I would like to share some good news about this painful, but very important battle. Since the middle of December 2010, the Chi Institute has been applying to the individual state boards for CE credits for TCVM programs. The Spring and Fall Basic Acupuncture Programs (130 CE hours each) and two Advanced Acupuncture Classes (28 CE hours each of Canine and Equine) have now been fully recognized by the following 32 states: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. Three other states, Arkansas, Arizona and Missouri, have partially approved some of the course CE credits. Of these 35 states, 25 states have also approved the Chi Institute Herbal, Food Therapy and Tui-na courses. For Illinois, New Hampshire and Montana, a veterinarian can apply for CE credit after registration.
Decisions from many other states are still pending. Some states, including California, Virginia and Wisconsin only recognize RACE approved courses at the moment. However, many State Boards such as California, are now aware of the lack of transparency of the RACE decisions and their unwillingness to discuss the reasoning behind their rejection of complementary and alternative medicine courses and programs. Therefore, the California State Veterinary Board has requested all of the applicable RACE communications and documentation from the Chi Institute in order to review these and discuss with the RACE Committee members the reasons behind their decisions to deny approval for the TCVM courses.
Additional good and interesting news is that a new Chi Institute online course, called Evidence Based Veterinary Acupuncture has been approved by RACE for 27 CE hours. This course will be complimentary for those students that have completed, are currently enrolled or registered in any 2011 Chi Institute courses. This 27 CE hour online course will also be free to any students who register for any 2011/2012 Chi Institute course by October 7, 2011. The course will be available to all other veterinarians for 27 credits for a fee of $900.
Thank you again for your strong support. If all of us continue to work together, we will change the RACE CE credit status for all TCVM and other complementary and alternative medicine courses in the future. I strongly believe that the good is good, the bad is bad and eventually the good will prevail against the bad.
Keep up your great work,
Shen Xie DVM, PhD