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CE Course Overview

The Acupuncture in China course is equivalent to the first two sessions of the basic acupuncture course. Students may choose between two tracks: Canine and Equine. The Canine track will focus on osteoarthritis and IVDD. The Equine track will focus on lameness, neurological and reproductive disorders.

This course is equivalent to Session 1 and 2 of the basic acupuncture course offered by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine in the USA. Upon completion of this course, students are eligible to continue with Sessions 3-5 at any of our other CVA courses around the world. Upon completion of all 5 sessions and all other requirements, students will obtain their Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) certification. 

To enroll in this course you must be either a license veterinarian or you must have completed at least one year of school at an accredited college of veterinary medicine (CVM) by the start date of the course. 

Course Objectives
  • Understand the fundamental principles of veterinary acupuncture;
  • Learn the top 78 acupuncture points (acupoints) in dogs or the top acupoints in horses;
  • Master the use, indications and contraindications of dry needling, aqua-acupuncture, moxibustion and electro-acupuncture;
  • Learn using acupuncture for treatment of arthritis, neurological, reproductive, gastrointestinal and respiratory disorders in dogs or horses. 

CVA Certification Requirements

Students of the Acupuncture CE 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 CE course (this course is equivalent to sessions 1 & 2).
  • 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.

Main Speakers and Instructors
  • Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD  Professor, University of Florida, Founder and President of Chi Institute, World Veterinary Acupuncture Authority 
  • Cheryl Chrisman Professor, University of Florida, Veterinary Neurology Specialist, Veterinary Acupuncturist Certification
  • Reed Holyoak, DVM, PhD, CVA Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Veterinary Acupuncturist Certification Associate 
  • Ronald Koh Professor, Louisiana State University, Veterinary Rehabilitation Specialist, Veterinary Acupuncturist Certification
  • Min Su Kim Associate Professor, Seoul National University, Veterinary Acupuncturist Certification
Required Reading

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine: Fundamental Principles 2nd Edition

By Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD and Vanessa Preast, DVM, PhD

By Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD and Vanessa Preast, DVM, PhD

Reference Books

Veterinary Acupuncture: Ancient Art to Modern Medicine - by Dr. Allen Schoen
Four Paws, Five Directions - by Cheryl Schwartz, DVM
The Foundations of Chinese Medicine - by Giovanni Maciocia, Cac
The Web that Has No Weaver - by Ted J. Kaptchuk, OMD

Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion - by Cheng Xinnong
Chinese Veterinary Herbal Handbook - by Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD

To order textbooks, please visit Chi bookstore.


Students of the 2017 China Class.


Students locating acupoints during small animal point lab.

Students take a visit to a TCM hospital where a volunteer experiences cupping first hand.


Drs. Holyoak and Memon demonstrating the electroacupuncture unit to students.

Chinese Culture/Acupuncture Scholarship for CVM Students
Are you a student who has completed at least one year of Veterinary Medical School? If so, you are eligible to apply for the Chi Institute Chinese Culture/Acupuncture Scholarship! This scholarship will be awarded to up to 15 qualifying applicants for $1,600 towards to the tuition of the Acupuncture CE course hosted in China!

Evaluation Criteria:
  • Students of Veterinary Medical Schools, a copy of student ID is required.
  • One letter of recommendation from the student's CVM faculty.
  • Participation in the TCVM Knowledge Contest.
  • Personal Statement of interest in TCVM.
  • To apply for this scholarship, please visit our scholarship page to download the application.