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Live animals are used during on-site wet labs and demos.

Horses and dogs are used during wet labs and demos, to accommodate both small animal and equine vet techs.
Program Overview

TCVM for Veterinary Technicians is a program designed to teach your vet techs to support and promote TCVM services in your practice.  Through the program, techs are given the tools to speak knowledgeably about the purpose and value of TCVM and to teach clients how to care for their animals with food therapy and Tui-na techniques.   A typical TCVM visit can last 1 to 1.5 hours, so a properly trained TCVM vet tech can greatly increase the efficiency of your practice.

Tailored for veterinary technicians working in clinics and hospitals where TCVM is practiced, this program concentrates on TCVM theoretical principles as well as practical techniques to allow vet techs to best assist TCVM veterinarians.  Please note that no information about TCVM diagnosis or locations of acupuncture points will be covered in this program.  The course consists of 13 hours of online lectures as well as 2 days of class at the Chi Campus.  A reference letter from a licensed veterinarian is required to enroll in this program.

Program Goals

The goals of this course is for our vet tech students to:

  1. Understand TCVM fundamental principles (Yin-Yang, Five Elements, Zang-Fu, etc.), the scientific basis for TCVM, and the indications and contraindications of each TCVM modality, thus allowing them to effectively promote TCVM services.
  2. Learn basic TCVM technician procedures (moxibustion, electro-acupuncture, Tui-na, food therapy, and life-style consultations).  Graduates will be able to perform basic TCVM procedures and engage in discourse on TCVM, allowing them to save their veterinarian time and increase the efficiency of their practice.

Overall, graduates of this program will have the tools to promote and support services at a TCVM clinic.

Click here to view feedback from integrated practice owner Dr. Kim Hombs.

Program Features
  • 13 hours of online lectures available for 24/7 on-demand streaming for 2 months
  • On-site wet labs and demos with live animals (dogs and horses)
  • Life-style portion of the on-site course includes Qi-gong, Tai-ji, yoga, and other meditative exercises
  • Complimentary lunches on-site (with vegetarian options)
  • Class size capped at 30 students to allow for a more intimate learning environment
Other Information
To register for the program, you must:
  • Be a veterinary technician (though it is NOT necessary to be registered or licensed).
  • Submit a reference letter from a licensed veterinarian.
The online portion of the program requires:
  • High-speed internet connection
  • Adobe Flash Player version 10 or above (click here for free download)
  • You may watch examples of online lectures and demos here
Textbooks:
  • Required reading: Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine: Fundamental Principles by Dr. Huisheng Xie
    Chapters 1 & 2 are required reading for this course. You may preview these two chapter for free online here.
  • Recommended reading: Four Paws, Five Directions: a Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats and Dogs by Dr. Cheryl Schwartz
Lodging and Accommodations

For information about accommodations, travel, and what to pack, please visit our lodging and accommodations page.


Students learn qi-gong and other meditative exercises as a part of the life-style portion of the course.


Complimentary lunches are provided during the on-site portion of the course.