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Upcoming Dates

» January 25-27, 2019
Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture, Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, $2,500.

CRI is pleased to offer its new Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist program.

Lhasa OMS logoCRI thanks Lhasa OMS for its support of this program.

This certification program will provide comprehensive acupuncture training for licensed veterinarians. The certification program consists of two required modules and one elective.

Required Modules
The two required modules, each including 16 hours of online pre-course videos and 24 hours of in-person content, will teach the anatomic characteristics of the major acupuncture points in dogs and cats and the physiological mechanisms underpinning each, and will teach techniques that are commonly applied in pain medicine, physical rehabilitation and sports medicine.

Required modules are:

Elective Modules
Elective courses (each including 16 hours of online pre-course videos and 24 hours of in-person content) will be offered to add skill sets to the practice:

  • Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture (Module 3, Elective): additional applications of acupuncture in dogs and cats (GI, immune modulation, cardiac, renal, adrenal, hepatic, anxiety, etc.)
  • Medical Acupuncture for Small Mammals, Avian and Exotic Patients (Module 4, Elective): application in exotic species: small and zooological (co-taught with Beth Bicknese)

All modules will be taught entirely from a neurophysiological, scientific basis with generous input from the scientific literature. Individuals wishing to pursue certification in acupuncture will be required to complete at least 120 hours of the available content.

There will be no internship or case studies required. All testing will be done in class.

CVAT Curriculum Covers:

  • Neuro-physiologically based acupuncture
  • Anatomic characteristics of the major acupuncture points in dogs and cats
  • Point finding on live dogs
  • Needling and electrical stimulation in acupuncture practice
  • Acupuncture techniques commonly applied in pain medicine, physical rehabilitation, and sports medicine
  • Applications of acupuncture in GI, immune modulation, cardiac, renal, adrenal, hepatic, and anxiety in dogs and cats (elective)
  • Applications of acupuncture in exotic species (elective)

Upcoming Modules: All modules will take place at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

  • Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1): January 25-27, 2019
  • Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2): March 29-31, 2019
  • Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture (Module 3, Elective): May 24-26, 2019
  • Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1): June 29-July 1, 2019
  • Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2): August 3-5, 2019
  • Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture (Module 3, Elective): October 26-28, 2019
  • Medical Acupuncture for Small Mammals, Avian and Exotic Patients (Module 4, Elective): December 13-15, 2019

Note: Dates are subject to change.

What is the cost of the CVAT program?

The total fee for modules in the CVAT program currently is:

  $2,500
  2,500
Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture (Module 3, Elective) or
Medical Acupuncture for Small Mammals, Avian and Exotic Patients (Module 4, Elective)
  2,500
Total Fee   $7,500

Students can save $200 by registering for Module 2 with either Module 3 or 4.

Already Certified in Acupuncture? If you are already certified in acupucture and are interested in CRI's CVAT program, please contact us about your options.