TCVM Fundamental Theories

Learn the fundamental aspects of Chinese medicine to prepare for more advanced TCVM topics

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Course Overview

The TCVM Fundamental Theories Course is a 7-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 7-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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Course Objectives

The course aims to provide a solid foundation in TCVM concepts to prepare for more advanced TCVM study. Major topics include:

  • Yin-Yang Theory
  • Eight Principles
  • Five Elements
  • Scientific Basis of Acupuncture

TCVM Fundamental Theories

Taught in English

For veterinarians and veterinary students only

7 RACE-approved CE hours


Basic Yin Yang Theories


Eight Principles and Bian Zheng


Five Elements


Zang-fu Physiology


Veterinary Acupuncture - Scientific Basis



Dr. Chrisman received her DVM from Michigan State University in 1968, an MS degree from the Ohio State University in 1974 and became certified in veterinary neurology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1976. Dr. Chrisman is a certified veterinary acupuncturist from Chi. She was a professor and Chief of the Neurology Service at UF for 30 years and integrated acupuncture into her neurology practice as well as a member of the UF Acupuncture Service. She is a Professor Emeritus at UF as well as the former Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and is on the Executive Board of the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

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 joining the private Veterinary Specialty Hospitals in Florida. 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 the science of veterinary acupuncture.

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Schedule & Tuition

TCVM Fundamental Theories

Payment Information

Payment is due upon enrollment of the course and includes a $100.00 non-refundable deposit.