection of points which will cause a beneficial change to occur in the patient.
ACUPUNCTURE TECHNIQUES is a "how-to-do-it" discussion of the techniques of acupuncture including needling, aquapuncture, electro-acupuncture, moxibustion, laser acupuncture, cupping. Hazards, and precautions are covered.
CLINICAL PRACTICE is the study of the diagnosis and treatment of the commonly encountered disorders of dogs, cats and horses. For each condition the most suitable method of point selection will be chosen and a formula developed. Method of application or technique will be decided and a regime for repeat treatments considered.

One of the problems with learning acupuncture is just where to make a start.
This course is comprised of a series of lessons each dealing with one or more subjects. Each lesson needs to be taken in the order we prescribe so that you can build on your continuing knowledge in an ordered way. Some lessons will be longer than others. You will need to demonstrate your understanding of each lesson before moving on to the next by completing an "open book" test. Full examinations will need to be passed to qualify for a certificate or diploma.

Lessons & Access

‡ Lessons may consist of formal course material over which we hold copyright, formal material copyrighted by others but which we have permission to reprint, or a mix of formal material plus links to material on the internet or recommended reading which should be available through your local library. Due to copyright laws we cannot republish internet material by sending it on to you, but you are free to visit the recommended sites and download and use that material for your own purposes. You need to be aware that you also cannot republish any material that you may download from the internet.

‡ Each lesson has one or more objectives. These are outlined in the lesson header. At the conclusion of each lesson you should have achieved the objective of that lesson.

‡ You are not charged for the lessons we provide. Fees are charged for administration and for access to your tutor. (See Rules & Conditions for more details)

‡ After you have finished the lesson and completed and sent back the quiz (if any) on that lesson, you may submit any questions you may have about that lesson to your tutor for clarification. Questions must be confined to the current (or any previous) lesson content. This means that if you are on lesson #25, you may ask questions about the content of lessons 1 thru 25. It is not OK if you are on lesson #3 to ask "How do I treat tonsillitis in a Chihuahua?" which will be covered in a much later lesson.

‡ Currently we are scheduling 150+ lessons but this figure could be changed to somewhere between 150 and 200 lessons. This number is not fixed and may be varied as we reserve the right to split or amalgamate lessons as the course evolves.

‡ Internet Students will need to have access to a reasonable computer, color printer, Adobe Acrobat Reader, (a free program for reading your lessons), and WinZip a free program for "unzipping" your lessons that are password protected and compressed for faster download from the internet.

 

Rules & Conditions

‡ Fees paid by a student cover administration expenses and the student's right of access to a tutor whether or not that right is exercised.

‡ Lessons are provided to students who have completed enrolment procedures and who are up to date with payments according to the selected fee payment plan. These lessons are provided free of charge.

‡ Lessons are for the exclusive use of the enrolled student ONLY and no material provided to the student may be given, lent or sold to any other person or persons.

‡ Right of access provides for unlimited reasonable written access to a tutor for the purposes of clarification of any points or issues raised in the lesson material. This means that you may ask questions of your tutor pertaining to your lessons by email . These questions must be in the English language and if not emailed, they may be mailed on a CD. Before asking a question the student must have made genuine attempts to resolve the issue by searching the internet or reading additional material. Students who continually abuse their right of access may forfeit that right.

‡ Quizzes are not optional and must be submitted by email or on disk through the post for marking before the student can progress to the next lesson. Quizzes are "open book" which means that you can look up any material at all to help you answer the questions. There is no charge for progress tests.

‡ Multiple Choice Questionnaires must be submitted on-line after each lesson in order to obtain access to the next lesson.

‡ A student must promptly notify the Academy of any changes to their contact details.

‡ A student must promptly reply to all correspondence from the Academy. A student who ignores correspondence from the Academy sent to his last known address may forfeit all fees paid.

‡ Final Examinations for Certificate purposes, held at a place to suit the student will require proper supervision which must be approved by the Academy and paid for by the student.

‡ A student should normally complete the course inside 36 months. Written requests for an extension of time will be considered if the student is making reasonable study efforts.

‡ When the student has satisfactorily completed the correspondence course and passed the examination, the Academy will issue a certificate of achievement to the graduate.

‡ A Diploma may be awarded to a graduate upon satisfactory completion of a practical examination.


 

We offer a modified version of this course for veterinary surgeons and human acupuncturists.

Veterinary Surgeons are not required to study animal anatomy. Human acupuncturists are not required to study acupuncture theory or human anatomy but do need to learn animal point locations and clinical practice in animals.

To enquire about these versions of our course send an email to the appropriate address, outlining your qualifications and experience so that we may assess your suitability for a modified course.

(While you may not be required to study certain parts of the course, you may elect to complete ALL the lessons for revision purposes without additional charge.)

For veterinarians

 

For human acupuncturists

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