19th Annual Conference Overview

The 19th Annual International TCVM Conference will be held Toronto, Canada from August 18 to 20, 2017. This conference is RACE approved for 20.5 CE hours. This will be the first ever Annual Conference to take place in Canada. The main theme of this conference will be TCVM for geriatric, pediatric, rehabilitation, and terminal life care. This International TCVM Conference is co-sponsored by the World Association of TCVM and Chi Institute. The Annual TCVM Conference has been conducted every year since 1999. It provides a great opportunity for veterinarians to learn from the top TCVM experts, meet TCVM practitioners from all over the world, and enjoy hands-on experience with Chinese medicine. Additionally, TCVM practitioners and research scientists from around the world are invited to speak about their clinical experiences and research findings. You won't want to miss out on this educational experience.

Main Theme of 2017 Conference:

  • TCVM for End-of-life Care: TCVM for Hospice and Palliative Care, tips to communicate with caregivers, how to support caregivers and veterinarians, how to relieve distress.
  • TCVM for geriatric conditions: Including cognitive dysfunction, cancer, osteoarthritis, renal failure, heart failure, liver failure, Wei syndrome (rear weakness)
  • TCVM for pediatric conditions: Including Orthopedic, Neurological, Gastrointestinal Immunological diseases, special food therapy and Tui-na for Pediatric Disharmonies
  • Rehabilitation to enhance acupuncture results

Main Speakers: Drs. Huisheng Xie, Ronald Koh and Tami Shearer

Conference Dates and Location:
August 18-20, 2017 

Westin Prince Toronto

900 York Mills Road
Toronto, ON  M3B 3H2 Canada

Hotel web site:
Phone: 1-416-444-2511

The hotel room block is now full.

Conference Registration Fee:

  • Regular Registration (register after July 18,2017): $975
  • Reception Banquet (to take place the evening of August 19th): $70

Registration Fee Covers: 

  • Breakfast and lunch during conference
  • Conference proceedings and handout
  • Parking and WiFi access.

Conference registration cancellation policy:
Date of cancellation request                                          Applicable fees:
Before June 1, 2017                                                         $50 cancellation fee charged
June 1 - July 18, 2017                                                      $250 cancellation fee charged
July 19 - August 3, 2017                                                  $500 cancellation fee charged
After August 4, 2017                                                        100% paid fee (No refund)


Previous conference lectures






 Day 1: August 18, 2017

8:00 to 8:25



Chi Staff

8:30 to 9:20

Introduction to End-of-Life care

Hospice and Palliative Care in TCVM

 Dr. Tami Shearer

Dr. Mushtaq Memon

9:25 to 10:15

TCVM and Western Techniques are Important to Relieve Distress in Hospice and Palliative Care Patients (part 1)

10:45 to 11:35

TCVM and Western Techniques are Important to Relieve Distress in Hospice and Palliative Care Patients (part 2)

11:40 to 12:30

Support of Caretakers and Veterinarian

1:30 to 2:20

Navigating End-of-Life Issues with Clients (part 1)

 Dr. Elizabeth Fernandez

Dr. Ferdinand Niessen

2:20 to 2:50

Navigating End-of-Life Issues with Clients (part 2)

2:55 to 3:05

Modified Hospice: Use of an Ancient Chinese Medicine, Liu Jun Zi Tang, in Management of a Metastatic Gastrin-Secreting Tumor in a Dog

 Dr. Richard Palmquist

3:05 to 3:15

A Day in the Life of a Hospice Veterinarian

 Dr. Jade Tenberg

3:45 to 4:15

The Good Death: How to Send Pets Gently into that Good Night

4:20 to 4:50

Retrospective Study of Survival, Quality of Life and Financial Impact of the Extended Time Provided by the TCVM Palliative Approach

 Dr. Mitsie Vargas

4:55 to 5:25

Tui-na Tools for Equine Geriatrics and End-of-Life Care in all Species

 Dr. Susan K. Seelye

5:30 to 6:00

TCVM Round Discussion

 Dr. Shen Xie
 Day 2: August 19, 2017

8:30 to 9:20

A TCVM Approach for Renal Failure

 Dr. Han-Wen Cheng

Dr. Mushtaq Memon

9:25 to 10:15

Incontinence and Cognitive Dysfunction: Treatment with Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

 Dr. Ron Koh

10:45 to 11:15

Kidney Jing Deficiency in Old and Young Patients

 Dr. Linda Furter

11:20 to 11:50

Retrospective Study of Non-Surgical Treatment of Cruciate Ligament Injuries in Senior Dogs

 Dr. Laura V. Lee

11:55 to 12:05

Successful Integrative Treatment of Aspergillus Fungal Rhinitis Invading the Cribriform Plate in a Male Border Collie Dog For Over Three Years Using Mainly TCVM

