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2024 Annual Conference

August 16-18, 2024

Calgary, Alberta

Early Bird Rate

Annual Conference: Rehabilitation



Rehabilitation, hands-on techniques with Dr Michelle Tilghman DVM, CCRP, CVA

Early Bird Price 600$ until June 1

In-person event in Calgary Alberta, August 16-18th 2024

16 CE credits

Hands-on labs

Snacks and lunches included

Early Bird Price until June 1

Non-Member Access 2024 Conference



Rehabilitation, hands-on techniques with Dr Michelle Tilghman DVM, CCRP, CVA.

Non-member Early Bird Rate 750$

In-person event in Calgary Alberta, August 16-18th 2024

16 Hours CE

Hands-on wet labs

Lunch and snacks included

New non-members must sign up with email for site access

Site access is generally granted in 1-2 business days

Once granted, non-members can purchase CE online à la carte

Upcoming Continuing Education Events

AVAC has great affordable Continuing Education lectures for veterinarians available on-line and in person. But we also want to share what is happening in integrative veterinary medicine around the world. AVAC members also have access to IVAS continuing education content.



August 16 -18 2024 in Calgary, Alberta

Rehabilitation, hands-on techniques 

with Dr Michelle Tilghman DVM, CCRP, CVA.


          Friday August 16, 2024

Morning: registration
Afternoon 1-3pm : Physical Therapy and Acupuncture Workshop Lecture
This workshop will review musculature and fascia as these relate to common body movements
and movement impairments. 

3-5 pm Hands on session with cases and demonstration dogs

          Saturday August 17, 2024

9am-12pm lecture:  How the Muscle and Fascia Are Affected by Common Lameness 

We will cover the effects of lameness on the muscle and fascia. As different causes of
lameness affect the body differently, these common causes of lameness will be
reviewed: Topic include hip dysplasia, stifle problems, IVDD, and the carpus and elbows.

Physical Therapy Modalities 
We will cover the different physical therapy modalities that are specific to different
physical impairments including : the underwater treadmill, balance and core work, ground work, specific lameness, 

Saturday 1-4pm, Physical Therapy Hands-On Lab 
In this hands-on lab, we will demonstrate specific exercise and physical therapy
techniques for common lameness from a variety of causes
Cases – Active cases that Local practitioners bring to the seminar

          Sunday August 18, 2024

9am-12pm  Lectures:
Acupuncture for Neurological Disorders and Diseases
Clinical Study of Acupuncture for Transitional Cell Carcinoma
Wrap up with cases from the Local area


Early-bird cost for members is $600 for a total of 16 CE credits including hands-on wet-labs. 

Snacks and Lunches are  included.

Do you have an event you would like us to feature?Please contact us.

Membership includes free online programs, resources and continuing education events.


Acupuncture Training and Certification

The following associations and schools offer Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist training:

International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS)
Chi University
College of Integrative Veterinary Therapeutics (CIVT)

These courses enable veterinarians to obtain expert level of knowledge about the history and understanding of acupuncture. They vary in their approach to teaching and only the first three offer training in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, while the last teaches acupuncture from a neuroanatomical point of view.

The courses for certification train students to perform acupuncture safely and accurately on all species. Becoming certified involves successful completion of these courses, a written and oral examination, case study presentations and many hours of practicum training alongside a certified veterinary acupuncturist. This provides the veterinarian with the confidence and skills required to perform acupuncture safely and effectively.


While this process is intensive and demanding, most veterinarians are able to work full time during certification. Support and continuing education are available through multiple associations throughout the whole career of the veterinarian.


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