Program Overview

2016 China Class Group Picture

This program is accredited for 50 training hours towards the Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) program by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine (FL, USA), Chi Institute of Europe (Madrid, Spain), Chi Institute of Australia (Perth, Australia) and Chi Institute Taiwan (Pingtung, Taiwan). It is equivalent to the first two sessions of the regular 5-session Basic Small Animal Acupuncture program. Study 20 hours of online lectures then come on-site in Beijing, China for 3.5 days with 13 hours of hands-on wet-labs. Graduates from this program may continue their study of the remaining 3 sessions at any of the above organizations for the diploma of CVA. To enroll in this course you must be either a license 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
  • Understand the fundamental principles of veterinary acupuncture;
  • Learn the top 78 acupuncture points (acupoints) in dogs or the top acupoints in horses;
  • Master the use, indications and contraindications of dry needling, aqua-acupuncture, moxibustion and electro-acupuncture;
  • Learn using acupuncture for treatment of arthritis, neurological, reproductive, gastrointestinal and respiratory disorders in dogs or horses. 
Main Speakers and Instructors
  • Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD Associate Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, USA
  • Bruce Ferguson, DVM, MS, CVA President of the American Association of TCVM, Director of the Chi Institute Australia, Australia
  • Han-Wen Cheng, DVM, MS, CVA Director of the Chi Institute Taiwan, Chairman of the Asian Society of Traditional Veterinary Medicine
  • Reed Holyoak, DVM, PhD, CVA Interim Department Head and Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, Oklahoma State University, USA
  • Mushtaq Memon, BVSc, MSc, PhD, CVA Associate professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University, USA
  • Lauren Frank, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CCRT Clinician, Physical Rehabilitation Services, University of California, Davis campus, USA
  • Aituan Ma, DVM, PhD Professor, University of Hebei, College of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, China
  • Larry McCaskill, DVM, CVA Clinician, Integrative Medicine/TCVM referral Practice, Jefferson Animal Hospital, USA
Location and Accommodation
  • Tuition covers instruction and handout, lunch on each class day, and welcome dinner on May 20th; 
  • Optional accommodation services include: double or single occupancy hotel room (with pick-up and drop-off service) at the Beijing Grand Hotel from May 18th to 22nd, 2017 (check out on May 23rd) and 3 meals per day
  • Optional 5-days Pre-class tour (May 14-18th) of Beijing city is also available to register. Students must book the arrival and departure flight to and from Beijing, China (PEK). Please click there to see details.
Required Reading

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine: Fundamental Principles 2nd Edition

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

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

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

To order textbooks, please visit Chi bookstore.

Chinese Culture/Acupuncture Scholarship for CVM Students
Are you a student who has completed at least one year of Veterinary Medical School? If so, you are eligible to apply for the Chi Institute Chinese Culture/Acupuncture Scholarship! This scholarship will be awarded to up to 15 qualifying applicants for $1,322 towards to the tuition of the Acupuncture program hosted in Bejing, China!

Evaluation Criteria:
  • Students of Veterinary Medical Schools, a copy of student ID is required.
  • One letter of recommendation from the student's CVM faculty.
  • Participation in the TCVM Knowledge Contest.
  • Personal Statement of interest in TCVM.
  • To apply for this scholarship, please visit our scholarship page to download the application.

Students locating acupoints on a dog
in the China Class wet lab.

Students locating acupoints during small animal point lab.

Students take a visit to a TCM hospital where a volunteer experiences cupping first hand.

Students enjoying a boat tour during the 2015 China Class.

Drs. Holyoak and Memon demonstrating the electroacupuncture unit to students.

Students and Faculty enjoying the banquet during the 2015 China Class.

Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) Diploma Completion Options

The following options are available to receive your Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist diploma after completing the Small Animal Acupuncture class in Bejing, China:

1. Attend the Chi Taiwan Small Animal Acupuncture Class, Sessions 3-5 in New Taipei City, Taiwan, if you are a Chinese-speaking student.*

Chi Taiwan's Sessions 3-5 are a combination of online lectures and on-site wet labs and lectures. The online lectures, written exam and lecture notes are in English. The on-site lectures, lab discussions and tutoring are in Chinese.
* Proficiency in Mandarin is required for this program.

2. Attend the Chi Europe Acupuncture Class Sessions 3-5 in Spain

This program offers the basic acupuncture course in the mixed practice track. Learn from Dr. Lorena Lloret. Session 3 is online, while Sessions 4 and 5 are offered on-site at the Chi campus in Madrid, Spain. This course is offered in English and Spanish.

3. Attend the Chi Australia Acupuncture Class Sessions 3-5 in Australia

This course is offered in the small animal track and is taught by Dr. Bruce Ferguson. Session 3 is online, while Sessions 4 and 5 are offered on-site at the Chi campus in Two Wells, SA. 

4. Attend the Chi USA Fall Acupuncture Class Sessions 3-5 in Reddick, FL, USA

This is the normal set-up of Chi's Basic Acupuncture Program. Session 3 is online, while Sessions 4 and 5 are offered on-site at the main Chi campus in Reddick, Florida and taught by Dr. Shen Xie.

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