Upcoming Courses / Events
AVAC Continuing Education with Dr Michelle Tilghman and Annual General Meeting
October 23-25, 2020
Chateau Vaudreuil, Montreal region, Quebec, Canada
We are excited to announce that our 2020 meeting will be held in October 2020 in Montreal, Quebec!
Our topic is acupuncture and rehabilitation. Our lecturer in Dr Michelle Tilghman, DVM, CVA, CCRP, owner of Loving Touch Animal Center in Georgia, is a renowned international educator and adjunct professor at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. This 2.5 day workshop will cover the integration of physical therapy with acupuncture as well as special topics of interest to practitioners such as pediatrics, acupuncture for neurological disorders and diseases and a study report on acupuncture in transitional cell carcinoma. The event will include a full lunch each day and a dinner evening with registration.
DATES AND LECTURE TOPICS:
Michelle Tilghman, DVM
Friday October 23 (8:30am-10, 10:15-12:15pm)
How Common Lameness Affects the Muscles and Fascia. 3.5 hours. Laboratory (1:30- 5pm)
Participants will be familiarized with the anatomical locations of channels and how different pathologies affect the body and movement. Laboratory will demonstrate the channels and review case studies with patients with covered pathologies.
1. Hip dysplasia – 1 hour
2. Luxating patella and stifle pathology – 1 hour
3. IVDD (back and cervical) – 1.5 hours
Saturday October 24 (8:00- 10:00, 10:30-12:30)
Saturday October 24 Physical Therapy and Acupuncture Workshop 3.5 hours Laboratory (1:30 PM-5:00 pm)
Acupuncture is a very important modality in the physical therapy toolbox. Acupuncture and physical therapy lectures will cover:
3. Trigger points
The laboratory will be a demonstration of exercises and modalities for the patient, including land exercises, water exercises, and stretching exercises.
Sunday October 25 Advanced Topics: Acupuncture (8:30am- 11:30 +/-break)
1. Acupuncture in pediatrics – 1 hour
Objective: The modern veterinarian often first encounters a pediatric patient only after batteries of vaccines, spay or neuter surgery, separation from parents and littermates, and other incredible stresses in their young lives have already occurred. In other words, we often find ourselves and our very young patients at a disadvantage from the beginning. Acupuncture is often helpful for pediatric maladies. This lecture will cover pediatric acupuncture points and how to use them.
2. Acupuncture for Neurological Disorders and Diseases – 1 hour
Objective: Using three brief case studies, this lecture will present and illustrate the integrated TCVM and Western diagnostic process for neurological disorders that initially present as intervertebral disc disease (IVDD). In all three cases, a TCVM diagnosis was established and the patient was treated with a combination of acupuncture and aquapuncture, herbal medicine, spinal adjustment, massage, hydrotherapy – all as a complement to Western veterinary protocols. In each case, the patient either did not respond or responded atypically to the first three treatments, prompting further diagnostic imaging. This lecture will follow treatment of all three patients for different neurological disorders.
3. Clinical Study of Acupuncture for Transitional Cell Carcinoma – 1 hour
Objective: Transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) is a common cancer in the canine. This is a case study of five cases of TCC, that have been treated with TCVM and Western medicine. The goal of the treatment is to increase survival and extend quality of life. Most of the cases have been tracked with diagnostics and ultrasound. As of this writing four of the patients are alive and well and one is deceased. Case elements discussed will include diagnosis method, medical, acupuncture, and TCVM/herbal interventions, protocols used, and dietary changes.
14 hours IVAS approved CE credits
15 hours AVCA approved CE credits pending
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AVAC 2019/2020 Membership Registration
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AVAC $90 + IVAS $110 + $30 surcharge/exchange rate (IVAS dues are paid in US funds) = $230.00
AVAC Lecture Videos
If you did not attend the live seminar you may purchase access to the recorded
lectures. Please send a cheque for $299 for either the 2016 or 2017 single
seminar, or $379 for both sessions. Include a note requesting the session of
your choice (if purchasing only one), and the email address that you want your
password sent to.
Mail cheques to:
PO Box 32497
Your password and continuing education credit certificate will be emailed when we receive your cheque.
2016 Seminar: 5 hours IVAS CE credits
2017 Seminar: 6 hours IVAS CE credits
Fall Advanced Acupuncture CE Seminar 2016 with Dr. Neal Sivula
Fall Advanced Acupuncture CE Seminar 2017 with Dr. Steve Marsden