Clinical Application to TCVM and Integrative Medicine

Overview veterinary integrative medicine, its clinical applications, and treatment principles

San Diego, CA

Intro Seminar Overview

Clinical Application to TCVM and Integrative Medicine is an introductory seminar which covers the Fundamental Principles of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and the two major branches of TCVM: Veterinary Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. These seminars take place throughout the year in multiple locations. This seminar is presented for Small Animal and Equine practitioners, with two track options for a total of up to 14 RACE-approved CE hours.

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These seminars are not only valuable for veterinarians new to integrative veterinary medicine modalities, but can be a refresher course for those who may have studied it years ago. With these seminars participants will be able to:

  • Learn clinical tips and applications for veterinary acupuncture.
  • Evaluate the fundamental principles of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) including Yin-Yang and Five Elements.
  • Understand how to use Veterinary Acupuncture for pain management

Clinical Application to TCVM and Integrative Medicine

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students only

up to 14 RACE approved CE hours


What is Acupuncture?


Acupuncture Points and Meridians?


Five Elements and Clinical Applications


Acupuncture for Pain Management and Osteoarthritis


How can I use Herbals in Small Animal Practice


How to Start Acupuncture Practice


Introduction to Veterinary Medical Spinal Manipulation (VMM)


Veterinary Medical Manipulation (VMM) in Equine Practice


Top 10 Chinese Herbal Medicines for Horses


An Introduction to Equine Acupuncture


Acupuncture Cookbook for Equine Conditions


Acupuncture for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Equine Lameness



Dr. Vargas received her DVM from Tuskeegee University in 1994. In 1996, she established her AAHA-accredited Orchid Springs Animal Hospital in Winter Haven, FL. Dr. Vargas began her studies at Chi in 2009, where she earned her Master's in TCVM including certifications in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, food therapy, and tui-na. She is also a certified veterinary journalist and has published hundreds of newspaper articles, and in 2017 her own book: "Alt-Vet: The Revolutionary Pet Care and Longevity Solution." Dr. Vargas has earned many awards including Purina National Pet Care Award, Bay News 9 Medical Hero Award, Brighthouse Business Award, Girls Inc "She Knows Where She’s Going” Award, and the FVMA Gold Award. She served as a TCVM consultant for Disney Animal Kingdom and remains the AVMA Spokesperson for Hispanic market. In 2015, Dr. Vargas started as a TA for Chi's acupuncture program and was named "America's Favorite Veterinarian" by the AVMF.

Enrollment Options



Schedule & Tuition

Small Animal Intro Class


Location of class

Best Western Island Palms & Marina

2051 Shelter Island Dr

San Diego, CA 92106

Equine Intro Class

Payment Information

Payment is due upon enrollment of the course


Printed Binders



Register for Both Intro Seminars