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 & Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy, or Veterinary Tui-na) or the Herbal Medicine course at Chi Europe.  Completion of an on-site advanced course fulfills all 30 hours of the internship requirement.

2. Attend one on-site Chi Institute Annual 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 shadowedAs 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, fax, 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 here in Florida.  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 (800) 891-1986 ext 101.