AAVA Annual Meeting
Virtual Extension

5.9.24 through 8.9.24

May 9 – August 9, 2024


AAVA is offering On-demand CE. There are 30 hrs. RACE and IVAS approved CE credit available.  The On-demand courses will be available until August 9, 2024. If you missed joining us at the AAVA Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington here is your chance to view 30 hours of the meeting.
If you were able to be with us and also registered for the virtual extension add on we hope you enjoy repeating these
lectures or maybe you will be viewing them for the first time.


  • Veterinary Balance Method: Theory and Uses

  • Veterinary Balance Method: Theory and Uses – Continued

  • Veterinary Balance Method: Theory and Uses – Continued

  • Veterinary Balance Method: Theory and Uses – Continue

Speaker: Antonio Alfaro, DVM, MSc., CVA, MSc-TCVM, CBMS & ELP

Antonio Alfaro graduated from Federal University of Parana School of Veterinary Medicine, Paraná, Brazil in 1974. In 1979 he received his Master of Science in Large Animal Surgery, Radiology and Anesthesiology from the University of Minnesota School of Postgraduate Studies, Saint Paul Campus, Minnesota USA. He was certified by the CHI Institute in veterinary acupuncture in 2004 and in 2016 became a Certified Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Practitioner (CTCVMP) and completed his MSc-TCVM in 2018. Due to this, he holds certifications in Tui-Na, Herbology, Food Therapy and has taken several times the SA and EQ Advance Acupuncture Courses at Chi|University. He holds few Excellent Speaker Awards by Chi and the WATCVM and  is the holder of the 2021 Ma Shi Huang Award, the highest award given by the Chi University.

Antonio is a Certified Silver Balance Method Practitioner and Certified as Executive Level Balance Method Practitioner. He is a retired Professor of Equine Surgery from the School of Veterinary Medicine, National University Costa Rica. Antonio is a current Instructor of Equine Clinics at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, Veritas University in Costa Rica where he teaches the fundamentals of Equine Acupuncture Scanning.

Antonio is the current Director of the Chi University of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Latin-American Branch since 2016, and creator and Director of the Certified Veterinary Balance Method Course by Chi University.

  • Multi-Modal Therapy For the Equine Sport Horse: Massage, Acupuncture, Electroacupuncture, Cold Laser and Intramuscular Vitamin B-12

  • Acupoints That Release Similar Physiologic Responses as Pharmaceuticals

  • Acupuncture for Equine Shivers

  • Acupuncture for Small Ruminants

Speaker: Lori Bidwell, DVM, DACVAA, CVA, CVTP

Dr. Lori Bidwell is a 2001 graduate of Michigan State University, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and a certified veterinary acupuncturist. She did her internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, and completed her anesthesia residency at Michigan State University. She was the head of anesthesia at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and Lexington Equine Surgery and Sports Medicine and has been on faculty at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2015 she co-founded East West Equine Sports Medicine, a sports medicine practice that covers veterinary services for hunter/jumper circuits on the West and East Coasts. Dr. Bidwell also consults in anesthesia for equine practices, teaches part of a study abroad program in Thailand and South Africa and speaks and teaches nationally and internationally. Dr. Bidwell competes with her horses in the amateur owner jumper divisions.

  • An Integrative Approach to Sidewinder Syndrome

Speaker: Grace Buchanan, DVM, CVA, CVC

Dr. Buchanan graduated from North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She was certified by IVAS in veterinary acupuncture and certified by IVCA in animal chiropractic. Dr. Buchanan works in general equine practice in western North Carolina with a strong interest in acupuncture and chiropractic as well as sports medicine.

  •  Adventures in Exotic Acupuncture: Tips & Cases

  • Evaluation of Treatment of Gastrointestinal Stasis With Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Domestic Rabbits

Speaker: Tara Harrison, DVM, MPVM, DACZM, DACVPM, DECZM(ZHM), CVA

Dr. Tara Harrison graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine with her DVM degree. Afterward, she earned a Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of California-Davis. She did veterinary internships at Toledo Zoo and Wildlife Safari. She has worked at Potter Park Zoo and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Michigan State University. She then went back to UC Davis and the Sacramento Zoo as an Assistant Professor. She is currently an Associate Professor of Zoo and Exotic Animal Medicine at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She is board certified in the American College of Zoological Medicine, the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and the European College of Zoological Medicine (Zoo Health Management). She became certified in acupuncture through the Chi Institute (now Chi University). She has taught the acupuncture laboratory portions for sessions 2, 4, and 5 for Chi University since 2017. Dr. Harrison has also taught lectures on introductory veterinary acupuncture for multiple conferences for zoo and exotic animal medicine. Additionally, Dr. Harrison is the faculty advisor for NCSU’s Holistic Club. Dr. Harrison has done research with veterinary acupuncture and has had multiple publications on zoo and exotic animal veterinary acupuncture in peer reviewed literature as well as in the Veterinary Clinics of North America Exotics Edition, and Fowler’s Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine book. Dr. Harrison is also a co-founder of the Exotic Species Cancer Research Alliance.

