Veterinary Acupuncture Certification Track

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

United States
Mixed Practice
English
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Program Overview

Mixed Practice Acupuncture is a 175-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 small and large animals. The program begins with an overview of fundamental aspects of Chinese Medicine, including Yin-Yang and Five Elements theory, which serve 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 will learn acupuncture points on both small and large animals, with primarily horses and dogs 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 of 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. Mixed Animal 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 Mixed Practice Acupuncture Program provides a comprehensive blend 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
  • 106 transpositional and 16 classical canine and 152 transpositional and 33 classical equine acupuncture points (hands-on, wet-lab demos)
  • How to needle acupuncture points in dogs, cats, birds, and horses
  • TCVM diagnostic systems, including tongue and pulse diagnosis
  • How to integrate acupuncture into your practice

What our students have to say

Cara Pillitteri

I found this to be a very thorough and well organized introduction to TCVM. I appreciate learning the theory along with the evidence-based acupoint selection.

Cara Pillitteri, DVM

Boca Raton, FL

Leah Sloan

My expectations were beyond exceeded. All of the teachers and TAs were so nice and helpful. I could not be happier about my class experience!

Leah Sloan, DVM

Pullman, WA

Adria Rodriguez, DVM

The course really opened my eyes and reinforced the passion I have for this practice. I am already seeing ways to incorporate TCVM.

Adria Rodriguez, DVM

Grenada, West Indies

Kim Smith, DVM

The whole program has been enlightening to me so far. I have been wanting to do this for 15 years. I am so glad I am finally here!

Kim Smith, DVM

Hampstead, NC

Nicole Estes

The labs were really well-run and well-thought-out with small groups. They ensured all points were covered and students had time to ask questions.

Nicole Estes

Conesus, NY

Veterinary Acupuncture Certification Track

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students only

175 RACE approved CE hours

Curriculum

Course Introduction 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 (Equine)

1h

How to Integrate Acupuncture into your Practice (Equine)

1h

How to Start your Acupuncture Practice: Cookbook (Small Animal)

1h

How to Integrate Acupuncture into Your Practice (Small Animal)

1h

Anatomy for Acupuncturists

1h

Five Elements and Zang-Fu Physiology

2h

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

2h

Mix Practice Point Lab

16h

How to Practice Acupuncture in Horses

1h

Equine Musculoskeletal Case Studies

1h

Other Special Points (Equine)

1h

TCVM Diagnosis Intro (Equine)

1h

Lameness Overview (Equine)

1h

Acupuncture for Lameness (Equine)

2h

Neurological Disorders (Equine)

1h

Other Special Points (Small Animal)

1h

TCVM Diagnosis Intro (Small Animal)

1h

How to Treat Bi/Wei Syndromes (Small Animal)

1h

Osteoarthritis and IVDD (Small Animal)

1h

How to Treat Gastro-Intestinal Disorders (Small Animal)

2h

How to Treat Respiratory Disorders (Small Animal)

2h

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

4h

TCVM Diagnosis

4h

Eight Extraordinary Channels

2h

Etiology and Pathology

2h

How to Select Acupoints

1h

How to Make a TCVM Diagnosis (Dry Lab)

2h

Acupuncture for Neurological Disorders

2h

How to Approach Clinical Cases

1h

How to Improve Acupuncture Results

2h

Small Animal Cases: TCVM Approach

3h

Equine Acupuncture Techniques

1h

Acupuncture for Equine Lameness

3h

Equine Special Conditions

2h

How to Approach Clinical Cases

1h

How to Improve Acupuncture Results

1h

Equine Cases: TCVM Approach

1h

Review from Sessions 1-3

1h

How to Treat Renal Failure

1h

How to Treat Heart Failure

1h

How to Treat Behavioral Problems

1h

Introduction to Herbal Medicine (Small Animal)

2h

Introduction to Food Therapy (Small Animal)

1h

How to Treat Skin Problems (Small Animal)

1h

Acupuncture for Cancer (Small Animal)

1h

Feline Acupuncture

2h

Case Studies from Students (Small Animal)

1h

How to Treat GI Disorders (Equine)

1h

How to Treat Respiratory Problems (Equine)

1h

How to Treat Bi and Wei Syndrome (Equine)

1h

Acupuncture for Sports Medicine (Equine)

1h

How to Understand Herbal Medicine (Equine)

1h

How to Start Your Herbal Practice (Equine)

1h

How to Treat Cushing's Disease (Equine)

1h

How to Treat Other Endocrine Disorders (Equine)

1h

Acupuncture for Liver Diseases (Equine)

1h

Acupuncture for Skin Diseases (Equine)

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

4h

Case Demo

4h

Zang-fu Physiology

5h

Acupuncture Point Identification

20h

Virtual Internship

15h

Overview Sessions 1-5

2h

How to Sell TCVM

1h

How to Treat Reproductive Disorders (Equine)

1h

Intro to Food Therapy (Equine)

1h

Intro to Tui-na (Equine)

1h

Acupuncture for Bovines, Caprines, and Camelids

1h

Final TCVM Overview

1h

Mixed Practice Point Lab

12h

How to Treat Diabetes and Cushing's Disease (Small Animal)

1h

How to Treat Thyroid Disorders (Small Animal)

1h

Intro to Food Therapy (Small Animal)

1h

Intro to Tui-na (Small Animal)

1h

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. Todd graduated from the University of Florida with a DVM in 1988. In 1993, Dr. Todd became an apprentice to Dr. Patrick Sullivan, AP, and began studying Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 1996, he became certified by IVAS. His studies continued at Chi. He has lectured and instructed nationally and internationally for IVAS, the North American Veterinary Conference, and Chi. Dr. Todd practices integrative veterinary medicine at the Animal Hospital of Dunedin in the Tampa Bay Area.

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. 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 $250 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.