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Ba-shen-fa (stretching or drawing), demonstrated above on the ears in a dog, stretches tendons and regulates the channels.
Healing with the Hands

Tui-na is a manual therapy that is one of the four branches of TCVM and uses Chinese medical theory as the basis for its application and actions. It was first used in the 16th-11th centuries BC and references to this treatment can be found in the Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperors Inner Classic, written in 475-221 BC). From a conventional medicine perspective, Tui-na can be thought of as corresponding to a combination of acupressure, conventional massage and chiropractic techniques. It can be used to regulate the Channels, soothe joints and sinews, promote circulation of Qi and Blood, strengthen the immune system and promote normal function of the Zang-Fu organs. Tui-na is most commonly used to treat acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and is also useful as a preventative medicine therapy, because it promotes balance in the body.  It can also be used in conjunction with and to enhance acupuncture and herbal treatments.  Small animals, large animals, and exotic species all respond well to Tui-na, and it can be administered on animals that will not allow the insertion of acupuncture needles.  It is safe and effective with no known side effects.  Although veterinarians must receive specialized training in the techniques and applications of Tui-na, once mastered, several Tui-na techniques can be taught to caretakers for home treatments. Mo-fa (touching skin and muscle), Rou-fa (rotary kneading), Ca-fa (rubbing), Tui-fa (pushing), An-fa (pressing), Nie-fa (pinching), Dou-fa (shaking), Ba-sheng-fa (stretching) and Cuo-fa (kneading) are techniques that caretakers can learn and use to accelerate the healing process and deepen the connection with their animals.

Course Overview

The Veterinary Tui-na course is a 39.5 continuing education course approved by American Association of Veterinary State Boards Registry of Approved Continuing Education (AAVSB RACE) that certifies veterinarians in Tui-na therapy. This course is split into two courses: Veterinary Tui-na (Chinese Medical Manipulation) and Advanced Veterinary Tui-na: Refinement. Each course has both online and on-site components. The on-site portions are held on the Chi Campus. The course can be taken by small animal, mixed, and equine veterinarians, and lecture and lab material covers techniques for both small animals and horses. Hands-on learning is heavily emphasized in the Tui-na course, and wet labs take up more than half the course. In wet labs, students can practice Tui-na techniques on live animals, and they can choose to work on either small animals (cats and dogs) or horses.   Click here to view the course syllabus.

Course Features
  • Learn one more option for your patients from the masters, Dr. Bruce Ferguson and Dr. Xie 
  • Over 30 hours Intensive hands-on learning in wet lab. Practice Tui-na techniques on live animals.
  • 39.5 C.E. hours (RACE approved) in both courses (Veterinary Tui-na (Chinese Medical Manipulation) and Advanced Veterinary Tui-na: Refinement)
  • Certified Veterinary Tui-na Practitioner (CVTP) certification from the Chi Institute after completion of course requirements
  • Free life-time case consultation with TCVM experts
Prerequisites

Students wishing to enroll in the Veterinary Tui-na course must have basic knowledge of TCVM through EITHER:

  • Completion of a veterinary acupuncture session from the Chi Institute or a veterinary acupuncture course from another accredited institutions OR
  • Completion of the TCVM Fundamental Theories lecture series (a 5-lecture DVD-set, $100)
CVTP Certification

Students who complete the Veterinary Tui-na (Chinese Medical Manipulation) and the Advanced Veterinary Tui-na: Refinement courses are eligible for the Certified Veterinary Tui-na Practitioner certification, endorsed by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine. The CVTP certification requirements are as follows:

  • Completion of all courses of the Chi Institute Veterinary Tui-na course
  • Pass the written and clinical exams
  • Submission of one veterinary Tui-na case report to be approved by Chi faculty

Please note that the Chi Institute cannot issue any certification to DVM students until their DVM has been obtained.

Lodging and Accommodations

For information about accommodations, travel, and what to pack, please visit our lodging and accommodations page.

Veterinary Tui-na students practice techniques on each other before practicing on animals.


Chi Instructor Dr. John Langlois demonstrates Tui-na on a horse.





Students practice Tui-na techniques on live animals during wet labs.