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 4 branches of TCVM, which include: 1) acupuncture; 2) Chinese herbal medicine; 3) food therapy; 4) Tui-na. The practice of Qi-gong, a form of Chinese meditative exercise, is a 5th 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 and works best when used in conjunction with Western Veterinary Medicine (WVM). 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 useful in assessing 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. 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 the most complete disease resolution and less adverse side effects from western medications and interventions. 
Program Objective
The MS-TCVM program is designed for licensed veterinarians and veterinary students who would like to pursue an integrative diagnostic and treatment approach to enhance the medical care of animals. The objectives of the MS-TCVM are to:  
  1. Gain practical knowledge and clinical proficiency in TCVM;
  2. Be able to integrate TCVM into a daily conventional veterinary practice;
  3. Effectively and efficiently apply all 4 branches of TCVM (acupuncture, food therapy, Chinese herbal medicine and Tui-na) to treat patients;
  4. Build a mastery of TCVM through research and mentorship.

The MS-TCVM must be completed in 4.5 years. Certification requires the completion of all core courses (25 semester credit hours), the Master’s Thesis course (6 credit hours) and 5 elective credit hours. The following is a full list of the required core courses and elective courses for the MS-TCVM program.
In the state of Florida, only licensed veterinarians can perform acupuncture on animals. The Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Program (Masters) does not qualify a graduate of the program to perform veterinary acupuncture without the appropriate licensure to engage in the practice of veterinary medicine in Florida.



MS-TCVM Academics

The Master's Degree courses have weekly assignments in addition to the CE-level assignments. The Master's learning platform is more rigorous compared to CE courses.

Credit Hours
Tuition** and Fee
Available Online
Non-refundable registration fee  $100
Non-refundable student ID fee $20  
Required Core Courses
Veterinary Acupuncture Level 1
$2,345-2,505    X
Veterinary Acupuncture Level 2 2 $845-$925
Veterinary Acupuncture Level 3
3.5 $2,850-$2,960
Research Methods in TCVM
2 $750
MS0210 TCVM for Respiratory and Cardiovascular Disease
2 $750-$795
MS0220 TCVM for Gastrointestinal Diseases 2 $750-$795  X  X
TCVM for Hepatic and Endocrine Diseases
2 $750-$795  X  X
TCVM for Geriatric, Urinary and Reproductive Diseases 2 $750-$795 X  X
TCVM for Dermatological, Immune-mediated and Neoplastic Diseases 2 $750-$795
Veterinary Food Therapy 1.5
$1,300 X
Veterinary Tui-na
$1,400    X
Chinese Herbal Fundamental Knowledge 1 $375 X
Master’s Thesis part one
$1,125  X
MS0502 Master’s Thesis part two
 3 $1,125
Elective Courses
Advanced Veterinary Tui-na: Refinement 1 $1,100 
TCVM Diagnostics, Classical Points and Advanced Techniques: Canine 1.5
$1,300   X
TCVM Diagnostics, Classical Points and Advanced Techniques: Equine
1.5 $1,300   X
Evidence-based Veterinary Acupuncture 1.5 $900
MS0020 Integrative Approach to Neurological Disorders 2
$750 X  
 MS0401  TCVM Ophthalmology  1  $550  X  
TCVM Clerkship (45-hour internship)*** 1
MS0412   Business Management for an Integrative Veterinary Clinic  1  $400  
Graduate and Diploma Fee

Satisfactory completion of all core courses is required for the MS-TCVM program.
Satisfactory completion of the Master’s Thesis course (6 credit hours) in combination with 5 credit hours of electives is required for the MS-TCVM program.
Please refer to program web pages for the scheduled time and location of each course. Note that some courses are offered partially or completely online. 

*Hybrid courses contain both online and on-site portions.        
** Tuition does not include certification fees.
***TCVM Clerkship must be conducted and completed in the state of Florida