TCVM Diagnostics, Classical Points and Advanced Acupuncture Techniques

Take your practice to the next level with advanced training in TCVM diagnostics, acupuncture techniques, and classical acupuncture points

United States
Small Animal

Course Overview

TCVM Diagnostics, Classical Points and Advanced Acupuncture Techniques (approved for 30 hours by AAVSB RACE) is a wet lab workshop offered to veterinary acupuncturists to expand their technical knowledge of acupuncture and to strengthen their TCVM diagnostic skills. Practical clinical application is the ultimate goal of this course; as such, wet labs make up more than half the on-site portion of the course and lectures are comprised of many demos and case studies. This version of the course is offered to small animal practitioners.


Main Topics

The course covers three major topics:

1. TCVM Diagnostic Skills

In any medical system, effective treatment hinges upon accurate and complete diagnosis. In Chinese medicine, this crucial process of diagnosis is referred to as Bian Zheng, where Bian means differentiation and identification and Zheng means a type of pattern or illness. Thus, TCVM diagnosis consists of identification of disease patterns, usually through palpation and through tongue and pulse readings. This course discusses the theory and techniques of Bian Zheng beyond what is covered in the Basic Acupuncture course and gives students the opportunity to practice palpation as well as tongue and pulse diagnosis on live small animal or equine patients.

2. Advanced Acupuncture Techniques

Advanced acupuncture topics covered in this course include auricular acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, needling points around difficult locations (eyes, feet, abdomen, etc.) aqua-acupuncture, point embedding, pneumo-acupuncture and moxibustion. They will be covered in course lectures and demos and practiced by students in the wet labs.

3. Classical Acupoints

Today, the majority of veterinary acupuncture points were transposed from humans. However, some ancient books describing the acupoint locations developed specifically for equine and small animal species were preserved and are still used today. The locations and unique actions of these classical acupoints is another major topic of this advanced course.

Course Features

Expand your technical knowledge of acupuncture and to strengthen your TCVM diagnostic skills

12 hours of wet labs intensive hands-on learning in each session

Diagnose and treat real cases with the instructors and fellow veterinary acupuncturists

Learn from all the wet lab cases with discussion rounds

Satisfies the internship requirement of the CVA certification

TCVM Diagnostics, Classical Points and Advanced Acupuncture Techniques

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students only

30 RACE approved CE hours


Completion of a veterinary acupuncture course provided by Chi or another equivalent institution is required for enrollment in this course. If currently enrolled in the Chi veterinary acupuncture course, you must complete at least through Session 4 before this course begins.


10 Acupuncture Techniques: History, Clinical Applications, Cautions, and Advanced Acupuncture Methods


How to Make a TCVM Diagnosis


TCVM Case Studies


How to Improve Acupuncture Clinical Results


How to Make a TCVM Diagnosis and Select Acupoints (Demo)


Tips to Improve Your TCVM Skills


How to Approach a TCVM Case (Demo)


Acupuncture Point Implantation (Demo)


Point Embedding and Electro-acupuncture Techniques


Simple Canine Tui-na Techniques


Aqua, Pneumo and Other Acupuncture Techniques


Scalp and Ear Acupuncture


Classical Points in the Trunk (top 26 points)


Classical Points in the Head (top 23 points)


Classical Points in the Limbs (top 28 points)


Tongue and Pulse in Dogs and Cats


Real Clinical Cases: How to Diagnose and Treat



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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Enrollment Options



Schedule & Tuition

Small Animal Advanced 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 / on-site

Frequently Asked Questions

Definitely! As long as you have completed an acupuncture course offered by the Chi U, or organization (IVAS, and etc.), you are welcome to register for this course.

No. Registration for the course includes both the online and onsite portions of the course. Because this course is based heavily on the hands-on wet labs, the onsite portion is essential to the full understanding of the course material.

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.

No, the course deposit of $100 will save your seat when you register. The class tuition is due 30 days before the class begins.