12:05 to 12:15

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and Integrative Treatments for Multiple Osteoarthritis, plus Pain Management and Healing of Multiple Rib Fractures in a Scottish Fold Cat

12:20 to 12:30

TCVM Treatment of a Canine Patient with Multiple Geriatric Issues

 Dr. Jennifer Freeman

1:30 to 2:00

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Improves Quality Of Life And Ambulatory Ability In Geriatric Dogs Suffering From Chronic Osteoarthritis

 Dr. Weerapongse Tangjitjaroen

Dr. Richard E. Palmquist

2:00 to 2:30

Four Animals Suffering From Cervical Subluxation With Clinical Signs Of Non-Ambulatory And Loss Of Sensorimotor Functions In Four Limbs Returned To Independent Ambulatory With Electroacupuncture, Aqua-Acupuncture, And  Tui-na Treatments 

2:35 to 3:05

The Use of TCVM in the Treatment of Reoccurring Canine IVDD Patients

 Dr. Larry D. McCaskill

3:05 to 3:15

The Use of TCVM in the Treatment of an Oral Fibrosarcoma in a Labrador Retriever

 Dr. K. Hope Valentine

3:45 to 4:15

TCVM for Small Bowel Lymphoma

4:15 to 4:25

TCVM Treatment for Nasal Tumors

 Dr. Sayaka Takeuchi

4:30 to 4:40

Successful Treatment of Left Intra-atrial Mass with Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in a Boston terrier

4:45 to 4:55

Acupuncture for Chronic Constipation in an African Desert Tortoise

 Dr. JL Bornkamp

5:00 to 5:30

Current Regulatory Aspects of TCVM in Veterinary Sport Medicine

 Dr. Silvia do Valle

5:30 to 5:45

Power of Herbal Soup (A Case Study)   Dr. Mushtaq Memon

5:45 to 6:00

 TCVM Round Discussion  Dr. Shen Xie
 Day 3: August 20, 2017

8:30 to 9:20

How to Use Rehabilitation to Enhance the Efficacy of Acupuncture in Orthopedic Patients

 Dr. Ron Koh

Dr. Mushtaq Memon

9:25 to 10:15

How to Use Rehabilitation to Enhance the Efficacy of Acupuncture in Neurological Patients

10:45 to 11:40

Managing Pain in Sporting Dogs—Integration of acupuncture and rehabilitation in the Canine Athlete

 Dr. Janice Huntingford

11:45 to 12:15

Chromo Acupuncture (Clinical Application)

 Dr. Roberta Pozzi

12:20 to 12:30

TCVM Acute Paralysis in a 7 month Rhodesian Ridgeback

 Dr. Nicole Zaccheo

1:30 to 2:20

Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Disharmonies with TCVM: Introduction and Overview

 Dr. Shen Xie

Dr. Linda Furter

2:20 to 3:15

Assessment and Treatment of Immunological and Gastrointestinal Pediatric Disharmonies with TCVM

3:45 to 4:25

Assessment and Treatment of Orthopedic and Neurological Pediatric Disharmonies with TCVM

4:30 to 5:00

Integrating Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs into a Specialty Practice

 Dr. Helaine Haltrecht

5:05 to 5:15

Tui-na to Restore Neurologic Function and Normal Ambulation in a Recumbent Five Day Old Alpine Goat

 Dr. Suzan K. Seelye

5:20 to 5:30

Kitten Brain Injury

 Dr. Chuang Chao Hsun

5:30 to 6:00

TCVM Round Discussion

 Dr. Shen Xie

Abstract Submission Dates

Presentation Categories
You may span multiple topics – please indicate all applicable categories when submitting your abstract.

o   Clinical Research including any study on efficacy or safety/side effect of any TCVM therapeutic, clinically randomized and controlled studies or a retrospective study of a series of cases of a disease or syndrome. This is a 30-minute presentation.
o   Clinical Application including any new acupuncture techniques/methods, herbal formulas, or tui-na/food therapy in dogs, cats or horses.  This is a 30-minute presentation.
o   How to, including pearls and clinical tips of how to diagnose and/or treat a disease or medical condition/syndrome of dogs, cats or horses. This is a 30-minute presentation.
o   A Case Study including any unique or special case study of dogs, cats, horses, or other species. This is a 10-minute presentation.

Presentation Awards
Each selected presentation will be awarded $300 for 30-minute, and $150 for 10-minute presentations. The awards will be subtracted from the conference registration dues. The detailed information on this conference can be found at A certificate will be awarded to the first place recipient in each category.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: December 1, 2016
Selection notifications sent: January 1, 2017

Whole paper submission deadline: March 1, 2017

Conference Registration deadline:  May 1, 2017
PowerPoint presentation submission deadline: June 1, 2017


For More Information

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