Dr. Narda Robinson, affiliate faculty member at Colorado State University, is the first veterinarian to be named to the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture, the certifying body of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.
Dr. Robinson is one of only a few practitioners in the United States to hold degrees in both veterinary medicine and human medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture and a Fellow of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. In addition to her human medical practice, Robinson practices veterinary medical acupuncture and manual therapy at Colorado State’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Fort Collins. She also teaches a course in veterinary medical acupuncture and veterinary medical manual therapy for practicing veterinarians.
In 2001, Robinson was among the first group of physicians, and the only veterinarian, to receive board certification in medical acupuncture.
Robinson received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard/Radcliffe College in 1982, her doctor of osteopathy from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988 and her doctor of veterinary medicine from Colorado State University in 1997.
In 1996, she created the acupuncture service for patients at Colorado State’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. In 1998, she developed the Veterinary Medical Acupuncture training program at the teaching hospital, the first of its kind at a veterinary medical college in the nation, and last year she developed the Veterinary Manual Therapy course, also the first of its kind. Both courses are designed for practicing veterinarians.
Robinson has conducted basic and clinical research, including work in psychopharmacology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center at Fort Worth, and cognitive psychophysiology at the University of Illinois. Currently, she is conducting research into the neuroanatomic characteristics of acupuncture point in conjunction with the department of anatomy and physiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
She is author of several book chapters on complementary and alternative veterinary medicine in veterinary medical texts and many articles for popular veterinary news magazines.
Founded in 1987, The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture is the only national professional society of North American physicians who have incorporated acupuncture into their medical practices.