Integrative Veterinary Medicine for Pain Management

Help alleviate pain in your patients using both conventional medicine and TCVM


Course Overview

The Integrative Veterinary Medicine for Pain Management course is designed for the veterinarians wishing to integrate Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and other integrative medicine for their patients. The course is a comprehensive review of the most contemporary concepts of veterinary pain management including neurobiology, neuropharmacology, physical modalities, herbals, acupuncture, and rehabilitation therapy. Applications for pain management across a broad spectrum of clinical presentations will be presented. Relevant literature on the topic, principles of pain management, and the multimodal management of complex pain syndromes in dogs, cats, and horses will also be discussed. Information on treating pain from many different perspectives will be highlighted.


Course Objectives

By the completion of the course, veterinarians will be able to:

  • Describe the neurophysiology and pharmacological pathways of pain management including the differences between adaptive and maladaptive pain.
  • Define the different classes of pain modifying pharmaceuticals, their modes of action, application and interaction.
  • Construct the treatment of pain using nutrition, nutraceuticals, herbals, and disease-modifying agents
  • Integrate acupuncture, physical medicine and regenerative medicine for the optimal treatment of pain

Course Highlights

Focused lectures on pain management with various integrative treatment modalities

Learn from world-renowned field experts in integrative veterinary medicine

Receive free case consultation with Chi faulty

Earn 30 RACE approved CE hours

Alleviate pain in your patients using both conventional medicine and TCVM

Integrative Veterinary Medicine for Pain Management

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students only

30 RACE approved CE hours


Neurophysiology of Pain


Pain Assessment


Neuropharmacology of Pain: Opioids, Alpha-2 Agonists, NSAIDs, and Acetaminophen


Neuropharmacology of Pain: Adjuvants for Pain - Gabapentin, Amantadine, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI), Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCA), Ketamine


Neuropharmacology of Pain: Local Anesthesia


Emerging Therapies


Acute Pain Management


Integrative Pain Management for DJD


Evidence Based Acupuncture for Pain Management


Pain in Cats


Feline Rehabilitation


Treating Osteoarthritis in Cats


Obesity is not Adorable - Treating Pain with Nutrition


Regenerative Medicine as a Pain Treatment


Photobiomodulation Therapy - Evidence for Use in Rehabilitation and Pain Management


Myofascial Pain and Its Treatment


Nutraceuticals for Pain Management - What's the Evidence


Preventing and Treating Pain in the Canine Athlete


The Use of Herbals for Pain Management (TCVM and Western)


CBD - What We Know and What We Don't Know


Pain Management in the Cancer, Hospice and Palliative Care Patient


Integrative Approach to Equine Pain Management



Dr. Janice Huntingford is a 1984 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph and a Board-Certified Specialist (Diplomate) in Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine (DACVSMR). She is certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, in Animal Acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, in Chinese Herbal Medicine through Chi University, and is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner. In 2007, Dr. Huntingford opened Ontario’s first saltwater canine therapy pool and canine rehabilitation centre. Dr. Huntingford lectures nationally and internationally on rehabilitation, acupuncture, geriatric medicine, herbals, and pain management to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. She has authored or co-authored several textbook chapters on rehabilitation and published a number of peer reviewed manuscripts. She consults and sits on several advisory boards related to herbal medicine, laser therapy, pain management and holistic medicine. Dr. Huntingford is the director for Chi Canada which offers Veterinary Acupuncture and Canine Rehabilitation Certificate programs in Essex, Ontario.

Dr. Ronald Koh received his veterinary degree in Taiwan in 2006 and later completed a specialty internship followed by a master’s program in acupuncture at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2020, he spent 6.5 years on the faculty of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, where he served as an assistant professor (2015-2020) and a service chief of Integrative Medicine and Rehabilitation Service. He is certified in acupuncture, rehabilitation, herbal therapy, and medical manipulation. He completed his residency in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2019. His research and clinical focus have been on integrative and rehabilitative medicine therapies for pain management, orthopedic impairments, neurological deficits, geriatric conditions, and palliative/hospice care. His focus within TCVM is using traditional, scalp, and topographic acupuncture, along with herbal medicine for neurological conditions. He lectures on TCVM, integrative medicine, and rehabilitation for veterinary schools, conferences, and general public events. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, hiking, and traveling.

Dr. Funk completed her DVM at Oklahoma State University in 2006. She subsequently completed an Equine Theriogenology Internship at the same institution and then an Equine Internal Medicine Residency at Auburn University. She achieved board certification in Large Animal Internal Medicine in 2011. Dr. Funk has subsequently pursued an interest in complementary medicine by becoming certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and by completing a Master’s in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine at the Chi Institute. She is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture, Tui-na, Herbal Medicine and Food Therapy. She works as a Clinical Associate Professor in Equine Field Service at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine where she pursues her clinical interests in equine theriogenology, equine medicine, and integrative veterinary medicine.

Enrollment Options



Schedule & Tuition

Integrative Pain Management - Mixed Practice

Payment Information

A $100.00 non-refundable course deposit is charged upon enrollment to reserve your seat.

Payment is due 30 days before the start date of each session or course.


Printed Binders

$50.00 / course

Frequently Asked Questions

You will get 4 months of access to this online course. The course can be accessed through our learning portal.