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  • Basic Veterinary Chiropractic Training Programme

    The Basic Veterinary Chiropractic Training Programme of Supple Spine Institute focuses exclusively on companion animals (dogs and cats) and is open to veterinarians, animal physiotherapists and (animal) osteopaths. The training is given in Dutch or English, depending on the nationality of the participants.

    The training programme, which consists of theory and practical instruction given in five modules, fully focuses on the chiropractic treatment of dogs and cats. The modules are given in a specific order, with the theoretical parts of the first four modules increasingly building on each previous module. The manual techniques are taught according to specific body regions: cervical, thoracolumbar, sacrum/pelvis and extremities. If you are unable to follow a complete programme, you will be guaranteed a place in the next one.

    The basic techniques are first explained in theory, and then taught in practice in small groups. The students’ proficiency in these techniques is tested during the practical exams. The fifth module is the integrated module. Here, all theory and techniques are brought together and repeated thoroughly, followed by the final exam.

    The ultimate goal for each student will be their ability to diagnose and treat structural and functional problems of the spine in their patients. The emphasis of the training programme – in addition to practical training in small groups of a maximum of 3-5 students per animal and instructor – therefore lies on functional neurology.

    Each module starts on Thursday morning and ends on Saturday afternoon, taking place at intervals of 4-6 weeks. Between the modules, students should study the course material, practise the techniques, write a case report, carry out specified reading assignments and submit homework assignments.

    Requirements
    The training programme is only accessible to qualified veterinarians, animal physiotherapists and (animal) osteopaths. As the quality of education varies from country to country, enrolments will be assessed individually as to whether the preparatory training is deemed sufficient.

    Number of participants
    Given the importance of practical skills, the number of places on the programme is limited. This ensures that everyone receives sufficient guidance and supervision, particularly in the practical lessons.

    Interim tests and final exam
    From the second module onwards, students will take a written and practical test on the theory and techniques learned in the previous module(s). An average score of 80% for all modules on both theory and practice is required to be able to participate in the final exam. The final exam also consists of a written and a practical part, where a minimum score of 80% is required for each part to pass.

    Language
    The programme is taught in Dutch or English, depending on the nationality of the participants.

  • Curriculum

    The curriculum of Supple Spine Institute meets the requirements of international umbrella organisations, but focuses exclusively on companion animals. The entire course consists of 5 modules of 3 days each.

    Theory and practice

    The time spent on both theoretical and practical lessons is adapted to the level of each class. Because we prefer working with smaller groups, we often get through the material faster, allowing more time to develop spinal palpation skills for mobility, chiropractic correction of patients and more advanced techniques. Demonstrations are given several times.

    The structure of the modules is as follows:

    Module I – Cervical
    Theory
    General anatomy
    Anatomy of the cervical region
    Biomechanics of the cervical region
    Pathology of the cervical region
    Chiropractic: history and philosophy
    The basics of chiropractic: terminology and listings
    Basic principles of chiropractic corrections
    Cervical techniques
    Jaw joint and stomatognathic system
    Case management
     
    Practice
    Topography
    Palpation skills
    Cervical chiropractic correction techniques

    Module II – Thoracolumbar
    Short theoretical and practical test on the previous module

    Theory
    Repetition of cervical techniques
    Anatomy of the thoracolumbar region
    Biomechanics of the thoracolumbar region
    Pathology of the thoracolumbar region
    Functional neurology
    Cranial nerves
    Thoracolumbar techniques
    Collars and leashes
    Case management

    Practice
    Topography
    Palpation skills
    Thoracolumbar chiropractic correction techniques

    Module III – Sacrum/pelvis
    span>Short theoretical and practical test on the previous modules
     
    Theory
    Repetition of thoracolumbar techniques
    Anatomy of the sacrum/pelvis
    Biomechanics of the sacrum/pelvis
    Pathology of the sacrum/pelvis
    Functional neurology
    Plexus brachialis and lumbosacralis
    Sacrum/pelvis techniques
    Rehabilitation
     
    Practice
    Topography
    Palpation skills
    Chiropractic correction techniques for the sacrum/pelvis

    Module IV – Extremities
    Short theoretical and practical test on the previous modules
     
    Theory
    Repetition of techniques for the sacrum/pelvis
    Anatomy of the extremities
    Biomechanics of the extremities
    Pathology of the extremities
    Neurological research
    Gait assessment
    Rehabilitation
    Extremities techniques
    Case management
     
    Practice
    Topography
    Gait assessment
    Palpation skills
    Chiropractic correction techniques for the extremities

    Module V – Integrated module
    Theory
    Repetition of all techniques
    Communication
    Dog sports and competition
    Dog nutrition
    Case management: case presentation by students
     
    Practice
    All chiropractic correction techniques
    Case management: working with chiropractic patients

    Final exam (theory and practice)

  • To register for the Basic Veterinary Chiropractic Training Programme click here.