Upcoming Courses / Events
Fall AGM 2021 CE
SEMINAR NOVEMBER 28,
$125 members, $250 non-members
Vicarious Trauma and Radical Compassion
Hannah Sherebrin, OATR, ATR-BC, YAHAT-Supervisor
Click Here to view the 2021 CE Event Flyer.
As we struggle with the professional and emotional effects of our work and the global pandemic, we need to understand the differences between burnout and vicarious trauma. This workshop aims to look at the effects of trauma in our daily professional conduct, and find ways to become more resilient when we care for animals or their owners. One of the ways to help ourselves is self-care with compassion.
The current research speaks about compassion as an essential component of therapy and health. Tara Brach, author of the book “Radical Compassion” claims that there is no healing of ourselves and our clients without self-compassion.
In this 90-minute workshop I will employ the model of RAIN – Recognize, Allow, Investigate and Nurture, in order to investigate dilemmas which renders us inefficient for caring for ourselves and others. Our relationships with self, others and the world, the effectiveness and impact of our work, as well as our sense of fulfillment and commitment, impacts our wellbeing. Compassion embodies qualities like caring, playfulness, collaboration, authenticity, and deep trust, which fosters creativity. Tara Brach claims that the model of RAIN awakens mindfulness and compassion, applies them to places where we are stuck, and untangles emotional suffering.
Participants are encouraged to bring an open mind and curiosity to experience mindfulness practices, even if they are not familiar with meditation. This is not a traditional meditation session, and we will be using art materials as well.
This will be a Zoom workshop, so each participant will prepare their own art materials, and is asked to have a pair of surgical gloves and indelible markers as well as glue, odds and ends like googly eyes, stickers, yarn, etc. After the introduction the participants will have 10 minutes to create and then will be transferred to breakout rooms for 20 minutes to practice the model. Sharing and discussion will commence in the large group.
Disclaimer – This is NOT a therapy session, but participants may experience emotional issues which cannot be dealt with in this setting.
Dr. Julie Schell will share acupuncture points and protocols for treating grief and trauma in our patients and ourselves. IVAS credits pending
Sunday Nov 28, 2021
AVAC Annual General Meeting: 11:00am
Seminar introduction: Vicarious Trauma or Burnout? 11:30-12:45
Lunch/Refueling Break 12:45-1:15pm
Radical Compassion and Creative Expression: 1:15-2:15pm
Bio Break: 2:15-2:20pm
Breakout Rooms -Compassion Practice 2:20-2:50
Discussion and Sharing Experiences of Compassion Practice 2:50-3:30
Questions & Answers 3:30-3:45pm
Acupuncture points for Grief and Trauma: Dr. Julie Schell 4:00-5:00
On Pins and
Needles: An introduction to veterinary acupuncture by Dr Janice Huntingford
(DVM, DACVSMR, CVA,
CVPP, CCRT CAVCA)
Click Here for the Event Flyer.
This lecture is for you if you want to learn more about acupuncture, want to refer pets for acupuncture treatment and understand how it works or are considering studying acupuncture.
This Continuing Education video is available to AVAC Members for free, and to non-members for $25. Non-members can purchase the video here.
AVAC 2021/2022 Membership Registration
***New for 2021: Due to a change with IVAS by-laws, IVAS and AVAC memberships must now by paid no later than May 31st. Memberships will still follow the fiscal year of July 1st – June 30th, but with the updated payment due date. ***
AVAC $90 + IVAS $110 + $30 surcharge/exchange rate (IVAS dues are paid in US funds) = $230.00
Membership fees are due annually by online payment via Moneris or off-line payment via cheque. For annual membership renewal by Moneris payment, please fill out your Moneris form first and include your Moneris 'Order ID' on your membership renewal form.
Early renewal/new membership contest: We will randomly chose out of all members who renew or join online by May 10th midnight. Members will be eligible for a Draw for the 2022 Annual AVAC Conference Registration. Pay your membership online with Moneris. To pay by cheque, please print your membership form.
For both types of payments, please fill out a complete membership form, and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or send by post with your cheque to 590 Road 201, St-Clet, Quebec J0P 1S0.
AVAC 2020 Continuing Education Conference Videos
AVAC Online Fall 2020 Continuing Education with Dr Michelle Tilghman
Our topic is Acupuncture and Physical 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 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. This workshop will be online, with recorded and live interaction sessions. Recordings will be available for 3 months following this year's event.
Click on each title to access the Lecture Videos - login is required.
Session #1 - Presentation (1 hour)
Session #1 - Q&A (1 hour)
Session #2 - Presentation (2 hours)
Session #2 - Q&A (1 hour)
Session #3 - Presentation (1 hour)
Session #3 - Q&A (1 hour)
7.5 hours IVAS CE credits approved
Online CE Video purchase: AVAC Members $125 Pay online with Moneris.
AVAC Lecture Videos
The 2016 AVAC CE recorded
lectures with Dr. Sivula, and
the 2017 AVAC CE recorded
lectures with Dr. Marsden are
now available to AVAC Members at
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