The Acupuncture Course Track is presented in 3 online and 2 on-site sessions.
During the online portions, you’ll overview the theories and frameworks needed for diagnosis and treatment of acupuncture patients. You then explore these frameworks more practically in recorded demos on live patients.
When you come to the Main Campus for the on-site portions, you’ll gather with classmates in live lectures on treating specific conditions, building on top of the online lectures. After an included catered lunch, you then split up into smaller lab groups allowing you to locate and discuss acupuncture points on live animals facilitated by instructors certified in acupuncture.
With a curriculum designed for students new to acupuncture, the Equine Acupuncture Program provides a comprehensive mix of both theory and practice. You will learn:
- Frameworks used in acupuncture: Five Elements, Yin-Yang, Eight Principles, Zang-FuPhysiology and Pathology, Meridians and Channels
- The scientific basis of acupuncture
- 278 equine acupuncture points on live animals
- Acupuncture techniques: electro-acupuncture, aqua-acupuncture, moxibustion, and dry needling
- TCVM diagnostic systems: patient personality, tongue and pulse diagnosis, and client inquiry
- How to integrate acupuncture into your practice
Once enrolled for the Acupuncture Certification Track at Chi, you will receive:
- Complimentary equine acupoint chart
- Complimentary 32-hour Evidence-Based Veterinary Acupuncture Course
- 1-year complimentary membership with the World Association of TCVM (WATCVM)
- Free lifetime case consultation by Chi faculty
Enjoy the convenience of online learning with 20 hours of virtual lab learning in 138 total hours of hybrid courses
Learn from Dr. Xie, the master of veterinary acupuncture
35 hours of intensive hands on learning with live animals in small lab groups capped at 6 students for every instructor
Start practicing acupuncture on patients after the first on-site session
Earn up to 25% of future master's degree credit per experiential learning
What our students have to say
This course provided the most information, provided in a logical manner, I have ever taken away from a conference!
Amy Munsterman, 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
Excellent course. The instructors taught in a way to help us wrap our heads around a new type of medicine.
Dinah Skorich, 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
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
Introduction to Whole Course and History of Veterinary Acupuncture
What is Acupuncture?
Veterinary Acupuncture: Scientific Basis
Channels and Meridians
General Rules of Acupuncture
Indications for Veterinary Acupuncture
How to Start Your Acupuncture Practice: Cookbook
How to Integrate Acupuncture into Your Practice
Anatomy for Acupuncturists
Five Elements and Zang-Fu Physiology
Five-shu Transporting Points; Source Points, Back-Shu and Front-mu Points, and Influential Points
Equine Point Lab
How to Practice Acupuncture in Horse
Equine Musculoskeletal Case Studies
Other Special Points
TCVM Diagnosis Intro
Acupuncture for Lameness
Acupuncture for Neurological Disorders
Five Treasure: Qi, Blood, Shen, Jing, and Body Fluid Physiology and Pathology
Eight Extraordinary Channels
Etiology and Pathology
How to Select Acupoints
Equine Acupuncture Techniques
Acupuncture for Equine Lameness
Equine Special Conditions
How to Approach Clinical Cases
Equine Cases: TCVM Approach
Review from Session 1-3
How to Treat Renal Failure
How to Treat Heart Failure
How to Treat Behavioral Problems
How to Treat GI Disorders
How to Treat Respiratory Problems
How to Treat Bi and Wei Syndrome
Acupuncture for Sports Medicine
How to Understand Herbal Medicine
How to Start Your Herbal Practice
How to Treat Cushing's Disease
How to Treat Other Endocrine Disorders
Acupuncture for Liver Diseases
Acupuncture for Skin Diseases
Dry Needling and Lab Demo
Introduction to Electro-acupuncture
Aqua-, Hemo-, and Pneumo-acupuncture
Equine Acupuncture Point Identification
How to Treat Reproductive Disorders
How to Sell TCVM
Overview Sessions 1-5
Intro to Food Therapy
Intro to Tui-na
Acupuncture for Bovines, Caprines, and Camelids
Final TCVM Overview
Equine Point Lab
Students of the Veterinary Acupuncture program are eligible for the Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist certification endorsed by Chi University 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 acupoint 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
Please note that Chi cannot issue any certification to veterinary students until their DVM or equivalent has been obtained.
Dr. Xie has 38 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.Read more
DVM, MSTCVM, CVA, CVMMP
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.
DVM, MSTCVM, CVA, CERP, CVSMT
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.
DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology), CVA, CVFT
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 joining the private Veterinary Specialty Hospitals in Florida. 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 the science of veterinary acupuncture.
Schedule & Tuition
Session 1 includes the $100 application fee.
01/01/22 - 02/02/22
On-site in Reddick, FL
02/03/22 - 02/06/22
02/07/22 - 04/07/22
04/08/22 - 06/01/22
On-site in Reddick, FL
06/02/22 - 06/05/22
A $250 non-refundable course deposit is charged upon enrollment to reserve your seat.
Payment is due 60 days before the first day of each session.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to take acupuncture classes in a prescribed order or can I start at any time?
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.