The principle of chiropractic care is to mobilise and manipulate dysfunctional joints in order to restore, improve and optimise flexibility, symmetry, coordination, strength and balance. When achieved, this will improve function and performance in terms of reducing pain, relieving soft tissue spasms and asymmetries, increasing mechanical strength and stability and helping to restore nerve function. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive adjunct to veterinary treatment for many musculoskeletal and post-surgical conditions
Most animal chiropractors are trained to treat mammals and birds, including farm animals, as well as many reptiles, but the majority of the patients they see are horses, dogs and cats. The animal chiropractor’s ability to treat the partnership between dog and handler, and horse and rider, is unique and particularly valuable.
Chiropractors currently undertake at least four years of training in human chiropractic studies in order to qualify at Masters-level and register with the General Chiropractic Council. In order to treat animals, training in animal chiropractic is undertaken at Masters-level, or equivalent. This training typically involves anatomy, physiology, neurology, osteology, arthrology, gait analysis and biomechanics. Advanced biomechanics and kinematics, from a chiropractic perspective, may follow.
You can find out more about becoming an animal Chiropractor on the RCC Website - https://rcc-uk.org/animal-faculty/