Herbal Fundamental Knowledge

Learn the fundamental background of herbal medicine before delving deeper into specialized herbal topics

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The Herbal Fundamental Course is a 12-hour continuing education course approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards Registry of Approved Continuing Education (AAVSB RACE). It is presented as a 12-hour online course. The course can be taken by small animal, mixed, and equine veterinarians, and lecture and lab material covers contexts for both small animals and horses.

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Major Topics

The course aims to provide a solid foundation in herbal medicine to prepare for more in-depth study of herbal specialties. Major topics include:

  • TCVM Overview and Herbal History
  • Sourcing, Processing, and Selling
  • Understanding Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Herbal Safety, Toxicity, and Quality Control
  • Historical Herbal Case Studies

Courses that build on Herbal Fundamentals

Herbal Fundamental Knowledge

Taught in English

For veterinarians and veterinary students only

12 RACE-approved CE hours


TCVM Overview and Five Branches


History of Chinese Herbals


Chinese Herbals Sourcing, Processing, and Selling


Herbal Energy and Yin-Yang


Herbal Tastes and Five Elements


Herbal Actions and Combinations


Pin-Yin and the Nomenclature of Chinese Herbal Medicine


Chinese Herbal Medicine FAQs


Herbal Safety, Toxicity and Quality Control


Historical Case Studies - Astragalus and Coptis



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. Deng received her Oriental Medical Doctor degree from Hubei University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1982. She has practiced and taught Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China and the United States for over 22 years. Her clinical expertise is in the treatment of hypertension and renal diseases using TCM. She is the owner of the Mainland Acupuncture Center in Gainesville, Florida, and she teaches the acupuncture techniques demo for Chi acupuncture courses.

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A $100 non-refundable course deposit is charged upon enrollment to reserve your seat.

Payment is due upon enrollment of the course

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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