What is a Fellow, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (FAAVA)?


The American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture mission statement is to improve animal health care by the advancement of veterinary acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Veterinary Medicine through education, research and leadership.

The advanced certification procedure was designed following the process used by veterinarians to qualify for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) specialty certification of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). This process assures that successful candidates for FAAVA designation have demonstrated expert knowledge about the classical and neuro-physiologic basis of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and their application for successful diagnosis and treatment of veterinary patients. This program provides a means by which AAVA members strive towards advanced recognition as veterinary acupuncturists; and to set an additional standard by which the conventional veterinary community can evaluate veterinarians who use acupuncture every day in clinical practice.

The candidate for the FAAVA examination needs to be a Graduate of a college of veterinary medicine approved or accredited by the AVMA and be an AAVA Credentialed Member or International Member. They must also have five years practice experience in veterinary acupuncture, OR three years of veterinary acupuncture experience and an advance acupuncture degree (i.e. OMD, L.Ac), document fifty (50) hours of Veterinary Acupuncture and/or Traditional Chinese Medicine continuing education accumulated during the previous five (5) years, and submit two case reports. Three professional references are also required. Upon successful completion of the application requirements and passing a comprehensive 6 hour exam the title of Fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (FAAVA) is conferred.

Dr. Levy is one of fifteen veterinarians in the United States with the distinction of being a Fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (FAAVA) awarded in to him in 2009.