The Buzz
No Woo Woo. Just Science.
March 2021 By Narda G. Robinson, DO, DVM, MS, FAAMA
This month's CuraCore Academy Talks video and podcast address the burgeoning brouhaha about flea and tick products and their potential dangers -- not only for small domestic animals, but also for wildlife, honey bees, and humans. As it turns out, the neurotoxins that kill ectoparasites exhibit not-so-specific activity as we'd hoped. What does this mean for you, your staff, your clients, and your planet? Listen to the podcast today or subscribe to our CuraCore VET YouTube channel and watch the video upon its release.

How much did you learn about the insecticidal and insect-repellant characteristics of citrus peels and geraniums in veterinary school? What's that? Nothing? Well, it's time!
Download our free essential oil recipe compilation and study up on what you've been missing. Go to and look for anti-insect activity of plant-based repellents such as d-limonene (from citrus peel oil), linalool (from lavender), and many more. Think about the relative toxicity of fipronil and chlorpyrifos to a few drops of odiferous oils diluted in water and alcohol, applied externally on dogs. As stated by the authors of a 2019 paper in Malaria Journal, "Plant oils may serve as suitable alternatives to synthetic repellents in the future as they are relatively safe, inexpensive, and are readily available in many parts of the world." Want to learn more about science-based botanical medicine? Consider becoming certified as a botanical medicine consultant.
We proudly announce the certification of our first two eMAV graduates! This all-online version of Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians commenced last year and now has over 50 veterinarians enrolled.
"eMAV was a fabulous experience from Day One. The curriculum was far more detailed and challenging than I expected, but because of that I gained an even greater respect for the field. It taught me to elevate my level of patient care by examining patients in a much more comprehensive way than I was ever taught prior. All of the instructors were not only phenomenal but inspiring, and their support of my career means the world!" Dr. Kristen Frevert
"The eMAV program was such a perfect fit for me. I was able to learn from home and apply everything as I went along in my practice. All of the instructors were helpful and approachable and I was able to engage them when I needed. The support from the Curacore team was constant and prompt. I truly appreciate the program and feel more than ready to tackle anything." Dr. Jon Nauss
This month's On Being podcast offers several simple strategies for preserving our mental health after years of stress. Learn how to support your psyche and soothe your sympathetic nervous system with scents, sounds, and support for your exhausted soul.
Find your place, your pace, and your authentic self. Learn how Dr. Wendy Harley did just that. Watch or listen to our conversation about Whole-Hearted Veterinary Medicine, part of our Surviving Veterinary Medicine podcast series on YouTube, Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Certification in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (cVMA)
Our program has certified veterinarians in medical acupuncture for over twenty years. Sign up for the Small or Large Animal track that includes a 3-day onsite Clinical Intensive. Begin learning today or the next business day. For those who prefer to learn from home, choose our eMAV™ option, with 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. Not for those who cannot invest time in taking a deep dive into the many ways in which acupuncture works.
Monthly Master Classes expand attendees' awareness of acupuncture anatomy, physiology and the treatment of patients with complex clinical conditions. Each class lasts 90 minutes and we upload recordings the next day. The online component contains supplement readings to improve your mastery even more.
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, popular program. This course strengthens and expands your knowledge of point locations, electroacupuncture protocols, and meaningful myofascial palpation and movement evaluation.
For MAV or eMAV™ Grads, this two-day onsite experience provides expert hands-on, supervised, case-based instruction. Pop back in to build your skills and bolster your confidence!
Veterinary technicians and nurses learn the basics of acupuncture science as best practices to assist the veterinary medical acupuncturists in their practice and with literature searches.
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. Implement safe and 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 for the 2021-2022 program. This course is geared for veterinarians who yearn to spend more time with each patient and to fully grasp their individual needs and capacities in the short and long term.
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.
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.