Foundation Course

This is the starting point, but not necessarily the end of your acupuncture training.

The principal aim of this course is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to start acupuncture in practice as soon as the course is complete.

Course Overview

Aims and objectives

This course is designed to equip participants with:

  • A grounding in acupuncture: the course will touch briefly on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), its origins, controversies and areas of agreement with the Western scientific approach

  • An understanding of the neurophysiological mechanisms involved in the effects of acupuncture

  • The ability to describe the current status and limitations of acupuncture research

  • The ability to recognise myofascial pain; understand its causes; how to detect trigger points by palpation and the options for treating them

  • An understanding of the principles of point selection

  • The ability to apply acupuncture safely in practice, based on these principles

  • The skills to construct a treatment plan

Course Content

Online – on demand teaching – worth 12 hours CPD and must be completed before the practical sessions

Professionally filmed and produced presentations, accompanied by a digital handbook

Points demonstrations for all acupuncture points taught on this course

Practical teaching  – worth 12 hours CPD

This highly practical part of the course covers:

  • Anatomy and safety of points

  • Needling practice (on other participants for the best experience)

  • Point finding on horses and dogs

  • Patient demonstrations

  • Point selection exercises

  • Completion of portfolio

Total Course Value: 24 hours CPD

Participant Expectations

  • Skills: participants can expect to complete the course with the confidence to use acupuncture safely and competently in a wide range of patients They will also be equipped to make decisions about whether acupuncture is a suitable treatment for a given patient.

  • Materials: each participant will receive access to the learning management system (LMS) for the online-on-demand course content; for the practical sessions: a paper portfolio to complete, and three boxes of needles so that they will be able to get started on their first day back in practice.

  • Support: participants will be given the opportunity to join an online support group where they can discuss cases with colleagues and lecturers, and access additional resources.

Course Detail & Pricing

The Foundation Course can be taken as a stand alone course, but also forms Modules 1 – 4 of the 12 module Longview CPD course in Western Veterinary Acupuncture and Chronic Pain Management Modular Course.

This course is accredited by Entia Ltd and delegates have the option of completing the ECAS in WVA&CPM award. Further details can be found at

Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Nurses welcome.

Practical Days

The Foundation Course is 2 days online – on demand, which must be completed before the two day practical part of the course. NB the practical day dates must be selected and booked when the course is purchased.

Venues: Southern England, North West England and Scotland


Cost of course is £1200 +VAT (£1440 inc VAT) including online content, which once purchased can be referred to at any time, along with a digital course handbook.

For the two-day practical session, you will be provided with needles and refreshments. The course fee does not include overnight accommodation.

The course may be residential or non-residential.

To register, please head over to our Hub at

The legal status of veterinary acupuncture

The treatment of animals with acupuncture is an act of veterinary surgery and can therefore only be performed by a qualified veterinary surgeon or a veterinary nurse under Schedule 3.

Because qualified RVNs can perform acupuncture as a Schedule 3 procedure, veterinary nurses are very welcome on the course. However, they should be aware that they will be restricted by the limitations of Schedule 3. Current RCVS guidelines state that the VN must be directed by a veterinary surgeon, qualified in acupuncture, and that depth and position of needling should be part of that direction. It is also a requirement that a veterinary surgeon be on the premises when a VN carries out acupuncture.

Please note that these guidelines are always open to change and it is the responsibility of the veterinary nurse to update themselves as to current RCVS guidlines.