"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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Save $500 with a 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package!
Save $500 on the Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist (CVAT) program when you register for Acupuncture Modules 1, 2, and 3 in sequence on specified dates. The $500 discount will be applied to the balance due on the third module. Modules must be taken in sequence. No veterinary student discounts apply.

» 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package from March to May 2022
3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package includes: Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1) on March 25-27, 2022; Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2) on April 29-May 1, 2022; and Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture (Module 3) on May 27-29, 2022, all in Littleton, Colorado, $7,000. See payment schedule at left.

» January 21-23, 2022
Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2), Littleton, Colorado, $2,500.

» March 11-13, 2022
Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture (Module 3), Littleton, Colorado, $2,500.

» March 25-27, 2022
Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1), Littleton, Colorado, $2,500.

» Future Class
Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (Module 1), Littleton, Colorado, $2,500.

» Future Class
Veterinary Medical Acupuncture for Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Patients (Module 2), Littleton, Colorado, $2,500.

» Future Class
Canine and Feline Medical Acupuncture (Module 3), Littleton, Colorado, $2,500.

CRI is pleased to offer its new 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

NEW! Save $500 with a 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package! Save $500 on the Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist (CVAT) program when you register for Acupuncture Modules 1, 2, and 3 in sequence on specified dates. The $500 discount will be applied to the balance due on the third module. Please see the payment schedule below. Modules must be taken in sequence. No veterinary student discounts apply. Select the 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package for March to May 2022 at right to register.

Save $500 with a 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package!
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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 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 Colorado Veterinary Specialty Group in Littleton, 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

NEW! Save $500 With the 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package
Save $500 on the total Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist (CVAT) program when you register for Acupuncture Modules 1, 2, and 3 in sequence on specified dates. Please see the payment schedule below. No veterinary student discounts apply.

Payment Schedule for the 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package
The following payment schedule will apply for the 3-Module Acupuncture Certification Package from March to May 2022. The $500 discount will be applied to the balance due on the third module. All tuition transactions will be processed on the credit card provided at registration. Modules must be taken in sequence.

  • For March 2022 Acupuncture Module 1: First tuition payment of $2,500 due at registration
  • For April 2022 Acupuncture Module 2: Second tuition payment of $2,500 due January 29, 2022
  • For May 2022 Acupuncture Module 3: Third tuition payment of $2,000 due February 27, 2022

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.