Dr. Robinson:

I’m hearing more about “veterinary medical acupuncture“, and I’d like to learn more about its origins as I explore various continuing education programs.  Can you help me?  I’m a veterinarian seeking to learn how to perform acupuncture but I don’t want to learn about energies and mysticism.

Dr. Narda Robinson replies:


I developed the field of veterinary medical acupuncture in 1998 after I graduated from veterinary school.  I had been practicing human medical acupuncture since 1990 and desired to bring the scientific, rational approach of medical acupuncture to the veterinary field.  I began teaching a post-graduate course that we now call “Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians” (MAV) at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CSU-CVMBS), where I taught scientific integrative medicine until 2016.

The MAV curriculum represents a culmination of my decades of work as an osteopathic physician and veterinarian as well as my lifelong dedication to the investigation of how neuroanatomy, acupuncture, osteopathic principles, and hands-on medical care interrelate to bring the best of both worlds — scientific knowledge and the art of healing — to integrative medicine.

Now, over twenty years later, MAV, now offered through CuraCore, has the same dedication to promoting science, leadership, compassion, and intellectual integrity.  As the first and foremost educational program in veterinary medical acupuncture, we strive to upgrade standards of care.  We seek to build a future for veterinary medicine where practitioners offer best practices based on patient-centered care, optimization of the endogenous healing capability, the incorporation of science-based integrative medicine as everyday practice.