Veterinary Acupuncture Certification Track

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

Russia
Small Animal
English
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Course Overview

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 diagnoses 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 small animals only, and primarily dogs are used for practice in the wet labs.

The Small Animal Acupuncture CE course in Moscow, Russia is equivalent to the Small Animal Veterinary Acupuncture CE course conducted in the USA. It is an ideal option for students living in or near eastern Europe to be become certified in acupuncture. This CE course is comprised of online lectures which student can stream at their own convenience. The on-site portion in Moscow will consist of lectures and hands-on wet labs. The online and on-site lectures, presentation slides, class handouts, tutoring and final exam are presented in English or with English subtitles.

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Major Topics

With a curriculum designed for students new to Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), the Small Animal 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
  • 127 transpositional and 40 classical canine acupuncture points (hands-on, wet-lab demos)
  • How to needle acupuncture points in dogs, cats and birds
  • TCVM diagnostic systems, including tongue and pulse diagnosis
  • How to integrate acupuncture into your practice

Veterinary Acupuncture Certification Track

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students only

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

2h

Five Elements and Zang-Fu Physiology

2h

Canine Point Lab

16h

Other Special Points

1h

TCVM Diagnosis Intro

1h

How to Treat Bi/Wei Syndromes

1h

How to Treat Osteoarthritis and IVDD

1h

How to Treat Gastrointestinal Disorders

2h

How to Treat Respiratory Disorders

2h

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

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: a TCVM Approach

3h

Exotic Animal Acupuncture (Lecture and Demo)

1h

Avian Acupuncture (Lecture and Demo)

1h

Review from Session 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

2h

Introduction to Food Therapy

1h

Acupuncture for the Liver

1h

How to Treat Skin Problems

1h

Acupuncture for Cancer

1h

Feline Acupuncture

2h

Case Studies from Students

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

Canine Acupuncture Point Identification

10h

Virtual Internship

15h

Overview of Sessions 1-4

2h

How to Treat Diabetes and Cushing's Disease

1h

How to Treat Thyroid Disorders

1h

How to Sell TCVM

1h

Final TCVM Overview

1h

Intro to Food Therapy

1h

Intro to Tui-na

1h

Canine 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. 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. 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.

Dr. West graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. After completing a 15-month internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital, she practiced primarily conventional Western Medicine at her own small and exotic companion animal clinic in Plantation, Florida for 19 years. After selling her South Florida practice, she began to study TCVM at Chi. In 2008, after becoming certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and Tui-na by Chi, she opened her new practice, Alternative Veterinary Medicine, located just north of Tallahassee, Florida. She now practices primarily TCVM and integrated medicine for small and exotic companion animals. Due to the growing demand for holistic medicine, she has begun to practice TCVM for equine patients as well. She has recently completed the advanced acupuncture course for small animals, and currently serves as a lab instructor for the Small Animal Acupuncture course at Chi. She plans to expand her study of holistic medicine to include energy medicine in the near future. Her energy is renewed by relaxing with her critter family on her farm in South Georgia.

Dr. Carolina Medina is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from St. George's University in 2005. Between 2005 and 2006, she became certified in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tui-na massage and Food Therapy by the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and the China National Society of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. Also in 2005 and 2006, Dr. Medina completed a 14-month clinical internship in TCVM at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2010, she became certified in canine rehabilitation therapy through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She was a clinical assistant professor and Chief of the Integrative Medicine service at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine from 2008-2013. She was one of the founders of the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in 2006 and served as the secretary and treasurer from 2006-20013. She was also one of the founders of the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and has been an Associate Editor and regular contributor since 2006. She has been on the Board of Directors for the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians. In 2013 Dr. Medina became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Currently she works as a TCVM practitioner and rehabilitation specialist at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, Florida.

Enrollment Options

Available Formats

Semester

2021

Schedule & Tuition

Session 1 includes the $100 application fee.

Location

Location of class

Moscow, Russia

Contact for hotel & accommodation recommendations

register@chiu.edu

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

Online Portion:

05/01/21 - 06/30/21

On-site Portion:

06/28/21 - 06/29/21

Location

Location of class

Moscow, Russia

Contact for hotel & accommodation recommendations

register@chiu.edu

Day 1

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

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

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Acupuncture Point Lab

Online Portion:

07/01/21 - 08/15/21

On-site Portion:

08/16/21 - 08/18/21

Location

Location of class

Moscow, Russia

Contact for hotel & accommodation recommendations

register@chiu.edu

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

Sign-in

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Acupuncture Point Lab

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Acupuncture Point Exam

Day 3

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Sign-in

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Final Written Exam

Payment Information

A $150 non-refundable course deposit is charged upon enrollment to reserve your seat.

Payment is due 30 days before the course start date.

Add-ons

CVA Certification

$350

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.