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  • Basic Veterinary Chiropractic Course

    The Basic Veterinary Chiropractic Course of Supple Spine Institute focuses exclusively on companion animals (dogs and cats) and is accessible to veterinarians, animal physiotherapists and (human and animal) osteopaths. The course is given in Dutch or English, depending on the nationality of the participants.
    The program comprises theory and practical instruction; it consists of five separate modules and focuses initially on the treatment of canines. The modules are best followed in order and sequentially: the theoretical segment of each of the first four modules builds on the theory from the preceding one, while the fifth module integrates the theory and techniques learned in the previous modules and leads up to the final exam. Practical instruction is divided over the specific anatomical areas: cervical, thoracolumbar, sacro-pelvic, and extremities. Basic techniques will be studied theoretically and subsequently practiced extensively in small groups; the skills acquired will be tested in practical exams.
    The objective for each student is to acquire the level of skill necessary to diagnose and treat structural and functional problems related to their patients' spines. Besides the practical training in groups of 3-5 students per animal and instructor, the emphasis of the course is therefore on functional neurology.
    Every module starts on Thursday morning and lasts up to and including Saturday afternoon. The interval between modules is usually 4-6 weeks. During this interval students will need to study course material, practice techniques, write a case report, and carry out reading assignments.
    Should you be unable to complete the course entirely, you may be guaranteed a place in the next one.
    The program is only available to veterinarians, physical therapists and animal (human and animal) osteopaths. Since the quality of training varies by country, access to training may be refused.
    Given the importance of the practical skills, the number of places is limited, so everyone is guaranteed to have enough support, especially in the practical lessons.
    Interim tests and final exam
    From the second module onwards, students will need to take written and practical tests on the theory and techniques learnt in the previous module(s). An average grade of 80% in all modules (in both theory and practice) is required for participation in the final exam at the end of the fifth module. The final exam also consists of a theoretical and a practical segment, and also requires an score of 80% on both theory and practice to pass.
    The course will be given in Dutch or English, depending on the nationalitiy of the participants.
  • Curriculum

    Supple Spine Institute's curriculum conforms to the standards of international organisations, but focuses exclusively on companion animals. It is divided into 5 modules of 3 days each.

    Theory and Practice
    The time allotted for theoretical education and practical instruction respectively is adjusted to the level of each class. Our method of working in small groups often allows us to move through the course material quickly, leaving more time to develop skills for testing range of motion, as well as to practice chiropractic corrections and advanced techniques. Demonstrations are given on a regular basis.

    The structure of the modules is as follows:

    Module I Cervicaal
     General anatomy
     Anatomy of the cervical region
     Biomechanics cervical region
     Pathology cervical region
     Chiropractic: history and philosophy
     Foundations of chiropractic: terminology and listings
     Basic principles and chiropractic corrections
     Cervical techniques
     Temporomandibular joint and stomatognathic system
     Case management
     Palpation skills and motion palpation
     Cervical chiropractic correction techniques

    Module II Thoracolumbar
     Revision cervical techniques
     Anatomy thoracolumbar region
     Biomechanics thoracolumbar region
     Pathology thoracolumbar region
     Functional neurology
     Cranial nerves
     Thoracolumbar techniques
     Collars and leashes
     Palpation skills and motion palpation
     Thoracolumbar chiropractic correction techniques
    Exam on previous module: Theory and Practice

    Module III Sacro-Pelvic 
     Revision thoracolumbar techniques
     Anatomy sacrum / pelvis
     Biomechanics sacrum / pelvis
     Pathology sacrum / pelvis
     Functional neurology
     Plexus brachialis and lumbosacralis
     Sacro-pelvic techniques
     Palpation skills and motion palpation
     Chiropractic correction techniques sacrum / pelvis
    Exam on previous modules: Theory and Practice

    Module IV Extremities 
     Revision techniques sacrum / pelvis
     Anatomy extremities
     Biomechanics extremities
     Pathology extremities
     Neurological examination
     Gait analysis
     Techniques extremities
     Case management
     Gait analysis
     Palpation skills and motion palpation
     Chiropractic correction techniques extremities
    Exam on previous modules: Theory and Practice

    Module V Integrated 
     Revision all techniques
     Canine sports and competition
     Canine nutrition
     Case management: student case presentations
     All chiropractic correction techniques
     Case management: working with chiropractic patients.
    Final Theoretical and Practical Exam
  • To register for the Basic Veterinary Chiropractic Course click here.