Course Overview

The Acupuncture in China course offers two tracks: Canine and Equine. The Canine track will focus on osteoarthritis and IVDD. The Equine track will focus on lameness, neurological and reproductive disorders.

Upon graduation and completion of all requirements, students of this course will obtain their Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) certification. The course is equivalent to the basic acupuncture course offered by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine in the USA. The locations and syllabus of this course are designed specifically for the convenience of Asian veterinarians.

To enroll in this course you must be either a license veterinarian or you must have completed at least one year of school at an accredited college of veterinary medicine (CVM) by the start date of the course. 

Course Objectives
  • Understand the fundamental principles of veterinary acupuncture;
  • Learn the top 78 acupuncture points (acupoints) in dogs or the top acupoints in horses;
  • Master the use, indications and contraindications of dry needling, aqua-acupuncture, moxibustion and electro-acupuncture;
  • Learn using acupuncture for treatment of arthritis, neurological, reproductive, gastrointestinal and respiratory disorders in dogs or horses. 


  CVA Certification Requirements

Students of the Acupuncture CE course are eligible for the Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist certification endorsed by the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. The CVA certification requirements are as follows:

  • Complete all five sessions of the CE course.
  • Pass three online quizzes (administered online after sessions 1-3) with scores above 75%.
  • Pass final written exam in the final on-site session with a score above 75%.
  • Pass the clinical acupoints exam in the final on-site session with a score above 75%.
  • Submit one veterinary acupuncture case report to be approved.
  • Complete 30-hours of advanced TCVM course training or internship with a certified veterinary acupuncturist. More information on completing the internship requirement can be found here.

Please note that the Chi Institute cannot issue any certification to DVM students until their DVM has been obtained.

Main Speakers and Instructors
  • Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD Associate Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, USA
  • Bruce Ferguson, DVM, MS, CVA President of the American Association of TCVM, Director of the Chi Institute Australia, Australia
  • Han-Wen Cheng, DVM, MS, CVA Director of the Chi Institute Taiwan, Chairman of the Asian Society of Traditional Veterinary Medicine
  • Reed Holyoak, DVM, PhD, CVA Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, Oklahoma State University, USA
  • Mushtaq Memon, BVSc, MSc, PhD, CVA Associate professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University, USA
  • Lauren Frank, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CCRT Clinician, Physical Rehabilitation Services, University of California, Davis campus, USA
  • Aituan Ma, DVM, PhD Professor, University of Hebei, College of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, China
  • Larry McCaskill, DVM, CVA Clinician, Integrative Medicine/TCVM referral Practice, Jefferson Animal Hospital, USA
Required Reading

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine: Fundamental Principles 2nd Edition

By Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD and Vanessa Preast, DVM, PhD

By Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD and Vanessa Preast, DVM, PhD

Reference Books

Veterinary Acupuncture: Ancient Art to Modern Medicine - by Dr. Allen Schoen
Four Paws, Five Directions - by Cheryl Schwartz, DVM
The Foundations of Chinese Medicine - by Giovanni Maciocia, Cac
The Web that Has No Weaver - by Ted J. Kaptchuk, OMD

Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion - by Cheng Xinnong
Chinese Veterinary Herbal Handbook - by Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD

To order textbooks, please visit Chi bookstore.

Chinese Culture/Acupuncture Scholarship for CVM Students
Are you a student who has completed at least one year of Veterinary Medical School? If so, you are eligible to apply for the Chi Institute Chinese Culture/Acupuncture Scholarship! This scholarship will be awarded to up to 15 qualifying applicants for $1,600 towards to the tuition of the Acupuncture CE course hosted in China!

Evaluation Criteria:
  • Students of Veterinary Medical Schools, a copy of student ID is required.
  • One letter of recommendation from the student's CVM faculty.
  • Participation in the TCVM Knowledge Contest.
  • Personal Statement of interest in TCVM.
  • To apply for this scholarship, please visit our scholarship page to download the application.

Students locating acupoints on a dog
in the China Class wet lab.

Students of the 2017 China Class.

Students locating acupoints during small animal point lab.

Students take a visit to a TCM hospital where a volunteer experiences cupping first hand.

Drs. Holyoak and Memon demonstrating the electroacupuncture unit to students.