TCVM for Veterinary Technicians

Cover key elements to supporting and promoting TCVM services as a technician in an integrative veterinary practice


Course Overview

TCVM for Veterinary Technicians is a course designed to teach veterinary technicians to support and promote TCVM services in your practice. Through the course, technicians are given the tools to speak knowledgeably about the purpose and value of TCVM and to teach clients how to care for their animals with food therapy and Tui-na techniques. A typical TCVM visit can last 1 to 1.5 hours, so a properly trained TCVM vet tech can greatly increase the efficiency of your practice.

Tailored for veterinary technicians working in clinics and hospitals where TCVM is practiced, this course concentrates on TCVM theoretical principles as well as practical techniques to allow vet techs to best assist TCVM veterinarians.

The course can be taken in two formats: all online or hybrid (a combination of online and on-site coursework). If taken in an all-online format, students will take the lab portion of the course virtually. A reference letter from a licensed veterinarian is required to enroll in this course.

Please note that no information about TCVM diagnosis or locations of acupuncture points will be covered in this course.


Course Goals

After attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand TCVM fundamental principles (Yin-Yang, Five Elements, Zang-Fu, etc.), the scientific basis for TCVM, and the indications and contraindications of each TCVM modality, thus allowing them to effectively promote TCVM services.
  • Learn basic TCVM technician procedures (moxibustion, electro-acupuncture, Tui-na, food therapy, and life-style consultations). Graduates will be able to perform basic TCVM procedures and engage in discussions on TCVM, allowing them to save their veterinarian time and increase the efficiency of their practice.

Overall, graduates of this course will have the tools to promote and support services at a TCVM clinic.

Course Features

13 hours of online lectures available for 24/7 on-demand streaming for 2 months

On-site wet labs and demos with live animals (dogs and horses)

Life-style portion of the on-site course includes Qi-gong, Tai-ji, yoga, and other meditative exercises

Complimentary lunches on-site (with vegetarian options)

Class size capped at 30 students to allow for a more intimate learning environment

TCVM for Veterinary Technicians

Taught in English

For veterinarian technicians only

27 RACE-approved CE hours




Eight Principles


Five Elements


Acupuncture: Scientific Basis


Zang-fu Physiology


Energy Pathway: A Meridian System


TCVM Overview


Introduction to Dr. Han-ping's Tui-na Techniques


Wet Lab: Tui-na


Physical Therapies and the TCM Life Style


Food Therapy for Pets


10 Acupuncture Techniques and Procedures: Indications and Contraindications


Wet Lab: Vet Tech Acupuncture Protocols


What is Chinese Herbal Medicine? How to Administer Herbal Medicine to Pets



Dr. Huisheng Xie (pronounced “Shay”) founded Chi in 1998 to train veterinarians in Chinese acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy, and Tui-na. Before coming to America, Dr. Xie received his BSVM (equivalent to DVM) from the Sichuan College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine in 1983. He then received a Master of Science in Veterinary Acupuncture from Beijing Agricultural University in 1988 where he also served as an associate professor. In 1994 he moved to America to pursue his doctoral studies, and in 1999 he received his PhD from the University of Florida for his investigation of the mechanisms of pain control in horses using acupuncture. He has lectured around the world and has authored more than 20 books. Currently, Dr. Xie continues to teach and develop educational courses and programs at the Chi in Reddick, Florida. He also serves as a clinical professor at UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In total, Dr. Xie has trained over 10,000 veterinarians to practice TCVM.

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. Rimar received her BS in marine biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 1998 and her DVM from Ross University in 2005. She has been studying and practicing TCVM since 1998 and received her CVA in 2005 from Chi and the China National Society of TCVM. Dr. Rimar was the first TCVM intern in the US at the University of Florida, and worked closely with Dr. Xie for almost two years, helping edit several of his books and articles. Dr. Rimar has also written book chapters in Xie's Chinese Veterinary Herbology and an internal medicine textbook. Dr. Rimar teaches basic acupuncture principles and techniques as well as advanced techniques and labs at Chi in both large and small animal classes, as well as the veterinary technician courses. Dr. Rimar now has her own peaceful clinic, Veterinary Healing Arts Center, in St. Pete Beach focusing on natural healing. She is also an associate editor for AJTCVM and has lectured in the U.S., Canada, and China on TCVM principles and acupuncture techniques.

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.

Dr. Brannan graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. In 2004, she became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, completing the Small Animal Acupuncture course at Chi. Dr. Brannan is currently continuing her education in Chinese Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy, and Tui-na at Chi. She divides her time amongst three practices in Gainesville, Micanopy and Ocala, and keeping up with her daughter.

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 he decided to join the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of Palm Beach Gardens, FL. 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 science of veterinary acupuncture.

Enrollment Options

Available Formats



Schedule & Tuition

Online Portion:

04/01/21 - 06/15/21

On-site Portion:

05/07/21 - 05/08/21


Location of class
Chi Main Campus

9650 W Hwy 318

Reddick, FL 32686

Hotel & accommodation recommendations

Day 1

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30AM - 12:30PM


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Wet Lab

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

TCM Exercises

Day 2

8:00 AM - 12:30 PM


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Wet Lab

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM


Payment Information

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

Payment is due 30 days before the course start date.

A $50 convenience fee will be charged for payments and registrations received less than 30 days before the start of a session.


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