"Dr. Wright was one of several instructors when I became certified in acupuncture, and she stood out with her innovative and straightforward teaching methods, all of which has contributed to my successful acupuncture practice. Since then I have had the opportunity to teach side-by-side with Bonnie at a variety of venues and on a broad range of pain topics, and have found it an absolute delight to work with her. No one should miss the opportunity to hear what she has to say."
—Michael Petty, DVM, CVPP, CVMA, CCRT, Canton, Michigan
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Upcoming Dates

» March 6-8, 2020
Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture, Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, $2,500.

» May 1-3, 2020
Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients, Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, $2,500.

» August 14-16, 2020
Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture, Fitzpatrick Referrals, Godalming, Surrey, UK.

» Save with a 2-Course Package!
Save $200 when you register for a 2-course package. You will have the opportunity to select your preferred dates when you register. No student discounts apply.

2-Course Package: Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1) plus Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2), $4,800.

2-Course Package: Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2) plus Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture (Module 3), $4,800.

2-Course Package: Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2) plus Medical Acupuncture for Small Mammals, Avian and Exotic Patients (Module 4), $4,800.

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

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

 

Listen to a Podcast with Dr. Bonnie Wright
In "Pain, Neurobiology, Beauty, and Big Cats: A Surprising Conversation on Veterinary Acupuncture," CRI faculty member Dr. Bonnie Wright discusses acupuncture and the treatment of pain, as well as appreciation for beauty in nature and medicine. Dr. Wright's interview begins at 09:20 in the podcast.

Dr. Bonnie Wright

The Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist 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 U.S. modules will take place at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

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?
We are developing an accelerated version of the program for veterinarians who have already been certified in acupuncture and wish to continue their training. In the accelerated program, students would watch the online video content for Modules 1 and 2, then have the option of attending Module 3 or 4 in person for additional hands-on training. Please contact us at info@caninerehabinstitute.com if you are already certified in acupuncture and are interested in this accelerated program.