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"Where has Dr. Hamilton been?"
Courses & Conferences, past and future

March 11-14, 2016:
13th Annual Canadian Oriental Medical Symposium (COMS)
Vancouver, B.C. Canada

June 8-11, 2016:
International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) 42nd Annual Congress
Tacoma, Washington, USA

October 22-23, 2016:
Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists of Canada (AVAC) Continuing Education Seminar
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

August 23-26, 2017:
IVAS 43rd Annual Congress
Cairns, Australia



BSc - Bachelor of Science

A three year undergraduate degree. Dr. Hamilton received her BSc from the University of Winnipeg in 1977, with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.

DVM - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

After completing a minimum of 2 years of undergraduate study, four years of study at an accredited veterinary college (there are now 5 veterinary colleges in Canada). Dr. Hamilton graduated from Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon in 1982

CVA - Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

An intensive 160 hour course open to licensed veterinarians only.  It is held in different locations in Canada approximately every 3 years.  The course consists of 4 x 5-day modules over several months (usually October – March).  There is a final 4 hour written comprehensive exam and final practical/lab exams on both dogs and horses.  The pass mark is 70% for each of these exam components.  After passing the exams a 40-hour internship with a CVA is required.  The final part of the certification process is completing a peer-reviewed case report.  Dr. Hamilton received her CVA in February 2006.

CAC - Certified in Animal chiropractic

Another intensive 210 hour course open to licensed veterinarians & chiropractors only.  There is currently only one school in Canada, Healing Oasis Wellness Centre (recently renamed Veterinary Chiropractic Learning Centre) in Brantford, Ontario.  The course is 5 x 5-day modules from October – April.  There are written exams in each module and a final 4 hour written exam as well as practical/lab exams to be passed each week.  The pass mark is 80%.  Dr. Hamilton completed her CAC in April 2007

CCRT - Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

Course is open to licensed veterinarians & physiotherapists only.  It consists of a minimum of 3 modules (120 hours) and 3 written exams each with an 85% pass mark.  This course is offered through the Canine Rehab Institute (CRI) at several locations in the USA.  Dr. Hamilton attended the course held at the Colorado State University Veterinary College and completed an additional 2 modules for a total of 160 hours of intensive instruction and practical hands-on application.  After completing the course and passing the exams a 40-hour internship and peer-reviewed evaluation is required before certification is obtained.  Dr. Hamilton received her CCRT certification in August 2009.

CVCH - Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist

Offered only to licensed veterinarians, this 165 hour program (5 modules) provides veterinarians with the foundations in herbal medicine and TCVM theory, diagnosis and therapy.  Certification involves passing 5 written exams (1 for each module) and completing three peer-reviewed case reports.  Dr. Hamilton received her CVCH in March 2012.

CVT - Certified Veterinary Tui-na Practitioner

Tui-na is Chinese manual therapy used for treating and preventing disease.  Tui-na practitioners use various manipulations applied to acupuncture points and meridians, or apply special limb stretching movements to regulate meridians, soothe joints and sinews, promote circulation, balance organs and strengthen the body’s immune system.  In western terms Tui-na is described as being an over-lap of massage therapy and animal-chiropractic.  Dr. Hamilton completed the 28 hour course, passed the written exam, wrote a peer-reviewed case report and was awarded her CVT certification in March 2012.

CVFT - Certified in Veterinary Food Therapy

Food Therapy is one of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  It is a practice of healing using natural foods along with or instead of medications.  The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine (Huang-di-ne-jing, written around 300 BC) was most important in forming the basis of Chinese food therapy.  It classified food by Yin and Yang food groups and five tastes, and by their natures and characteristics.  This course is 28 hours long, includes lectures and “wet-labs”.  Veterinarians must pass a written exam and write a peer-reviewed case report.  Dr. Hamilton received her CVFT in March 2012.