Veterinary Acupuncture Certification Track

Learn all the tools you need to fully integrate acupuncture into your practice

United States
Equine
English
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Program Overview

The Equine Acupuncture Program is a 138-hour continuing education program approved by American Association of Veterinary State Boards Registry of Approved Continuing Education (AAVSB RACE) that certifies students in veterinary acupuncture with an emphasis on horses. The program begins with an overview of fundamental aspects of Chinese Medicine, including Ying-Yang and Five Elements theory, which serves as a foundation for case diagnosis and treatment presented later in the class. A variety of acupuncture techniques are taught, including electro-acupuncture and moxibustion, in addition to conventional "dry" needling. Students of the program learn acupuncture points on large animals only, and horses are used for practice in the wet labs.

The program is presented in five sessions (three online and two on-site) over a period of six months. Online sessions are composed of lectures that students can stream at their own convenience. Afternoon wet-labs during on-site sessions give students the opportunity to learn acupuncture points on live animals in small lab groups of five to six students per instructor. A spring class and a fall class are held each year. Equine Acupuncture is offered to licensed veterinarians and veterinary school students only.

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Major Topics

With a curriculum designed for students new to Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), the Equine Acupuncture Program provides a comprehensive mix of both theory and practice. Students will learn:

  • TCVM Foundations: Five Elements, Yin-Yang, Eight Principles, Zang-Fu Physiology and Pathology, Meridians and Channels
  • The scientific basis of acupuncture
  • 205 transpositional and 73 classical equine acupuncture points (hands-on, wet-lab demos)
  • How to needle acupuncture points in horses
  • TCVM diagnostic systems, including tongue and pulse diagnosis
  • How to integrate acupuncture into your practice

Program Features

Limited seats, small lab groups (5-6 members with one TA per group) in 32 hours of wet labs

Combination of online and on-site learning, allowing for lower total cost and more schedule flexibility

Free lifetime case consultation with TCVM experts for all students

Clinical practice receives strong emphasis throughout the entire program

Each day starts with Tai-ji to promote a balanced learning environment

What our students have to say

Amy Munsterman, DVM

This course provided the most information, provided in a logical manner, I have ever taken away from a conference!

Amy Munsterman, DVM

Notasulga, AL

Tai Curry, DVM

It was so exciting to learning something new so quickly out of school. I now have a true advantage in my diagnostic skills and treatment options. This is awesome!

Tai Curry, DVM

Brandon, MS

Dinah Skorich, DVM

Excellent course. The instructors taught in a way to help us wrap our heads around a new type of medicine.

Dinah Skorich, DVM

Wallkill, NY

Jaime Horner, DVM

I thought it was well organized and the subject matter had a nice flow to it. I liked the lectures being in the morning with the afternoon for labs.

Jaime Horner, DVM

Califon, NJ

Helen Kwong, DVM

I genuinely felt that all the instructors wanted to impart their knowledge to the students and for us to succeed.

Helen Kwong, DVM

Black Creek, BC, Canada

Veterinary Acupuncture Certification Track

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students only

138 RACE approved CE hours

Curriculum

Introduction to Whole Course and History of Veterinary Acupuncture

1h

What is Acupuncture?

1h

Veterinary Acupuncture: Scientific Basis

2h

Yin-Yang

1h

Eight Principles

1h

Five Elements

2h

Zang-Fu Physiology

2h

Channels and Meridians

2h

General Rules of Acupuncture

4h

Indications for Veterinary Acupuncture

2h

How to Start Your Acupuncture Practice: Cookbook

1h

How to Integrate Acupuncture into Your Practice

1h

Anatomy for Acupuncturists

1h

Five Elements and Zang-Fu Physiology

2h

Five-shu Transporting Points; Source Points, Back-Shu and Front-mu Points, and Influential Points

