Certified Tui-na for Veterinary Technicians

Learn how to apply Tui-na to patients, assist veterinarians with Tui-na treatment, and teach clients Tui-na techniques

United States
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Course overview:

Hybrid course with 1 online and 1 onsite modules. 22 hours including 8 hours of hands-on labs in:

  • Canine Tui-na (Chinese Medical Massage and Manipulation) techniques
  • Contraindications for manual therapy
  • Soft tissue assessment
  • How to teach Tui-na to clients
  • TCVM diagnoses
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Course objectives:

  • Closely assist the veterinarian in performing soft tissue assessments
  • Understand contraindications for Tui-na
  • Understand TCVM diagnoses
  • Understand and correctly perform Tui-na techniques
  • Be able to perform a full Tui-na treatment session based on criteria such as veterinarian diagnosis, temperament of the patient, and treatment goals
  • Be able to teach Tui-na techniques to clients

Admission Requirements

Credentialed veterinary technician OR successful completion of a 2-year veterinary technician program OR veterinary assistant with at least 5 years experience in a small animal veterinary clinical setting.

Letter of recommendation from a licensed veterinarian certified in TCVM (Acupuncture, Tui-na, Herbal medicine or Food Therapy) or currently attending courses for certification in TCVM.

Completion of the TCVM for Vet Techs course.

Certified Tui-na for Veterinary Technicians

Taught in English

For veterinary technicians and assistants only

22 CE hours

Prerequisites

Students must:

  • Credentialed veterinary technician OR successful completion of a 2-year veterinary technician program OR veterinary assistant with at least 5 years experience in a small animal veterinary clinical setting.
  • Letter of recommendation from a licensed veterinarian certified in TCVM (Acupuncture, Tui-na, Herbal medicine or Food Therapy) or currently attending courses for certification in TCVM.
  • Completion of the TCVM for Vet Techs course.
TCVM for Vet Techs

Curriculum

Dr. Han Ping’s Six System

2h

Introduction to Tui-na in Small Animal Practice

1h

Tui-na Techniques in Dogs with Live Dog Demo

2h

Tui-na Techniques in Cats with Live Cat Demo

1h

How to Integrate Tui-na in Pain Management and Neurological Cases in Dogs and Cats

2h

How to Use Tui-na to Help TCVM Doctors

2h

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

2h

Bai-dong-fa

1h

Mo-ca-fa

1h

Ji-ya-fa and Zhen-dong-fa

1h

Kou-ji-fa Special Manipulations and Putting Together All Techniques

1h

Practice Tui-na Techniques 1-6 on Dogs

4h

Review

2h

Certification

  • Complete all 2 modules
  • Pass the written and practical exams with 75% or above each.
  • CCTVT (Certified Canine Tui-na Veterinary Technician): For the student who is a Registered Veterinary Technician, Licensed Veterinary Technician or Certified Veterinary Technician.
  • CCTVA (Certified Canine Tui-na Veterinary Assistant): For the student who is NOT a Registered Veterinary Technician, Licensed Veterinary Technician or Certified Veterinary Technician.
  • Note: A CCTVA holder can update their certificate to CCTVT once they become a Registered Veterinary Technician, Licensed Veterinary Technician or Certified Veterinary Technician.

Textbooks

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

by Huisheng Xie, Bruce Ferguson, and Xiaolin Deng

Four Paws, Five Directions: A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats and Dogs

by Cheryl Schwartz

Instructors

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.

Enrollment Options

Semester

2025

Schedule & Tuition

Canine Tui-na for Technicians

Payment Information

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.

Add-ons

CCTVT Certification

$150.00