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

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Program Overview

​The Certified Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner (CVMMP) small animal track is a 107 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.

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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

107 RACE-approved CE hours

Curriculum

The Subluxation

1h

Introduction to Manipulation

1h

Motion Palpation Intro: Canine

1h

Functional Anatomy

2h

Biomechanics

2h

Anatomy

2h

The Role of Proprioceptors in VMM

1h

The Muscle Spindle

1h

Sympathetic Nervous System

1h

Nervous System and Cranial Nerve Review

1h

Integrating VMM into Practice

1h

Cases

1h

TMJ and Occiput Function/Manipulations

1h

Cervical Vertebrae C2-C7 Function/Manipulations

1h

Thoracic Limb Function/Manipulation

1h

Development of Veterinary Medical Manipulation

1h

Cervical Pathology

2h

Intro to Craniosacral

1h

Posture and Balance

2h

Pain

1h

Motion Palpation

1h

Review of the Neurologic Exam

1h

The Non-Sporting Animal

1h

Promoting your Practice

1h

Lab: Hands-on Manipulation

12h

Treating Geriatric Patients with MSM

1h

Locomotion

1h

Movement and the Athlete

1h

Demo: Small Animal Motion Palpation

1h

Anatomy

2h

Business

4h

Demo: Small Animal Cases

2h

Manipulation Research

1h

Therapeutic Nail Trims

1h

Sports Injuries

1h

Introduction to Rehabilitation Tools

1h

Approach to Sports Medicine/Rehab Cases

1h

Lumbar Function and Manipulations

1h

Sacrum and Pelvic Manipulations

1h

Thoracic and Rib Manipulations

1h

Thoracolumbar/Sacropelvic-The Average Dog

1h

Gait Analysis

2h

Working Dogs

1h

Fascia

1h

Intro to Tui-na

1h

Anatomy Trains

1h

Cutaneous Innervation

1h

Iliopsoas

1h

Core Strength/Conditioning

1h

VMM Demonstration

1h

Team Challenge

1h

Lab: Hands-on Manipulation

12h

Pelvic Limb Function/Manipulation

1h

Review of Anatomy

1h

Review of Manipulations

1h

Canine Athlete

3h

Agility

1h

Intro to Food Therapy

1h

Practice Act for VMM

1h

Neuroplasticity

1h

Case Discussions

1h

Lab: Hands-on Manipulation

4h

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

Instructors

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

Available Formats

Semester

2021

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.

Add-ons

CVMMP Certification - Small Animal

$350

Printed Binders

$250

Frequently Asked Questions