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The Small Animal Acupuncture Program is a 130-hour C.E. program (approved by a majority of state boards) that certifies students in veterinary acupuncture with an emphasis on small animals.  The program begins with an overview of fundamental aspects of Chinese Medicine, including Yin-Yang and Five Elements theory, which serve as a foundation for case diagnoses and treatment presented later in the class.  A variety of acupuncture techniques are taught, including electro-acupuncture and moxibustion, in addition to conventional "dry" needling.  Students of the program learn acupuncture points on small animals only, and primarily dogs are used for practice in the wet labs. 

The program is presented in five sessions (5 online modules with three on-site wet labs). Online sessions are composed of  lectures that students can stream at their own convenience.  Afternoon wet-labs during the 3 on-site sessions, give students the opportunity to learn acupuncture points on live animals in small lab groups. Small Animal Acupuncture is offered to licensed veterinarians and student in their final year of veterinary school. 


  • Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM)  Principles: Five Elements, Yin-Yang, Eight Principles, Zang-Fu Physiology and Pathology, Meridians and Channels
  • Scientific Basis of Acupuncture
  • 126 Transpositional Canine Acupuncture Points (hands-on, wet-lab demos)
  • 40 Classical Canine Acupuncture Points (hands-on, wet-lab demos)
  • How to needle acupuncture points in dogs, cats and birds
  • TCVM Diagnostic Systems, including Tongue and Pulse Diagnosis
  • How to integrate acupuncture into your practice
  • How to use veterinary acupuncture to diagnose and treat:
      1. Musculoskeletal conditions, lameness and neurological disorders
      2. Cardiovascular diseases and respiratory disorders
      3. Gastrointestinal disorders and behavioral problems
      4. Dermatological problems and immune-mediated diseases
      5. Renal & urinary disorders and reproductive disorders
  • Veterinary acupuncture techniques:
      1. Dry needle (conventional needling)
      2. Aqua-acupuncture (point injection)
      3. Electro-acupuncture
      4. Hemo-acupuncture
      5. Moxibustion


      Huisheng Xie DVM, MS, PhD 
    Dr. Xie (pronounced “shay”) received his DVM from the China Southwest University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983, after which he received his MS in Veterinary Acupuncture from China Agricultural University (CAU) in 1988. He was an assistant and associate professor at CAU College of Veterinary Medicine before he left China in 1994 to pursue his doctoral studies in America. He received his PhD from the University of Florida for his investigation of the mechanisms of pain control in horses using acupuncture in 1999. He has been an assistant and associate professor of the Integrative Medicine Service in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida since 1999. In 1998, Dr. Xie founded the Chi Institute, where he continues to teach and develop educational programs. Dr. Xie’s academic accomplishments are extensive: have authored over 20 books and over 100 peer-reviewed articles.

    Carolin Power  BSc, BVMS, CVA
    Director of Chi Institute Australia

    Dr. Carolin Power received her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from Murdoch University in 1999.  After that she worked in general practice, as well as various emergency and critical care hospitals in Australia and United Kingdom.  When she discovered how much TCM enriched her own life, she decided to pursue this path in her veterinary career.  She received her certification through the Chi Institute in 2013 and has enjoyed running a small animal acupuncture clinic since.  In 2014 she decided to broaden her acupuncture scope to include human patients and is currently undertaking her human acupuncture degree. She joined the Chi Institute team as Chi Administrator Australia in 2014 and happily accepted the position of Director is December 2016. She is dedicated to sharing her passion for TCVM with all current and future veterinary acupuncturists.

      John Katakasi BVSc(hons), CVCHM 

    He graduated from the University of Sydney in 1995 with second class honours. He has had a lifelong personal  involvement in elite level sport and both the horse and greyhound racing industries. He has always had an interest in physical conditioning and exercise physiology.

    He was introduced to acupuncture and Chinese Medicine by accident while attending a lecture where discussion on treatments using acupuncture were discussed. After this he began reading and trying to understand points and treatments.

    He undertook formal training in acupuncture and herbal medicine as he could see the benefit in these options in not only treating but also to prevent injuries, and to maintain performance. In February 2009  he received a Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from theInternational Veterinary Acupuncture Society. While still finishing this course he also undertook training in Veterinary Chinese Herbal medicine and in August 2010 received Certification in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies. He has found that acupuncture has enabled him to understand how to maintain patients a lot easier, while allowing him to spend a shorter amount of time per patient. He has developed a style of examination and treatment that allows him to treat up to 30 cases per day from a single consulting room.

      Cheryl Chrisman DVM, MS, EdS, ACVIM Neurology

    Dr. Chrisman received her DVM from Michigan State University in 1968, an MS degree from the Ohio State University in 1974 and became certified in veterinary neurology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1976. Dr. Chrisman is a certified veterinary acupuncturist from the Chi Institute. She was a professor and Chief of the Neurology Service at UF for 30 years and integrated acupuncture into her neurology practice as well as a member of the UF Acupuncture Service. She is a Professor Emeritus at UF as well as the former Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and is on the Executive Board of the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.


Students of the Small Animal Acupuncture program are eligible for the Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist certification endorsed by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine. The CVA certification requirements are as follows:

  • Complete all five sessions of the program.
  • Pass three online quizzes (administered online after sessions 1-3) with scores above 75%.
  • Pass final written exam in the final on-site session with a score above 75%.
  • Pass the clinical acupoints exam in the final on-site session with a score above 75%.
  • Submit one veterinary acupuncture case report to be approved.
  • Complete 30-hours of advanced TCVM program training or internship with a certified veterinary acupuncturist.

On-site lectures and wet-labs will be held at:
Clarity Wellness and Massage Centre 
60 Melbourne St 
North Adelaide SA 5006

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  • Veterinary Acupuncture: Ancient Art to Modern Medicine by Allen Schoen
  • Four Paws, Five Directions by Cheryl Schwartz
  • The Foundations of Chinese Medicine by Giovanni Maciocia
  • Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion by Cheng Xinnong
  • Chinese Veterinary Herbal Handbook by Huisheng Xie


  • Session 1:
    Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine-Fundamental Principles 2nd edition
    : Chapters 1, 2, 4, & 5
    Xie’s Veterinary Acupuncture: Chapters 1 and 2
  • Session 2:
    Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine-Fundamental Principle
    s 2nd edition:
    Chapter 3
    Xie’s Veterinary Acupuncture: Chapters 3, 5, 7 & 8
  • Session 3:
    Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine-Fundamental Principles 2nd edition
    Chapters 6, 7, & 8 (Mixed and Equine Students must read chapter 9 as well)
    Xie’s Veterinary Acupuncture: Chapters 9, 10 & 11
  • Session 4: Review all assigned chapters and prepare for finals.