“Both Bonnie (Wright) and Kim (Vanderholm) were fabulous. I learned more this weekend and became more comfortable with the material than I thought I would. I would highly recommend this course for anyone interested in acupuncture. I cannot wait for the next module."
–Amy Pittman, DVM, CCRT, Vancouver, Washington, USA

“Phenomenal instructors. Small class size very helpful. Lots of one-on-one! Learned so much!!"
–Kelli Martin, DVM, CCRP, Chicago, Illinois, USA

“First class all the way. I put off my acupuncture training for a very long time because none of the classes felt right to me. I'm so glad Bonnie put all the work she did into this course. It was well worth my wait!"
–Teresa Calvert, DVM, CVSMT, Muncie, Indiana, USA

“Really interested in doing other CRI courses in the UK!"
–Pete Van Dongen, DR.S. (Utrecht), Cert. V.R., MRCVS, Sevenoaks, Kent, UK

UK Program Course Information
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» August 14-16, 2020
Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture, Fitzpatrick Referrals, Godalming, Surrey, UK, $2,500 USD. Note: We have postponed this course to limit the spread of COVID-19. Please read more.


We have postponed our August 2020 Introduction to Veterinary Medical Acupuncture course in the UK to limit the spread of COVID-19. We will work with our UK colleagues to reschedule this course for a future date.

"(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.

Watch our video overview to learn more about this course.

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

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: $2,500 USD.

Course Location: Fitzpatrick Referrals, Halfway Lane, Eashing, Godalming, Surrey GU7 2QQ, UK.

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 9:00 am to 6:00 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.

Lodging: For hotel and lodging accommodations, please see the Local Places page on the Fitzpatrick Referral website.

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

Updated March 24, 2020