The Chi Institute offers Continuing Education (CE) certifications in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, food therapy, and Tui-na. A list of the certification types and their respective certification requirements are listed below. 

Please note that the Chi Institute cannot issue any certification to DVM students until their DVM has been obtained.

Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA)

Veterinary acupuncturists treat patients by inserting specialized needles into points along the body's many meridian lines. 
Certification Requirements:

  • Complete all five sessions of the Small Animal Acupuncture or Mixed Animal Acupuncture course.
  • Pass three online quizzes (administered online after sessions 1-3) with scores above 75%.
  • Pass 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 course training or internship with a certified veterinary acupuncturist or through an advanced course (see more details at the bottom of this page).

Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist (CVCH)

Veterinary Chinese herbalists use their knowledge of whole herbs and herbal formulas to treat disease patterns in their patients.
Certification Requirements:

  • Enrollment and completion of all five herbal modules (can be online, on-site, or a combination of both)
  • Pass 5 take-home examinations, each administered upon completion of a module
  • Submission of three case reports to be approved by Chi faculty

Certified Veterinary Food Therapist (CVFT)

Veterinary food therapists use the energetic properties of food to provide dietary therapy to patients. They recommend store bought pet foods or even home cooked recipes, depending on owner willingness and compliance.
Certification Requirements:

  • Completion of the Veterinary Food Therapy course (online or on-site)
  • Pass the take-home exam
  • Submission of one veterinary food therapy case report to be approved by Chi faculty

Certified Veterinary Tui-na Practitioner (CVTP)

Veterinary Tui-na practitioners perform a variety of manual techniques to acupressure points and meridians or whole limbs to treat and prevent musculoskeletal disorders and other health issues.
Certification Requirements:

  • Completion of all sessions of the Veterinary Tui-na course
  • Pass the take-home exam and clinical exam
  • Submission of one veterinary Tui-na case report to be approved by Chi faculty


Fulfilling the 30-hour advanced training or internship requirement for the CVA

There are four ways you can satisfy the internship requirement:

1. Take one of the on-site advanced courses offered by the Chi Institute (Advanced TCVM Diagnostics & AcupunctureHerbal MedicineFood Therapy, or Veterinary Tui-na).  Completion of an on-site advanced course fulfills all 30 hours of the internship requirement.

2. Attend one on-site Chi Institute TCVM Conference to fulfill up to 30 hours of the internship requirement.

3. Take an advanced course online (Herbal Medicine, excluding the online Herbal Introduction class, or Food Therapy) to fulfill 15 hours of the internship requirement.  The remaining 15 hours must then be completed by shadowing a CVA.

4. Shadow any CVA for 30 hours. Try to do this after you have completed at least two on-site sessions so you have a better idea of what you are observing.  If you shadow too early, you will not get the full benefit of what you are being shown.

  • "Any" CVA refers to any veterinary acupuncturist certified by the Chi Institute or IVAS.  You can find a certified CVA in your area by consulting our practitioner directory.  You can combine hours from more than one CVA, but please do not send in paperwork until you have completed all 30 hours.
  • Hours must be documented by completing an internship form for each CVA shadowed.  As a courtesy to your CVA mentor, please hand them the paperwork to sign with the form filled out beforehand (including the days and hours you shadowed them).  Once your mentor has signed the form, you may mail, or scan/email a copy to us for approval.  We will send you an email confirmation when your hours are approved.
  • Some students like the teaching style of a particular Chi faculty, and may make arrangements to come to an acupuncture session a day or two early or stay a day or two later to shadow them.  Not all Chi faculty are open to this, so please ask them about their availability.
  • When you are shadowing your CVA, please be mindful of their obligation to their client and patient.  Some vets have expressed their reluctance to offer shadowing after trainees shifted attention from the animal and owner to themselves during sessions.  Please do not interfere with the interactions between the client and the CVA, and leave questions and comments to the end of the session or the end of the day.  

If you have any additional questions about the CVA internship process, please email us at or call (+34)603 14 10 73.