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ALTM104-0811: : Introduction to Veterinary Herbal Medicine: CHM and TCVM

INSTRUCTOR(S): Huisheng Xie, DVM, Ph.D, MS
Lisa Trevisanello, DVM, CVA
Stacie Atria, DVM, CVA
COURSE OPEN: August 23 - October 7, 2011
REAL TIME SESSIONS: Tuesdays, August 30, September 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2011; 8:00pm-10:00pm ET (USA)

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Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a practice session prior to the first RTS. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first RTS.

Level and Prerequisites: Participants in this course should be well versed in basic small animal anatomy and physiology; this course is geared toward the veterinarian starting to explore herbal medicine.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians.
This course is not RACE approved for veterinarians.
The NC Veterinary Medical Licensing Board has approved the course for a maximum of 3 CE credits.

Course Description:
Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) can be difficult to understand. This course is designed to provide veterinarians with detailed information on a simple and logical way to grasp the fundamental principles of the CHM and TCVM.

This course will consist of five (5), 2-hour Real Time sessions, detailed presentations with basic theories and clinical case examples on all topics; library materials; interactive message board discussions; and an end of course test (80% minimum score required) designed to enhance course effective ness and material retention.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required textbook: Recommended textbook: About the Instructosr: Dr. Xie (pronounced "shay") received his DVM at the Sichuan College of Veterinary Medicine in China in 1983. In 1988, he received his Master of Science in Veterinary Acupuncture. From 1988 to 1994, he was an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Beijing Agricultural University College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1999, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida for his investigation of the mechanisms of pain control in horses by using acupuncture. He is the Director of Veterinary Acupuncture Internship Program at the Veterinary Medical Center of the University of Florida now. He has been invited to lecture veterinary acupuncture and herbal medicine all over the world. He has published 10 books and over 100 scientific papers.

Dr. Xie, Dr. Trevisanello and Dr. Atria are instructors at the Chi Institute ( located in Reddick, Florida.

Course Outline:
Week 1: (Real Time Session August 30): Herbal ABC - Five Energy and Five Tastes
Instructor(s): Huisheng Xie, DVM, Ph.D, MS
Content: The theory of Yin Yang can be applied to the diagnosis and treatment of each disease. The CHM with Yang (heat or warm) energy is used to treat heat (Yang diseases such as inflammations and infections). This section will offer an introduction to the basic principles of TCVM. Participants will understand the basic categories in which Chinese herbals are divided, based on their energetic qualities and flavors.

Week 2: (Real Time Session September 6): Herbal Safety and Quality Control
Instructor(s): Huisheng Xie, DVM, Ph.D, MS
Content: CHM has been practiced in animals in China for more than 4.000 years. Many clinical studies have indicated that CHM is extremely effective for treating a wide variety of medical disorders including cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, reproduction, oncology, immunology, respiratory and musculoskeletal conditions. However, CHM is a drug and as such it has to be treated as a pharmaceutical medication. This section will focus on the history of toxicity of CHM, how to identify herbal toxicity and its causes, herbal interaction and finally FDA regulation.

Week 3: (Real Time Session September 13): Herbal Indications and Contraindications
Instructor(s): Huisheng Xie, DVM, Ph.D, MS
Content: The earliest Chinese Materia Medica dates to the Qin and Han Dynasty (221 B.C.-220 A.D.). This lecture will cover history and sources of herbals and their clinical applications. Chinese herbal medicine is used for musculoskeletal, acute and chronic diseases and as a food additive. This module will explain in which conditions one can use CHM with the aid of case studies, and also discuss conditions with which the CHM should be contraindicated.

Week 4: (Real Time Session September 20): Top Five Herbal Medicines in Small Animals
Instructor(s): Huisheng Xie, DVM, Ph.D, MS
Content: Practitioners nowadays are increasingly asked for recommendation in the field of herbal medicine; this section will cover in detail five of the most commonly used Chinese herbal formulas in the small animal practice. These Five herbal medicines are Sheng Tong Zhu Yu Tang, Long Dan Xie Gan Tang, Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang, Xiang Shan Liu Jun Zi Tang and Yunnan Bai Yao.

Week 5: (Real Time Session September 27): Top Five Herbal Medicines in Large Animals
Instructor(s): Huisheng Xie, DVM, Ph.D, MS
Content: This section will cover in detail five of the most commonly used Chinese herbal formulas in the equine practice. Participants will feel confident in prescribing the herbal formulas discussed. These Five herbal medicines are Sheng Tong Zhu Yu Tang, Wu Shen San, An Shen Fang, Chai Hu Shu Gan San, Qi Sai Fang.

This course is not RACE approved for veterinarians.

Tuition: Member $200 ($180 early bird special if enrolled by August 9, 2011).
Non-Member $304 ($274 early bird special if enrolled by August 9, 2011).

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Note: "This course is NOT approved for 10 hours of continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education." Call VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information. (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).

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