CuraCore’s Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians program, also known as PRIMA Acupuncture within the PRIMA certification system, teaches medical acupuncture from a strictly science-based approach. No myths, metaphors, Qi, or folklore. Learn how to design rational, evidence-informed treatments for the comprehensive care of small, large, and exotic animals.
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Our thoughtfully orchestrated curriculum, designed by Dr. Narda Robinson, will guide you through the fundamentals of medical acupuncture, neurophysiology, and neuromodulation.Read More
Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians (MAV)
Thousands of medical providers have completed Dr. Narda Robinson’s course on veterinary medical acupuncture. Dr. Robinson created this course because she saw a need among her medical professional colleagues for an exhaustive, in-depth medical acupuncture course that is exclusively based upon science. Non-physician, physician, and dry needling acupuncturists, as well as those researching and teaching integrative therapies, can apply for this course.
Our thoughtfully orchestrated curriculum, designed by Dr. Narda Robinson, will guide you through the fundamentals of medical acupuncture, neurophysiology, and neuromodulation.
The Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course includes 10 modules for the single track and 12 modules for the dual track.
CE credits RACE/NYSED approved.
Payment (check or credit card) is due in full at time of registration.
** PRICING DETAILS
Single Track $8700, Dual Track $9400
4th Year Veterinarian Students:
Single Track $8400, Dual Track $9100
DATE: October 14 – 19, 2019 – All tracks
LOCATION: Hybrid online and onsite. Modules for asynchronous home study are online. Hands-on Clinical Intensive workshop is onsite at the Hilton Fort Collins, Fort Collins, CO.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Narda Robinson
Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Certification Program, RACE/NYSED approved
Narda G. Robinson, DO, DVM, MS, FAAMA founded the field of veterinary medical acupuncture in 1998. She based her work, and her course, Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians (MAV), on information derived from lifelong study of the principles and practice of human and veterinary acupuncture, osteopathic medicine, and the art and science of neuromodulation.
Her impact has spread worldwide, influencing both veterinary and human understanding of the science of acupuncture through works such as her landmark extensively researched 1215 page highly visual medical atlas, Interactive Medical Acupuncture Anatomy, published in 2016.
Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians is a product of Dr. Robinson’s lifetime commitment to building and sharing her knowledge in the most dynamic and professional manner.
Throughout this program, you will learn ways to provide your patients safe and effective treatments, whether you practice in a general, pain medicine and rehabilitation, specialty, or home-care setting.
We educate you on the scientific support of medical acupuncture and related techniques can make you a more effective practitioner. Implementing scientific medical acupuncture and related techniques provide new avenues through which to address difficult and frustrating problems commonly seen in veterinary practice.
The MAV curriculum provides you with the skills needed to thoroughly examine animals and offer relief from:
- Post-surgical pain and ileus
- Debilitating arthritis
- Chronic back and neck pain
- Intervertebral disk disease
- Immune dysfunction
- Muscle tension
- And much more!
This is only a sampling of the illnesses and symptoms you’ll learn how to treat using medical acupuncture as a CuraCore certified veterinarian.
We encourage students enrolling in MAV to register as soon as possible for the next Clinical Intensive. You must complete the 50-60 hours of online video instruction (depending on whether you are single or dual track), assessments for each module, and mastery of the canine or equine “big points” innervations and locations prior to joining us onsite.
We offer the onsite Clinical Intensives twice a year, in April and October. These serve as the clinical expertise-building portions of the program after you have completed the online instruction.
We hold our Clinical Intensives in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado. Also, as of 2019, we are going “on the road” to a major veterinary institution (details coming soon) to offer an additional Clinical Intensive.
We invite representatives from other veterinary medical colleges to request an onsite Clinical Intensive based on sufficient student interest. Contact CuraCore to inquire about ways to enroll in our mobile Clinical Intensive opportunity.
Clinical Intensives focus on small, exotic, and large animals. You can register for the small animal, large animal, or general track.
To become certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (cVMA) you must successfully complete the following:
- Complete all online modules quizzes and assessments (prior to the Clinical Intensive)
- Pass all online quizzes and assessments by greater than 70%
- Attend the Clinical Intensive
- Pass all onsite written and hands-on testing by greater than 70%
- Submit and have accepted your case report(s) (you have five months to complete without a penalty)
Certificates are mailed upon successful completion.
Am I Eligible? How Do I Register?
Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians (MAV) is open to Veterinarians world-wide as well as 4th year veterinary students that are in good standing with their university.
Click on the registration button that is the Clinical Intensive you plan on attending. Fill out the form along with your preferred payment method and submit. All qualified registrants are entered into the learning system quickly to start the learning process.
