Congratulations to Recent Animal Acupuncture Graduates

This fall, MUIH graduated the most recent class from the Animal Acupuncture Certification program. As more and more people are experiencing the healing possibilities of Chinese medicine, it’s natural that they are now seeking the same treatment for their animal companions. The class participants, all licensed acupuncturists, were eager to fill this growing need. Read more




“In 1971, when John Ottaviano and I first began treating large and small animals with acupuncture, developing the first acupuncture charts for animals and working closely with veterinarians to teach them animal acupuncture, we knew that we could only teach the veterinarians an abbreviated form of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  They also understood this, as they would not be able to dedicate 3 to 4 years of full time study to understanding the vast systems of Oriental medicine diagnostics and treatment protocols.   Nevertheless, we found a practical way to teach veterinarians a simplified but workable system of treating common Musculo- skeletal problems and other common ailments afflicting small animals and horses.

This is the primary difference between ‘Animal Acupuncture’ and ‘Veterinary Acupuncture.  Acupuncturists have four years of medical school training in acupuncture & Oriental medicine – veterinarians have around 200 hours of training in acupuncture, with some introduction to the basic principles of Oriental medicine. In my opinion, IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society), which John Ottaviano and I helped establish, does an excellent job of being the standard-barer for teaching veterinarians ‘veterinary acupuncture.’  It should be also clear that ‘animal acupuncture’ has been the domain of acupuncturists and practitioners of Chinese medicine for nearly 3000 years.  But of course it is a positive benefit for animals that veterinarians who are trained by IVAS can use acupuncture for treatment, even if it is in a limited form.”

Gene Bruno, OMD, LAc, FABBA
President of the American Board of Animal Acupuncture
August 27, 2015