Veterinary Acupuncture Certification Track

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

South Africa
Small Animal
English
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Course Overview

The Acupuncture CE Course earns students 30 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points in veterinary acupuncture. The CE course will be equivalent to the five-session Certified Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) course of the Chi Institute. Students may choose to register for either the Small Animal, Equine or Mixed Practice track of this course. 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 program is presented in five sessions. 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. Only veterinarians or final year veterinary students may register for this course.

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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

What our students have to say

Tanya Grantham, BVSC

A worthwhile course and a good investment.

Tanya Grantham, BVSC

Benoni, South Africa

Great course, absolutely no regrets attending and highly recommended.

Alicia Chow, BVSc

Gaborone, Botswana

Louise Biggs, BVSc

The course was excellent. The theory was explained magnificently! It has filled me with enthusiasm and excitement. I can't wait to learn more.

Louise Biggs, BVSc

Swartberg, South Africa

It was an incredible amount of information in a short time but was very rich and excellent value for money.

Kerry French, BVSc

Bryanston, South Africa

Alma Kerr, BVMS

Very interesting. Gained much more from the course than I thought I would.

Alma Kerr, BVMS

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Veterinary Acupuncture Certification Track

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students only

30 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Points

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. Roselle Hartwigsen qualified as a veterinarian from the University of Pretoria in 2011. Thereafter she was certified as a Veterinary Acupuncturist in 2013 from the Chi Institute Europe. She spent the next couple of years working in private practice, integrating complimentary medicine especially acupuncture when treating patients. Her clients are found in South Africa, Botswana and Dubai. In 2016 she spent a year treating horses exclusively and bringing veterinary acupuncture to the horse racing industry in Gauteng.

Dr Roselle has a passion for integrating complimentary veterinary medicine into daily veterinary care in South Africa. One way she tries to achieve this is by teaching veterinarians through the Complimentary Veterinary Medicine Group of South Africa (CVMG) and the Chi Institute.

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. van Vollenhoven received a veterinary degree at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) in 1992, a law degree in 2007 (UNISA – University of South Africa) and a PhD (measuring the stress in teaching horses during student transrectal palpation practicals using non-invasive methods namely salivary and faecal cortisol as well as heart rate variability) in 2018. She worked for 18 years as a State Veterinarian, dealing especially with law/legislative issues, before joining the University of Pretoria as a lecturer in Ethology (horse behaviour, nutrition and welfare) as well as Law and Ethics in 2010-2017. She was a member of the Animal Ethics Committee of the University of Pretoria and (2016-12019). She is also a member of ISAE's (International Society for Applied Ethology) ethics committee and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist as well as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner.

Dr. Peters first became interested in TCVM after her own dog became very ill. Western medicine had reached its limits and she faced the probability of having to euthanize him. Out of desperation, she gave TCVM a try and much to her surprise, it made all the difference.

Afterwards, she travelled to the USA to attend the Chi Institute and became certified in acupuncture. Since, it has been an extremely rewarding and exciting journey both practicing and teaching acupuncture. In the future she would like to see corroboration with conventional vets. She believes eastern and western medicine can harmoniously work side by side, and our pets deserve the best of both worlds.

Enrollment Options

Available Formats

Semester

2020

Residency

Schedule & Tuition

Session 1 includes the $100 application fee.

Online Portion:

04/01/20 - 05/03/20

On-site Portion:

09/02/20 - 09/06/20

Location

Location of class

Rustenburg, South Africa

Contact for hotel & accommodation recommendations

southafrica@tcvm.com

Day 1

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration

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 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 Lab

Online Portion:

08/01/20 - 09/01/20

On-site Portion:

09/02/20 - 09/06/20

Location

Location of class

Rustenburg, South Africa

Contact for hotel & accommodation recommendations

southafrica@tcvm.com

Day 1

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration

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 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 Lab

Online Portion:

09/07/20 - 12/03/20

On-site Portion:

12/04/20 - 12/06/20

Location

Location of class

Rustenburg, South Africa

Contact for hotel & accommodation recommendations

southafrica@tcvm.com

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 $200 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.