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SYLLABUS

The Small Animal Acupuncture Program is divided into five sessions (two online and three on-site).  Online sessions are available for on-demand streaming for about a two-month period.  On-site sessions are held on the Chi Campus at 6 Gawler Rd, Two Wells, SA, 5501.  The program spans over a seven-month period.  Please go to Schedule and Tuition to view specific program dates.

Please note that while general course themes will remain the same, specific topics and speakers listed in the syllabus below may be subject to change.

A general session overview is provided below: 

Session 1 (online)

All lectures are available for on-demand streaming for the duration of the session.  Each lecture is about 50 minutes in length.

Lecture

Topic

Speaker
 1 Program Introduction and History of Veterinary Acupuncture
Dr. Shen Xie
 2 What is Acupuncture?
Dr. Shen Xie
 3-4 Veterinary Acupuncture: Scientific Basis
Dr. Roger Clemmons
 5 Yin-Yang Dr. Cheryl Chrisman
 6 Eight Principles
Dr. Cheryl Chrisman
7-8 Five Elements Dr. Cheryl Chrisman
9-10 Zang-Fu Physiology Dr. Roger Clemmons
11-12 Channels and Meridians Dr. Shen Xie
13 How to Promote Your Acupuncture Practice
Dr. Bruce Ferguson
14 How to Start Your Acupuncture Practice in Dogs: a Cookbook Dr. Bruce Ferguson
15-16 Indications for Veterinary Acupuncture Dr. Shen Xie
17-20 General Rules of Acupuncture Dr. Shen Xie

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Session 2 (online)

All lectures are available for on-demand streaming for the duration of the session.  Each lecture is about 50 minutes in length.

Five Elements and Zang-Fu physiology
Lecture

Topic

Speaker
1-2 Five Elements and Zang Fu physiology Dr. Cheryl Chrisman
3-4 Five-Shu Transporting Points and Other Special Points
Dr. Cheryl Chrisman
5-6 How to Treat Osteoarthritis
Dr. Huisheng Xie
7-8 Acupuncture Techniques Demo
Dr. Huisheng Xie
9-10 How to Treat Gastrointestinal Disorders
Dr. Huisheng Xie
11-12 How to Treat Respiratory Disorders
Dr. Huisheng Xie
13-14 TCVM Diagnosis Intro
Dr. Roger Clemmons
15 How to Treat Canine Cases
Dr. Bruce Ferguson


Session 2 (on-site wet labs)

All three wet labs are held on the Chi Campus.


DAY 1
DAY 2
8:30-10:20
Tutoring for online lectures of Sessions 1-2

Canine Point Lab
10:30-12:20
12:20-1:30 Lunch Break Lunch Break
1:30-3:20 Canine Point Lab Canine Point Lab
3:30-6:00



Session 3 (online)

All lectures are available for on-demand streaming for the duration of the session.  Each lecture is about 50 minutes in length.

Lecture

Topic

Speaker
 1-4 Five Treasure: Qi, Blood, Shen, Jing, and Body Fluid Physiology and Pathology
Dr. Cheryl Chrisman
 5-8 TCVM Diagnosis
Dr. Cheryl Chrisman
 9-10 Eight Extraordinary Channels
Dr. Huisheng Xie
 11-12 Etiology and Pathology
Dr. Huisheng Xie
 13 Other Special Points
Dr. Huisheng Xie
 14-15 How to Make a TCVM Diagnosis (dry lab)
Dr. Huisheng Xie
16-17 Acupuncture for Neurological Disorders
Dr. Roger Clemmons
18 How to Approach Clinical Cases
Dr. Bruce Ferguson
19-20 How to Improve Acupuncture Results
Dr. Bruce Ferguson
21-23 Small Animal Cases: a TCVM Approach
Dr. Connie DiNatale

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Session 4 (online)

All lectures are available for on-demand streaming for the duration of the session.  Each lecture is about 50 minutes in length.

Lecture

Topic

Speaker
1 A Quick Review from Sessions 1 to 3 Dr. Huisheng Xie
2 Trigger Points and its Clinical Application of Acupuncture
Dr. Carolina Medina
3 Small Animal Clinical Case Study
Dr. Carolina Medina
4 Herbal Introduction 1
Dr. Cindy West
5 Herbal Introduction 2
Dr. Cindy West
6 Food Therapy Introduction
Dr. Cindy West
7-8 Acupuncture for Endocrine Disorder
Dr. Huisheng Xie
9-10 Acupuncture for the Liver Disease
Dr. Huisheng Xie
11-12 How to Treat Skin Problems
Dr. Huisheng Xie
13-14 Acupuncture for Cancer
Dr. Huisheng Xie
15-16 Feline Acupuncture Dr. Huisheng Xie
17 Case Studies form Students Dr. Huisheng Xie
18-20 Avian and Exotic Animal Acupuncture Dr. Cindy West

Session 4 (on-site wet labs)

All three wet labs are held on the Chi Campus.


DAY 1
DAY 2
8:30-10:20
Tutoring for online lectures of Sessions 1-4
Canine Point Lab
10:30-12:20
12:20-1:30  Lunch Break Lunch Break
1:30-3:20 Canine Point Lab  Canine Point Lab 
3:30-6:00


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Session 5 (online)

All lectures are available for on-demand streaming for the duration of the session.  Each lecture is about 50 minutes in length.

Lecture

Topic

Speaker
1 A Quick Review from Sessions 1 to 4 Dr. Huisheng Xie
2 How to Treat Renal Failure
Dr. Huisheng Xie
3 How to Treat Heart Failure
Dr. Huisheng Xie
4 How to Treat Behavioral Problems
Dr. Huisheng Xie
5-6 Acupuncture for Immune-mediated Diseases
Dr. Huisheng Xie
7-8 Clinical Applications of TCVM
Dr. Tiffany Rimar
9 Introduction to Tui-na
Dr. Cindy West
10 Liver Physiology and Pathology
Dr. Huisheng Xie
11 Lung Physiology and Pathology
Dr. Huisheng Xie
12 Spleen Physiology and Pathology
Dr. Huisheng Xie
13 Heart Physiology and Pathology Dr. Huisheng Xie
14 Kidney Physiology and Pathology Dr. Huisheng Xie
15 TCVM Overview Dr. Huishen Xie
16 How to Sell TCVM Dr. Huisheng Xie
Session 5 (on-site labs and exam)

Both days of class are held on the Chi Campus.


DAY 1  DAY 2
8:30-10:00 Tutoring   
Canine Acupuncture Point Exam 
10:00-12:20
Canine Point Lab

12:20-1:30 Lunch Break
1:30-3:20 Canine Point Lab Final Written Exam 

Tutoring for online lectures of Sessions 1-5