Course Syllabus

The Small Animal Practice Acupuncture Course is divided into five sessions: two entirely online and three on-site with a online portion.

Online sessions are available for streaming on-demand by the student, between 2 to 4 months each session.

On-Site sessions are held on the Chi Campus in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, Spain.

The course spans over a seven-month period. Please go to Schedule and Tuition to view specific course dates.

Please keep in mind that the main content topics will remain constant. However, the instructors named and the order of the topics in our program may change. You can see the general description of our course below:

Please note that while general course themes will remain the same, specific topics and speakers listed in the syllabus below may be subject to change.

Session 1 online: available january 20th to 1st of april

 1Introduction to Whole Program and History of Veterinary AcupunctureDr. Shen Xie
 2What is Acupuncture?Dr. Shen Xie
 3-4Veterinary Acupuncture: Scientific Basis (Parts 1 & 2)Dr. Roger Clemmons
 5Yin-YangDr. Cheryl Chrisman
 6Eight PrinciplesDr. Cheryl Chrisman
7-8Five ElementsDr. Cheryl Chrisman
9-10Zang-Fu PhysiologyDr. Roger Clemmons
11-12Channels and MeridiansDr. Shen Xie
13-16General Rules of AcupunctureDr. Shen Xie 
17-18Indications for Veterinary AcupunctureDr. Shen Xie 
19How to Start your Acupuncture Practice: Cookbook Dr. Greg Todd
20How to Integrate Acupuncture into your Practice Dr. Greg Todd
21 Anatomy for AcupuncturistDr. Terri Rosado

Session 2 Online: available from april 1st to april 22nd

 1 - 2Five Elements and Zang Fu physiologyDr. Huisheng Xie
 3 - 4Five -Shu Transpoting PointsDr. Huisheng Xie
 5 - 6 Other Special Point and TCMV Diagnosis Intro Dr. Huisheng Xie
 7 - 8 How to Treat Canine Diseases Dr. Stacie Atris
 9 - 10 How to Treat Gastrointestinal DisordersDr. Michael Bartholomew
11 -12 How to Treat Respiratory DisordesDr. Michael Bartholomew
13 - 14How to Treat Bi/Wei Syndromes,Osteoarthritis and IVDDDr. Huisheng Xie
15 - 16Canine Acupuncture Cases - DemoDr. Michael Bartholomew

Session 2 On-site: from thursday april 23rd to saturday 25th

 8:30 to 9:00Registration Tai-jiTai-ji
9:00 to 11:00 Review Session 1: TCVM Fundamental Principles Bubble Chart part 1: Five-shu Command Points, Transporting Points,Source Points,
Back-shu and Front-mu Points and Other Special Points
Labs with dogs
11:00 to 11:30Coffee Break Coffee BreakCoffee Break
11:30-13:30How to make TCVM DiagnosisHow to Start your Integrative TCVM PracticeLabs with dogs
 13:30-15:00Lunch BreakLunch BreakLunch Break
15:00 to 19:00Labs with dogs (30 minutes break)Labs with dogs (30 minutes break) 15:00 to 16:30 How to treat Bi/Wei Syndrome, Osteoarthritis, IVDD with Acupuncture
16:30 to 17:00 Cofee Break
17:00 to 19:00 How to treat IVDD and other Neurological Disorders

Session 3 online: available from april 27th to july 31

 1 - 4 Five Treasures: Qi, Blood, Shen, Jing, Body Fluid Physiology and PathologyDr. Cheryl Chrisman
 5 - 8TCVM DiagnosisDr. Cheryl Chrisman
 9 - 10Eight Extraordinary ChannelsDr. Huisheng Xie
 11 - 12Etiology and PathologyDr. Huisheng Xie
 13How to Select AcupointsDr. Huisheng Xie
14 - 15How to Make a TCVM Diagnosis (Dry Lab)Dr. Huisheng Xie
16 - 17Acupuncture for Neurological DisordersDr. Roger Clemmons
18How to Approach Clinical CasesDr. Greg Todd
19 - 20How to Improve Acupuncture ResultsDr. Greg Todd
21 - 23Small Animal Cases: TCVM Approach   Dr. Connie DiNatale

Session 4 Online: available from 1st of agust to september 2nd

 1 A Quick Review from Sessions 1 to 3 Dr. Huisheng Xie
 2 How to Treat Renal Failure Dr. Huisheng Xie
 3How to Treat Heart FailureDr. Huisheng Xie
 4How to Treat Behavioral Problems Dr. Huisheng Xie
5 - 6 Herbal IntroductionDr. Cindy West
7 Food Therapy IntroductionDr. Cindy West
8 - 9 Acupuncture for the LiverDr. Shen Xie
10 - 11 How to Treat Skin ProblemsDr. Shen Xie
12 - 13 Acupuncture for Cancer  Dr. Shen Xie
 14 - 15 Feline AcupunctureDr. Shen Xie
 16 Case Studies form Students Dr. Shen Xie
17 - 18 Avian AcupunctureDr. Cindy West
19 Exotic Animal Acupuncture Dr. Cindy West

Session 4 On-site: from thursday september 3rd to saturday 5th

 8:30 to 9:00Registration Tai-jiTai-ji
9:00 to 11:00 A Quick Review from Session 1 to 3, tutoring Dog Lab: point locationDogs Lab: point location at dog´s facilities
11:00 to 11:30Coffee Break Coffee BreakCoffee Break
11:30-13:30Review from 1 to 3, tutoringDog Lab: point locationDogs lab: point location at dog´s facilities
 13:30-15:00Lunch BreakLunch BreakEND OF CLASS
15:00 to 19:00Labs with dogs Demo live with patients. Diagnose and treat the patient

Session 5 ONline: available from september 6th to november 4th

 1A Quick Review from Sessions 1 to 4Dr. Shen Xie
 2 - 3 Acupuncture for Endocrine Disorder Dr. Shen Xie
 4 - 5 Acupuncture for Inmune-mediated Diseases Dr. Shen Xie
 6 - 7 Clinical Applications of TCMV Dr. Tiffany Rimar
 8 Introduction to Tui-na Dr. Cindy West
9 Liver Physiology and PathologyDr. Shen Xie
10 Lung Physiology and PathologyDr. Shen Xie
11 Spleen Physiology and PathologyDr. Shen Xie
12 Heart Physiology and PathologyDr. Shen Xie
13 Kidney Physiology and PathologyDr. Shen Xie
14 TCVM Overview Dr. Shen Xie
15 How to Sell TCVM Dr. Shen Xie 

Session 5 ON-site: from thursday november 5th to saturday 7th

 8:30 to 9:00Registration Tai-jiTai-ji
9:00 to 11:00 A Quick Review from Sessions 1 to 5, tutoring Review lab points with dogs    FINAL
11:00 to 11:30Coffee Break Coffee Break     TEST
11:30-13:30Review from 1 to 5, tutoringReview lab point with dogs    EXAM
 13:30-15:00Lunch BreakLunch Break14:00 SESSION ENDS
15:00 to 19:00Review Lab point location with dogsLab Exams: Dogs