College adds new Veterinary Chiropractic degree course for undergrads

College adds new Veterinary Chiropractic degree course for undergrads

McTimoney College of Chiropractic’s new four-year Veterinary Chiropractic degree course starts in September. Pictured is McTimoney Animal Chiropractor Nikki Routledge. © McTimoney Animal Association

A new four-year programme in Veterinary Chiropractic has been established for undergraduates by the McTimoney College of Chiropractic.

It means that those without a previous degree can undertake the training and education required to enter this sought-after career. To date, animal chiropractors were required to have either a prior human chiropractic qualification or degree in relevant sciences.

Applications are being accepted for the new programme starting in September 2023. Students will attend the College based in Abingdon, Oxford, and a variety of practical venues, enabling the development of academic knowledge and application of practical skills in tandem. Modules include anatomy and physiology, veterinary sciences, practice and professionalism and clinical skills, with a research dissertation that builds throughout the four-year course.

College Principal Christina Cunliffe said the new programme was an exciting step in the development of chiropractic care for animals.

“Building on our decades of experience of graduating safe, competent, and highly qualified animal chiropractors, now is the time to open this exciting career opportunity to undergraduates’’.

Over the past 50 years, the McTimoney College of Chiropractic has been training and educating human chiropractors to the highest standards of regulation. For the last 20 years, animal chiropractic has developed to fulfill the requirement for this gentle and holistic treatment in the veterinary world.

Prospective students are invited to an open day at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic at Abingdon on February 16.

McTimoney chiropractic for animals identifies areas of stiffness, asymmetry, and poor range of movement within the skeletal system, particularly the spine and pelvis. This impacts the muscles surrounding these structures as well as the nerve impulses passing from the central nervous system to the periphery of the body. Adjustments are very light and quick, stimulating an instant response in the soft tissues and joints affected which promotes a relaxation of muscle spasms, improved nerve function and helps the skeletal frame resume better symmetry and movement again.

In many cases, animals are suffering underlying conditions such as arthritic changes or degenerative diseases which cause them to compensate in their posture and movement to try and remain comfortable. However, these compensations then become more and more ingrained, and can be painful or uncomfortable, necessitating chiropractic care to bring some relief. In other cases, animals are working hard or competing and as such build up tension and asymmetries because of the demands of their work. Again, chiropractic care helps to alleviate soreness and promote performance, be it faster speeds over fences for racehorses and eventers, better jumping style in showjumpers or more flamboyant movement for the dressage stars.

Two recent graduates of the school’s MSc Animal Manipulation (Chiropractic) programme had no hesitation in recommending the college. Natalie McQuiggan said she had wanted to do McTimoney Chiropractic from a young age, “but the process of doing it always seemed really daunting.

“But from the start, the staff and teachers were lovely and welcoming, and queries were answered promptly. I’ve really enjoyed my two years on the MSc Animal Manipulation (Chiropractic) programme and would recommend to anyone thinking about it, to just do it.”

Pollyanna Fitzgerald said the college offered a welcoming and supporting learning environment, allowing her as a student and future practitioner to grow and develop. “There is always someone to talk to and offer encouragement when needed.  As a student, I have learned a great deal and have been encouraged to believe in myself and it has been a wonderful place to learn.”

A free webinar, McTimoney Animal Chiropractic as a Career, on January 24 at 7.30pm (GMT), is open to those wishing to learn more about the McTimoney technique and how it is applied, and the training routes available for those interested in becoming a McTimoney Animal Chiropractor.

 



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