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  • Basic Veterinary Osteopathy Course

    The basic veterinary osteopathy course is meant for those who want to be trained in becoming an osteopath for companion animals (cats and dogs). Veterinarians follow the curriculum as stated below. For those without medical knowledge there are mandatory extra classes in anatomy, physiology, neurology, endocrinology, pathology, etc., depending on the level of education which one enrolls. Animal Physiotherapists are hereby exempted from the lessons regarding the parietal system.
     
    The training itself consists of 10 modules, each with 2 days and includes both theory and practice. In addition, there are lessons online and homework assignments can be given. The participants are expected to practice the learned techniques. The modules are taught on Thursdays and Fridays, spread over two years. Intermediate students are despised that they study the material, practicing the skills learned and do the homework assignments.
    The modules are attended to, in principle, in order, wherein a missed module may be made up at a different time. The knowledge is transmitted by anatomic region, in which theory and practice are interspersed throughout the day. The practice takes place in small groups so that each participant gets ample time to practice the learned skills.
    To monitor the progress of the participants, during Module 6 an interim examination will be given, which includes an assessment of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. This also prepares them for the final exam. The final exam also consists of a theoretical and a practical segment, and requires a score of 80% on both theory and practice to pass.
     
    After the course, the participant is independently able to examine and treat an animal osteopathicly and recognize when referral is needed.
     
    Requirements
    The Basic Veterinary Osteopathy Course is open to everyone.
    For veterinarians the program is as shown below. All other participants follow the same program at the same time, but are required to follow additional lessons in Anatomy, Physiology, Neurology, Endocrinology, Pathology, etc. Exemptions are possible; such at the discretion of Supple Spine Institute.
     
    Participants
    Given the importance of the practical skills, the number of places on the course are limited, so everyone has guaranteed sufficient guidance especially in the practical lessons.
    Each participant takes a dog for practice. Requirements: social to humans and animals, can relax on the side and on the back.
     
    Interim and final exam
    During module 6 the interim exam will be taken. This includes a theoretical and practical part and covers the parietal and craniosacral system and must be sufficient.
    The final exam also consists of a theoretical and a practical part and requires a score of 80% on both to successfully complete the course and receive the certificate.
    Language
    The course will be given in Dutch or English, depending on the nationalitiy of the participants.
     
    Language
    The course will be given in Dutch or English, depending on the nationalitiy of the participants.
  • Curriculum

    Supple Spine Institute's curriculum strives for the highest standards of international organisations and focuses exclusively on companion animals. It is divided into 10 modules of 2 days each with additonal online lessons and an extra two days for the final exam.

    Theory and Practice
    The time allotted for theoretical education and practical instruction respectively is adjusted to the level of each class. Demonstrations are given on a regular basis.

    During the course, Anatomy, Physiology, Neurology and biomechanics of the part of the body as well as the osteopathic research and treatment are discussed. Pathology gets the necessary attention as well.
    First the parietal system will be discussed, then the craniosacral system and finally the visceral system.
    Each module consists of 2 days of theory and practice. The participant is responsable for taking a dog to exercise on.
    In addition, there are lessons online and homework assignments can be given. The participants are expected to practice the learned techniques.
    For people without basic medical knowledge there are extra classes in Anatomy, Physiology, Neurology, Endocrinology, Pathology etc. These will be offerd online.

    The structure of the modules is as follows:

    Module 1 front leg
    Module 2 hind leg
    Module 3 sacrum / pelvic
    Module 4 neck and back
    Module 5 craniosacral
    Module 6 repetition parietal and craniosacral system and interim exam
    Module 7 cranial nerves
    Module 8 Visceral I
    Module 9 Visceral II
    Module 10 TMJ and integration
    Final Exam

  • To register for the Basic Veterinary Osteopathy Course click here.