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

"(Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture) was wonderful! I feel very comfortable going into practice as soon as I get home. The class was truly great. Everybody was easy to approach with questions and super nice/helpful. I learned tons!" –Ashley Casida, DVM, CCRT, Phoenix, Arizona

Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture is the first course 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.

Acupuncture Module 1 Acupuncture Module 2 Acupuncture Module 3

Watch our video overview to learn more about this course.

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

Prerequisites: This 3-day course is open to licensed veterinarians and veterinary students who have completed their first year of veterinary school. 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.

Course Description: Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture provides students with 16 hours of pre-course online videos, which will teach the anatomy of the major points, to include neurological, musculoskeletal, fascial, and lymphatic structures associated with each. The live sessions will teach the basics of needling and electrical stimulation to allow therapists to immediately start treating patients to build their skill base as they progress through more advanced modules, and acquire case logs for upcoming sessions.

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:

  • Neuro-physiologically based acupuncture
  • Regionally applied points
  • Point finding on live dogs
  • Palpating tissue-feel: Muscle, fascia
  • Electrical stimulation in acupuncture practice
  • Local, segmental and distal combinations
  • Case studies

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.