Learn how acupuncture works from a rational, evidence-informed perspective

Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Certification Program, RACE approved

No magic, just science.  We’ll show you how it works.

Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians (MAV) teaches veterinarians and veterinary students how to perform acupuncture based on rational mechanisms of action.  No mystical Qi or “Damp Spleens” here!

Through this program, you will learn ways to provide your patients safe and effective treatments.  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.

Clinical Intensives focus on small, exotic, and large animals. You can register for the small animal, large animal, or general track.

October 2018, the single-track program spans four days while the dual-track is six.

Beginning April 2019, ALL tracks will attend a 6 day Clinical Intensive.

We hold Intensives in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado and are looking to add Clinical Intensives at participating veterinary colleges that have a minimum of 25 students.

This year, in response to requests from past graduates, we are offering you an opportunity to enroll in our extended laboratory experience for those in the Small Animal / Exotic track.

The extra two days will give you more exposure to palpation, treatment, and discussions with your supervising instructor (DOC, or Doctor-Observer-Coach). This would lengthen your Clinical Intensive by two days, giving you a total of 6 days with us in Fort Collins, CO.

To extend your Clinical Intensive to include the extra 2-days, be sure to check the button on the form.

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:

Dates for October 2018:

Oct 15 – 18, 2018 – Single Track

Oct 15 – 20, 2018 – Single Track with 2-day Extension

Oct 15 – 20, 2018 – Dual Track

You may register until the course fills or closes.

Course Fees October 2018:

Veterinarians – Single Track $7,729 or Dual Track $8,879.

4th Year Vet Students – Single Track $7,429 or Dual Track $8,579.

Small Animal & Exotics Track: Two-day extension is an additional $800.


April 2019 Clinical Intensive Dates:

April 22 – 27, 2019 – All tracks

Course fees for April 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.


2018 August 11-12 Scientific Integrative Medical Workshop (2 Day) @ Fort Collins Hilton
Aug 11 @ 7:30 am – Aug 12 @ 5:00 pm

Scientific Integrative Medicine Workshop:This two-day workshop will encourage you to expand your integrative medical offerings and update your science-based acupuncture knowledge through a hands-on, experiential workshop that includes instruction and practice in medical acupuncture, myofascial release, laser therapy and LED arrays (photomedicine), and botanical medicine.

2018 October – Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians – Dual Track Clinical Intensive @ Fort Collins Hilton
Oct 15 – Oct 20 all-day
2018 October – Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians – Single Track Clinical Intensive @ Fort Collins Hilton
Oct 15 – Oct 18 all-day


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!
  • Download the MAV Syllabus
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.