Veterinary Herbal Medicine Certification Set

Use Chinese Herbal Medicine to treat your patients and prevent a wide range of disease conditions

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What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) is a major branch of Chinese Medicine. Although most associate Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with acupuncture, the majority of cases in TCM clinics in China are treated with herbs, either with acupuncture or alone, rather than with just acupuncture. In the States, more and more TVCM practitioners are following suit by incorporating herbs in their veterinary practice. CHM therapies has its historical origins with TCM, and dates back 4,000 years. Herbs today are prepared with the benefits of modern technology, but are still guided by the historical wisdom underlying TCM. In CHM practice, herbs are used to correct imbalance underlying a disease pattern and to promote the body's ability to heal itself. Each herb has a different effect on the body and can fall under a number of classifications such as warming, cooling, sour, or bitter and can affect a variety of organs, including the liver, lungs, or heart. TCVM utilizes herbal formulas that are a combination of single-herb ingredients to treat a specific pattern of disease.

The increasing popularity of CHM lies in the fact that it is an all-natural treatment option that is generally safe and effective when prescribed correctly. An extensive body of clinical research have shown CHM to be extremely effective in treating chronic veterinary medical issues in the fields of gastroenterology, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, reproduction, oncology, and animal behavior. CHM is also commonly used to treat respiratory issues and sports injuries. In addition, CHM increases the quality of life for geriatric patients, especially those diagnosed with terminal cancer, as it assists the body's ability to reduce tumor size when chemotherapy may not an option. CHM can be combined with acupuncture and/or Western Medicine to enhance clinical results.

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CE Program Overview

The Certified Veterinary Herbal Medicine program is a 165 hour continuing education program approved by American Association of Veterinary State Boards Registry of Approved Continuing Education (AAVSB RACE) that certifies students in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine. It is presented in five modules, each covering different sets of organ systems and their affiliated health disorders. Each module offers five hours of wet lab demo and a total of 29-30 continuing education hours. All five modules are offered each year, and can be taken either online or on-site at any order. The modules include:

  • Respiratory & Cardiovascular
  • Gastrointestinal & Spleen
  • Liver & Endocrinology
  • Kidney, Urinary, Reproductive & Geriatric
  • Dermatology, Oncology & Immune-mediated Diseases

Each module features tongue and pulse diagnosis in addition to real case studies through wet labs. The program is intended for small, mixed, and equine vets, and both small and large animals (mostly dogs and horses) are used during case studies and wet labs. General topics covered in each module include herbal medicine, a TCVM approach to Western diseases, and advanced TCVM theories and principles. Online modules are self-paced and have 4 months of online access. All modules include lectures and quizzes that may be accessed at any time during the 4-month period.

Program Features

Choice to take modules online, on-site, or both, allowing for more schedule flexibility

Free case consultation with TCVM experts for all students

Clinical practice receives strong emphasis throughout the entire program

Learn about the top 150 classical formulas and herbal formulas

Gain a deeper understanding of TCVM fundamental principles

What our students have to say

Elena Shirley, DVM

Absolutely exceeded my hopes and expectations, and just increased the level of passion, excitement and potential for success in my veterinary daily practice.

Elena Shirley, DVM

Tulsa, OK

Darcy Forber, DVM

The more I learn about herbals, the more I try to integrate them into my patients' treatment plans. I am motivated by learning so much fantastic information!

Darcy Forber, DVM

Melbourne, FL

Susan Nadeau, DVM

The entire course was excellent. I thought it was all useful information that I will use on a regular basis. It makes me feel much more confident in practicing TCVM.

Susan Nadeau, DVM

Calgary, AB, Canada

Catherine Rowan-Collier, DVM

Dr. Xie is always excellent and intuitive on what areas tend to be confusing for students. Love his cases and the way he conducts labs.

Catherine Rowan-Collier, DVM

Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Jim Carlson

I am looking forward to applying my new knowledge into practice. TCVM has greatly expanded my view of how the body works and what influences disease.

