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Course Syllabus

The Small Animal Acupuncture Course is divided into five sessions (two online and three on-site).  Online sessions are available for on-demand streaming for about a two-month period.  On-site sessions are held on the Chi Campus in Florida.  The course spans over a seven-month period.  Please go to Schedule and Tuition to view specific course dates.

A general session overview is provided below: 

     Session 1 (on-line)

     Session 2 (on-site)

     Session 3 (on-line)

     Session 4 (on-site)

     Session 5 (on-site)


Please note that while general course themes will remain the same, specific topics and speakers listed in the syllabus below may be subject to change.


 

Session 1 (online)

All lectures are available for on-demand streaming for the duration of the session.  Each lecture is about 50 minutes in length.

Lecture

Topic

Speaker
 1 Course Introduction and History of Veterinary Acupuncture
Dr. Shen Xie
 2 What is Acupuncture?
Dr. Shen Xie
 3-4 Veterinary Acupuncture: Scientific Basis
Dr. Roger Clemmons
 5 Yin-Yang Dr. Cheryl Chrisman
 6 Eight Principles
Dr. Cheryl Chrisman
7-8 Five Elements Dr. Cheryl Chrisman
9-10 Zang-Fu Physiology Dr. Roger Clemmons
11-12 Channels and Meridians Dr. Shen Xie
13-16 General Rules of Acupuncture
Dr. Shen Xie
17-18 Indications for Veterinary Acupuncture Dr. Shen Xie
19 How to Start your Acupuncture Practice: Cookbook Dr. Bruce Ferguson
20 How to Integrate Acupuncture into your Practice Dr. Bruce Ferguson

 


 

Session 2 (on-site)

All four days of class are held on the Chi Campus.


DAY 1
DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4
 7:30-8:20
Registration Tai-ji/Qi-gong
Tai-ji/Qi-gong
Tai-ji/Qi-gong
 8:30-10:20 Five Elements and Zang-Fu physiology
Other Special Points & TCVM Diagnosis Intro

Canine Point Lab
How to Treat Bi/Wei Syndromes; Osteoarthritis, and IVDD
 10:30-12:30 Five-shu Transporting Points, Source Points, Back-shu and Front-mu points, Influential Points
Acupuncture Needling Techniques
How to Treat Canine Cases (Demo)
 12:30-1:30 Lunch break
Class ends
 1:30-3:20

Canine Point Lab



Canine Point Lab

How to Treat Gastrointestinal Disorders

 
 3:30-6:00
How to Treat Respiratory Disorders

 

 


 

Session 3 (online)

All lectures are available for on-demand streaming for the duration of the session.  Each lecture is about 50 minutes in length.

Lecture

Topic

Speaker
 1-4 Five Treasure: Qi, Blood, Shen, Jing, and Body Fluid Physiology and Pathology
Dr. Cheryl Chrisman
 5-8 TCVM Diagnosis
Dr. Cheryl Chrisman
 9-10 Eight Extraordinary Channels
Dr. Huisheng Xie
 11-12 Etiology and Pathology
Dr. Huisheng Xie
 13 How to Select Acupoints
Dr. Huisheng Xie
 14-15 How to Make a TCVM Diagnosis (dry lab)
Dr. Huisheng Xie
16-17 Acupuncture for Neurological Disorders
Dr. Roger Clemmons
18 How to Approach Clinical Cases
Dr. Bruce Ferguson
19-20 How to Improve Acupuncture Results
Dr. Bruce Ferguson
21-23 Small Animal Cases: a TCVM Approach
Dr. Connie DiNatale

 


 

Session 4 (on-site)

All four days of class are held on the Chi Campus.


DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4
 7:30-8:20
Registration Tai-ji/Qi-gong
Tai-ji/Qi-gong
Tai-ji/Qi-gong
 8:30-10:20

A Quick Review from Sessions 1 to 3; How to Treat Renal Failure

Herbal Intro
Canine Point Lab
Acupuncture for Cancer
Feline Acupuncture
 10:30-12:30 How to Treat Heart Failure and Behavioral Problems
Exotic Animal Acupuncture (lecture and demo); Avian Acupuncture (lecture and demo)
Case Studies from Students
 12:30-1:30 Lunch break
Class ends
 1:30-3:20

 

Canine Point Lab

 

Canine Point Lab

Acupuncture for Liver Diseases; How to Treat Skin Problems
 3:30-6:00
Acupuncture for Immune-mediated Diseases
 

 

 


 

Session 5 (on-site)

All four days of class are held on the Chi Campus.


DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4
 7:30-8:20
Registration Tai-ji/Qi-gong
Tai-ji/Qi-gong
Tai-ji/Qi-gong
 8:30-10:20

 

Zang-Fu Physiology and Pathology: Spleen, Lung and Liver

 

Zang-Fu Physiology and Pathology: Kidney, and Heart

How to Treat:
Diabetes, Cushing's Disease, and Thyroid Disorders

Written Final Exam


 10:30-12:30 TCVM Overview, and How to Sell TCVM Into to Food Therapy
Intro to Tui-Na
 12:30-1:30 Lunch break

Class ends

 1:30-3:20
Canine Point Lab


Canine Point Lab

Clinical Acupoint Exam

 3:30-6:00

 

Students practicing tai-ji
Students start mornings of on-site sessions with Tai-ji on the lanai.


The acupuncture techniques demo during Session 2.