MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE FOR VETERINARIANS (MAV)
Learn how acupuncture works from a rational, evidence-informed perspective
Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians
Empower Your Practice, Brighten Your Future
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. We expect you to 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.
The single-track program spans four days while the dual-track is six.
We hold Intensives in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado and are looking to add Clinical Intensives in Canada in the future.
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.
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 includes tutorials and support for getting started on your acupuncture career!
Dates of open Clinical Intensives:
Oct 16-19, 2017 – Single Track
Oct 16-21, 2017 – Dual Track
Apr 23-26, 2018 – Single Track
Apr 23-28, 2018 – Dual Track
You may register until the course fills or closes.
Veterinarians – Single Track $7,729 or Dual Track $8,879
4th Year Vet Students – Single Track $7,429 or Dual Track $8,579
Content delivery – online and Clinical Intensive 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.
Join us for the Dual Track (Small Animal/Exotics and Equine/Farm Animal Tracks) Clinical Intensive October 16-21, 2017 in Fort Collins, Colorado.
For more details, please contact Sharon Sherwood
Join us for the Single Track (Small Animal/Exotics Track or Equine/Farm Animal Track) Clinical Intensive in Fort Collins, Colorado. If you’re a Dual Track MAV student, please visit that event page.
Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians – Dual Track Clinical Intensive
Small Animal & Exotics AND Equine & Farm Animals
Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians April 2018 – Single Track
Small Animal & Exotics OR Equine & Farm Animals
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
- Voiding dysfunction
- Functional restoration
- Immune dysfunction
- Reproductive health
- Post-surgical pain
- Recovery following trauma
- Dermatologic issues
- Ocular pain
- And much more!
- Download the MAV Syllabus