Veterinary Topographic Acupuncture

Learn a minimal-needle technique that uses distal points for Channel diagnosis and treatment

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Course Overview

Veterinary Topographic Acupuncture covers the practical application of the minimal distal needle technique for veterinary patients. The course was originally created by Dr. Bruce Ferguson (1957-2019) as an adaptation of Dr. Richard Tan's acupuncture system in humans.

The course will cover:

  • Review of basic tenants of Veterinary Topographic Acupuncture
  • Identification of important distal point locations and tissues used to treat disharmonies
  • Presentation of common channel and Zang-fu organ disharmonies and simple, rapid protocols for their resolution

Course Features

10 hours of small animal and equine wet labs with intensive hands-on learning

Free case consultation with TCVM experts for all students

Complimentary lunches for each day of class

Morning Tai-ji before class to start out your day balanced and with good Qi

Add a new tool to your TCVM toolbox to provide the best of care for your patients

Veterinary Topographic Acupuncture

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students only

28 RACE approved CE hours


Completion of the Veterinary Acupuncture Track (Sessions 1-5) from Chi University or a veterinary acupuncture course from another institution is required prior to enrolling for Topographic Acupuncture.


Introduction to Topographic Acupuncture


Locating and Selecting Points by Palpation


Introduction to Six Basic Topographic Acupuncture Systems with Clinical Case Examples


Review of Topographic Acupuncture Concepts and Mirroring/Imaging


Accurate Point Location: Channels & Point Palpation and Importance of Proper Needle Placement for Optimal Results (Introduction and Theory)


How to Use Topographic Acupuncture to Treat Patients


Topographic Acupuncture Systems 1-6


Topographic Acupuncture: Global Balance & Magical Meridians


Four Meridians Global Balance


Topographic Acupuncture: 12 Magical Points


Putting Things Together for Topographic Acupuncture


Topographic Acupuncture Case Studies


Review Systems 1 to 6


Accurate Point Location: Channels & Point Palpation (Partner Practice) and Importance of Proper Needle Placement for Optimal Results (Partner Practice)


Canine case demo (how to use systems 1 to 6)


Equine case demo (how to use systems 1 to 6)


How to put everything together


Wet Labs



Dr. West graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. After completing a 15-month internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital, she practiced primarily conventional Western Medicine at her own small and exotic companion animal clinic in Plantation, Florida for 19 years. After selling her South Florida practice, she began to study TCVM at Chi. In 2008, after becoming certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and Tui-na by Chi, she opened her new practice, Alternative Veterinary Medicine, located just north of Tallahassee, Florida. She now practices primarily TCVM and integrated medicine for small and exotic companion animals. Due to the growing demand for holistic medicine, she has begun to practice TCVM for equine patients as well. She has recently completed the advanced acupuncture course for small animals, and currently serves as a lab instructor for the Small Animal Acupuncture course at Chi. She plans to expand her study of holistic medicine to include energy medicine in the near future. Her energy is renewed by relaxing with her critter family on her farm in South Georgia.

Dr. Todd graduated from the University of Florida with a DVM in 1988. In 1993, Dr. Todd became an apprentice to Dr. Patrick Sullivan, AP, and began studying Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 1996, he became certified by IVAS. His studies continued at Chi. He has lectured and instructed nationally and internationally for IVAS, the North American Veterinary Conference, and Chi. Dr. Todd practices integrative veterinary medicine at the Animal Hospital of Dunedin in the Tampa Bay Area.

Dr. Ronald Koh received his veterinary degree in Taiwan in 2006 and later completed a specialty internship followed by a master’s program in acupuncture at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2020, he spent 6.5 years on the faculty of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, where he served as an assistant professor (2015-2020) and a service chief of Integrative Medicine and Rehabilitation Service. He is certified in acupuncture, rehabilitation, herbal therapy, and medical manipulation. He completed his residency in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2019. His research and clinical focus have been on integrative and rehabilitative medicine therapies for pain management, orthopedic impairments, neurological deficits, geriatric conditions, and palliative/hospice care. His focus within TCVM is using traditional, scalp, and topographic acupuncture, along with herbal medicine for neurological conditions. He lectures on TCVM, integrative medicine, and rehabilitation for veterinary schools, conferences, and general public events. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, hiking, and traveling.

Enrollment Options



Schedule & Tuition

Topographic Acupuncture


Location of class
Chi Main Campus

9650 W Hwy 318

Reddick, FL 32686

Hotel & accommodation recommendations

Day 1

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM


9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Partner Practice

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Topographic Acupuncture Demo

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Topographic Acupuncture Lab

Day 2

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Diagnosis, Topographic Treatment, and Presentation

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Diagnosis, Topographic Treatment, and Presentation

Payment Information

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

Payment is due 60 days before the start date of each session or course.


Printed Binders

$50.00 / on-site