Veterinary Topographic Acupuncture

Learn a minimal-needle technique that uses distal points for Channel diagnosis and treatment

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Course Overview

Veterinary Topographic Acupuncture covers the practical application of the minimal distal needle technique for veterinary patients. The course was originally created by Dr. Bruce Ferguson (1957-2019) as an adaptation of Dr. Richard Tan's acupuncture system in humans.

The course will cover:

  • Review of basic tenants of Veterinary Topographic Acupuncture
  • Identification of important distal point locations and tissues used to treat disharmonies
  • Presentation of common channel and Zang-fu organ disharmonies and simple, rapid protocols for their resolution

Course Features

10 hours of small animal and equine wet labs with intensive hands-on learning

Free case consultation with TCVM experts for all students

Complimentary lunches for each day of class

Morning Tai-ji before class to start out your day balanced and with good Qi

Add a new tool to your TCVM toolbox to provide the best of care for your patients

Veterinary Topographic Acupuncture

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students only

28 RACE approved CE hours

Curriculum

Completion of the Veterinary Acupuncture Track (Sessions 1-5) from the Chi Institute or a veterinary acupuncture course from another institution is required prior to enrolling for Topographic Acupuncture.

Introduction to Topographic Acupuncture

1h

Locating and Selecting Points by Palpation

1h

Introduction to Six Basic Topographic Acupuncture Systems with Clinical Case Examples

2h

Mirroring & Imaging

1h

Accurate Point Location for Optimal Results

1h

How to Use Topographic Acupuncture to Treat Patients

1h

Topographic Acupuncture System 1

1h

Topographic Acupuncture System 2

1h

Topographic Acupuncture System 3

1h

Topographic Acupuncture System 4

1h

Topographic Acupuncture System 5

1h

Topographic Acupuncture System 6

1h

Topographic Acupuncture Case Studies

2h

Topographic Acupuncture Systems 1-6 Review

1h

Proper Needle Placement: Partner Practice

1h

Canine Case Demo (Using Systems 1-6)

1h

Equine Case Demo (Using Systems 1-6)

1h

Canine or Equine Labs (Practice of Systems 1-3)

2h

Canine or Equine Labs (Practice of Systems 4-6)

2h

How to Put Everything Together

2h

Live Cases: Diagnosis, Topographic Treatment, and Presentation

4h

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. Todd graduated from the University of Florida with a DVM in 1988. In 1993, Dr. Todd became an apprentice to Dr. Patrick Sullivan, AP, and began studying Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 1996, he became certified by IVAS. His studies continued at Chi. He has lectured and instructed nationally and internationally for IVAS, the North American Veterinary Conference, and Chi. Dr. Todd practices integrative veterinary medicine at the Animal Hospital of Dunedin in the Tampa Bay Area.

Dr. Ronald Koh received his veterinary degree in Taiwan in 2006 and later completed a specialty internship followed by a master’s program in acupuncture at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2020, he spent 6.5 years on the faculty of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, where he served as an assistant professor (2015-2020) and a service chief of Integrative Medicine and Rehabilitation Service. He is certified in acupuncture, rehabilitation, herbal therapy, and medical manipulation. He completed his residency in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2019. His research and clinical focus have been on integrative and rehabilitative medicine therapies for pain management, orthopedic impairments, neurological deficits, geriatric conditions, and palliative/hospice care. His focus within TCVM is using traditional, scalp, and topographic acupuncture, along with herbal medicine for neurological conditions. He lectures on TCVM, integrative medicine, and rehabilitation for veterinary schools, conferences, and general public events. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, hiking, and traveling.

Dr. Alfaro received his DVM in 1975 from Federal University of Parana, Brazil. He then continued his veterinary studies in large animal surgery, radiology and anesthesiology from the University of Minnesota and obtained his Master of Sciences in 1979. Dr. Alfaro was certified in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2004 and in Tui-na and Herbal Medicine in 2012 from the Chi Institute. He became a Certified Balance Method Silver Level Practitioner from Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan in 2012. He then continued to become a Certified Balance Method Executive Level Practitioner by The Academy of Acupuncture Balance Method in 2018. Nowadays he is a retired Professor of Equine Surgery at the School of Veterinary Medicine, National University, Costa Rica since 2005, but still teaches integrative equine medicine and Acupuncture to students at National University in Costa Rica. Additionally, he lectures on Integrative Medicine in Costa Rica and abroad.

Enrollment Options

Available Formats

Semester

2020

Schedule & Tuition

Online Portion:

04/01/20 - 08/22/20

Lecture Webinar:

05/08/20 - 05/09/20

On-site Portion:

08/21/20 - 08/22/20

Location

Location of class
Chi Main Campus

9650 W Hwy 318

Reddick, FL 32686

Hotel & accommodation recommendations

Day 1

7:30 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

Topographic Wet Lab

Day 2

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lecture

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Topographic Wet Lab

Day 3

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lecture

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Topographic Wet Lab

Payment Information

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

Payment is due 60 days before the course start date.

A $50 convenience fee will be charged for payments and registrations received less than 60 days before the start of a session.

Add-ons

Printed Binders

$50

Frequently Asked Questions