Jim Carlson, DVM

McHenry, IL

Veterinary Herbal Medicine Certification Set

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students only

Up to 165 RACE approved CE hours

Curriculum

Students wishing to enroll in any of the herbal modules must have background knowledge of TCVM and herbal medicine, and must fulfill the following two requirements:

  • Completion of at least one session of veterinary acupuncture at Chi OR Completion of an acupuncture course at another accredited institution OR Completion of the TCVM Fundamental Theories lecture series online module
  • Completion of the Chinese Herbal Fundamental Knowledge online module OR Completion of an herbal course from another accredited institution

Basic Yin Yang Theories

1h

Eight Principles

1h

Five Elements

2h

Veterinary Acupuncture - Scientific Basis

2h

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TCVM Overview and Five Branches

1h

History of Chinese Herbals

1h

Chinese Herbals Sourcing, Processing, and Selling

1h

Herbal Energy and Yin-Yang

1h

Herbal Tastes and Five Elements

1h

Herbal Actions and Combinations

1h

Pin-Yin and the Nomenclature of Chinese Herbal Medicine

2h

Chinese Herbal Medicine FAQs

2h

Herbal Safety, Toxicity and Quality Control

3h

Historical Case Studies - Astragalus and Coptis

2h

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Herbs to Clear Heat

5h

Herbs to Release the Exterior

2h

Herbs to Transform Phlegm and Stop Cough

2h

Heart Physiology and Pathology

2h

How to Treat Behavioral Problems

2h

Five Spirits and Disorder

2h

Congestive Heart Failure, Cardiac Arrythmia and Heart Murmur

1h

Lung Physiology and Pathology

2h

How to Treat Feline Asthma

1h

Canine Sinusitis, Upper Airway Infections - Bronchitis and Pneumonia

1h

Equine Cough and Respiratory Infections

2h

Equine COPD and Heaves

1h

Nasal Congestion and Discharge, Nose-Bleeding, Anhidrosis

1h

Small Animal Real Case Study Lab

5h

Equine Real Case Study

2h

Herbs to Dispel Wind Damp

4h

TCVM Approach to Canine l GI Disorders

4h

Herbs to Regulate Qi

2h

Herbs to Reduce Food Stagnation

1h

Herbs to Warm the Interior

1h

How to Approach Canine Cases

1h

Anorexia Syndrome; Vomiting and Diarrhea

2h

Constipation & Impaction

1h

IBD

1h

TCVM Approach for Common Earth Element Disorders

1hh

Stomatitis, Gingivitis, GI Ulceration and Pancreatitis

1h

Muscle Atrophy and Obesity

1h

Chronic Hemorrhage and Food Therapy for GI Disorders

1h

TCVM for Equine GI Disorders

3h

Nine Different TCM Schools

1h

Equine Real Case Study

3h

Small Animal Real Case Study

5h

Herbs to Stabilize and Bind

2h

Herbs to Open the Orifices

1h

Herbs to Expel Parasites

1h

TCVM to Treat Skin Conditions in Small Animals

2h

TCVM to Treat Cancer in Small Animals

2h

Herbs for Topical Application

2h

TCVM Dermatology: Etiology and Pathology

2h

TCVM Clinical Application for Shi-Zhen (Skin Conditions)

2h

TCVM Oncology: An Overview

2h

TCVM Immunology and Immune-mediated Diseases with Case Studies

4h

TCVM Applications for Cancer Tumors

3h

Neoplasia in Equine

1h

Small Animal Real Case Study

5h

Equine Real Case Study

2h

Herbs to Pacify Liver and Extinguish Internal Wind

2h

Herbs to Invigorate Blood and Break Blood Stasis

2h

TCVM for: Jaundice/Huang Dian Syndrome, Cholangitis Complex & Hepatic Lipidosis

1h

TCVM for: Hepatitis, Necrosis, Ascites & Hepatomegaly

1h

TCVM for: Foot Problems & Tendon/Ligament Problems

1h

How to Treat Diabetes

1h

Herbs to Stop Bleeding

2h

Purgative Herbs

1h

Herbs to Calm Shen and Hypertension

1h

TCVM Approach for Uveitis Conjunctivitis

2h

Cataract/Glaucoma; Other Eye Disorders

1h

Seizure, Epilepsy & Neurological Disorders

4h

Introduction to the TCVM Endocrine, System Equine Metabolic Syndrome, and Insulin Resistance