CuraCore reserves the right to cancel the course or any clinical intensive(s), and to change the dates or venue of the intensive(s). A full refund will be given if the course is canceled. No refunds will be granted once you have started the course.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
- Module 1: We begin the course with an overview of medical acupuncture and the strides it has made in terms of advancing acupuncture science and evidence.
- Module 2: We then cover the complex acupuncture physiology of acupuncture analgesia and pain physiology.
- Module 3: Here we instruct students on the general principles of acupuncture neuromodulation, including its central, peripheral, and autonomic physiologic effects.
- Module 4: Point by point and channel by channel, this module explores the linkage between anatomy and physiology of acupuncture points.
- Module 5: This module covers the basics of dry needling and electroacupuncture.
- Module 6: In this module, we present information about muscles, fascia, and other soft tissues of the body and how they speak volumes about health and disease in ourselves and our patients. We discuss the myofascial palpation evaluation as well as how to find and treat trigger points by needle, massage, or other means.
- Module 7: In this section, students learn photomedicine physiology and the mechanisms of laser therapy.
- Module 8: In this final module of the core curriculum, we explore the diversity of clinical applications and thought processes involved in designing treatments involving scientific medical acupuncture and related techniques (SMARTs) in your day to day cases.
- Module 9 [Equine Focus]: This module is open to those registered for the Farm/Animal Equine portion of the program. It includes videos on the equine myofascial evaluation, the equine neurologic examination, physical therapy and rehabilitation for the horse, saddle fit, lameness, and more.
- Module 10 [Farm Animal Focus}: Here we cover the role and clinical relevance of medical acupuncture for a range of problems affecting animals used for food and fiber, including reproductive issues, pulmonary hypertension, pain, and more.
- Module 11 [Small Animal / Exotic Focus]: This module takes a broad view of the variety of avenues through which our acupuncture neuromodulation shifts our patients’ physiology toward a better state of overall health and well-being, incorporating consideration of a variety of specific maladies seen in a small animal practice.
- Module 12 [Small Animal / Exotic Focus]: Students in the small animal and exotic section practice their ability to evaluate online cases and develop a treatment strategy with medical acupuncture and related techniques
- Additional resources include tutorials and support for getting started on your acupuncture career!
This intensive allows MAV grad students to gain a refresher in acupuncture points, refine their palpation and treatment techniques, and hone their electroacupuncture knowledge.Read More
MAV Grad Clinical Intensives
We are now offering MAV Grads the opportunity to take a Clinical Intensive again!
- Do you need a refresher in acupuncture points?
- Would you like to refine your palpation and treatment techniques in small groups with experienced, highly knowledgeable teachers?
- Would you like to hone your electroacupuncture knowledge and bolster your confidence?
If you answered YES to any or all of the above, then this is for you! Registration is extremely limited for MAV grads. Seating is limited, so don’t wait!
** PRICING DETAILS
Single Track or Dual Track 6 Days: $2,600 (Includes breakfast, lunch, breaks, all lectures, and hands-on animal labs.)
DATE: October 14-27,2019
LOCATION: The Hilton, Fort Collins, Colorado (425 W Prospect Rd)
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Narda Robinson
The goals of this course are to educate veterinary technicians on the mechanisms of action, indications, technical aspects, and evidential support related to medical acupuncture.Read More
Medical Acupuncture for Veterinary Technicians
No magic, just science. We’ll teach you how it works.
Are you veterinary technician wanting to improve your ability to explain to your clients different ways in which integrative medicine methods like acupuncture can be used to treat pain and facilitate recovery? Then this course is designed for you.
As a veterinary healthcare worker, you are in the perfect position to raise awareness concerning science-based, rational, and effective medical treatments that may help reduce the need for potentially harmful prescriptions and even surgery.
The goals of this online course are to educate veterinary technicians on the mechanisms of action, indications, technical aspects, and evidential support related to medical acupuncture. Please see our brochure for additional course details.
DATE: Open and Ongoing
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Narda Robinson
In accordance with the aforementioned goals, our objectives are as follows:
- Develop a scientific understanding of how acupuncture works neurophysiologically and from a connective tissue perspective
- Compare and contrast medical acupuncture to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) style acupuncture
- List the common indications for acupuncture in the veterinary setting
- Describe the risks of medical acupuncture for the patient, client, and staff
- Become acquainted with electroacupuncture units and how they operate
- Be able to respond to client inquiries about acupuncture with confidence and from an informed perspective
- Learn how to search the scientific medical databases for evidence concerning medical acupuncture and related techniques
This course is all online and approximately 9.5 hours and is RACE/NYSED approved.