Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 1 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians and veterinarians in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval. However, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery.

RACE Subject Category: Medical; Delivery Method: Non-interactive Distance; Program Number 865689.


Content Presenter



Course Focus and Learning Objectives

VetCE on Demand: Needles and Nociception - How Acupuncture Helps Modulate Pain utilizes the archive of a live presentation under the same name.

This course briefly reviews pain pathways and nociception to form the foundation for theories of how acupuncture, and associated modalities, may modulate pain. A history of acupuncture and the Five-Element Theory are introduced to outline an Eastern approach. It will compare individual case management vs. a broader-based Western treatment approach. Bi Syndromes and additional modalities, such as aquapuncture, electrostimulation, moxibustion, etc., are included to provide a more complete picture of acupuncture and pain management. Rescue points, acupuncture and anesthesia, contraindications, as well as how to get started with acupuncture are addressed.

After completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • describe how acupuncture may modulate pain relative to Gate Theory and endogenous endorphin
  • list Bi Syndromes and explain how these syndromes influence individual pain management
  • describe the use of additional acupuncture modalities such as aquapuncture, electrostimulation, and moxibustion for pain modulation


Open Enrollment with Immediate Access and Individual Scheduling

This is an open enrollment course. Participants may enroll at any time. Upon submission of enrollment the participant is immediately added to the course. The course welcome email provides login and other important information.

This is an asynchronous course, meaning it does not contain real time components. Participants do not need to be logged into the course at specific times to attend lectures or view presentations. Participants do not need to complete the course in one sitting.

Completion Deadline:

Participants have 60 days from date of enrollment to view the presentation, as often as desired, as well as submit the two completion requirements outlined below. If after 60 days the completion requirements have not been submitted, the participant will be graded out of the course as incomplete.


Participant Feedback

When asked what aspects of the course liked best some responses were:

...Loved this. A wonderful review of acupuncture and the benefits it can provide

...Excellent presenter, and informative.

...Very nice to learn more about something I have used ony own performance animals, canine and equine.

...Never exposed to eastern medicine before. Very interesting and thought provoking


Completion Requirements

The completion requirements for this course are:

  • complete the quiz with a score of 80% or better - multiple attempts are permitted
  • submit the course survey

Upon submission of the final completion requirement, the participant will automatically be marked as completed and the course completion email will be sent out. The participant will have immediate access to the certificate.


Course Fee

Price: $25.00 USD

Practices may enroll individual team members. To learn how to assign a specific team member to a course, please visit the Assigning Students page.

Please use this link to view the Withdrawal Policy for this course.