Veterinary Chiropractic has combined the skills of veterinary medicine and human chiropractic to create a unique profession, which has international recognition as a separate health care system for animals. Chiropractic examination and adjustments have proven to be invaluable in detecting and treating gait abnormalities and other performance problems in the animal.

Lisa Ann treats backChiropractic is an integral part of the holistic approach in animal health care. The word chiropractic is derived from the Greek meaning “to perform by hand”. The foundations of chiropractic philosophy are based on the intimate relationship of the spinal column to the nervous system, as well as the role of the spinal column in biomechanics and movement. Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure, primarily the spine, and function as coordinated by the nervous system and how that relationship affects health.

Chiropractic is a health care discipline that emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. We expose our animals to a vast number of stressors every day including for horses; stabling, travelling, different riding styles, jumping, collection, extension, saddles, bridles, dentistry, harnesses, shoeing, clipping, etc…the list goes on, and the same applies for the canine; agility, obedience, clipping, showing, collars and leads etc. It is therefore inevitable that our animals may at some point experience injury, whether trauma or overuse induced, or due to conformational defects. Whatever the cause is, it is only natural to assist our animals in the healing process as we would ourselves. 

Animal chiropractic does not include the dispensing or recommendations for medications or surgery. Animal Chiropractic does NOT replace traditional veterinary medicine but rather provides an addition to it, providing complimentary therapy alongside your traditional veterinary care to improve and optimise the health and function of your animal.

Many leading veterinary and chiropractic professionals have chosen this path, and are now skilled practitioners in complimentary and alternative veterinary medicine today (CAVM). Formalised animal chiropractic education began in 1989 with a 100 hour post-graduate course. Current programs have a minimum requirement of 210 hours where Doctors of Veterinary Medicine and Doctors of Chiropractic are trained side-by-side. Recognition of animal chiropractic began when the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association was established and this has led to the development of the International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic and Options for Animals education programme.





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