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Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Certification Program, RACE 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 in beautiful Fort Collins, CO.  These serve as the clinical expertise-building portions of the program after you have completed the online instruction.

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.

Course Overview

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.


Core Curriculum:

  • 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 includes tutorials and support for getting started on your acupuncture career!

Information of open Clinical Intensives:

October 2019 Clinical Intensive Dates:

October 14 – 19, 2019 – All tracks

Course fees for October 2019:

Veterinarians – Single Track $8,700 or Dual Track $9,400.

4th Year Vet Students – Single Track $8,400 or Dual Track $9,100.


Content delivery – 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.

CE credits RACE approved.

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

April 2020 registrations will open the first week of May 2019!


Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians April 2019 @ The Fort Collins Hilton
Apr 22 – Apr 27 all-day

Join us for our critically acclaimed Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians program!  Please see our webpage for all of the details on our program and upcoming Clinical Intensive dates.

Botanical Day 2019: June 7 – Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine @ The Fort Collins Hilton
Jun 7 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Botanical Day 2019 is June 7th and because of the ever changing landscape of the subject, the focus will be on Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine.  This program is held in conjunction with our Myofascial Palpation & Medical Massage program held June 9-10, 2019.  Join us for both!

Myofascial Palpation & Medical Massage @ The Fort Collins Hilton
Jun 8 – Jun 9 all-day

This program has become very popular!  We limit enrollment to a small group for a great educational experience.  This program is held in conjunction with our Botanical Day – June 7, 2019.  Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine.

Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Oct 2019 @ The Fort Collins Hilton
Oct 14 – Oct 19 all-day

This is our fall Clinical Intensive held here in colorful Colorado.  Please see our webpage for all the details on this critically acclaimed program!


Am I eligible? How do I register?

Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians (MAV) is the only source for critically evaluated, scientifically based, and evidentially informed instruction on veterinary medical acupuncture and related techniques, such as laser therapy and massage. Our comprehensive, highly orchestrated curriculum guides students through acupuncture, neurophysiology, and neuromodulation. You will learn how to appropriately implement scientific Medical Acupuncture and Integrative Neuromodulation (MAIN™) technique for:

  • Disk disease
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Back and neck pain
  • Digestive disorders
  • Cranial and peripheral neuropathy
  • Lameness
  • Voiding dysfunction
  • Arthritis
  • Functional restoration
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Reproductive health
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Recovery following trauma
  • Dermatologic issues
  • Ocular pain
  • And much more!

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 cancelled. No refunds will be granted once you have started the course.

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