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Small Animal Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (SA CVA) Course 

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Hybrid Course

On-site dates for hands-on laboratories:
Module 1: February 10-11, 2024
Module 2: April 6-7, 2024
Module 3: June 28-29, 2024
On-site Location: Gourley Clinical Teaching Center


Registration Deadline
Monday, January 15, 2024

Program Overview

The course begins with an overview of fundamental aspects of Chinese Medicine, including Yin-yang and Five Element theory. These theories serve as a foundation for case diagnosis and treatment presented later in the class. A variety of acupuncture techniques are taught in addition to conventional "dry needling," including electro-acupuncture, aqua-acupuncture, and moxibustion. In acupoint labs, students learn acupuncture points on dogs. Class is limited to 24 students for an intensive and intimate learning experience. The acupuncture certification is offered by Chi University and hosted by UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Center for Continuing Professional Education.

The course consists of an online session and an on-site session. The online session contains 5 modules with a total of 94 hours of lectures and case demos that students can stream at their convenience. The on-site session contains 3 modules hosted at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine on February 10-11, 2024, April 6-7, 2024, and June 28-30, 2024. These in-person modules provide students with the opportunity to learn acupuncture points on live animals in small lab groups with a maximum of six students per instructor. Tutoring sessions totaling 12 hours thoroughly prepare students for exams.

Major Topics

With a curriculum designed for students new to acupuncture, the Small Animal Acupuncture Program provides a comprehensive mix of both theory and practice. You will learn:

  • Frameworks used in acupuncture: Five Elements, Yin-Yang, Eight Principles, Zang-Fu Physiology and Pathology, Meridians and Channels
  • The scientific basis of acupuncture
  • 167 canine acupuncture points on live animals
  • Acupuncture techniques: electro-acupuncture, aqua-acupuncture, moxibustion, and dry needling
  • TCVM diagnostic systems: patient personality, tongue and pulse diagnosis, and client inquiry
  • How to integrate acupuncture into your practice
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Acupuncture on a dog

Additional Benefits

Once enrolled for the Acupuncture Certification Track, you will receive:

  • Complimentary canine acupoint chart
  • Complimentary 32-hour Evidence-Based Veterinary Acupuncture Course
  • 1-year complimentary membership with the World Association of TCVM (WATCVM)
  • Free lifetime case consultation by Chi faculty

Program Features

  • Enjoy the convenience of online learning with 20 hours of virtual lab learning in 143 total hours of hybrid courses
  • Learn from Dr. Xie, the master of veterinary acupuncture
  • 35 hours of intensive hands on learning with live animals in small lab groups capped at 6 students for every instructor lead by Dr. Koh
  • Start practicing acupuncture on patients after the first on-site session
  • Earn up to 25% of future master's degree credit per experiential learning
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