Course Overview

The Certified TCVM Palliative and End-of-Life Practitioner (CTPEP) Course introduces palliative and end-of-life care as a recognized field of veterinary medicine. The integration of palliative and end-of-life care with TCVM will give the veterinary professional more options to treat the clinical signs of disease and preserve a longer and better quality of life in pets struggling with aging, chronic and life limiting illnesses.

Upon completion of the class, students will be able to:

  • Define and describe the philosophy of palliative and end-of-life care and how to utilize the philosophy to make sure no part of caring for pets with chronic or life-limiting illness is overlooked. 
  • Define and describe how to assess emotional and spiritual Qi of animals.  
  • Evaluate the benefits and criteria of TCVM including acupuncture, herbal medicine and Tui-na, for patients to enter into  palliative and end-of-life care.
  • Utilize and describe the nursing care methods and life-saving techniques to relieve suffering and distress in palliative care patients and provide relief for dying patients. 
  • Utilize and describe the special methods to help clinicians spiritually and mentally improve the comfort of both doctors, their patients and caregivers.   
Course Features
  • Up to 45 C.E. hours (pending RACE approval) 
  • Free case consultation with TCVM experts for all students
  • Complimentary lunches for each day of on-site class
  • Morning Tai-ji and Qi-gong meditation before class

  • Dr. Tami Shearer       
  • Dr. Beth Marchitelli     
  • Dr. Karlene Stange 
  • Dr. Shen Xie 
  • Dr. Jade Tenberg
  • Dr. Elizabeth Fernandez


  • Those wishing to register for this course must be a licensed veterinarian or a 3rd or 4th year veterinary school student.
  • Completion of one of the following courses:
    • One session of the Veterinary Acupuncture
    • Certified Food Therapy Course
    • One module of the Certified Veterinary Herbal Medicine course



Students of the Certified TCVM Palliative and End-of-Life Practitioner (CTPEP) Course are eligible for the CTPEP certification endorsed by the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. The  certification requirements are as follows:

  • Completion of the course.
  • Pass one online, open book exam with scores above 75%.
  • Submit one case report to be approved.

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

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