  • Laser Hacks: Creative Tips & Tricks With Your Laser!


Speaker: Yukiko Kuwahara, DVM, DRIC, CVA

Dr. Yukiko Kuwahara has a vast 45 years of experience in the pet industry including a Hospital Administrator of a busy 24 Hour Emergency & Referral hospital, President of a pet toy manufacturing firm, operating a humane animal breeding facility providing pets for the pet stores, starting a non-profit charity to help the pets of the homeless, and also a radio talk show host of the, ”The Wild & Wacky World of Pets & Animals” on two syndicated radio stations. She has also been an On-Set-Vet ensuring that the animals used on movie sets & commercial shoots are not harmed but treated humanely.

  • Acupuncture Analgesia: Understanding the Pain Pathway and the Effects of Acupuncture


Speaker: Karin Olsen, DVM, CVA, FAAVA

Dr. Karin Olsen graduated from Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Her initial acupuncture education was the western science approach through Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians (MAV), and she was certified by MAV in 2015. The following year, she listened to a lecture by Dr. Linda Boggie, and began her TCVM journey. Karin became certified by IVAS in 2018. Karin was just recently FAAVA certified in 2023.

Karin is the owner and operator of Healing Hands Veterinary Acupuncture and Integrative Services, a house-call practice limited to acupuncture, rehabilitation, and hospice care. Karin is an avid horse-lover and owns 3 draft horses. Her favorite thing to do is to trail ride with one of her horses and her 3-legged dog, Flash, who owns her heart.

  • Cultural Competency and Inclusivity in TCVM Practice

Speaker: Marie Sato Quicksall, DVM, CVA

Dr. Marie Sato Quicksall comes from a multiracial Japanese and American family. Born in Japan, she moved to the US with her family as a toddler. She attended The Ohio State University for both her bachelor’s degree in zoology and her veterinary degree. Upon graduating veterinary school in 2011, she began her professional career as a small animal general practitioner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before relocating to the west coast. She currently practices on Bainbridge Island, Washington. In 2020, Dr. Quicksall completed additional coursework to become Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture. Her professional interests include surgery, pain management, and feline medicine.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion has long been a passion for Dr. Quicksall. As a first year veterinary student, she founded the Ohio State chapter of VOICE (now Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment), and later served as national president of VOICE. In support of her other passion, ice hockey, she coached for a group that promotes diversity and inclusion in the sport when she was in Pittsburgh. In 2017, she became a founding board member of the Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association (MCVMA). Dr. Quicksall is a past President and currently serves as Treasurer of the MCVMA. She is also a past board member of the Diversify Veterinary Medicine Coalition (DVMC). Dr. Quicksall was a task force co-chair for the 2023 American Animal Hospital Associations (AAHA) Mentorship Guidelines.

  • The Liquid Crystalline Collagen Continuum Basis of Acupuncture Meridians

  • The Interaction of the Liquid Crystalline Collagen Continuums of Veterinarians and Their Patients

  • An Innovative Approach to Veterinary Acupuncture Client Relations CALM

  • A Unique Perspective on the Future of Veterinary Acupuncture Practice (VAP)

Speaker: Allen Schoen, DVM, MS, PhD (hon.), CVA

Dr. Schoen is one of the pioneers in veterinary acupuncture and natural therapies, developing and practicing them since 1981. He has been acknowledged by his peers as being one of the fifteen most influential veterinarians in North America as well as worldwide for introducing the concept of an integrative approach to veterinary medicine, bridging the gap between conventional and alternative medicine. With over 40 years of clinical experience, teaching and research, he has developed his own unique integrative approach to animal health care.

He received his DVM from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978, and also holds a master’s degree in Neurophysiology and Animal Behavior from the University of Illinois. He was certified in Veterinary Acupuncture in 1982 and is a past president of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and was one of the first veterinarians certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. In addition, he has advanced training in botanical medicine, mind/body medicine, integrative medicine and homeopathy, and the best of all these therapies are incorporated into his practice.

Dr. Schoen has worked to bring the best of complementary therapies into mainstream acceptance. He started the Department of Acupuncture at The Animal Medical Center in NYC (the largest animal hospital in the world) in 1982. He has taught and lectured at veterinary schools and conferences nationally and internationally. He has been a Clinical Assistant Professor at both Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine as well as Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1996, he was appointed to a six-member committee by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to develop guidelines for Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine (CAVM).

His extensive clinical experience with complementary therapies, combined with an interest in the latest research, led to his editing the two principle veterinary textbooks on these modalities. Veterinary Acupuncture: Ancient Art to Modern Medicine, first published in 1994, is now in its second printing. Complementary & Alternative Veterinary Medicine: Principles and Practice (co-edited with Susan Wynn, DVM) was published in 1998. Both have been translated into other languages. In his effort to reach the general public, he wrote the books Love, Miracles, Animal Healing (with Pam Proctor) in 1995 and Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live in 2001, and Compassionate Equestrian: 25 Principles to Live by When caring for and Working with Horses in 2015. He was prominently featured in the documentary series “the Truth about Pet Cancer”, where he was able to share his own unique perspective.

