Dr. Lindsey Harris traveled to China last month (May 2014) to finish work on her Masters degree in Chinese Veterinary Medicine and also teach on a veterinary acupuncture course. The final part of her Masters degree work was a thesis defense, which involved her giving a 20 minute presentation to the Chinese professors on her thesis topic and then taking questions.
The subject of Dr. Harris's thesis is the significance in world veterinary medicine of Yuan Heng Liao Ma Ji (Yuan-Heng's Therapeutic Treatise on Horses), which is an ancient text detailing equine husbandry and Chinese medical treatment of horses. This is a very important text in Chinese veterinary medicine as it is the earliest surviving record of many herbal formulas that are still in use today.
Dr. Harris passed this examination and has now completed all work for her Master of Science in Chinese Veterinary Medicine, a qualification held by fewer than 10 veterinarians in the US. She is very excited to obtain this qualification and is committed to continuing to further her education and knowledge of Chinese veterinary medicine.
While in China, Dr. Harris also taught on an acupuncture course for veterinarians and veterinary students, from both the US and China. The participants had a combination of lectures and hands-on training in small groups, using poodles to learn the names and locations of acupuncture points. They will complete their acupuncture certification after further on-site study, examinations and an internship with a certified acupuncture veterinarian.