Student palpating a horse's pulse
A student palpates a horse's pulse during an Advanced Equine wet lab.

Students practice auricular acupuncture during an Advanced Small Animal wet lab.
Course Overview

TCVM Diagnostics, Classical Points and Advanced Acupuncture Techniques (approved for 30 hours by AAVSB RACE) is a wet lab workshop offered to veterinary acupuncturists to expand their technical knowledge of acupuncture and to strengthen their TCVM diagnostic skills.  Practical clinical application is the ultimate goal of this course; as such, wet labs make up more than half the on-site portion of the course and lectures are comprised of many demos and case studies.  Two versions of the course are offered separately to small animal and equine practitioners.

Main Topics

The course covers three major topics:

1. TCVM Diagnostic Skills
In any medical system, effective treatment hinges upon accurate and complete diagnosis. In Chinese medicine, this crucial process of diagnosis is referred to as Bian Zheng, where Bian means differentiation and identification and Zheng means a type of pattern or illness. Thus, TCVM diagnosis consists of identification of disease patterns, usually through palpation and through tongue and pulse readings. This course discusses the theory and techniques of Bian Zheng beyond what is covered in the Basic Acupuncture course and gives students the opportunity to practice palpation and tongue and pulse diagnosis on live small animal or equine patients. 
2. Advanced Acupuncture Techniques
Advanced acupuncture topics covered in this course include auricular acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, needling points around difficult locations (eyes, feet, abdomen, etc.) aqua-acupuncture, point embedding, pneumo-acupuncture and moxibustion.  They will be covered in course lectures and demos and practiced by students in the wet labs.
3. Classical Acupoints
Today, most animal acupuncture points and meridian lines are transposed from humans.  However, some ancient books describing the acupoint locations developed specifically for equine and small animal species were preserved and are still used today.  The locations and unique actions of these classical acupoints is another major topic of this advanced course.
Course Features
  • Offered as a combination of online and on-site lectures and labs to reduce travel time and costs.
  • Separate sessions for small animal and equine practitioners
  • 12 hours of wet labs with special focus on advanced acupuncture techniques, TCVM diagnosis, and classical acupoints
  • Free case consultation with Chi faculty for all students
  • Up to 30 continuing education course approved by American Association of Veterinary State Boards Registry of Approved Continuing Education (AAVSB RACE)

Completion of a veterinary acupuncture course provided by the Chi Institute, IVAS, CSU, or other equivalent institution is required for enrollment in this course.  If currently enrolled in the Chi Institute veterinary acupuncture course, you must complete at least through Session 4 before this course begins.

Lodging and Accommodations

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

Student practicing auricular acupuncture on a dog
Instructor Tiffany Rimar demonstrates TCVM treatment on a chicken during a Small Animal Adanced TCVM class.