He was honored with an honorary Ph.D. from Becker College for his contributions to veterinary medicine as well as receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Veterinary Acupuncture for his groundbreaking contributions to Veterinary Acupuncture. He has received research grants for evaluating new approaches to animal health care.

Dr. Schoen continues to explore the integration of mind/body medicine and other cutting-edge approaches into veterinary medicine and animal health care. In addition, he feels that the integration of an attitude of loving kindness and compassion into all endeavors is an integral part of healing all beings and our world.

Dr. Schoen is now retired from his veterinary practice after 40 years, but continues to teach, write, and develop new approaches to animal and global health care, all infused with a foundation of loving kindness and compassion for all beings. His new creation is C.A.L.M. (acronym for the conscious animal lover’s movement)

  • Tai Chi an Qi Gong: How it Can Improve Your Acupuncture

  • Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Cardiology

Speaker: Michelle Schraeder, DVM, MEd, FAAVA

Dr. Schraeder graduated from The Ohio State University in 1985. Through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) she is certified in veterinary acupuncture and has completed a three year course in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine, and through the Chi Institute is certified in veterinary Tui-na (massage). Dr. Schraeder became one of first two veterinarians to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (FAA VA). She has also obtained a Masters of Education in College and Continuing Education. Presently she is chair of the IVAS International Education Committee, an IVAS board member, and a member of the AA VA Advanced Certification Committee. Dr. Schraeder has been a speaker at Western Veterinary Conference, AHVMA and AAVA conferences, IVAS congresses, and various state VMA meetings. She is a course instructor for IVAS and College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT). She practices integrative medicine, utilizing Traditional Chinese Medicine with conventional medicine, at her clinic in Bellingham, Washington.

  • The Scientific Basis of Energy Medicine and Its Relationship to Acupuncture

  • Who’s Healing Who? How Tesla Bioenergetics Can Assist Our Personal and Professional Evolution

  • Enhancing Your Acupuncture and Related Therapies Practice With Self Care Energy Techniques and Science Based Intuition

  • Enhancing Acupuncture and Related Therapies With Essential Oils

  • Reducing the Stress of a Neurologic Exam for Acupuncture and Related Therapies Patients (And Their Clinicians)

Speaker: Susan Wagner, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Susan Wagner is a veterinary neurologist whose work acknowledges the spiritual interaction between people and animals. Dr. Wagner is co-author of Through A Dog’s Ear: Using Sound to Improve the Health and Behavior of Your Canine Companion, and is an active speaker in the areas of energy healing, sound therapy, and self-discovery. She is a Healing Touch for Animals® practitioner, and also has a strong interest in wellness for veterinary professionals. Dr. Wagner co-founded the integrative medicine program at MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets, and is adjunct faculty at The Ohio State University. She is also faculty with the College of Veterinary Integrative Therapies.

  • Equine Motor Neuron Disease: “Get Your Motor Running”

  • Equine Laminitis: “These Boots Were Made for Walking”

Speaker: Joan Winter, DVM, CVA, CVC

Dr. Winter earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Magnum Cum Laude in 1976 from San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California. She received her Masters in Pharmacology and Toxicology, 1981 from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Winter received her DVM with honors in 1984 from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Winter received her Traditional Chinese Veterinarian Medicine Practitioner from CHI University. Dr. Winter is also a Fellow of the AAVA.

  • Evidence Based Acupuncture (EBA) for GOLPP and Other Forms of Canine Laryngeal Paralysis

  • Evidence Based Acupuncture (EBA) for Facial Nerve Injuries

  • Evidence Based Acupuncture (EBA) for Seizure Disorders-Promise and Pitfalls

  • Evidence Based Acupuncture (EBA) for Treatment of Neurological Diseases at the Zoo

Speaker: Bonnie Wright, DVM, DACVAA, CVMA, CVPP, CCRP, CCRT

Dr. Bonnie Wright was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She accomplished her DVM at Colorado State University and a residency in Anesthesia and Critical Patient Care at The University of California, Davis. She now divides her time between Colorado and Hawaii.

Dr. Wright is board certified in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. She has earned certificates in Medical Acupuncture, Veterinary Pain Practitioner, Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, Canine Rehabilitation Therapist and advanced training in canine musculo-skeletal imaging and regenerative medicine.

She works and teaches in the areas of anesthesia, pain medicine, medical acupuncture, regenerative medicine and rehabilitation. She has two adult sons, several wonderful dogs, half of a horse, and an unknown number of wild hogs. She spends her free-time exercising and building her off-grid Hawaiian farm with her wife.

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