Intro to TCVM in San Diego, CA: Program Overview

This introductory seminar covers the fundamental principles of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and the two major branches of TCVM: veterinary acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.  The seminar takes place in San Diego, CA and spans over two days, one day covering TCVM topics in small animal medicine, and the other in equine medicine.  Participants have the option of attending the entire seminar or  just the small animal or equine portion. 

The seminar has been approved for up to 14 C.E. hours in the following states and districts: CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, KS, LA, MA, MD, ME, MN,  NC, NE, NH, NJ,  NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, WA, and WY.

This will not only be valuable for veterinarians new to TCVM, but can be a refresher course for those who may have studied it years ago.  After the class, you will be able to:

• Evaluate the fundamental principles of TCVM including Yin-Yang and Five Elements; 
• Understand how to use the TCVM for treatment of arthritis, IBD and cancers in dogs;
• Understand how to use the TCVM for diagnosis and treatment of lameness, Cushing’s syndrome and uveitis in horses.   
$225 Gift: Receive up to $225 credit toward the Chi Institute Veterinary Acupuncture Program or other courses during this seminar!

This class is sponsored by California Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.


The cost of registration for the Intro to TCVM: Veterinary Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Seminar are as follows:

  • Small Animal Session, April 9, 2016: $125 (early registration rate by 3/10/16)

  • Equine Session, April 10, 2016, TCVM portion 8:00 am - 12:00 pm: $75 (early registration rate by 3/10/16)
  • Equine Session, April 10, 2016, Veterinary Manipulation portion 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm: $50 (early registration rate by 3/10/16)
  • All Sessions $225 (early registration rate by 3/10/16)

    The regular tuition will increase $50 for the Small Animal session, $25 per each Equine session and $100 for all sessions combined for registrations after 3/10/16.

Click Here to Register Online


Marriott San Diego Mission Valley

8757 Rio San Diego Drive, San Diego, CA 92108

Room Rate: $139.00/night

Room block: Check- in Thursday April 8th- Check-out Monday  April 11th

To reserve a room in this block please make your reservations by:
Visiting the following link:
or by contacting:
Reservations Toll Free: 877-622-3056
Reservations Local Phone: 619-692-3800
Contact of Sales Manager: Jessica Guccione/ 

Please reserve rooms by Friday March 18th, 2016 for Chi group rate.



Student Feedback

"I just spent a day in Herndon, VA learning more TCVM, brought to us by The Chi Institute. I can't say enough wonderful things about the lecturer!!! Dr. Cindy Wallis traveled from Colorado to present a full day of Chinese Veterinary Medicine that thoroughly educated both beginners and advanced veterinarians. She stayed tantalizingly ahead of the newbies, yet filled the heads of those of us with advanced training to the brim with new ideas and new applications of both acupuncture and herbs. The hotel seated us in extremely comfortable chairs and provided great snacks. The Chi Institute's staff was able to answer all of our questions knowledgeably. And Dr. Cindy was just brilliant, smart, witty, and lively enough to hold our attention to the very end. Thanks for a wonderful class!" -Dr. Rebecca Verna

Cynthia Wallis, DVM, CVA, CVCH

Dr. Wallis is a 1998 graduate of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. After graduation, she worked at the Brookfield Zoo and the Cincinnati Zoo before entering private practice. She took the CSU Acupuncture course in 1997-1998 and TA'ed the course for three years after that. She is also certified by IVAS and has been an examiner for the IVAS certification exam. She is certified in Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy through Healing Oasis. She has studied advanced veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and food therapy at the Chi Institute and became a Certified Chinese Veterinary Herbalist (CVCH) in 2009. She currently has a mixed animal practice in Colorado where her practice is exclusively acupuncture, chiropractic and Chinese herbal medicine.

Carla Pasteur, DVM, CVA

Dr. Pasteur grew up showing horses in many disciplines, including reining, saddleseat, dressage and pleasure. She graduated in 1991 from the University of Wisconsin and opened an equine exclusive clinic in Green Bay. The practice grew to cover five counties, with emphases on reproduction and lameness. She received her acupuncture training from IVAS in 1997, sold her conventional practice and began an equine alternative practice. She has been a Chi instructor since 2005 and has lectured internationally. Her current practice encompasses TCVM, chiropractic and osteopathy, focusing on sport and performance horses.  

Class Syllabus

Small Animal Session: April 9, 2016

Fundamentals of TCVM: Yin-Yang and the Five Elements
 10:00-11:00am Indications and Contraindications of Veterinary Acupuncture
 11:00-11:30am Coffee/Tea Break
 11:30-12:30pm How to Use Acupuncture for Treatment of Arthritis in Dogs
 12:30-1:30pm Lunch Break
 1:30-2:20pm An Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine
 2:30-3:30pm How to Use Chinese Herbal Medicine to Treat IBD
 3:30-4:00pm Coffee/Tea Break
 4:00-5:30pm How to Use Chinese Herbal Medicine to Treat Cancer in Cats and Dogs
 5:40-6:00pm Introduction to Chi Institute Programs

    Total: 7 Hours

Equine Session: April 10, 2016

An Introduction to Equine Acupuncture
 9:00-10:00am Acupuncture for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Equine Lameness
 10:00-10:30am Coffee/Tea Break
 10:30-12:00pm Top 10 Chinese Herbal Medicines for Horses
How to start Chinese Herbal Medicine in Equine Practice
 12:00-1:00pm Lunch Break
 1:00-2:00pm Veterinary Medical Manipulation (VMM) in Practice
 2:00-3:00pm Lameness exam using Veterinary Medical Manipulation (VMM) 
 3:00-3:30pm Coffee/Tea Break 
 3:30-5:00pm Equine Veterinary Medical Manipulation (EVMM) Cases
 5:00-5:30pm Introduction to Certified Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner Program with refreshments 
   Total: 7 Hours