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Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians (MAV) Large Animal Clinical Intensive Certification Onsite

Dr. Narda Robinson began teaching medical acupuncture back in 1998 at Colorado State University because she saw the need for a comprehensive, in-depth medical acupuncture course based upon science and substance instead of myths and metaphors.  Section I (30 hours online) of the MAV curriculum teaches you the fundamentals of medical acupuncture based on neuroanatomy, neuromodulation, and myofascial engagement. Section II (30 hours online) covers ways to design clinically effective treatment protocols. Section III (25 hours) comprises the onsite Clinical Intensive and completion of a case report.  We also invite you to schedule, at no extra charge, up to two live, remote Zoom sessions with an equine instructor to help you assess and treat patients in your practice as you get started. MAV graduates receive one FREE staff member enrollment in the 7.5 CE hour MAV for Technicians course.

Approved for 85 CE credits through RACE/NYSED.

Payment (check or credit card) is due in full at time of registration.

The in-person Clinical Intensive will be two days onsite, equine only, with the option of attending a half-day of farm animals.  There’s no additional charge – we’ve found that many students are equine only, and prefer not to work on farm animals. Now students have that choice.

September 25, 2024 (half day, farm animal)
September 26-27, 2024 (equine)
Additional dates will be added when this session fills.

LOCATION:  Hybrid online and onsite. Modules for home study are online and must be completed prior to attending the Clinical Intensive.
Onsite Clinical Intensive workshops are in Fort Collins, CO. 

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Narda Robinson and large animal faculty.
View faculty here!

OPTIONAL ADD ON HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY OUR INSTRUCTORS: Myofascial Relationships of Acupuncture Points on the Equine Head and Neck.  
September 25, 2024 (1:00pm – 5:00pm, includes lunch at 12:00pm – 1:00pm)  Please see the course page for additional information.  Everyone is raving about this addition, and our instructors have said they are referring back to it during the two equine days!  Bundle with your MAV registration and save!


Licensed Veterinarians:
Section I. Foundations – $2,750
Section II. Treatment Approaches (prerequisite – Foundations) – $2,750
Section III. Clinical Intensive (prerequisite – Foundations and Treatment Approaches) – $2,750
Purchase all three at the same time – $7,500

Veterinary Students (open to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students):
Section I. Foundations – $1,700
Section II. Treatment Approaches (prerequisite – Foundations) – $1,700
Section III. Clinical Intensive (prerequisite – Foundations and Treatment Approaches) – $1,600
Purchase all three at the same time – $5,000

MAV Graduate Equine/Farm Animal Clinical Intensive Certification (already Small Animal Certified) $2,750


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+ hours of online video instruction, 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 several times a year.  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 Colorado.

Clinical Intensives focus on small or large animals.

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.

Choose the date 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.

Cancellation Policy
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, or after thirty (30) days from registration.

Cancellation Policy :
CuraCore® VET 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 after enrollment into the learning center.

Deferral Policy :
Students who defer to the next available Clinical Intensive are assessed a $350 deferment fee.

Students who wish/need to extend access to the online learning center beyond one year, are assessed learning center access fees at the rate of $600/1 mo; $1,500/3 mo; $3,650/year.



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