Veterinary Tui-na

Use manual therapy that combines acupressure with manipulation techniques to promote health and healing

United States
Mixed Practice

What is Tui-na?

Tui-na is a manual therapy that is one of the four branches of TCVM and uses Chinese medical theory as the basis for its application and actions. It was first used in the 16th-11th centuries BC and references to this treatment can be found in the Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperors Inner Classic, written in 475-221 BC). From a conventional medicine perspective, Tui-na can be thought of as corresponding to a combination of acupressure, conventional massage, and chiropractic techniques. It can be used to regulate the Channels, soothe joints and sinews, promote circulation of Qi and Blood, strengthen the immune system, and promote normal function of the Zang-Fu organs.


Healing with the Hands

Tui-na is most commonly used to treat acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and is also useful as a preventative medicine therapy because it promotes balance in the body. It can also be used in conjunction with and to enhance acupuncture and herbal treatments. Small animals, large animals, and exotic species all respond well to Tui-na, and it can be administered on animals that will not allow the insertion of acupuncture needles. It is safe and effective with no known side effects. Although veterinarians must receive specialized training in the techniques and applications of Tui-na, once mastered, several Tui-na techniques can be taught to caretakers for home treatments. Mo-fa (touching skin and muscle), Rou-fa (rotary kneading), Ca-fa (rubbing), Tui-fa (pushing), An-fa (pressing), Nie-fa (pinching), Dou-fa (shaking), Ba-shen-fa (stretching) and Cuo-fa (kneading) are techniques that caretakers can learn and use to accelerate the healing process and deepen the connection with their animals.


Course Overview

The Veterinary Tui-na course is a 45-hour course that certifies veterinarians in Veterinary Tui-na (Chinese Medical Manipulation) therapy. This course is hybrid, with online and on-site portions. The on-site portion is held on the Chi Campus. The course can be taken by small animal, mixed, and equine veterinarians. Lectures and labs cover treatment for both small animals and horses. Hands-on learning is heavily emphasized in the Tui-na course, and wet labs take up most of the on-site session. In wet labs, students can practice Tui-na techniques on live animals, and they can choose to work on either small animals (cats and dogs) or horses.

Course Features

Learn another treatment option for patients sensitive to needles

2 days of intensive hands-on learning in wet lab with live animals

Enjoy the convenience of online learning in 45 total hours of hybrid courses

Receive a CVTP certification from Chi after completion of course requirements

Free life-time case consultation with TCVM experts

Veterinary Tui-na

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students only

45 RACE approved CE hours


Students wishing to enroll in the Veterinary Tui-na course must have knowledge of TCVM and acupuncture through the completion of the first four veterinary acupuncture sessions from Chi or a veterinary acupuncture course from another accredited institution.


History, Terminology and General Concept of Tui-na


Dr. Han Ping’s Six Tui-na Systems


Introduction to Tui-na in Small Animal Practice


Introduction to Tui-na in Equine Practice


Demo - Tui-na Techniques in Dogs


Demo - Tui-na Techniques in Horses


Demo - Tui-na Techniques in Cats


Integrating Tui-na for Small Animal Pain Management


Integrating Tui-na for Small Animal Neurological Cases


Integrating Tui-na for Equine Pain Management


Overview and Bai-Dong-Fa






Zhen-Dong-Fa and Kou-Ji-Fa


Practice Learned Techniques on Fellow Students


Practice Tui-na Techniques 1-3 on Live Dogs


Practice Tui-na Techniques 4-6 on Live Dogs


Practice Tui-na Techniques 1-3 on Live Horses


Practice Tui-na Techniques 4-6 on Live Horses


Real Cases with Group Presentation


Tui-na for Small Animal Neurological Disharmonies


Tui-na for Small Animal Musculoskeletal Conditions


Tui-na for Small Animal Pain Management


Tui-na for Small Animal Internal Medicine Conditions


Tui-na for Equine Neurological Disharmonies


Tui-na for Equine Musculoskeletal Conditions


Tui-na for Equine Pain Management


Tui-na for Equine Internal Medicine Conditions


Tui-na in Avian and Exotic Zoo Animals


Tui-na Tools for Geriatrics and End-of-Life Care



Students who complete the Certified Veterinary Tui-na (Chinese Medical Manipulation) course are eligible for the Certified Veterinary Tui-na Practitioner certification, endorsed by Chi University. The CVTP certification requirements are as follows:

  • Be a veterinarian

  • Completion of the Chi Certified Veterinary Tui-na Course

  • Pass the take-home exam

  • Submission of one veterinary Tui-na case report to be approved by Chi faculty

Please note that Chi cannot issue any certification to DVM students until their DVM has been obtained.


