Evidence-Based Veterinary Acupuncture

Examines veterinary acupuncture from a scientific evidence-based perspective


Course Overview

This RACE-approved online course offers a total of 32 CE credit hours, and examines veterinary acupuncture from a scientific, evidence-based perspective. The course consists of 32 hours of online video lectures and a final quiz (post-test). The video lectures include video recordings of the instructor along with his or her lecture slides and hand-written lecture notes. Participants will be provided an electronic copy of lecture notes and course proceedings.

At the end of the course, participants must complete a 127-question multiple choice quiz. As per RACE standards, participants must pass the quiz with a score of 70% or higher to receive their certificate of attendance. Attendance will be measured by the time spent watching lectures online, which is recorded in our distance learning platform.

Course Objectives

Understand the scientific basis of acupuncture and the current literature on this topic

Apply acupuncture in general practice for disorders in small animals and horses

Learn the principles of acupuncture in pain management and the clinical application of trigger points

Integrate acupuncture in a conventional practice through a simple set of cookbook rules

Review the indications and contraindications of acupuncture

Evidence-Based Veterinary Acupuncture

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students only

32 RACE approved CE hours


Veterinary Acupuncture: Scientific Basis


Acupuncture for Neurological Diseases


Trigger Points and their Clinical Applications of Acupuncture


Clinical Research on Acupuncture


Acupuncture for Renal and UTI


Acupuncture for Pain Management


Acupuncture for Respiratory Diseases


Veterinary Acupuncture: Indications and Contraindication


Acupuncture for Gastrointestinal Diseases


Acupuncture for Liver Disease


Acupuncture for Cardiovascular Diseases


TCVM for Endocrine Disorders


TCVM for Eye Disorders


Acupuncture for Dermatological Diseases


How to Write a Peer-reviewed Scientific Manuscript


Definition of Equine Acupuncture


How to Measure Pain and Lameness in Horses


Lameness and Pain Management - Electro-acupuncture as Stem Cell Therapy


Equine Reproductive, Neurological and Other Disorders



Dr. Xie has 41 years of clinical, teaching, and research experience in veterinary acupuncture and TCVM. He has trained over 10,000 veterinarians to practice TCVM worldwide. Dr. Xie’s education includes advanced training in veterinary medicine, veterinary acupuncture, and human acupuncture. Dr. Xie has authored 20 books and over 100 peer-reviewed papers. His textbooks, including Xie’s Veterinary Herbology, Xie’s Veterinary Acupuncture, and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine-Fundamental Principles, have been used for TCVM training programs around the world. Dr. Xie continues to teach and develop educational courses and programs at Chi University, serves as a full clinical professor at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and is an honorary professor at China Agricultural University, South China Agricultural University, and China Southwest University.

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Dr. Carolina Medina is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from St. George's University in 2005. Between 2005 and 2006, she became certified in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tui-na massage and Food Therapy by the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and the China National Society of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. Also in 2005 and 2006, Dr. Medina completed a 14-month clinical internship in TCVM at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2010, she became certified in canine rehabilitation therapy through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She was a clinical assistant professor and Chief of the Integrative Medicine service at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine from 2008-2013. She was one of the founders of the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in 2006 and served as the secretary and treasurer from 2006-20013. She was also one of the founders of the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and has been an Associate Editor and regular contributor since 2006. She has been on the Board of Directors for the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians. In 2013 Dr. Medina became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Currently she works as a TCVM practitioner and rehabilitation specialist at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, Florida.

Dr. Clemmons graduated with his DVM from Washington State University. There, he also was granted a PhD in veterinary science (emphasis in neurophysiology and clinical neurology). Dr. Clemmons then took a faculty position at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine where he practiced neurology and neurosurgery for 35 years before joining the private Veterinary Specialty Hospitals in Florida. Dr. Clemmons, a board-certified specialist in Neurology, has published over 100 peer-reviewed original studies, reviews, papers and abstracts and given numerous presentations, both in the US and abroad. At UF, he has had an active research program and is known for his work on platelet physiology and in the study of neurodegenerative diseases such as degenerative myelopathy. He has developed a number of innovative neurosurgical techniques including fixation of atlantoaxial subluxation and Wobbler’s syndrome. Dr. Clemmons taught veterinary and graduate students at the University of Florida for 35 years. Dr. Clemmons became a certified veterinary acupuncturist (CVA) at Chi in 2000. He was certified in TCVM Food therapy (CVFT) from Chi in 2009. He integrates Veterinary Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and nutrition into his practice. He is a national and international speaker in the field of neurology and the science of veterinary acupuncture.

Enrollment Options


Spring 2024

Schedule & Tuition

Evidence-Based Acupuncture

Payment Information

A $100.00 non-refundable course deposit is charged upon enrollment to reserve your seat.

Payment is due 30 days before the start date of each session or course.


Printed Binders

$50.00 / course

Frequently Asked Questions

The online lectures are available streaming on the website. You will receive access instructions via email when the online portion begins. The lectures are available in two formats, one for faster internet connections and one for slower internet connections.

The content can be accessed for 3 months through our learning portal.