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Clinical Application to TCVM and Integrative Medicine

Clinical Application to TCVM and Integrative Medicine is a 7 to 14 hour introductory seminar which covers the Fundamental Principles of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and the two major branches of TCVM: Veterinary Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. These seminars take place throughout the year in multiple locations. Seminars are available by species track either Small Animal or Equine. Participants have the option of attending both tracks or a single track based on their needs. In addition, Veterinary Medical Spinal Manipulation (VMM) techniques are also covered in the equine portion and in selected small animal portions depending on the instructor.

 

 

This program has been approved for 7 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval. Small Animal and Equine tracks are both approved for 7 RACE hours each.


Goals:
These seminars are not only valuable for veterinarians new to integrative veterinary medicine modalities, but can be a refresher course for those who may have studied it years ago.  With these seminars participants will be able to:

  • Learn clinical tips and applications for veterinary acupuncture.
  • Evaluate the fundamental principles of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) including Yin-Yang and Five Elements.
  • Understand how to use Veterinary Acupuncture for pain management in both dogs and horses.
  • Understand the benefits and how to use Veterinary Medical Spinal Manipulation in dogs and/or horses.
2020 Schedule

September 12 - 13, 2020  
Denver, Colorado
September 19, 2020 
Omaha, Nebraska 
October 3 - 4, 2020
Los Angeles, California 
 TBD
Kennebunkport, Maine 

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions in Maine, this intro will be postponed. Dates are currently TBD. Please check back for updates.

Receive Exclusive Discount toward the Chi Institute Veterinary Acupuncture Program, Veterinary Medical Manipulation or other courses during seminar!


Speakers
  Small Animal Track
Karen Spracklen Karen L. Spracklen, DVM, CVA  (Also teaches Equine Track)

Dr. Spracklen earned her BS and DVM from Purdue University in 1992.  She finished the basic animal chiropractic course at Options for Animals in 1996 and was certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA)  Dr. Spracklen completed the first Chi Institute Basic Acupuncture course in 1999 and was granted certification from the Chi Institute and China’s National Society of TCVM.  Dr. Spracklen owns a performance-oriented practice offering a variety of holistic therapies including acupuncture, veterinary medical manipulation, Food Therapy, and Chinese Herbal Medicine.   In addition to her practice, Dr. Spracklen devotes her time serving as an instructor for the Chi Institute located in Reddick, Florida and the Chi Institute - Europe located in Spain.  Dr. Spracklen has been a contributor to the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (AJTCVM) and serves as an Assistant Editor.  She is also the Small Animal Coordinator for the Veterinary Medical Manipulation course offered by IVMI. 


Donna Hein, DVM, CVA, FAAVA, CVCH, CVTP, CVFT, AVMMP

Dr. Hein graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. After 9 years in private practice, she saw cases that Western medicine was not able to help and began studying acupuncture. In 2008, Dr. Hein became certified in acupuncture from IVAS and continued her advanced classes at the Chi Institute. She became certified in Tuina (2011), Food Therapy (2012), and Chinese Herbals (2013). In 2014, Dr. Hein became a Fellow in Veterinary Acupuncture. Then in 2016 she became certified in Veterinary Medical Manipulative. Dr. Hein is currently finishing her thesis for the Master’s Program and also enjoys teaching the acupuncture lab at the Chi. Dr. Hein is a mobile TCVM practitioner in the Houston area and when not working enjoys time with her husband and two daughters.



 
Cynthia Wallis, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CVSMT, LAc, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
Dr. Wallis is a 1998 graduate of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. After graduation, she worked at the Brookfield Zoo and the Cincinnati Zoo before entering private practice. She took the CSU Acupuncture course in 1997-1998 and TA'ed the course for three years after that. She is also certified by IVAS and has been an examiner for the IVAS certification exam. She is certified in Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy through Healing Oasis. She has studied advanced veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and food therapy at the Chi Institute and became a Certified Chinese Veterinary Herbalist (CVCH) in 2009 and completed her Master's Degree in Human Acupuncture in 2019. She currently has a mixed animal practice in Colorado where her practice is exclusively acupuncture, chiropractic and Chinese herbal medicine.


  Jenny Liu DVM, MS, CVA, CVCH
Dr. Liu graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. She began her career in mixed animal practice and over time, her practice has focused to primarily dogs & cats. She began her acupuncture training at the Chi Institute in 2004 and has continued her studies there since then. Her training include Food Therapy, Tui-na
and other advanced TCVM modalitiesDr. Liu is certified in Acupuncture and Herbal medicine and in 2018, received a Masters Degree in TCVM. In recent years, Dr. Liu has lectured on behalf of Chi Institute and assists in teaching the small animal acupuncture lab classes. She continues to serve the Chi Institute at various academic levels. She currently practices TCVM at Sleepy Dog Veterinary in Arlington, Massachusetts as well as providing surgical serves at various other practices in the surrounding Boston area. 

