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 Small Animal 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-Fu Physiology and Pathology, Meridians and Channels
- The scientific basis of acupuncture
- 167 canine 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 canine 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 143 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
After finishing the course, I feel confident to practice acupuncture and not worried I’m going to do it wrong. The training was great.
Carrie Uehlein, DVM
I am very happy that I chose to study at Chi. The integration of acupuncture and the rest of the modalities of TCVM combined with the knowledgeable and helpful teaching staff have made this a lifetime event for me.
Rene Gandolfi, DVM
Castro Valley, CA
This class was amazing! I love the small lab groups and the information is presented wonderfully. I now see how TCVM courses can become addicting!
Amanda Ramage, DVM
Dr. Xie's lectures are outstanding. Very engaging speaker. The information is presented clearly and he guides you through the material in a way that you can easily understand.
Jessica Balter, DVM
It is always nice to see an actual patient and assess tongue and pulse, then work through the diagnosis and treatment plan. I am continually amazed at all of the work and goodwill that gets poured into these classes.
Jean Hollenstein, DVM
Veterinary Acupuncture Certification Track
Taught in English
For veterinarians & veterinary students only
143 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 Do I Start My Acupuncture Practice
Anatomy for Acupuncturists
Five-shu Transporting Points, Source Points, Back-shu and Front-mu points, Influential Points
Five Elements and Zang-Fu Physiology
Canine Point Lab
Other Special Points
TCVM Diagnosis Intro
How to Treat Bi/Wei Syndromes
How to Treat Osteoarthritis and IVDD
How to Treat Gastrointestinal Disorders
How to Treat Respiratory Disorders
Five Treasure: Qi, Blood, Shen, Jing, and Body Fluid Physiology and Pathology
Eight Extraordinary Channels
Etiology and Pathology
How to Select Acupoints
How to Make a TCVM Diagnosis (Dry Lab)
Acupuncture for Neurological Disorders
How to Approach Clinical Cases
How to Improve Acupuncture Results
Small Animal Cases: a TCVM Approach
Exotic Animal Acupuncture (Lecture and Demo)
Avian Acupuncture (Lecture and Demo)
Review from Session 1-3
How to Treat Renal Failure
How to Treat Heart Failure
How to Treat Behavioral Problems
Introduction to Herbal Medicine
Introduction to Food Therapy
Acupuncture for the Liver
How to Treat Skin Problems
Acupuncture for Cancer
Case Studies from Students
Dry Needling and Lab Demo
Introduction to Electro-acupuncture
Aqua-, Hemo-, and Pneumo-acupuncture
Canine Acupuncture Point Identification
Overview of Sessions 1-4
How to Treat Diabetes and Cushing's Disease
How to Treat Thyroid Disorders
How to Sell TCVM
Final TCVM Overview
Intro to Food Therapy
Intro to Tui-na
Canine 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
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.
DVM, MSTCVM, CVA, CVCH, CVTP, CVFT
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.
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.