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Introduction to Veterinary Chinese Medicine


8 Weeks

Six week course; 30 hours

$360.00 USD


About the Course

This is a single-module course designed as an introduction to the concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It explores the basic principles and philosophy of TCM and will help you to appreciate the differences between Western and Eastern medicine.

The course is open to anyone wishing to gain a solid, basic appreciation of TCM which can be utilised for further studies in acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine. You will review Chinese medicine pathology and begin to learn the sets of symptoms that guide Chinese medicine diagnosis.

CIVT delivers a course that makes TCM concepts easy to understand. We put the structure in place so that you build your knowledge over the course and actually apply the basics to cases you see every day. This course is designed for veterinarians who have no previous training in Chinese Medicine. The course is self directed with support from your tutor. 


Please note that this is an evidence-based course delivered by qualified and experienced practitioners but is not an Australian government-accredited qualification.

Communication and course materials

We will provide self paced learning content and activities within the myCIVT classroom online. You will receive a log in and password to access this room. From myCIVT you can access course content as well as submit assessment tasks. Email/Zoom support is available.


  • multiple choice open book
  • short answers
  • forum participation.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to

  • Describe the traditional Chinese view of disease
  • Identify and list the causes of disease in Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Describe and explain the concept of Qi, the Yin Yang viewpoint and the Five element Viewpoint and how they are applied in practice.
  • Explain the actions and functions of the parts of the body from a Chinese medicine perspective.
  • Explain the normal and abnormal functions of the Organs from a Chinese medicine point of view and how they differ from the Western point of view.
  • Explain the relations between the body and pathogenic factors- what do we mean by "Wind" invasion? etc.
  • Have an appreciation of pattern differentiation in Chinese medicine- this is the basis of diagnosis and therefore treatment, whether acupuncture or herbal medicine.
  • Identify some of these patterns and symptoms in dogs and cats
  • Diagnose basic patterns in Veterinary Chinese medicine 
Dr Jodi Van Tine
Dr Steve Marsden

Meet the Tutors and Lecturers

Dr Jodi Van Tine
Dr. Jodi Van Tine received a Masters Degree in Cellular Immunology from San Jose State University in 1990. She earned the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of California, Davis, in 1994. For three years she practiced mixed...
1 Webinar and 9 Courses
Dr Steve Marsden received his doctorate in veterinary medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 1988. At the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon he obtained a doctorate in Naturopathic medicine, a Master's of Science...
31 Webinars and 15 Courses

Before you take the course

Below requirements are needed before you can take this course.
  • Learners should have independent computer skills and be able to access the internet.
  • This course is restricted to qualified veterinarians and veterinary students in their clinical years.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is online study right for me?

The College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies offers courses that are both challenging and rewarding. You can learn at your own pace under the tutelage of experts in their field. Online or distance learning is not for everyone. Think carefully before you enroll. To succeed in online learning and distance education you will need:

  • A commitment to study and enquiry
  • To be capable of self directed learning with our guidance and support through your course
  • Motivation to pursue your course of study
  • Access to the internet and a printer
  • A good internet service that provides a good speed for downloads
  • An enthusiasm for engaging with your tutors and peers
  • The ability to work on your own or collaborate in a team
  • The capability of an independent level of written and spoken English
  • An appointment by phone may be requested prior to course commencement- we don't want you to start if we think we can't provide the right experience for you
  • If you are not sure contact us, we can help you gain a  full understanding of our courses before applying.

What you won't need is to pay airfares, travel, hotel bills by participating in green education!

All our courses are available to enrol at any time.  Our courses are part time, self paced within the course timeframe, and fully online.  Sometimes there is a scheduled start date for a course, in which we accept a group intake of enrolments. This encourages a cohort of students to move through the course together, making for a more interactive learning experience.

Although some courses have live sessions available, there are no live sessions that you are required to attend for any of our courses.  Our courses are delivered online and are self paced within the course timeframe, to give you the greatest flexibility with your study. You can study anywhere, anytime that suits you. We have great learning tools such as lectures, comprehensive course notes, videos, online resources, discussion forum and continuous support from our highly qualified and experienced tutors to help you can get the most out of your course.

Please refer to our enrolment terms and conditions when seeking extra time in a course, 

If you take a "leave of absence/deferral" from a course this freezes your progress in the course.  You will have no access to the course during this time.  A request for a leave of absence/deferral can be made for up to 3 months, initially.  Longer periods of time away from the course can be reviewed after this time.  If you want to use any course resources whilst you are taking your leave of absence/deferral you will need to download the material (such as documents, course notes, reading material) beforehand.  There is no fee to take a leave of absence/deferral, however your regular payment instalments for the course will continue.

If you request an "extension" for a course, you may be given extra time in a course and still have full access to the course.  An extension can be granted for up to, or equal to, the maximal period of study for that course.  There is a fee involved in applying for an extension, this varies according to the amount of extra time requested and is found on the link provided.


This depends on the type of course you enrol in.

Our introductory or short courses require approximately 3-5 hours per week.  Our Certifications and Graduate Diplomas require approximately 5-10 hours per week.  This will vary amongst individuals, depending on the pace in which they learn.  More time may be needed each week, depending on how long an individual needs to spend on completing assignments. 

If you are a registered Veterinarian, you are eligible to enrol in any of our courses, 

If you are a Veterinary Technician or Veterinary Nurse or Animal Health Professional you may be able to apply to enrol in selected courses for Veterinarians, however you will need to go through an eligibility process first. Otherwise, you can apply for our courses for Animal Health Professionals, 

If you are a Pet Owner, you can apply for our courses designed for Pet Owners, 


Earn your own CIVT certificate of completion

The College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies offers courses that are both challenging and rewarding. You can learn at your own pace under the tutelage of experts in their field. What you won’t need is to pay airfares, travel, hotel bills by participating in green education!

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements.

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