Urgent Notice

The Chi Institute’s faculty and staff have been very eager to meet you all in person in beautiful Raleigh since announcing the first Chi Institute seminar in North Carolina last year. However, in response to the latest developments of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. and Governor Cooper’s declaration of a state of emergency in North Carolina, as well as the recommendations made by the CDC, WHO and other federal and state agencies, we have decided to move this course ONLINE. The health and safety of our students, speakers, and staff are our highest priority.

Dr. Cindy Wallace and Dr. Alison Marshall will present the same informative lectures through a real-time online webinar with the free app/software Zoom at the same time and following the same schedule as the on-site class on Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22. You will see and listen to the speakers, their PowerPoint presentations and interact with faculty and staff to answer questions through your computer, tablets or smart phone. The webinar will be recorded, as well, for you to review or study online through our state-of-the-art remote learning portal ( for 3 months. You will receive the class handout in the mail if you ordered it.

We are happy to offer special perks and discounts for the first ONLINE Intro seminar attendees. For details, please email

Clinical Application to TCVM and Integrative Medicine in North Carolina (THIS SEMINAR HAS BEEN CHANGED TO ONLINE NOW DUE TO SAFETY CONCERN)

This 14 hour 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 Raleigh, North Carolina and spans over two days. One day in TCVM for small animals and another day in TCVM and VMM for equine.  Participants have the option of attending the entire seminar or just the small animal or equine portion. 

The Equine portion of this seminar is pending RACE approval 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 horses.

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



Cynthia Wallis, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CVSMT

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. She currently has a mixed animal practice in Colorado where her practice is exclusively acupuncture, chiropractic and Chinese herbal medicine. 

Allison Marshall, DVM, CVA, CVSMT

Dr. Allison Marshall earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in 1995. After practicing traditional medicine for 10 years, Dr. Marshall began her alternative practice by pursuing certification in Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy from The Healing Oasis Wellness Center and certification in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) through The Chi Institute. Dr. Marshall has also received training in Chinese Herbal Therapy, TCVM Food Therapy, Tui-na manipulative therapy, and Myofascial release for Horses which she couples with her chiropractic treatments. Dr. Marshall is currently on staff as a teaching assistant at the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine in Reddick, Florida since 2010, and enjoys teaching and learning multiple time a year every time she travels there. She is pursuing her Masters in TCVM offered through the Chi Institute. She has been very proud to serve on the ethics committee for the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners). 

Class Syllabus

March 21, 2020
Introduction to TCVM  in Small Animal Practice
Speaker: Dr. Cindy Wallis

TCVM Fundamental Principles and Clinical Application: Five Elements
 10:00-11:00am What Acupuncture Can Treat
 11:00-11:30am Coffee Break
 11:30-12:30pm How to Use Acupuncture for Arthritis and Pain Management in Dogs and Cats
 12:30-1:30pm Lunch Break (not provided)
 1:30-2:20pm How to Understand Chinese Herbal Medicine
 2:30-3:30pm How to use Chinese Herbal Medicine to treat IBD
 3:30-4:00pm Coffee Break
 4:00-5:30pm How to use Chinese Herbal Medicine to Treat Cancer

March 22, 2020
Introduction to Veterinary Acupuncture and 
Medical Manipulation in Equine Practice
Speaker: Dr. Allison Marshall

Introduction to Veterinary Medical Spinal Manipulation (VMM)
8:50-9:40am Veterinary Medical Manipulation (VMM) in Equine Practice
 9:40-10:10am Coffee Break
 10:10-10:40am Veterinary Medical Manipulation in Equine Practice (Cont.)
 10:40-11:30am Top 10 Chinese Herbal Medicines for Horses 
11:30am-12:50pm Lunch Break (not provided)
12:50-1:40pm   An Introduction to Equine Acupuncture
1:40-2:30pm Acupuncture Cookbook for Equine Conditions
2:30-3:00pm  Coffee Break 
3:30-4:30pm Acupuncture for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Equine Lameness

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





  • Small Animal Session, March 21, 2020: $200 
  • Equine Session, March 22, 2020: $200
  • Both Sessions (March 21-22, 2020): $350

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