Although the terms Chinese Medicine and acupuncture have been used interchangeably in the West, acupuncture is actually only one modality or “branch” of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). There are actually four branches of TCVM, which include: 1) Acupuncture, 2) Chinese Herbal Medicine, 3) Food Therapy and 4) Tui-na. The practice of Qi-gong, a form of Chinese meditative exercise, is a fifth branch included in TCM, but is excluded from TCVM, because only humans can perform it.
TCVM is often viewed as a form of complementary therapy, best when used in conjunction with Western Veterinary Medicine (WVM), but TCVM treatments may also be effective in disorders that have little or no response to WVM treatments. Both TCVM and WVM have their own strengths and weaknesses. TCVM is a holistic approach that is well suited to assess the well-being of the whole patient and all organ systems. TCVM treatments are mainly non-invasive and have few adverse side effects, but may require longer treatment times than WVM. Further, TCVM lacks diagnostic tests used in WVM that confirm a conventional diagnosis or identify specific disease-causing organisms, like pathogenic bacteria or viruses. TCVM treatments are better suited for chronic conditions rather than acute ones. On the other hand, WVM utilizes the tools of current science to diagnose disease with great precision, and conventional drugs and procedures provide powerful and fast acting results. However WVM focuses on a specific diagnosis and does not always consider the disease effects on other organs in the body or the underlying cause that made the animal susceptible to the disease in the first place. Further the pharmaceutical drugs administered in WVM usually only treat the clinical signs and superficial manifestation of the disease, and most have adverse side effects on other organs of the body. The integration of WVM and TCVM in the treatment of disease addresses the manifestation and underlying causes of disease and often results in most complete disease resolution and less adverse side effects from western medications and interventions.
The certification of Certified Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Practitioner (CTCVMP) is designed for the licensed veterinarian who would like to pursue an integrative diagnostic and treatment approach to enhance the medical care of animals. The objectives of the CTCVMP program are to: 1) gain theoretical knowledge and clinical proficiency in TCVM, 2) be able to integrate TCVM into daily conventional veterinary practice and 3) effectively and efficiently apply all four branches of TCVM (acupuncture, Food Therapy, Chinese herbal medicine and Tui-na) to treat animal diseases. The CTCVMP program can be completed in 2-6 years and certification requires the completion of the following four core courses and one of eight elective courses.
Registration for each course will vary. You must register for each course individually.