Clinical Application to TCVM and Integrative Medicine in San Francisco, CA

This 14 hour (RACE Approved) introductory seminar covers the fundamental principles of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and the two major branches of TCVM: Veterinary Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. In addition, Veterinary Medical Spinal Manipulation (VMM) techniques will also be covered. The seminar takes place in San Francisco, CA and spans over two days, one day covering TCVM and VMM topics in small animal medicine, and the other in equine medicine.  Participants have the option of attending the entire seminar or just the small animal or equine portion. 

The Equine portion of this seminar is RACE approved for 7 hours. 
The Small Animal portion is RACE approved for 7 hours.  


This will not only be valuable for veterinarians new to these integrative veterinary medicine modalities, but can be a refresher course for those who may have studied it years ago.  After the class, you will be able to:

  • Learn clinical tips and applications for veterinary acupuncture and veterinary chiropractic.
  • 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 horses.

$250 Gift: Receive up to $250 credit toward the Chi Institute Veterinary Acupuncture Program or other courses during this seminar!



Cindy Wallis DVM CVA

Dr. Wallis is a 1988 graduate of the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduation, she worked at the Brookfield Zoo and the Cincinnati Zoo before entering private practice.  She took the CSU acupuncture course in 1997/98 and TA'd the course for three years after that.  She is IVAS certified and has been an examiner for the IVAS certification exam.  She is certified in veterinary spinal manipulative therapy through the Healing Oasis.  She has been studying advanced veterinary acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Food Therapy at the Chi Institute since 2002 and became a Certified Chinese Veterinary Herbalist (CVCH) in 2009. Dr. Wallis currently has a mixed animal practice in Colorado where her practice is exclusively acupuncture, chiropractic and Chinese Herbal Medicine.  

 Karen Spracklen
Karen L. Spracklen DVM, CVA, AVCA 

Dr. Spracklen is originally from Goshen, Indiana and received her BS and DVM degrees from Purdue University.  She was certified in animal chiropractic through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 1996 and she completed her certification in veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute in 1999.  Karen owns the Holly Lane Veterinary Service, an equine practice entirely devoted to complementary therapies - primarily acupuncture, chiropractic and Chinese herbs.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading and dressage riding.

Class Syllabus

April 27, 2019
Introduction to TCVM in Small Animal Practice
Speaker: Dr. Cindy Wallis

How to Understand TCVM: Yin-Yang and the Five Elements
 10:00-11:00am Indications and Contraindications of Veterinary Acupuncture
 11:00-11:30am Coffee/Tea Break
 11:30-12:30pm How to Use Acupuncture for Treatment of Arthritis in Dogs and Cats
 12:30-1:30 pm Lunch Break
 1:30-2:20pm How to Understand Chinese Herbal Medicine
 2:30-3:30 pm How to Use Chinese Herbal Medicine to Treat IBD
 3:30-4:00pm Coffee/Tea Break
 4:00-5:30 pm How to Use Chinese Herbal Medicine to Treat Cancer in Dogs and Cats

    Total: 7 Hours

April 28, 2019

Introduction to VMM and TCVM in Equine Practice
Speaker: Dr. Karen Spracklen

 8:00-8:50 am
Veterinary Medical Manipulation (VMM) in Practice
 9:00-10:00am How Every Animal Can Benefit from VMM 
 10:00-10:30am Coffee/Tea Break
 10:30-12:00pm How VMM Benefits the Performance Animal
 12:00-1:30 pm Lunch Break
 1:30-3:00 pm Acupuncture for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Equine Lameness
 3:00-3:30pm Coffee/Tea Break 
 3:30-5:00pm Acupuncture Cookbook for other Equine conditions
   Total: 7 Hours

Student Feedback

"I just spent a day in Herndon, VA learning more TCVM, brought to us by The Chi Institute. I can't say enough wonderful things about the lecturer!!! It was a full day of Chinese Veterinary Medicine instruction that thoroughly educated both beginners and advanced veterinarians. Dr. Wallis stayed tantalizingly ahead of the newbies, yet filled the heads of those of us with advanced training to the brim with new ideas and new applications of both acupuncture and herbs. The hotel seated us in extremely comfortable chairs and provided great snacks. The Chi Institute's staff was able to answer all of our questions knowledgeably. Thanks for a wonderful class!" -Dr. Rebecca Verna



Address: 250 Gateway Blvd
South San Francisco, CA 94080

Phone: 1-650-589-3400 


  • Small Animal Session, April 27, 2019: $200 
  • Equine Session, April 28, 2019: $200
  • Both Sessions $350

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