Veterinary Tui-na

Use manual therapy that combines acupressure with manipulation techniques to promote health and healing

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Healing with the Hands

Tui-na is a manual therapy that is one of the four branches of TCVM and uses Chinese medical theory as the basis for its application and actions. It was first used in the 16th-11th centuries BC and references to this treatment can be found in the Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperors Inner Classic, written in 475-221 BC). From a conventional medicine perspective, Tui-na can be thought of as corresponding to a combination of acupressure, conventional massage, and chiropractic techniques. It can be used to regulate the Channels, soothe joints and sinews, promote circulation of Qi and Blood, strengthen the immune system, and promote normal function of the Zang-Fu organs. Tui-na is most commonly used to treat acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and is also useful as a preventative medicine therapy because it promotes balance in the body. It can also be used in conjunction with and to enhance acupuncture and herbal treatments. Small animals, large animals, and exotic species all respond well to Tui-na, and it can be administered on animals that will not allow the insertion of acupuncture needles. It is safe and effective with no known side effects. Although veterinarians must receive specialized training in the techniques and applications of Tui-na, once mastered, several Tui-na techniques can be taught to caretakers for home treatments. Mo-fa (touching skin and muscle), Rou-fa (rotary kneading), Ca-fa (rubbing), Tui-fa (pushing), An-fa (pressing), Nie-fa (pinching), Dou-fa (shaking), Ba-sheng-fa (stretching) and Cuo-fa (kneading) are techniques that caretakers can learn and use to accelerate the healing process and deepen the connection with their animals.

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Course Overview

The Veterinary Tui-na course is a 58-hour continuing education course (approved by American Association of Veterinary State Boards Registry of Approved Continuing Education - AAVSB RACE) that certifies veterinarians in Veterinary Tui-na (Chinese Medical Manipulation) therapy. This course is split into two sessions. Each session has both online and on-site components. The on-site portions are held on the Chi Campus. The course can be taken by small animal, mixed, and equine veterinarians. Lectures and labs cover treatment for both small animals and horses. Hands-on learning is heavily emphasized in the Tui-na course, and wet labs take up more than half the course. In wet labs, students can practice Tui-na techniques on live animals, and they can choose to work on either small animals (cats and dogs) or horses.

Course Features

Learn another treatment option for patients sensitive to needles

Over 20 hours of intensive hands-on learning in wet lab with live animals

Earn 58 RACE-approved CE hours

Receive a CVTP certification from Chi after completion of course requirements

Free life-time case consultation with TCVM experts

Veterinary Tui-na

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students onlny

58 RACE-approved CE hours

Curriculum

Students wishing to enroll in the Veterinary Tui-na course must have knowledge of TCVM and acupuncture through the completion of the first four veterinary acupuncture session from Chi or a veterinary acupuncture course from another accredited institution.

History, Terminology and General Concept of Tui-na

1h

Introduction to Tui-na in Small Animal Practice

1h

Introduction to Tui-na in Equine Practice

1h

Tui-na Techniques in Dogs

2h

Tui-na Techniques in Horses

2h

Tui-na for Neurological Disharmonies

2h

Dr. Han Ping’s 6 Tui-na Systems

6h

Tui-na Techniques in Dogs (Demo)

1h

Tui-na Techniques in Horses (Demo)

1h

Techniques 1-6 in Horses and Dogs

4h

Small Animal Package

2h

Tui-na for Musculoskeletal Conditions in Horses

2h

Real Cases: Equine Tui-na

2h

Real Cases: Canine Tui-na

2h

Tui-na for Internal Medical Conditions

4h

Tui-na for Exotic Animals

2h

Refined Techniques (Dr. Han Ping's Tui-na Systems)

4h

Refined Techniques for Canines (Demo)

2h

Refined Techniques for Equines (Demo)

2h

Real Cases: Equine Tui-na

4h

Real Cases: Canine Tui-na

4h

Students who complete the Certified Veterinary Tui-na (Chinese Medical Manipulation) course are eligible for the Certified Veterinary Tui-na Practitioner certification, endorsed by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine. The CVTP certification requirements are as follows:

  • Be a veterinarian

  • Pass the written and clinical exams

  • Submission of one veterinary Tui-na case report to be approved by Chi faculty

  • Pass the online quiz

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

Instructors

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. Langlois is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. He has been an equine practitioner in Marion County, Florida for the past 32 years, where he established his own practice in 1983 with an emphasis on reproductive medicine, lameness diagnostics, and surgery. He has received advanced training in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese veterinary herbal medicine, and veterinary Tui-na massage. He has been practicing for over 30 years and has been using Chinese medicine and spinal manipulation successfully for over 10 years enjoying treating at many of the prestigious thoroughbred farms in Marion County, FL.

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.

Enrollment Options

Available Formats

Semester

2020 - 2021

Schedule & Tuition

Online Portion:

10/01/20 - 12/01/20

On-site Portion:

10/15/20 - 10/17/20

Location

Location of class
Chi Main Campus

9650 W Hwy 318

Reddick, FL 32686

Hotel & accommodation recommendations

Day 1

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lecture

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Tui-na Lab

Day 2

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Tai-ji / Qi-gong

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lecture

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Tui-na Lab

Day 3

7:45 - 8:30

Tai-ji / Qi-gong

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Real Cases

Online Portion:

02/01/21 - 03/14/21

On-site Portion:

03/11/21 - 03/13/21

Location

Location of class
Chi Main Campus

9650 W Hwy 318

Reddick, FL 32686

Hotel & accommodation recommendations

Day 1

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lecture

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Tui-na Lab

Day 2

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Tai-ji / Qi-gong

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Real Cases

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Real Cases

Day 3

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Tai-ji / Qi-gong

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Written and Clinical Exam

Payment Information

A $100 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

CVTP Certification

$350

Printed Binders

$100

Frequently Asked Questions