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January 2021
How to See a Cat
For 2021, let’s resolve to do a better job at finding and fixing pain problems in cats. This begins with including myofascial palpation in our assessments as well as watching cats sit, stand, walk, and even jump and land. Let’s then teach these methods of observation to our clients, so that they know, too, what their feline friends are saying. Such as, “I’m not aloof; my back hurts.” And “I’m not 'mean' – you petted me on my sore sacroiliac joint.” Learn to read your feline patients. Click on MORE INFO.
New MAV Grad Courses
eMAV for MAV Grads
Strengthen your technical skills, from home, in a fun and creative way. Brush up on acupuncture point locations, electroacupuncture, the MAIN approach, myofascial palpation, and observation of movement.
48 hours RACE-approved CE

MAV Master Class
Our new monthly series of 90-minute classes begins January 21, covering acupuncture anatomy and effective approaches for complex conditions. Taught by Dr. Narda Robinson, Dr. Danielle Anderson, and Dr. Nancy Bureau.
18 hours CE, RACE Approval Pending

Veterinarians, Physical Therapists, and California

by Narda G. Robinson, DO, DVM, MS, FAAMA
President, Founder, and CEO
CuraCore VET and CuraCore MED

A battle has been brewing for years in California over the requirement for direct veterinary supervision of animals receiving care from human physical therapists (PTs). [In case you missed it, the Veterinary Information Network provides a concise encapsulation, here.] Certain active and vocal PTs are seeking to change laws, citing inconvenience for clients, the cost of "redundant" examinations, and even restraint of trade.

Dr. Christina Bradbury, a member of the California Veterinary Medical Board, stated, "There is this whole notion that we are here to protect the veterinarians and that this is all a conspiracy to maintain their ability to make more money, and that it's a monopoly...I'm stunned by it because the majority of the people that are talking are the ones that are actually concerned about losing their own money… We are not here to protect veterinarians. We are here to protect the public and the animals."

At CuraCore VET, we operate on the premise that we, as veterinarians, should set our own standards of excellence in rehabilitation and physical medicine, drawing not only from physical therapy, but also osteopathic medicine, medical massage, and structural integration. The integrative rehabilitation approaches that we teach reflect this diversity.

Thus, those earning certification in rehabilitation and physical medicine (CRPM) from CuraCore VET are diagnosing patients and implementing strategies based on advanced, interdisciplinary veterinary medicine. While some PTs have claimed that veterinarians are learning a truncated version of physical therapy in their veterinary rehab programs, that is clearly not the case for our MOVE / CRPM programs at CuraCore VET.
In this podcast, Dr. Narda Robinson conversed with Sara Ondrako about anxiety in animals and their humans, as well as integrative veterinary approaches.
CuraCore VET's Vision: Rehab
Meet Dr. Narda Robinson, Dr. Danielle Anderson, and Deanna Rogers, PT, three of the instructors from CuraCore VET's Certification program in Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine (called "MOVE"), who present their vision for inter-professional collaboration in animal rehabilitation.
How are you feeling about your veterinary medicine career? Are you stuck, bored, feeling ethically compromised, or totally fed up and exhausted? If so, you’ll want to listen to our conversation with Dr. Alissa Edoff. Dr. Edoff started out working for a corporation and then found happiness as a mobile, solo practitioner, providing medical acupuncture, laser therapy, medical massage, and rehabilitation for small animals.

Find out more about how to take charge of your life and career, helping not just animals, but also yourself. Listen on Apple Podcasts or wherever you enjoy listening. Or, watch the video on the CuraCore VET YouTube channel, linked here and below.
pink flowers
The December episode of the "On Being" podcast highlighted singer and violinist Gaelynn Lea. It feels, as Krista Tippett put it, "like a balm -- an offering of both clarity and gladness that can still be mustered in this midwinter, upended" season. Listen to this episode -- even the unedited version -- to remind yourself how healing and uplifting it is to commune with gentle, sensitive people.
10 Didactic Modules and 3-Day Onsite Clinical Intensive at our Academy in Fort Collins, CO.
Academically-oriented, rigorous study on acupuncture anatomy, physiology, and clinical approaches.
10 Didactic Modules, 10 Section e-Clinical Intensive, MAV gear kit. Live and recorded sessions.
Acupuncture fundamentals from a scientific perspective; how best to assist a veterinary acupuncturist.
Certification in Rehabilitation & Physical Medicine

Beginning in 2021, our integrative rehabilitation and physical medicine program is evolving to a fully online course for small animal veterinarians. Our unique and whole-patient philosophy takes an osteopathic / integrative medicine / science-based approach to patient recuperation and long-term care for small animals. Learn better methods of assessment and treatment, whether your practice involves general practice, geriatrics, mobile services, and/or integrative medicine.
ONLINE Veterinary Botanical Medicine Consultant:
This online course teaches participants science-based information on botanical remedies, including their mechanisms of action, indications, contraindications, herb-drug interactions and, for cannabis, legal and ethical concerns. Instruction comprises short videos, self-paced assignments, reading, critiques, and online quizzes. Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians / nurses.
ONLINE Cannabis for Veterinary Professionals:
Veterinarians face many questions when it comes to cannabis.  How does it work? Is it safe? What are the quality controls? Who can prescribe cannabis? How does cannabidiol (CBD) differ from delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol in terms of clinical effects and toxicity? This course covers all of the above and more. Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians / nurses.
ONLINE Photomedicine for Veterinarians:
Our online photomedicine course covers the physiologic basis of photobiomodulation, i.e., the manner in which the medical application of light, whether through laser or light emitting diodes (LEDs), influences living tissue.  This highly interactive and intensive program calls upon learners to use a scientific approach for the safe and effective treatment of pain, inflammation, nerve regeneration, and more. Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians / nurses.
Learn about Dr. Narda Robinson's no-nonsense approach to integrative medicine and veterinary medicine ethics in this series of one-hour webinars. Topics include cannabis, physical therapy, essential oils, medical acupuncture, photomedicine, cruciate surgery problems in dogs, non-surgical vs. surgical approaches to disk disease, and more.