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Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians
October 2017 Student Information

Clinical Intensive

Single Track (Small Animal/Exotics OR Equine/Farm Animal) October 16-19, 2017
Dual Track (Small Animal/Exotics AND Equine/Farm Animal) October 16-21, 2017


October 2, 2018
We’re just a couple weeks away!!! Here’s a few reminders for all of our attendees:

  • If you have not filled out the waiver – please do so now (see link below.) You will not be allowed to participate in any of the hands-on sections without it.
  • KNOW your BIG POINTS! You will be tested on day two (Tuesday.)
  • Please bring your mini-manual(s) – you do not need to bring needles or any other items – everything you will need (except the mini-manuals) will be provided for your learning experience. We WILL have additional mini-manuals for sale ($50 each) should you want a second one.
  • Please let us know if you have special needs or concerns when you register (i.e. pregnant, allergic to animals, have an aversion to snakes or other animals, etc.)
  • All days are FULL days. Please plan on being in attendance until 6:00 p.m. every day.
  • Weather in Colorado can change quickly. Plan on layers as it’s also sometimes hard to regulate the temperature in the large ballrooms where lectures and labs will be held. Equine/Farm Animals track will be in barns and/or outside during some sessions – again, please bring appropriate attire. Also, PLEASE keep in mind that you may be on the floor or bending over in front of your fellow students and animal volunteer owners. Make sure that your clothing covers you well. I cannot stress this enough – all anatomy should be covered if you sit on the floor or bend over. We ALL thank you!
  • Start thinking about your current clients and who would make a good case study (or if dual – studies) for you! Case studies will be due no later than March 23, 2018. Case studies after the due date are subject to a $50 penalty.
  • NO PHOTOGRAPHING OR VIDEO RECORDING unless authorized by CuraCore. As with any medical care activity, we take privacy of clients and their animals seriously, and anyone taking unauthorized recordings or images may risk failing the Clinical Intensive and being asked to leave.
  • Early registration will run 4 pm to 6 pm Sunday, October 15, 2017. Don’t worry if you arrive later, we will be at our registration table at 7:00 a.m. You will be expected to sign in each day with us at the registration table.
  • Don’t forget – we feed you BREAKFAST and LUNCH every day! Breakfast is 7 – 8 a.m.
  • Finally – click here for a copy of the schedule. We will provide this for you at the registration table and room assignments will be filled in.


August 9, 2017

Please consider joining our closed Facebook group. Search for Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians and ask to join.  There, you can ask questions of others or use the search field to search for topics as well as browse the files section.  It’s a fantastic resource made up of over 1,000 of your colleagues and peers (and Dr. Robinson too!)


August 1, 2017
Information Update/Waiver form:

I need to have a waiver and updated information on file for each participant before the Clinical Intensive. Please take a moment to go to the following link and fill out your information:


For the assessments, you will have a written test and a hands-on/live test.  Written exam consists of 12-15 acupuncture points, of which you will need to name the actual nerve that’s associated with that acupuncture point.  Once you have completed the written portion, you will then go to the hands on portion where you will demonstrate to our staff that you know how to find all of those points on a live animal (horse/dog).  You do not need to know the entire Mini-Manual(s) points, but rather the subset of points that we call the “Big Points.”  These points are found in Module 1, under the additional references tab and can be downloaded and printed for studying.

Assessments are on day two (2).  We will have sign up sheets ready at check-in and on day one (1).

You will have an opportunity to re-take a test if you need another try, but we highly recommend that you practice point locations and commit the innervations to memory well before you arrive in Fort Collins.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are Dual Track, you will be tested first on a horse and then later on a dog.  If you are primarily a large animal veterinarian, you may wish to brush up on canine anatomy as finding the landmarks for points is very different between the horse and the dog.

Having the assessments early in the onsite program has these two advantages:  1) You will likely complete the testing and can maximize your learning for the rest of the intensive, and 2) If you do not pass the first time, you are given another opportunity to retest.  Most of our participants do very well.


There is no need for you to have additional transportation beyond the shuttle to and from the airport.  Once you arrive at the hotel, we provide charter bus transportation to all off-site locations (dual track students).  The area around the hotel is rich with restaurant and shopping opportunities that are located within a short distance.  Fort Collins has great public transportation that stops within a 2-minute walk from the hotel.  

You will receive information on what there is to see, do and eat in the Fort Collins area as well as public transportation when you arrive.

There are several shuttles that provide transportation from Denver International Airport to the Fort Collins Hilton (425 W Prospect Ave., Fort Collins, CO  80526)
Greenride Colorado –
Lyft –
Veolia Transportation –
as well as several taxi companies that operate out of DIA.


Average October temperatures are daytime high of 60’s and upper 20’s to low 30”s at night, but those of us who live here know all too well that our weather can change rapidly.  Please be prepared for anything.  We have had Octobers that were in the 80’s during the day and we’ve also seen 32 and snow. There’s a saying “if you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes” and it couldn’t be more true than here in Colorado.  


Because of the uncertainties about weather, please bring layers and prepare for cold and snow or warm and breezy.  Also, because we will be working with members of the public and animal groups for our laboratory exercises, please be mindful of what you are wearing so that it covers your anatomy adequately.  Bending over to palpate an animal can be very revealing — not only of the animal’s dysfunction but of your personal wherewithal.  We can plaster a room with photographs that cannot be used because of pants that ride too low – so please make sure you’re covered for your sake and ours.

Hotel Reservations:

Our host hotel is the Fort Collins Hilton.  You can book your reservations by calling 970-482-2626 and requesting the CuraCore room block. Our group code is NCE.  You will have until September 15, 2017  to make their room reservations at the discounted room rate.  After this date, any remaining guest rooms will be released back to the hotel to sell.

You can also make your reservations online and are guaranteed to be quoted the negotiated group rate.  Your web page address is:

Please book SOON so we know if we need to add rooms to our block!  If you use a third party to book your room, we nor the Hilton are responsible for mistakes or room rates.  You do not “need” to stay at the Hilton Fort Collins, but it is where the majority of our on-site course is held and where all breakfast and lunch meals will be provided, and for anything off-site, we’ll be leaving from the hotel via charter buses.


Check-in.  We will have our check-in table open on Sunday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  Those who arrive later are able to check-in during the breakfast hour 7:00 – 8:00 am Monday morning.  ALL students are expected to check-in every single morning (per RACE.)

Please be sure to bring your Mini-Manual(s) and clearly write your name on the cover of it!  Remember, everyone else will have one too!  We will have additional Mini-Manuals available for purchase at the Clinical Intensive should you want to have additional copies.

We provide breakfast, lunch and all break/snack items for you.  You are on your own for dinners.

EACH DAY:  Breakfast is 7-8 a.m.  Class starts promptly at 8:00 a.m.  You will have a half hour morning and afternoon break with an hour for lunch.  Days end at 6:00 p.m.  PLEASE plan accordingly and do not plan to fly out on your last day at 7:00 p.m.  Its at least 1.5 hours from Fort Collins to DIA without traffic and you also will need to have time to clear security.  Denver traffic can be very heavy as well as there may be many travelers at our very busy airport.

Relax — This Is Meant to be Fun!

Last – we want your experience with us to be one of the best!  We’re working hard at putting together a very interactive, hands-on learning experience that is not high-pressure, but one that will invigorate your passion for your profession!

If you’re frustrated with “in-the-box” solutions and you’re ready to enhance your skillset as a medical professional or veterinarian, we welcome you to join us.

Together, we can change medicine.