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ALTM200-1012: Veterinary Acupuncture - Fundamental Principles

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INSTRUCTOR(S): Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD, MS
Lisa Trevisanello, DVM, CVA
Stacie Atria, DVM, CVA
COURSE OPEN: October 30-December 14, 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Tuesdays, November 6, 13, 20, 27 and December 4; 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 Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length.
For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

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 does not qualify for AAVSB RACE approval.

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 consists of five (5) 2-hour Real Time Sessions, supplemental library materials, detailed presentations with basic theories and clinical case examples on all topics, interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required textbooks: There is no required textbook for this course. 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 November 6): 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.

Course Outline:
Week 2 (Real Time Session November 13): 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).

Course Outline:
Week 3 (Real Time Session November 20): 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.

Course Outline:
Week 4 (Real Time Session November 27): 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.

Course Outline:
Week 5 (Real Time Session December 4): 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.

CE CREDITS: 10 (Not AAVSB RACE Approved)

Tuition: Member $200 ($180 early bird special if enrolled by October 16, 2012).
Non-Member $304 ($274 early bird special if enrolled by October 16, 2012).

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.


  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
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Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636) to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
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