2h

Cushing's Disease: A TCVM Approach

1h

TCVM Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism

2h

Small Animal Real Case Study

5h

Equine Real Case Study

2h

Qi, Blood, Yin, Tonic Herbs and Formulas

4h

How to treat Pediatric Diseases

1h

Kidney Jing Deficiency

1h

Ear Problems

1h

How to Treat Bi and Osteoarthritis

1h

Yang Tonic Herbs and Formulas

2h

How to Treat Renal Failure

1h

TCVM Geriatric Medicine

1h

How to Treat Wobbler Syndrome

1h

How to Treat IVDD

1h

How to Treat Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

1h

How to Treat Wei and Tan-Huan Syndromes

1h

How to Treat Lin Syndrome and Bladder Infections

1h

Canine Sports Medicine

3h

Equine Lameness

2h

Equine Sports Medicine

1h

Infertility, Inflammatory Genital Diseases: a TCVM Approach

1h

Equine Real Case Study

3h

Canine Real Case Study

5h

Students in the Veterinary Herbal Medicine course are eligible for the Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist certification, endorsed by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine. The CVCH certification requirements are as follows:

  • Be a licensed veterinarian

  • Pass all 5 herbal modules along with their take-home exams

  • Submit and receive approval of 3 case reports

Please note that Chi cannot issue any certification to DVM students until their DVM has been obtained.

Instructors

Dr. Huisheng Xie (pronounced “Shay”) founded Chi in 1998 to train veterinarians in Chinese acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy, and Tui-na. Before coming to America, Dr. Xie received his BSVM (equivalent to DVM) from the Sichuan College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine in 1983. He then received a Master of Science in Veterinary Acupuncture from Beijing Agricultural University in 1988 where he also served as an associate professor. In 1994 he moved to America to pursue his doctoral studies, and in 1999 he received his PhD from the University of Florida for his investigation of the mechanisms of pain control in horses using acupuncture. He has lectured around the world and has authored more than 20 books. Currently, Dr. Xie continues to teach and develop educational courses and programs at the Chi in Reddick, Florida. He also serves as a clinical professor at UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In total, Dr. Xie has trained over 10,000 veterinarians to practice TCVM.

Dr. Michael Bartholomew earned his DVM from the University of Illinois in 2001. Between 2005 and 2009 he earned certifications in Veterinary Acupuncture, Tui-na, Food Therapy and Chinese Herbal Medicine from the Chi Institute. He then went on to earn an Master of Science in TCVM from the Chi Institute in 2016. He is currently an integrative practitioner at The Animal Hospital of Dunedin in beautiful Dunedin, Florida, and incorporates TCVM into his practice on a daily basis. He has treated pets across the United States and from around the world, including locations as far as Turkey, France, England and even Hong Kong. He has been published in several magazines, including Dog Fancy's Natural Dog and Dogs Naturally, and is the co-author of several chapters in Xie's Veterinary Herbology. Dr. Bartholomew also lectures on a regular basis, as he has been a lab assistant at the Chi Institute since 2008 and became a formal MS program faculty member in 2016.

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. Perkins has a thirty-year history training and competing dogs. She earned a Bachelor's degree in health sciences and worked for thirteen years in clinical laboratory medicine. In 2000, she graduated from the University of Missouri with a DVM. Dr. Perkins pursued veterinary acupuncture training at Colorado State University and at the Chi Institute. She completed her veterinary chiropractic training at Options for Animals and her Chinese Herbal Medicine training at the Chi Institute. She enjoys dog obedience training and showing with her Belgian Malinois, Azure, and her Whippet, Emma. She is the owner of Canine Performance Medicine, LLC and practices in suburban Kansas City, Missouri.

Enrollment Options

Available Formats

Semester

2020

Schedule & Tuition

Payment Information

A $150 non-refundable course deposit is charged upon enrollment to reserve your seat.

Payment is due 30 days before the course start date.

A $50 convenience fee will be charged for payments and registrations received less than 30 days before the start of a session.

Add-ons & Prerequisites

Chinese Herbal Fundamental Knowledge

$375

TCVM Fundamental Theories

$100

CVCH Certification

$250

Printed Binders

$50 / module

Herbal Kits

$50 / module

Frequently Asked Questions

No. With the exception of any prerequisites which must be taken together with the courses you select, the modules in the course set can be taken in any order.

No, you can take all the modules on-site, all the modules online, or a combination of both.

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.

It depends on the content of the herbal program and its similarity to the Chi Institute curriculum. If you have taken classes which overlap with our curriculum, you can pick up where you left off. However, you would still be required to pass all take-home quizzes.