Certified small animals Veterinary acupuncture course
The Small Animal Acupuncture Course is a 130-hour continuing education course approved by majority of state boards that certifies students in veterinary acupuncture with an emphasis on small animals. It is offered to licensed veterinarians and veterinary school students only. The course 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 course is presented in five sessions (two online and three on-site) over a period of nine months. Beginning in 2020, it is presented in a period of 9 months: 2 online sessions and 3 on-site with review and wet labs and also an online portion. Online sessions are composed of lectures that students can stream at their own convenience. Wet-labs of on-site sessions give students the opportunity to learn acupuncture points on live animals in small lab groups of four to six students per instructor.
Learn both Traditional and Western aspects of Acupuncture:
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) Principles: Five Elements, Yin-Yang, Eight Principles, Zang-Fu Physiology and Pathology, Meridians and Channels
Scientific Basis of Acupuncture
126 Transpositional Canine Acupuncture Points (hands-on, wet-lab demos)
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
How to use veterinary acupuncture to diagnose and treat:
Musculoskeletal conditions, lameness and neurological disorders
Cardiovascular diseases and respiratory disorders
Gastrointestinal disorders and behavioral problems
Dermatological problems and immune-mediated diseases
Renal & urinary disorders and reproductive disorders
Veterinary acupuncture techniques:
Dry needle (conventional needling)
Aqua-acupuncture (point injection)
Limited seats, small lab groups (4-6 members with one TA per group) in 32 hours of wet labs
Learn from master TCVM practitioner Dr. Huisheng Xie in the online lectures, who has over 35 years of teaching experience in the U.S. and abroad
130-hours of CE (approved by most state boards)
Combination of online and on-site learning, allowing for lower total cost and more schedule flexibility
Free case consultation with TCVM experts for all students
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) certification (after completion of all requirements endorsed) by World Association of TCVM and the Chi Institute.
Clinical practice receives strong emphasis throughout the entire course. The goal after each on-site session are listed below:
Session 2 (first on-site session): begin incorporating acupuncture into your practice
Session 4 (second on-site session): improve efficacy of acupuncture treatments
Session 5 (final session): fully integrate acupuncture into daily practice
Each day starts with Tai-ji to promote a balanced learning environment
Complimentary "goodies" to all our acupuncture students include:
Snacks during coffee breaks in the on-site sessions
Chi Institute Canine Acupuncture Charts
Class handouts and notes as a digital file
Students of the Mixed Practice Acupuncture course are eligible for the Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist certification endorsed by the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. The CVA certification requirements are as follows:
Complete all five sessions of the 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. More information on completing the internship requirement can be found here.
Please note that the Chi Institute cannot issue any certification to DVM students until their DVM has been obtained.