Small Animal Veterinary Medical Manipulation Certification Track

This course offers hands-on and didactic instruction in medical manipulation to treat musculoskeletal problems in small animals


Program Overview

​The Certified Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner (CVMMP) small animal track is a 105.5 CE-hour program (approved by AAVSB RACE) that trains and certifies veterinarians in Small Animal Veterinary Medical Manipulation (SAVMM), or small animal chiropractic. This program is offered only to licensed veterinarians and 3rd or 4th year veterinary school students, providing them with the opportunity to learn SAVMM more efficiently and effectively, while taking their skills and knowledge to a deeper level. The SAVMM program is split up into five sessions. Two sessions take place online while three sessions take place on-site at the state-of-the-art IVMI campus in Reddick, Florida, USA.

32 hours of the program are set aside for intensive, hands-on wet lab learning in small groups with dogs. The lab groups are small with 4 - 6 students per dog to ensure that each student receives the maximum amount of individual attention and hands-on experience to practice SAVMM on dogs. This structure ensures that students will be confident to start clinical practice after the first on-site session.


Major Topics

Some of the main topics that this program covers include:

  • TMJ Function and Manipulation
  • Rehabilitation Tools
  • Motion Palpation
  • Lumbar Manipulation
  • Core Strength and Stability

Program Features

Designed for and offered exclusively to veterinarians and veterinary students

Limited seats to ensure small 4-6 student lab groups for the 32 hours of wet labs

Learn how to use the most advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques from world-renowned faculty

Diagnose and treat real cases during the wet labs

Free case consultations with faculty through email and online discussion

Small Animal Veterinary Medical Manipulation Certification Track

Taught in English

For veterinarians and veterinary students only

105.5 RACE-approved CE hours


Graduates of this program are eligible for the Certified Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner - Small Animal (CVMMP-SA) certification, endorsed by Chi.

The certification requirements are as follows:

  • Complete all 5 sessions of this program

  • Pass 4 online homework assignments with scores of 75% or above

  • Pass final written exam* with a score of 75% or above
  • Pass final practical exam* with a score of 75% or above
  • Submit one Veterinary Medical Manipulation case report to be approved


Dr. Spracklen is originally from Goshen, Indiana and received her BS and DVM degrees from Purdue University. She was certified in animal chiropractic through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 1996 and she completed her certification in veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute in 1999. Karen owns the Holly Lane Veterinary Service, an equine practice entirely devoted to complementary therapies - primarily acupuncture, chiropractic and Chinese herbs. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and dressage riding.

Enrollment Options

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Schedule & Tuition

Payment Information

A $200 non-refundable course deposit is charged upon enrollment to reserve your seat.

Payment is due 60 days before the first day of each session.

A $50 convenience fee will be charged for payments and registrations received less than 60 days before the start of a session.


CVMMP Certification - Small Animal


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