"I really loved the (Acupuncture) instructors and how they approached the course."
—Shyvonne Mathias, DVM, Los Angeles, California

"Excellent course."
—Julie Letosky, DVM, CCRP, Avon, Ohio

"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

Black Friday to Cyber Monday Special! Save $500 and an extra 20% off when you register for a 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package starting June 2023!
You must complete the three modules in sequence within 18 months to receive the discount.

Black Friday Cyber Monday sale

» 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package with Module 1 on June 23-25, 2023
Includes: Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1) on June 23-25, 2023, plus Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/ Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2) and Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture (Module 3) completed within the next 18 months, all in Littleton, Colorado, $2,625 due at registration, $5,900 total price through Cyber Monday. See payment schedule below.

Individual Modules

» June 23-25, 2023
Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1), Littleton, Colorado, $2,625.

» September 22-24, 2023
Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2), Littleton, Colorado, $2,625.

» November 17-19, 2023
Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture (Module 3), Littleton, Colorado, $2,625.

» Future Class
Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1), Littleton, Colorado, $2,625.

» Future Class
Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2), Littleton, Colorado, $2,625.

» Future Class
Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture (Module 3), Littleton, Colorado, $2,625.

Black Friday Cyber Monday sale

Black Friday to Cyber Monday Special Discount on the 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package! We are offering an extra special discount on our 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package for 2023! If you register between now and midnight, Monday, November 28, 2022, you will receive the $500 3-module package discount and an extra 20% off — a total savings of $1,975! Complete your acupuncture certification for only $5,900, and add acupuncture to your practice in 2023!

To receive the Black Friday to Cyber Monday discount, you must register for the 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package starting in June 2023 and complete Acupuncture Modules 1, 2, and 3 within 18 months. All modules will be held in Littleton, Colorado. A deposit of $2,625 is due at the time of registration. Please see the payment schedule below. The veterinary student discount program is separate and cannot be combined with this offer. Select the 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package starting in June 2023 at right to register.

Save $500 with a 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package!
Acupuncture Module 1 Acupuncture Module 2 Acupuncture Module 3

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

"This course is one of the top courses I have ever attended. I have walked away a much better practitioner than when I started. I have been using Acupuncture in my practice since starting this course two years ago. The instructors were all fantastic and I learned different techniques/ways of approaching cases from each of them. The smaller groups ensured that I participated in order to retain the knowledge being presented. If any colleague is interested in Acupuncture, they will be referred to your group hands down." –Amy Pittman, DVM, CCRT, CVAT, Vancouver, Washington

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

 

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CRI's Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist Program, as recognized by the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, provides certification training using a neuro-physiological ("Western") approach to acupuncture. Read more below.

Our Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist Program also has been accredited by the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists. Read more below.

 

Watch our video overview to learn more about this program.

The Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist program provides 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 are 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 Colorado Veterinary Specialty Group in Littleton, Colorado.

Note: Dates are subject to change.

What is the cost of the CVAT program?
Beginning January 1, 2023, the total fee for modules in the CVAT program will be:

  $2,625
  2,625
Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture (Module 3, Elective) or
Medical Acupuncture for Small Mammals, Avian and Exotic Patients (Module 4, Elective)
  2,625
Total Fee   $7,875

Students who register for the 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package and complete their first module in 2023 receive a $500 discount and pay tuition of $7,375 total. Please see details below.

Black Friday to Cyber Monday Special Discount! Save $500 and an Extra 20% Off the 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package for 2023!
Black Friday Payment Schedule for the 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package Starting in 2023

Save $500 and receive an extra 20% discount off the total Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist (CVAT) program when you register for Acupuncture Modules 1, 2, and 3 starting in June 2023. Students take Acupuncture Modules 1, 2, and 3 in sequence and must complete all three modules within 18 months to receive the discounted rate. Starting in 2023, tuition for the 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package is $5,900 (regular price $7,375). The first tuition payment of $2,625 will be charged at the time of registration, and the remaining $3,275 is due 30 days before the start of Module 1. All tuition transactions will be processed on the credit card provided at registration. The veterinary student discount program is separate and cannot be combined with this offer.

Already Certified in Acupuncture?
We have developed an accelerated version of the program for veterinarians who have already been certified in acupuncture and wish to continue their hands-on training and increase their knowledge of neurophysiology-based acupuncture. In the accelerated program, students watch the online videos for two of the three modules, and then attend one live module (either Module 2 or 3) for additional hands-on training. For the live module, we strongly recommend students attend Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2). Students must watch the videos from Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1) before taking the in-person module. Please contact us at [email protected] if you are already certified in acupuncture and are interested in this accelerated program.

CRI Acupuncture Member Library
We are excited to announce that we have created a separate CRI Acupuncture Member Library just for acupuncture content! For $150, students can have unlimited access for one year to our CRI Acupuncture Member Library with recordings of six acupuncture webinars. Keep expanding your knowledge and skills by learning from our expert faculty! Please see our CRI Acupuncture Member Library page for complete details.
Note: The acupuncture webinar recordings are also included in our CRI Member Library. If you subscribe to the CRI Member Library, you do not need a separate subscription to the CRI Acupuncture Member Library.

AAVA Recognition and AVA Accreditation
AAVA logoOur Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist Program, as recognized by the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, provides certification training using a neuro-physiological ("Western") approach to acupuncture. The AAVA is the U.S. affiliate of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, and strives to be the "face" of veterinary acupuncture in the U.S. AAVA holds a seat on the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD), giving them a governance voice in the greater picture of veterinary medicine.

Graduates of the CRI program become Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapists (CVAT). Those enrolled in our program can sign up at AAVA.org as active members. Upon successful completion of the CVAT program, they can notify AAVA, and their status will be changed to credentialed members of AAVA. Only credentialed members can hold a position on the AAVA board.

AAVA member benefits include:

  • Discounted registration to annual meeting and semiannual regional meetings
  • Free webinars
  • Free subscription to American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (AJTCVM)
  • Access to online referral listing
  • Opportunity to pursue the FAAVA status

AVA logoOur Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist Program also has been accredited by the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists. After reviewing our course faculty, curriculum, and the syllabus for each module, the AVA is excited that we will be offering this program in England.