Program Overview
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.



Four Courses for CTCVMP (351 C.E. hours)
Course Title
and Certification
Course Number
Course Session or Module
C.E Hours* Other Requirements

Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA)

Session 1
 130 3 take-home quizzes
Clinical acupoint exam
Final written exam
30 hrs internship**
1 case report approved***
 0120  Session 2
 0130 Session 3
 Session 4
 0150  Session 5

 Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist (CVCH) 

 0210  Respiratory and Cardiovascular Diseases 165
5 take-home exams
3 case reports approved***
 0220  Gastrointestinal Diseases
 0230 Liver and Endocrine Diseases
Kidney, Geriatric, Urinary and Reproductive Diseases 
Dermatology, Oncology and Immune-mediated Diseases 

Certified Veterinary Food Therapist (CVFT)

 0310  Basic Module 1
1 take-home exam
1 case report approved ***

Certified Veterinary
Tui-na Practitioner  (CVTP)

 0330  Basic Module 1
 28 1 take-home exam
1 case report approved ***

Eight Elective Courses for CTCVMP (208 C.E. Hours)
 Course Title
 Course Number
 C.E. Hours*
  Advanced Veterinary Tui-na: Refinement   0350 20
  Advanced TCVM Workshop
 0320 28
  TCVM Diagnostics, Classical Points and Advanced Techniques: Canine  0361 28
  TCVM Diagnostics, Classical Points and Advanced Techniques: Equine  0362 28
  Evidence-based Veterinary Acupuncture  0010 27
  Integrative Approach to Neurological Disorders  0020 35
  Introduction to Veterinary Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
  TCVM Annual Conference 0410

* Continuing Education (C.E.) hours approved by the Veterinary Medical Board of Florida and most other states

** The internship requirement may be satisfied by one of the following options:

1) Working directly with a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist in a private practice
2) Attending advanced TCVM programs and working with TCVM practitioners on-site

*** The case report for CVA/CVCH/CVFT/CVTP will be edited and peer-reviewed for publication in a professional journal (e.g. the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Proceedings of the Annual Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine conference or other scientific journals). It usually takes a minimum of 30 hours to write a case report.

Registration and Recomended Plan

Registering for any core courses will give a student eligibility to apply for the CTCVMP program. The following is a recommended step-by-step plan and it can be adjusted according to your own schedule and needs. Usually it takes 2 to 6 years to complete all of the required courses and other requirements for the CTCVMP certification.

  • Complete the Veterinary Acupuncture Program and all other requirements for CVA: earn the Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) certification (usually takes 6 to 12 months).
  • Complete the Veterinary Herbal Medicine Program and all other requirements for CVCH: earn the Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist (CVCH) certification (usually takes 12 to 18 months).
  • Complete the Veterinary Tui-na Program and Veterinary Food Therapy Program, and all other requirements for CVTP and CVFT: earn the Certified Veterinary Tui-na Practitioner (CVTP) and Certified Veterinary Food Therapist (CVFT) certifications (usually takes 6 to 12 months).
  • Complete one of the eight elective courses during or after the above study.
  • Receive your final certificate of Certified Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Practitioner (CTCVMP).

You must register for each of these courses individually. Please visit the registration page or each programs individual webpage for more information about registration.