Program Overview

Designed for busy veterinary school students, this course creates a summer alternative to balancing both finals and session 4. This summer session 4 allows students to attend session 4 labs on-site while watching the lectures online. This course reviews advanced acupuncture techniques including electro-acupuncture and moxibustion, as well as how to approach internal medical diseases using the Traditional Chinese Medical modality. The material in the class introduces case examples showing how to incorporate these techniques in order to diagnose and treat a series of diseases. Among these are: liver and renal diseases, behavioral problems, skin problems, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and respiratory disorders. In addition, students learn a systematic approach to the principles and practices of TCVM. During this course, emphasis is placed on the clinical application in all aspects of the Five Element disorders, reproductive and endocrine diseases. Students are taught management of real-world clinical cases, tools and methods of how to promote TCVM and integrate it into daily practice. 

This course is available for students enrolled in the Master's Spring 2017 Acupuncture levels 1 and 2 or the 2016 Acupuncture in China courses only. Students may earn their CVA in Spring 2017 after completing session 5. 

Major Topics
  • How to Treat Renal Failure, Heart Failure, Behavioral Problems; Acupuncture for Liver Diseases and Skin Diseases
  • Herbal Intro; Avian and Exotic Animal Acupuncture (Lecture and Demo); Acupuncture for Immune-mediated Diseases; Acupuncture for Cancer; Feline Acupuncture; Case Studies from Students  
  • How to Treat GI Disorders, Cushing’s Disease, Endocrine Disorders, Respiratory; Disorders & Bi and Wei Syndrome; Acupuncture for Sports Medicine; How to Understand Herbal Medicine; 
  • How to Start Your Herbal Practice

Licensed Veterinarian or CVM student.

Completion of any of the following classes:

  • Canine Acupuncture Program in Guangzhou, China
  • Session 1-3 of the Chi Institute Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Program
CVA Certification

Students of the Small Animal Acupuncture Summer Program are eligible for the Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist certification endorsed by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine. The CVA certification requirements are as follows:

  • Complete all five sessions of the program (Any of the above mentioned prerequisite courses combined with this course satisfies this requirement).
  • Pass three online quizzes with scores above 75%.
  • Pass final written exam above 75%.
  • Pass the clinical acupoints exam in the final on-site session with a score above 75%.
  • Submit one veterinary acupuncture case report to be approved.
  • Complete 30-hours of advanced TCVM program training or internship with a certified veterinary acupuncturist. More information on completing the internship requirement can be found here.