Dr. Erika Sullivan
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
certified in chinese herbal veterinary medicine
In October 2012, Dr. Erika Sullivan completed a course run by the Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists of Canada (AVAC), with certification through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS), and successfully completed her degree as a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA).
This course involved a series of five weekly modules (lectures), case studies, and laboratories, over the course of a six month duration, with requirements to complete a published case study report, two practical examinations (horse and canine), and one passing grade on the final written examination. A fundamental understanding of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), including knowledge of the locations, indications, and species variations of Acupoints along their respective energy channels (Meridians) was mastered. Upon completion of this course, membership with AVAC and certification through IVAS was granted.
The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the practice of veterinary acupuncture, as an integral part of the total veterinary health care delivery system. The Society endeavors to establish uniformly high standards of veterinary acupuncture through its educational programs and accreditation examination. IVAS seeks to integrate veterinary acupuncture and the practice of western veterinary science. [Taken from http://www.ivas.org/]
IVAS is affliated with the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT) to jointly offer distance education specializing in evidence-based natural medicine for animals.
In 2018, Erika took her TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) one step further by enrolling in CIVT’s Foundation Course in Chinese Herbal Veterinary Medicine. This is an intermediate course for those with a background in TCVM, whereby Chinese Herbal Medicine is introduced and applied. Requiring over twenty typed and followed-through case reports, on-line study and examinations, e-learning modules with assigned readings and lectures; Erika successfully completed her course in November 2018, and has a new alternative modality to treat her patients with. Please read more about Chinese Herbal Medicine in the tab to follow.