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The Veterinary Tui-na program is a 28-hour C.E. program that certifies veterinarians in Tui-na therapy. It is a 3.5-day course that course can be taken by small animal, mixed, and equine veterinarians, and lecture and lab material covers techniques for both small animals and horses. Hands-on learning is heavily emphasized in the Tui-na program, and wet labs take up more than half the course (16 hours). In wet labs, students can practice Tui-na techniques on live animals, and they can choose to work on either small animals (cats and dogs) or horses.

Tui-na is a manual therapy that is one of the four branches of TCVM and uses Chinese medical theory as the basis for its application and actions. It was first used in the 16th-11th centuries BC and references to this treatment can be found in the Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperors Inner Classic, written in 475-221 BC). From a conventional medicine perspective, Tui-na can be thought of as corresponding to a combination of acupressure, conventional massage and chiropractic techniques. It can be used to regulate the Channels, soothe joints and sinews, promote circulation of Qi and Blood, strengthen the immune system and promote normal function of the Zang-Fu organs. Tui-na is most commonly used to treat acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and is also useful as a preventative medicine therapy, because it promotes balance in the body.  It can also be used in conjunction with and to enhance acupuncture and herbal treatments.  Small animals, large animals, and exotic species all respond well to Tui-na, and it can be administered on animals that will not allow the insertion of acupuncture needles.  It is safe and effective with no known side effects.  Although veterinarians must receive specialized training in the techniques and applications of Tui-na, once mastered, several Tui-na techniques can be taught to caretakers for home treatments. Mo-fa (touching skin and muscle), Rou-fa (rotary kneading), Ca-fa (rubbing), Tui-fa (pushing), An-fa (pressing), Nie-fa (pinching), Dou-fa (shaking), Ba-sheng-fa (stretching) and Cuo-fa (kneading) are techniques that caretakers can learn and use to accelerate the healing process and deepen the connection with their animals.



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Participants will review historical and experimental materials which support the use of veterinary bodywork to facilitate healing. Students will learn and practice the fundamental techniques of TCVM Bodywork, Tui-na, on one another in order to give both applicator and receiver feedback on techniques. Participants should be able to diagnose the most common disharmonies amenable to veterinary Tui-na. Strategies and tactics for Veterinary Tui-na applications in large and small animals will be introduced. Finally, students will learn to create TCVM Tui-na treatment plans to treat common disease conditions or disharmonies.