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ALTM200-0311: Veterinary Acupuncture - Fundamental Principles

**This course was not approved by AAVSB RACE for CE credit.**

The NC Veterinary Medical Licensing Board has approved the course for a maximum of 3 CE credits,

INSTRUCTOR(S): Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD, MS
Lisa Trevisanello, DVM, CVA
Stacie Atria, DVM, CVA
COURSE OPEN: March 22 - May 6, 2011
REAL TIME SESSIONS: Tuesdays, March 29, April 5, 12, 19 and 26; 8:00-10:00pm 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 a veterinarian beginning to explore veterinary acupuncture, with a focus on the fundamental concepts. There will NOT be discussion on how to practice veterinary acupuncture.
VIN CE course: open to veterinarians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians.

Course Description:
Acupuncture 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 Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and veterinary acupuncture.

This course will consist of five (5), 2-hour real-time sessions, detailed presentations with basic theories and clinical case examples on all topics, interactive message board discussions and a mandatory end of course quiz (80% score needed) designed to enhance course effectiveness 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: (Included in course price) Recommended textbooks: About the Instructors: 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 March 29): Overview on Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and Three Essential Factors of Veterinary Acupuncture
Instructor(s): Xie, Trevisanello, Atria
Content: This section will review the history of TCVM and veterinary acupuncture. The historical review will provide the deep understanding of Chinese culture and philosophy, development of veterinary acupuncture techniques. Three essential factors of veterinary acupuncture including acupoints, techniques and therapeutic effects will be discussed in detail.

Week 2: (Real Time Session April 5): How to Understand Acupuncture: Yin-Yang and Balance System
Instructor(s): Xie, Trevisanello, Atria
Content: The Yin-yang theory is from Yi Jing (Book of Changes) written in the Spring and Autumn Period (722-481 B.C.). Yin refers to night time, cold, quiet, cloudy, overcast, passive, dark, downward-seeking; Yang refers to daytime, warm, active, sunny, bright, light, upward-seeking. The theory of Yin Yang can be applied to the diagnosis and treatment of each disease. The Yang (heat or warm) energy is designed to treat coldness (Yin diseases such as ascites). The Yin (cool or cold) energy is used to treat heat (Yang diseases such as inflammations and infections).

Week 3: (Real Time Session April 12): How to Understand Acupuncture: Five Elements
Instructor(s): Xie, Trevisanello, Atria
Content: As the ancient Chinese looked upon their world and observed nature, they found universal relationships in all things. They described these events and used them to develop TCM principles of health and disease. From these observations, a number of medical theories emerged. The most commonly used are 5-element theory. Acupuncturist incorporates these theories in determining the disease pattern and treatment plan. Nature is made up of combinations of wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each element represents an energy, direction, season, color, taste, feeling, ZangFu organ and tissue.

Week 4: (Real Time Session April 19): Acupoints, Meridian, Qi and Energy Pathway
Instructor(s): Xie, Trevisanello, Atria
Content: Acupuncture points (acupoints) are specific spots on the body surface where a practitioner applies stimulation for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The majority of acupuncture points are located in the Meridian lines. An energy force running throughout the body is known as Qi (pronounced Chee). The Qi consists of all essential life activities which include the spiritual, emotional, mental and the physical aspects of life. Qi travels throughout the body along "Meridians" or special pathways. There are fourteen main meridians (or Channels) running vertically up and down the surface of the body.

Week 5: (Real Time Session April 26): Veterinary Acupuncture: Indications and Contraindications
Instructor(s): Xie, Trevisanello, Atria
Content: Although acupuncture has its roots in ancient times before modern scientific methods were available with which to study it, many important studies have been done to indicate how acupuncture works and what physiologic mechanism are involved in its actions. In this session, attendees will learn in which conditions acupuncture can be used properly and in which conditions acupuncture should be avoided.


Tuition: Member $200 ($180 early bird special if enrolled by March 8, 2011).
Non-Member $304 ($274 early bird special if enrolled by March 8, 2011).

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Note: "This course has been submitted for approval for 10 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).

Course withdrawal and refund policy: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (This policy does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdraw retroactively.
Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).

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