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Keum Hwa Choi

Dr. Hwa Choi


Dr. Choi has received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Seoul and a Master of Science degree in Veterinary Microbiology from Seoul National University. Dr. Choi then worked as a scientist at the National Veterinary Research Institute in Korea for 8 years. Subsequently, she was a visiting scientist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and Institute of National Research Agronomy (INRA), Thiverval Grinion, France. After that, Dr. Choi received a PhD in Veterinary Pathobiology and a Post Doctorate in Molecular Biology/Immunology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota. Since then, she has worked as a faculty member at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota. Dr. Choi was also trained and certified in veterinary acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).

Dr. Choi has also trained in Oriental Medicine (Human) at several institutes including Shandong Traditional Chinese Medicine (Jinan, China), Beijing Agriculture University (Beijing, China), College of Oriental Medicine at Kyung Hee University (Seoul, Korea), Dun San Oriental Medical Cancer Center (Daejeon, Korea), and Dae Jeon Oriental Medical School (Daejeon, Korea). She obtained a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from the American Academy of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.

Specialty diploma and licensure

  • Diplomate in Herbology, Diplomate in Acupuncture, Diplomate in Oriental Medicine from the National Certificate Commissioner for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), USA
  • Licensed acupuncturist in Human, Minnesota board of medical practice, Minnesota, USA
  • Minnesota Veterinary Specialty License, Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine, Minnesota, USA
  • Certificate of Completion International Studies of Oriental Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea

Clinical Interests
Dr. Choi has provided Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) service especially Veterinary Oriental Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine for many years. She is interested in muscular-skeletal-neurological conditions, pain management and many other small animal diseases. She also provides Veterinary Oriental Medicine (acupuncture or herbal medicine) for raptors and large animals too.

Teaching Interests
Dr. Choi has compassion to deliver Veterinary Oriental Medicine from Eastern countries to Western society. She believes that Integrative medicine combining both Oriental Medicine and Western Medicine will be the future medicine. The integrative medicine will sincerely contribute for veterinary care. Thus she has a great compassion for teaching on Veterinary Oriental Medicine theory and techniques including acupuncture, Oriental Medicine food therapy, Tuina, herbal medicine, to Veterinary students, practitioners and scholars.

Research Interests
Dr. Choi is interested in providing scientific evidence on the analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect of acupuncture. She also interested in to finding the effective herbal medicine for managing cancer cases especially adenocarcinoma.


  • International Veterinary Acupuncture society
  • Korean Association of Veterinary Science in U.S.A
  • Korean-American Scientists & Engineers Association of MN
  • American Acupuncture Veterinary Association
  • State of Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine
  • State of Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
  • National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
  • Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Association of Minnesota


  1. Choi KH, Hill SA. 2009. Acupuncture treatment for feline multifocal intervertebral disc disease. J Feline Med Surg 2009, 11:8 706-710.
  2. Choi, KH, 2009. Herbal therapy on canine gastric adenocarcinoma: Amer J Trad Chin Vet Med 2009: 5.
  3. Choi KH. 2009. Introduction to Oriental Medicine Oncology: Acupuncture/Herbal treatment. Proceeding of the 35th Annual International Congress on Veterinary Acupuncture. pp 11-32.
  4. Choi KH. 2009. Food therapy in Oriental Medicine for cancer treatment. Proceeding of
  5. The 35th Annual International Congress on Veterinary Acupuncture. pp147-156.
  6. Choi KH. 2008. Introduction to oncology in TCM. Proceeding booklet of AAVA Annual Meeting. pp1-17.
  7. Choi KH. 2007. Herbal treatment for side effects of chemotherapy in canine lymphoma. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual International Congress on Veterinary Acupuncture. pp41-48.
  8. Olin MR, KH Choi, JH Lee, PK Peterson, TW Molitor. 2007. Morphine modulates lymphocytes cytolytic activity following BCG vaccination, Brain Behav Immun. 21:195-201.
  9. Choi KH. 2006. Traditional Oriental Medicine and cancer in small animals. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual International Congress of Veterinary Acupuncture. pp163-173
  10. Olin MR, KH Choi, JH Lee, TW Molitor. 2005; Gamma delta T lymphocyte cytotoxic activity against Mycobacterium bovis analyzed by flow cytometry. J. Immun. Methods. 297; 1-11.
  11. Lee J H, Olin MR, Choi KH, Molitor TW. 2004. Gamma Delta cells in immunity induced
  12. by Bacillus Calmette-guerin Vaccination. Infect. Immunity. 72 (3); 1504-1511.
  13. Kim YS, KH Choi. 2003, Surveillance of patients in the integrative medicine service. Journal of Korean Acupuncture & Moxibustion Society. 20 (6); 120-124.

Book Chapters

Practical Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (In print, 2011), Huisheng Xie; Keum Hwa Choi; Sara Jane Skiwski; Roger Clemmons; Pat Perkins; David Hirsch; Greg Todd; Carole Holland; Madeline Yamate; Sue Swaney; Signe Beebe; Tiffany Rimar; Carolina Ortiz; Deborah Mathis; Beth Carson; Carla Pasteur; Joan Winter; Leslie Griffith; Cindy Wallis; Karlene Stange; Wendy Isato; Christine Eckermann-Ross; Donald Thompson; Ji-Fang Zheng; Susan Mikota  



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