Application of Tui-Na in Veterinary Medicine (2nd Edition)

by Huisheng Xie, Bruce Ferguson, and Xiaolin Deng

Practical Guide to TCVM (Small Animal Practice)

by Huisheng Xie, Lindsey Wedemeyer, Cheryl L Christman, and Lisa Trevisanello

Practical Guide to TCVM (Equine Practice)

by Huisheng Xie, Lindsey Wedemeyer, Cheryl L Christman, and Min Su Kim


Dr. Xie has 40 years of clinical, teaching, and research experience in veterinary acupuncture and TCVM. He has trained over 10,000 veterinarians to practice TCVM worldwide. Dr. Xie’s education includes advanced training in veterinary medicine, veterinary acupuncture, and human acupuncture. Dr. Xie has authored 20 books and over 100 peer-reviewed papers. His textbooks, including Xie’s Veterinary Herbology, Xie’s Veterinary Acupuncture, and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine-Fundamental Principles, have been used for TCVM training programs around the world. Dr. Xie continues to teach and develop educational courses and programs at Chi University, serves as a full clinical professor at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and is an honorary professor at China Agricultural University, South China Agricultural University, and China Southwest University.

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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 Chi University. He then went on to earn an Master of Science in TCVM from Chi 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 Chi University since 2008 and became a formal MS program faculty member in 2016.

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. Tamara Shearer graduated from the Ohio State University with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1986. She is certified in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese veterinary herbal medicine, veterinary tui-na, and veterinary food therapy through Chi. Dr. Shearer is internationally renowned for her work in animal hospice and palliative care. She is one of the leading veterinarians in the world who helped develop and specializes in hospice, palliative care and pain management.

Dr. Langlois is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. He has been an equine practitioner in Marion County, Florida for the past 32 years, where he established his own practice in 1983 with an emphasis on reproductive medicine, lameness diagnostics, and surgery. He has received advanced training in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese veterinary herbal medicine, and veterinary Tui-na massage. He has been practicing for over 30 years and has been using Chinese medicine and spinal manipulation successfully for over 10 years enjoying treating at many of the prestigious thoroughbred farms in Marion County, FL.

Dr. Ying is the veterinarian at 5 Elements for Animals, a Holistic House Call Veterinary Practice. She offers acupuncture, chiropractic care, herbal therapy, food therapy, laser therapy, rehabilitation programs, nutritional and wellness consults for pets, sport horses and farm animals. Dr. Wendy received her Master's Degree in TCVM in 2016 from Chi. She has a great interest in sports medicine, pain management, neurology and rehabilitation. Her master's thesis focused on using laser acupuncture to reduce stress in horses while traveling and competing. Dr. Wendy co-hosts The Driving Radio Show, on the Horse Radio Network.

Dr. Koh earned his veterinary degree in Taiwan and further honed his expertise at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, completing a specialty internship and a Master’s in acupuncture/integrative medicine. Subsequently, he has been teaching at Chi University and served as a clinical assistant professor at LSU School of Veterinary Medicine before his current role as the clinical associate professor and head of Integrative Medicine at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Certified in acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, Chinese food therapy, rehabilitation, and medical manipulation, Dr. Koh is also board certified in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. He also holds the distinguished title of Charter Fellow with the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine. Dr. Koh is an internationally recognized speaker and mentor in the areas of rehabilitation, TCVM, and integrative medicine. He also has contributed to academic literature, penning book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on these areas. His clinical focus centers on integrative approaches to various health conditions to optimize clinical outcomes and quality of life, particularly concerning pain management, mobility issues, and chronic disorders.

Dr. Terri Rosado holds certifications in all Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine branches. As an Assistant Professor at Chi University and the medical director of Chi Animal Hospital, Dr. Rosado is passionate about education, offering externships to Chi and veterinary school students, and inviting volunteers to experience small animal veterinary practice.

Dr. Atria earned her Bachelor's degree in music and biology from the University of Miami and her DVM from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Dr. Atria completed the Mixed Animal Acupuncture course at Chi in December 2006 and was granted certification from Chi and China's National Society of TCVM. She has completed both the Equine and Small Animal Advanced TCVM courses, as well as the Food Therapy course and all five TCVM Veterinary Herbal modules at Chi. Dr. Atria recently completed a one-year clinical internship in acupuncture at the University of Florida Veterinary Medical Center under the direction of Dr. Xie. At UF, Dr. Atria did clinical research investigating the use of acupuncture and herbal therapies for the treatment of anhydrosis and recurrent airway obstructive diseases in horses.

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A $100.00 non-refundable course deposit is charged upon enrollment to reserve your seat.

Payment is due 30 days before the start date of each session or course.


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