Acupuncture and Rehabilitation Internship

Internship Objectives

  • The intern will receive advanced didactic and clinical training in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) diagnosis and acupuncture therapy in small animals and horses. The intern will receive advanced didactic and clinical training in small animal physical rehabilitation.
  • The intern will learn to integrate TCVM diagnosis, acupuncture and physical rehabilitation along with conventional medical diagnostic tests, diagnoses and therapies.
  • The intern will develop skills in interactive teaching of veterinary students in the clinical setting as well as didactic presentations to larger groups.

Acupuncture Internship Committee and Primary Faculty

  • Huisheng Xie, DVM, MS, PhD, Director of the Acupuncture and Rehabilitation Internship Program, Clinical Associate Professor of Acupuncture
    • Certified veterinary acupuncturist and herbalist by the Chi Institute and China’s National Society of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Beijing, China.
    • Past Faculty member of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Beijing Agricultural University, Beijing, China.
  • Sheilah Robertson, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, Diplomate ECVA, Diplomate ACVA, Professor of Anesthesia
    • Certified veterinary acupuncturist by the Chi Institute and China’s National Society of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Beijing, China.
  • Patrick Colahan, DVM, Diplomate ACVS, Professor of Large Animal Surgery

Other Faculty in Support of the Program

  • Luisito Pablo, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVA, Associate Professor of Anesthesia

Intern Clinical and Didactic Training

  • The intern will actively participate in the diagnosis and treatment of cases seen in the Small and Large Animal Hospitals and farm call service.
  • Five days a year, the intern will participate in the Anesthesia and Pain Management Service under the direct supervision of Dr. Sheila Robertson and the other service faculty. The intern will work on pain management of animals hospitalized in the Small and Large Animal Hospitals.
  • Five days a year, the intern will participate in the Large Animal Surgery Service under the direct supervision of Dr. Patrick Colahan and the other service faculty. The intern will learn how to perform lameness examinations and how to perform a thorough lameness work-up via western medical standards.
  • The intern will provide interactive clinical instruction to veterinary students and visiting veterinarians both during case evaluations and rounds.
  • The intern will actively participate in monthly service meetings (topic rounds) and monthly journal club.
  • The intern will attend basic and advanced classes and small group discussions in acupuncture, herbal medicine and rehabilitation.

Other Intern Responsibilities

  • The intern will maintain a log of all cases treated by the Acupuncture and Rehabilitation Service.
  • The intern will write 2 case reports involving 2 different TCVM patterns.
  • The intern will write 2 case reports involving 2 different conditions treated by rehabilitation therapy.
  • The submission of two original publications on acupuncture and/or rehabilitation is required.
  • The intern will develop a power point presentation acupuncture and/or rehabilitation to present to the Acupuncture and Rehabilitation faculty and veterinary students on the rotation.
  • The intern will attend the Intern/Resident Seminars and will present a lecture on acupuncture and/or rehabilitation to that forum once during the year.
  • The intern will not be on the regular rotating emergency duty in the Small and Large Animal Hospitals but must be available for consultations from clinicians/residents/students after regular work hours.

Prerequisites other than being a Graduate of a College of Veterinary Medicine

  • Completion of a certifiable acupuncture course from one of the following: Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, Tufts University, Colorado State University or a comparable international program.
    • An exception can be made if the applicant is currently enrolled in an acupuncture course but not yet completed it at the time of starting the internship.
  • Preferred but not required: some level of experience in rehabilitation therapy whether through a certifiable course such as the Canine Rehabilitation Institute or the University of Tennessee or through a clinical rotation, externship or employment in the field of rehabilitation.

Application Requirements

  1. Application Form http://www.virmp.org/
  2. DVM University Transcripts
  3. Letter indicating your reasons for seeking this program and how you would propose to use this training
  4. 3 Letters of reference

 

Additional information regarding the Acupuncture and Rehabilitation Internship Program may be obtained by contacting Dr. Huisheng Xie at (352) 294-4337 xieh@ufl.edu or Dr. Carolina Medina at (352) 294-4376 medinac@ufl.edu.