2h

Equine Point Lab

16h

How to Practice Acupuncture in Horse

1h

Equine Musculoskeletal Case Studies

1h

Other Special Points

1h

TCVM Diagnosis Intro

1h

Lameness Overview

1h

Acupuncture for Lameness

2h

Acupuncture for Neurological Disorders

1h

Five Treasure: Qi, Blood, Shen, Jing, and Body Fluid Physiology and Pathology

4h

TCVM Diagnosis

4h

Eight Extraordinary Channels

2h

Etiology and Pathology

2h

How to Select Acupoints

1h

Equine Acupuncture Techniques

1h

Acupuncture for Equine Lameness

3h

Equine Special Conditions

2h

How to Approach Clinical Cases

1h

Equine Cases: TCVM Approach

2h

Review from Session 1-3

1h

How to Treat Renal Failure

1h

How to Treat Heart Failure

1h

How to Treat Behavioral Problems

1h

How to Treat GI Disorders

1h

How to Treat Respiratory Problems

1h

How to Treat Bi and Wei Syndrome

1h

Acupuncture for Sports Medicine

1h

How to Understand Herbal Medicine

1h

How to Start Your Herbal Practice

1h

How to Treat Cushing's Disease

1h

How to Treat Other Endocrine Disorders

1h

Acupuncture for Liver Diseases

1h

Acupuncture for Skin Diseases

1h

Dry Needling and Lab Demo

1h

Introduction to Electro-acupuncture

1h

Electro-acupuncture Demo

1h

Aqua-, Hemo-, and Pneumo-acupuncture

2h

Moxibustion

1h

Acupuncture Demo

2h

Case Demo

2h

Zang-fu Physiology

5h

Equine Acupuncture Point Identification

10h

Virtual Internship

15h

How to Treat Reproductive Disorders

1h

How to Sell TCVM

1h

Overview Sessions 1-5

2h

Intro to Food Therapy

1h

Intro to Tui-na

1h

Acupuncture for Bovines, Caprines, and Camelids

1h

Final TCVM Overview

1h

Equine Point Lab

12h

Students of the Veterinary Acupuncture program are eligible for the Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist certification endorsed by the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and the World Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (WATCVM). The CVA certification requirements are as follows:

  • Complete all sessions of the program

  • Pass three online quizzes with scores above 75%

  • Pass the final written exam in the final on-site session with a score above 75%

  • Pass the clinical acupoints exam in the final on-site session with a score above 75%

  • Submit one veterinary acupuncture case report to be approved

  • Complete 30 hours of advanced TCVM program training or internship with a certified veterinary acupuncturist. See the details here: https://media.graphcms.com/QoVlodmNRUq64yp9a3Uw

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

Instructors

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. 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. Pasteur grew up showing horses in many disciplines, including reining, saddleseat, dressage and pleasure. She graduated in 1991 from the University of Wisconsin and opened an equine exclusive clinic in Green Bay. The practice grew to cover five counties, with emphases on reproduction and lameness. She received her acupuncture training from IVAS in 1997, sold her conventional practice and began an equine alternative practice. She has been a Chi instructor since 2005 and has lectured internationally. Her current practice encompasses TCVM, chiropractic and osteopathy, focusing on sport and performance horses.

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

Semester

Fall 2020

Schedule & Tuition

Session 1 includes the $100 application fee.

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 - 6:00 PM

Acupuncture Point Lab

Day 2

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Tai-ji / Qi-gong

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lecture

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Acupuncture Point Lab

Day 3

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Tai-ji / Qi-gong

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Acupuncture Point Lab

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Lecture

Day 4

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Tai-ji / Qi-gong

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lecture

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 - 6:00 PM

Acupuncture Point Lab

Day 2

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Tai-ji / Qi-gong

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lecture

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Acupuncture Point Lab

Day 3

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Tai-ji / Qi-gong

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Acupuncture Point Lab

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Lecture

Day 4

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Tai-ji / Qi-gong

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lecture

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 - 6:00 PM

Acupuncture Point Lab

Day 2

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Tai-ji / Qi-gong

8:30 AM - 12: 30 PM

Lecture

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Acupuncture Point Lab

Day 3

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 - 6:00 PM

Clinical Acupoint Exam

Day 4

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Tai-ji / Qi-gong

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Written Final Exam

Payment Information

A $200 non-refundable course deposit is charged upon enrollment to reserve your seat.

Payment is due 60 days before the course start date.

Add-ons

CVA Certification

$350

Printed Binders

$250

Frequently Asked Questions

You must start at session one and continue along in order. If you have mitigating circumstances, you will have to defer all following sessions until the next semester.