The Buzz
No Woo Woo. Just Science.
February 2021
By Narda G. Robinson, DO, DVM, MS, FAAMA
Founder and CEO of CuraCore VET and CuraCore MED
This month, Trends, from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), published our article, Case Studies: A Different Approach to Spinal Cord Injury - Acupuncture and Rehabilitation as an Alternative To Surgery.

Kudos to three Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course graduates (Drs. Doverspike, Nelson, and Speak) for their wonderful work with patients and the compelling videos they submitted, shown here. Thanks, too, to my incredible co-author, Dr. Mike Petty, for his inspiration and collaboration.

Pretty enough to post in your veterinary clinic, this handout compiles the pros and cons of 10 botanical remedies for pain and inflammation, drawn mainly from human and experimental research. While studies on cannabidiol (CBD) are increasing in the veterinary field, not many other plant-based medicines have received this degree of scrutiny. For more information about these herbs in common use, download the About Herbs app from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and consider enrolling in CuraCore VET's Veterinary Botanical Medicine Consulting program (see below).
CuraCore VET happily announces our new creation, CuraCore Academy Talks. Each monthly episode exposes areas of veterinary medicine that receive too little attention.
Here we speak with Dr. Nancy Bureau, co-owner of Left Hand Animal Hospital, about the differential diagnoses for inappetence in small animals. Proceeding in a systematic fashion allows us to escape the tunnel vision that would otherwise preclude our ability to more accurately ascertain the cause(s) of our patients' problems.

Listen on Spotify, Audible, Apple, or wherever you access your podcasts. Watch the video on CuraCore VET's YouTube channel.
Even celebrities' dogs need medical massage. Dr. Robinson taught actress Madelaine Petsch canine massage techniques in an interview published in the February 10 issue of Cosmopolitan.
Meet Dr. Allen Landes, an equine integrative medicine and general practitioner in Laporte, Colorado. Dr. Landes clearly enjoys veterinary medicine and his enthusiasm is contagious. Find the Surviving Veterinary Medicine podcast on Apple, Spotify, Audible, and more.
Certification in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (cVMA)
MAV includes a core curriculum, consisting of ten didactic online modules and additional tutorials, along with a three-day onsite Clinical Intensive in Fort Collins, CO. Sign up for the Small or Large Animal track and begin learning the next business day. For those who prefer to avoid travel and time away from home, select the eMAV™ alternative, which provides the same high-quality instruction and widely recognized certification.
This rigorous course focuses on acupuncture anatomy, physiology, and clinical approaches, designed for serious students willing to delve deeply into neuroscience and neuroanatomy.
Monthly Master Classes expand attendees' awareness of acupuncture anatomy, physiology and the treatment of patients with complex clinical conditions.
Certification in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (cVMA)
The eMAV™ distance learning course includes the MAV core curriculum as well as a ten-section Clinical Intensive with live and recorded interactive sessions. Choose the Small or Large Animal track and, if desired, add the MAV Grad 2-Day Onsite Session at a later date.
New this year, eMAV™ for MAV Grads provides MAV alumni the opportunity to participate in this vibrant and extremely popular online program.
For MAV or eMAV™ Grads, this two-day onsite experience provides hands-on, supervised, case-based instruction.
Veterinary technicians and nurses learn the basics of acupuncture science as well as ways to best assist veterinary medical acupuncturists with their clinical practice or research.
Certification in Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine (CRPM)

Earn veterinary rehabilitation certification based on principles and practices from physical therapy, osteopathic medicine, and science-based integrative medicine. Learn comprehensive methods of assessment and treatment that maximize patients' healing potential. Our 2021 program comprises ten online didactic modules, ten online clinical practice modules, and a 35-hour onsite internship. Registration opens in June 2021.
Veterinary Botanical Medicine Consulting
Learn science-based information on botanical remedies, including their mechanisms of action, indications, contraindications, herb-drug interactions and, for cannabis, legal and ethical concerns. This course covers herbal medicine from a critical-thinking standpoint. Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians / nurses.
Cannabis for Veterinary Professionals:
Gain the ability to confidently answer clients' questions about cannabis, such as: How does it work? Is it safe? What are the quality control issues? Who can prescribe it? How does CBD differ from THC? Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians / nurses.
Explore the physiologic basis of photobiomodulation, the healing influence of laser therapy and light emitting diodes (LEDs), and the diversity of treatment methodologies.  Clinical applications include pain, inflammation, neurologic injury, musculoskeletal ailments, and more. CuraCore recommends that veterinarians recognize the pros, cons, and many unknowns about photobiomodulation.