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. 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. 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 he decided to join the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of Palm Beach Gardens, FL. 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 science of veterinary acupuncture.

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Schedule & Tuition

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.


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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.

You will get 4 months of access to this online course. The course can be accessed through our learning portal.