 

  Grant Hebel, DVM, CVA
Dr. Grant Hebel received his DVM in 1995 at Kansas State University. In addition to clinical veterinary practice, he has served as a veterinary officer in the US Army with deployment to the Middle East in 2003. Dr. Hebel is a 2012 graduate of the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and a 2013 graduate of the Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic. Grant is a triathlete and enjoys playing the didgeridoo in his free time. Drs. Grant and Jen Hebel own and operate Five Elements Veterinary Alternatives, an integrative veterinary clinic in Omaha, NE where they offer Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, chiropractic care, physical rehabilitation and sound/vibrational healing
  Jen Hebel, DVM
Dr. Jen Hebel received her PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology in 2003 and DVM in 2005 at Colorado State University. She was a handler and trainer with Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado and a Captain in the United States Army Veterinary Corps. Dr. Hebel is a certified rehabilitation therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and has completed chiropractic training at Options for Animals and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine at the Chi Institute. Dr. Hebel enjoys doing sports medicine for performance dogs and has a special interest in myofascial release techniques for muscle injuries. In her free time, Jen enjoys yoga, collecting orchids, and reading historical fiction. Drs. Grant and Jen Hebel own and operate Five Elements Veterinary Alternatives, an integrative veterinary clinic in Omaha, NE where they offer Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, chiropractic care, physical rehabilitation and sound/vibrational healing
  Janice Huntingford, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CVPP, CCRT, CAVCA
Dr. Janice Huntingford is a 1984 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario. She is certified in chiropractic,  acupuncture, rehabilitation and pain management.  She is the owner and medical director of the Essex Animal Hospital, Canine Rehab and Fitness in Essex, Ontario Canada. In 2015, she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and in 2018 she received her Masters in Traditional Chinese Veterinary medicine. Dr. Huntingford is a consultant for the VIN Rehab/Sports Medicine/Chronic Pain Board and lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of holistic topics including rehabilitation and geriatric medicine. She has co-authored several text book chapters and published a number of peer reviewed manuscripts. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time on her farm/winery with her chef husband, Harold, and her pugs, cats and horses and a few adult children.
 Equine Track


John Langlois, DVM, CVA, CVMMP, MSTCVM
Dr. Langlois is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. He has been an equine practitioner in Marion County, Florida for the past 39 years, where he established his own practice in 1983, with an emphasis on reproductive medicine, lameness diagnostics and surgery. He has received advanced training in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese veterinary herbal medicine, veterinary Tui-na massage, and graduated from the Master's Degree Program in 2019. Dr. Langlois was a member of the PELI inaugural class in 2010, and served as an instructor there in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, PELI joined IVMI, and Dr. Langlois will continue to instruct the EVMM program through the IVMI. Chi Institute. He has been practicing for over 30 years and has been using Chinese medicine and spinal manipulation successfully for over 12 years enjoying treating at many of the prestigious thoroughbred farms in Marion County, FL.


  Carla Pasteur, MSTCVM, DVM, CVA, CVSMT CERP
Dr. Pasteur grew up showing horses in many disciplines, including reining, saddle seat, dressage and pleasure. She graduated in 1991 from the University of Wisconsin and opened an equine exclusive clinic in Green Bay. The practice grew to cover five counties, with emphases on reproduction and lameness. She received her acupuncture training from IVAS in 1997, sold her conventional practice and began an equine integrative practice in Ocala, FL. She has been a Chi instructor since 2005 and has lectured internationally. In 2011 she developed the only medical manipulation course exclusively for veterinarians. Her current practice encompasses TCVM, spinal manipulation and osteopathy, focusing on sport and performance horses.
   
Claire V. Tusch DVM, CVA, CVMMP
Dr.  Claire V. Tusch attended Cornell University majoring in immunology and microbiology. Following graduation, he supervised a laboratory engaged in retroviral research at the Veterinary College and subsequently entered a Master of Science degree program.  Dr. Tusch graduated from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell in 1987. Following graduation Dr. Tusch entered private practice and purchased the Wells Veterinary Hospital in 1990.   He developed the mixed animal practice into a multidoctor hospital treating all creatures great and small.  Appreciating the importance of an integrative approach to medical care, he certified in Veterinary Acupuncture at the Chi Institute and has further studied Chinese herbal medicine, Tui-Na, food and nutritional therapy, orthopedic/medical manipulation and other energy and body work techniques.  In 2009 he established Tuschs' Integrative Veterinary Care, a practice dedicated to  an holistic integrative approach to healing.  Dr. Tusch is an instructor and lecturer for the Chi Institute. 




Carla Pasteur, DVM, CVA, CERP ‚Äč
Dr. Pasteur grew up showing horses in many disciplines, including reining, saddleseat, dressage and pleasure. She graduated in 1991 from the University of Wisconsin and opened an equine exclusive clinic in Green Bay. The practice grew to cover five counties, with emphases on reproduction and lameness. She received her acupuncture training from IVAS in 1997, sold her conventional practice and began an equine alternative practice. She has been a Chi instructor since 2005 and has lectured internationally. Her current practice encompasses TCVM, chiropractic and osteopathy, focusing on sport and performance horses.
Student Feedback

"I loved how most of the content was case-based - it made the whole program approachable for a class such as this with veterinarians at different stages and varying levels of experience with integrative medicine." Jessica Diaz, DVM - San Francisco Intro 2019

 

"For an intro course the content was just right. The speakers were not talking over our heads. We left understanding the basic principles of TCVM. There were a handful of students who were already using TCVM and the speakers did a great job of bringing the conversation back down to introductory level. So those no experience did not feel overwhelmed." John Kashak, DVM - San Francisco Intro 2019


"Great course. I learned truly enjoyed the five elements theory and would have embraced more on TCVM diagnosis and selection of acupoints based on that diagnosis." Darcy Hafner, DVM - Omaha Intro 2018


"Both small animal lecturers were very good. I enjoyed the day very much. Clearly, the background of acupuncture is complex. This was good introduction. I also enjoyed the VMM lectures." Karen Brockman, VMD - Philadelphia Intro 2017


I loved how most of the content was case-based - it made the whole program approachable for a class such as this with veterinarians at different stages and varying levels of experience with integrative medicine.
I loved how most of the content was case-based - it made the whole program approachable for a class such as this with veterinarians at different stages and varying levels of experience with integrative medicine.
Both small animal lecturers were very good. I enjoyed the day very much. Clearly, the background of acupuncture is complex. This was good introduction. I also enjoyed the VMM lectures