Program Overview

The  Acupuncture Program earns students 30 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points in veterinary acupuncture. The course will be equivalent to the five-session Certified Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) program of the Chi Institute. Only veterinarians or final year veterinary students may register for this course. A minimum of 10 participants will be required for the course. To enroll in this course you must be either a licensed veterinarian or you must have completed at least one year of school at an accredited college of veterinary medicine (CVM) by the start date of the course.

Course Objectives
  • Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) Principles: Five Elements, Yin-Yang, Eight Principles, Zang-Fu Physiology and Pathology, Meridians and Channels
  • Scientific Basis of Acupuncture
  • 106 Canine and 152 Equine Transpositional Acupoints (hands-on, wet-lab demos)
  • 16 Canine and 33 Equine Classical Acupoints (hands-on, wet-lab demos)
  • How to needle acupuncture points in dogs, cats and birds
  • How to needle acupuncture points in horses
  • TCM Diagnostic Systems, including Tongue and Pulse Diagnosis
  • How to integrate acupuncture into your practice
  • How to use veterinary acupuncture to diagnose and treat:
      1. Musculoskeletal conditions, lameness and neurological disorders
      2. Cardiovascular diseases and respiratory disorders
      3. Gastrointestinal disorders and behavioral problems
      4. Dermatological problems and immune-mediated diseases
      5. Renal & urinary disorders and reproductive disorders
  • Veterinary Acupuncture Techniques:
      1. Dry Needle (conventional needling)
      2. Aqua-Acupuncture (point injection)
      3. Electro-Acupuncture
      4. Hemo-Acupuncture
      5. Pneumo-Acupuncture
      6. Moxibustion
Please note that the Chi Institute cannot issue any certification to DVM students until their DVM has been obtained.
Main Speakers and Instructors
  • Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD Associate Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, USA
  • Aituan Ma, DVM, PhD Professor, University of Hebei, College of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, China
  • Elize van Vollenhoven, BVSc, LLB, CCRP, CVA Lecturer of Equine Ethology & Veterinary Law and Ethics, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Sarah Peters, BVSc, CVA  Integrative Practitioner, studied Chinese and Western herbal medicine
  • Roselle Hartwigsen, BVSc, CVA Founder of Swartruggens Clinic, Co-founder of Equisentials, Reiki Master
Location and Accommodations

Location: Gauteng, South Africa
Hotel accommodations will not be provided. For accommodation recommendations please contact Dr. Elize van Vollenhoven (

Required Reading

To order books, call 1-800-891-1986

By Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD and Vanessa Preast, DVM, PhD

By Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD and Vanessa Preast, DVM, PhD

Optional Reference Books
Veterinary Acupuncture: Ancient Art to Modern Medicine - by Dr. Allen Schoen
Four Paws, Five Directions - by Cheryl Schwartz, DVM
The Foundations of Chinese Medicine - by Giovanni Maciocia, Cac
The Web that Has No Weaver - by Ted J. Kaptchuk, OMD
Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion - by Cheng Xinnong
Chinese Veterinary Herbal Handbook - by Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD


16 hours of intensive hands-on learning in wet labs.

Learn acupuncture techniques including dry, aqua, electro and moxibustion.

Travel and explore beautiful South Africa