"I have been lucky enough to have been taught by Bonnie but also work with her on a day-to-day basis. Bonnie is one of the most intelligent humans I've met, but it's her passion that makes her a great teacher. She truly loves learning and sharing her knowledge with people. Her excitement about new research is infectious. Outside of her academic abilities, Bonnie is an amazing clinician who demonstrates the utmost care towards her patients and clients. I cannot be thankful enough for how much her expertise has influenced my own practice."
—Andra Kowalczyk, DVM, CCRT, Annapolis Junction, Maryland
Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture
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Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture (Module 3), Littleton, Colorado, $2,625. SOLD OUT. Please read our waiting list policy and contact us to be added to our waiting list. A deposit is required.

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"I learned so much from this course (Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture), and am really excited to start helping patients with my new skills. Our instructors Bonnie, Susan, and Kim are so knowledgeable and always open to answering questions. Deb is an amazing facilitator, and works so hard to ensure we have a full group of patients to work up. It is obvious how much thought has gone into making this course as effective as possible and applicable for the real world." –Kelsey Hansen, DVM, CVAT, Fair Oaks, California

Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture is the third module in CRI's new Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist certification program. For more details about the complete certification program, please see the Acupuncture Program overview page.

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Faculty: Bonnie Wright, DVM, DACVAA, CVMA, CVPP, CCRP, CCRT

Prerequisites: This course is open to licensed veterinarians who have successfully completed Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1). It includes three 8-hour classroom days and 16 hours of pre-course online lectures. For veterinarians, Module 2 – Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients – is required for certification, but does not have to be taken prior to this elective. Veterinary students who have completed their third year of veterinary school and successfully completed Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1) and Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2) are also welcome to take this course. Certification will be awarded when the students obtain their veterinary licenses. Veterinary students, please see the Veterinary Student Certification page for complete details about the certification process and tuition discount.

This course has 3 classroom days and 16 additional hours of online coursework that must be completed before the first day of class.
Registered students:
Your online coursework hours will be accessed through our Online Coursework page. During the two months before your class, visit the Online Coursework page and log in to the online coursework area for this class. A password to access online coursework will be emailed to you 60 days before the start of class. Approximately half of the online coursework will be available 60 days before the start of class, and the remaining coursework will be available 30 days before the start of class.

Course Description: Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture provides students with the opportunity to refine and expand their acupuncture needling skills with the addition of the feline patient. The use of acupuncture to treat common medical conditions is covered in depth. Students will work in small groups, palpating and treating live dogs and cats.

Class size is limited to 20 students, with five faculty members on site.

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 40 credit hours.

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Course Fee: $2,625

Lhasa OMS logoSponsor: CRI thanks Lhasa OMS for its support of this program.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Head and body acupuncture points in dogs and cats and how they relate to certain medical conditions
  • Mu and Shu points
  • Viscero-somatic convergence
  • How acupuncture influences the vagal nerve and immune system
  • Integrative approaches to medical conditions in dogs and cats

Classes are held each day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. There is a 1-hour break for lunch. Registered students: Please watch for specific emails about each class as there may be occasional minor changes to class times.

Please see the Acupuncture Program page for the course schedule for additional modules in this certification program.