Veterinary Acupuncture Certification Track

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

United States
Small Animal
English
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Program Overview

Small Animal Acupuncture is a 143-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 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 methods 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 dogs 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 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. Small Animal Acupuncture is offered to 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 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

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

Carrie Uehlein

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

Huntersville, NC

Rene Gandolfi

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

Amanda Ramage, DVM

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

Westmont, IL

Jessica Balter

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

Seaford, NY

Jean Hollenstein, 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

Glenwood, MN

Veterinary Acupuncture Certification Track

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students only

143 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-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 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. 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. 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.

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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 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.

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 first day of each session.

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.