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Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), although relatively new to the Western world, is a medical system that has been used in China to treat animals for thousands of years.  It is an adaptation and extension of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) used to treat humans.  Speaking broadly, Chinese Medicine is a complete body of thought and practice grounded in Chinese Daoist philosophy.  Though it can be traced back over two millennia in recorded history, it, like any medical system, continues to evolve today, and current research on acupuncture and herbal medicine is beginning to shed light on its mechanism of action.

Chinese Medicine is based on the Daoist worldview that the body is a microcosm of the larger, surrounding universe.  As such, the cosmic laws and forces that govern the external world also govern the body’s internal environment.  Just as life-energy or “Qi” is an innate force of the universe, it too is a fundamental force of the body, driving its every action and transformation.  Read more...

The Chi Institute provides the highest quality TCVM education that is changing the lives of veterinarians around the world. Don’t just take our word for it, listen to what our students have to say about us. We would love for you to view the Chi Institute and TCVM through the eyes of our wonderful students.

Mission Statement
Chi Institute is dedicated to providing a high-quality education to qualified students in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) through innovative distance learning and on-site lab practice to meet the needs of the global veterinary community. 


Basic Acupuncture Programs


The Basic Acupuncture CE programs certifies students in veterinary acupuncture.  Classes are split into small animal, mixed practice, and equine practice.

Advanced TCVM Programs


Advanced CE Programs include an advanced acupuncture program as well as CE certification programs in the other TCVM modalities - herbal medicine, food therapy, and Tui-na.

Masters Program in TCVM


A variety of CE programs for people in every stage of their TCVM journey.



Held alternately from the U.S. and abroad, the annual conference invites TCVM practitioners from around the world to speak about their clinical cases and research.