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Why Research is Important

Thoroughly executed and meticulously designed research is key to expanding the role of TCVM within the veterinary medicine community. Research projects are crucial for advancing our understanding of TCVM, uncovering its mechanisms, generating new data, and making groundbreaking discoveries.

Our Goal


WATCVM aims fund 2 research projects each year that investigate the effects of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, food therapy, and Tui-na on various medical conditions such as arthritis, renal failure, neurological diseases, pain relief, and chronic diseases.

Individual projects can cost thousands of dollars to fund. With your support, we can assist in furthering evidence-based scientific research to create more understanding, recognition and validity for TCVM.

The Journal


The American Journal of TCVM (AJTCVM) was established by experienced TCVM practitioners in 2006. The AJTCVM is published twice per year and contains top-quality peer-reviewed articles on veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tui-na and food therapy to promote research on the efficacy of these therapies in animals and to support the practice of evidence-based medicine.

WATCVM members receive free access to the journal archives in the Member Menu. Free articles, advanced search options, and more information can be found on the journal’s new website! Visit for access to journals and author submission procedures.


Research Grant Applications

To be considered for funding, proposals must illustrate an understanding of the problem, propose a logical TCVM solution, and design a scientifically sound method for evaluation of the proposed solution.

Proposals are reviewed by the WATCVM Research Committee each spring. Awarded funds are dependent on availability. Please use the links below to view all guidelines and requirements. Applications that fail to follow the guidelines, including formatting instructions, will not be reviewed.

Applicants may send completed proposals by April 1 or any questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Grant Recipients


Jen Bevilacqua, VMD: “A Single-blinded Randomized Controlled Study to Assess the Efficacy of the Herbal Formula Liver Happy in Mitigating Adverse Post-vaccination Reactions in Horses”
Funded: $3,250


Lyndy L Soboleski, DVM: “Effect of Electroacupuncture on PRP Concentration in Horses Using Acupoints SP-10 and GB-39”
Funded: $5,000

Jacquelyn N.B. Olson, DVM: “Efficacy of Two Topical Chinese Herbals and a Conventional Therapy In Vitro Against Bacteria Cultured From the Ears of Canine Otitis Externa Cases”
Funded: $1,229.25


Lorena A. LLoret, DVM: “Evaluation of the intraoperative and postoperative analgesic effect of electroacupuncture (EA) in dogs subjected to repair of the anterior cross ligament through the surgical technique of advance of tibial tuberosity (TTA)”
Funded: $5,000


Marisa Slabber, DVM: "The effect of electro-acupuncture stimulation of Bai-hui, GV-14, and bilateral GB-21 on heart rate variability and horse behavioral indicators in horses"
Funded: $3,284


Amelia Munsterman, DVM and Fernando J. Marques, DVM: "Evaluation of the efficacy of the Chinese herbal Wei Le San for treatment of equine gastric ulcers"
Funded: $792

Jenny Liu, DVM: "Comparison of Qi Ju Di Huang Wan in combination with current Western Medicinal treatment with Western medicinal treatment alone in control of intraocular pressure in dogs with Primary Glaucoma"
Funded: $2,000


Harvey E. Ramirez, DVM Pablo R. Morales, DVM, and Elizabeth Nunamaker, DVM: “Development of a long-lasting acupoint stimulation technique utilizing biocompatible hydrogel”
Funded: $3,000


Shelly Olin, DVM, Lauren Adelman, DVM, Christine Egger, DVM, and Jennifer Stokes, DVM: "Effect of administration of Yunnan Baiyao on periprocedural hemorrhage in dogs undergoing nasal biopsy: A prospective, randomized, double blinded controlled study"
Funded: $1,250


Jennifer Herring and Christine Egger: "Hemostatic control with topical Yunan Baiyao in a canine incisional bleeding model"
Funded: $1,840


Ronald Boon Wu Koh, DVM: “The Efficiency of Acupuncture to Prevent Vomiting Associated Intramuscular Morphine Administration in Dogs”
Funded: $1,112


Christine Egger: "Effects of Yunan Baiyao on clotting factor tests, bleeding times, platelets, and thromboelastography in healthy research dogs: A randomized placebo-controlled crossover study"
Funded: $7,030