Herbal Fundamental Knowledge

Learn the fundamental background of herbal medicine before delving deeper into specialized herbal topics

United States
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The Herbal Fundamental Course is a 15-hour continuing education course approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards Registry of Approved Continuing Education (AAVSB RACE). It is presented as a 15-hour online course. The course can be taken by small animal, mixed, and equine veterinarians, and lecture and lab material covers contexts for both small animals and horses.

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Major Topics

The course aims to provide a solid foundation in herbal medicine to prepare for more in-depth study of herbal specialties. Major topics include:

  • TCVM Overview and Herbal History
  • Sourcing, Processing, and Selling
  • Understanding Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Herbal Safety, Toxicity, and Quality Control
  • Historical Herbal Case Studies

Courses that build on Herbal Fundamentals

Herbal Fundamental Knowledge

Taught in English

For veterinarians and veterinary students only

15 RACE-approved CE hours


TCVM Overview and Five Branches


History of Chinese Herbals


Chinese Herbals Sourcing, Processing, and Selling


Herbal Energy and Yin-Yang


Herbal Tastes and Five Elements


Herbal Actions and Combinations


Pin-Yin and the Nomenclature of Chinese Herbal Medicine


Chinese Herbal Medicine FAQs


Herbal Safety, Toxicity and Quality Control


Historical Case Studies - Astragalus and Coptis



Dr. Xie has 40 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. Michael Bartholomew earned his DVM from the University of Illinois in 2001. Between 2005 and 2009 he earned certifications in Veterinary Acupuncture, Tui-na, Food Therapy and Chinese Herbal Medicine from Chi University. He then went on to earn an Master of Science in TCVM from Chi 2016. He is currently an integrative practitioner at The Animal Hospital of Dunedin in beautiful Dunedin, Florida, and incorporates TCVM into his practice on a daily basis. He has treated pets across the United States and from around the world, including locations as far as Turkey, France, England and even Hong Kong. He has been published in several magazines, including Dog Fancy's Natural Dog and Dogs Naturally, and is the co-author of several chapters in Xie's Veterinary Herbology. Dr. Bartholomew also lectures on a regular basis, as he has been a lab assistant at Chi University since 2008 and became a formal MS program faculty member in 2016.

Dr. Deng received her Oriental Medical Doctor degree from Hubei University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1982. She has practiced and taught Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China and the United States for over 22 years. Her clinical expertise is in the treatment of hypertension and renal diseases using TCM. She is the owner of the Mainland Acupuncture Center in Gainesville, Florida, and she teaches the acupuncture techniques demo for Chi acupuncture courses.

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Chinese Herbal Fundamental Knowledge

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Payment is due upon enrollment of the course and includes a $100.00 non-refundable deposit.