Veterinary Medical Manipulation Certification Track

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

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Program Overview

​The Certified Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner (CVMMP) equine track is a 92 CE-hour program approved by AAVSB RACE that trains and certifies veterinarians in Equine Veterinary Medical Manipulation (EVMM). This program is offered exclusively to veterinarians or veterinary school students, providing them with the opportunity to learn EVMM more efficiently and effectively, while taking their skills and knowledge to a deeper level. This program is split up into three hybrid sessions. The on-site portions take place at Chi Unversity's campus in Reddick, Florida.

32 hours of this program are set aside for intensive, hands-on wet lab learning in small groups with horses. The lab groups are small with 4-6 students per group to ensure that each student receives the maximum amount of individual attention and hands-on experience to practice EVMM. 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:

  • Gait Patterns
  • TMJ Functions and Manipulation
  • The Back in Motion
  • Lumbar Function and Manipulation
  • Motion Palpation
  • Equine Biomechanics
  • Discipline-Specific: Jumping, Speed, Dressage, and Barrels
  • The Interaction between the Nervous System and the Musculoskeletal System

Program Features

Designed for and offered exclusively to veterinarians and veterinary students

Limited seats to ensure personalized learning in 32 hours of small group 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

Veterinary Medical Manipulation Certification Track

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students only

92 RACE-approved CE hours

Prerequisites

Students must have a background of anatomy, biomechanics, and neuromuscular control in performance horses. Prior to enrolling students must:

  • Enroll in the Performance Horse Medicine course
Performance Horse Medicine

Curriculum

Course Introduction & Subluxation

1h

Manipulation & Motion Palpation Intro

1h

Integrating VMM

1h

Cervical Function

1h

Thoracic Limb Function

1h

Spinal Cord and Vertebrae, Cranial Nerves

1h

TMJ and Hyoid

1h

C0-C1 Function/Manipulation

1h

C2-C7 Function/Manipulation

1h

Demo: Manipulation

2h

Lab: Hands-on Manipulation

8h

Thoracic Limb Manipulation

1h

Cervical Cases

1h

Cases

1h

Demo: Cervical & Front Limb Manipulation

1h

Lab: Hands-on Manipulation & Anatomy

4h

Radiographs

1h

Speed

1h

Jumpers

1h

Thoracic Vertebrae and Ribs

1h

Functional Pelvis

1h

The Smart Hoof

1h

Psoas

1h

Movement

1h

Intro to Tui-na

1h

Manipulations of the Sacrum

1h

Manipulations of the Pelvis

1h

Manipulation of the Thoracolumbar Vertebrae

1h

Demo: Manipulation

3h

Lab: Hands-on Manipulation

8h

Manipulations of Ribs and Sternum

1h

Cases

2h

Lab: Hands-on Manipulation & Anatomy

4h

Cases and Plans I & II

2h

Team Challenge

1h

The Hind Limb

1h

Ring of Muscles

1h

Rehab Tools

1h

Manipulation Research

1h

Dressage

1h

Barrels

1h

Equine Food Therapy

1h

Functional Anatomy

2h

Saddle Fit

2h

Muscle, Trigger Points and Tui-na

1h

Welcome and Cases from Students

1h

Hind Limb Manipulations

1h

Review of Manipulations

1h

Starting a Practice

1h

Lab: Hands-on Manipulation

8h

Neuroplasticity

1h

Practice Act for VMM

1h

View from the Top

2h

Certification

Students of the EVMM or SAVMM courses are eligible for the Certified Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner (CVMMP) certification, endorsed by Chi University. The certification requirements are as follows:

  • Complete all sessions of the program

  • Pass online quizzes with a score above 75%

  • Pass final written exam with a score above 75%

  • Pass final practical exam with a score above 75%

  • Submit one veterinary medical manipulation case report to be approved

Instructors

Dr. Weller earned her DVM in 2002 from University of Florida (Go Gators). Prior to veterinary school, she was exposed to acupuncture while working at the Standardbred Racetracks and again through her education at University of Florida. She became certified in veterinary acupuncture through Chi University and Equine Veterinary Medical Manipulation through IVMI (now part of Chi University). Dr. Weller's practice of 16 years focuses on lameness in performance horses using primarily alternative approaches (acupuncture, spinal manipulation, herbal medicine and tui-na) combined with Western therapies as needed in conjunction with conventional vets. Additional to her work with performance horses, Dr. Weller provides acupuncture services for several performance dog kennels. Dr. Weller has been an instructor with Chi University for 12 years. In her free time, Dr. Weller loves spending time with her son Brock, riding, paddleboarding, and endeavors to experience something new at least once a year.

Dr. Spracklen is a graduate of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her Veterinary Chiropractic training in 1996 and is certified through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). She received certifications in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) in 1999 and Medical Manipulation (CVMMP) 2018 through Chi. Dr. Spracklen is owner of a performance-based practice devoted to TCVM and veterinary manipulation. Dr. Spracklen is a national and international speaker on veterinary acupuncture. She has been published in the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (AJTCVM) and has authored several textbook chapters on equine acupuncture. She is one of the Assistant Editors of the AJTCVM. Dr. Spracklen also devotes time serving as an instructor for the Chi University. Currently, she is the Small Animal Coordinator for their Veterinary Medical Manipulation (VMM) course and serves as a faculty member for the Masters in Integrative Veterinary Medicine program.

Enrollment Options

Semester

2025

Schedule & Tuition

Performance Horse Medicine
Session 1

Location

Location of class
Chi Main Campus

9650 W Hwy 318

Reddick, FL 32686

Hotel & accommodation recommendations

Thursday, February 20, 2025

7:45 AM

Check-in begins

Saturday, February 22, 2025

5:30 PM

Class ends

Session 2

Location

Location of class
Chi Main Campus

9650 W Hwy 318

Reddick, FL 32686

Hotel & accommodation recommendations

Thursday, April 10, 2025

7:45 AM

Check-in begins

Saturday, April 12, 2025

5:30 PM

Class ends

Session 3

Location

Location of class
Chi Main Campus

9650 W Hwy 318

Reddick, FL 32686

Hotel & accommodation recommendations

Thursday, June 26, 2025

7:45 AM

Check-in begins

Saturday, June 28, 2025

4:30 PM

Written exam ends

Payment Information

A $200.00 non-refundable course deposit is charged upon enrollment to reserve your seat.

Payment is due 60 days before the start date of each session or course.

Add-ons

Printed Binders

$50.00 / on-site

Discounts

2019-2020 CERPV Alumni Discount

-$750.00

CVMMP and/or CERPV prior to 2020 Alumni Discount

-$750.00

Frequently Asked Questions

VMM uses a HVLA (high-velocity, low-amplitude) thrust to directly affect the joint and the mechanoreceptors around the joint. Tui-na affects the muscle and does not incorporate HVLA techniques. Both of these modalities work very well together and the combination can be beneficial for many patients.

Chiropractic, as defined by law, applies specifically and only to humans. A chiropractor has completed human chiropractic training and obtained a Doctor of Chiropractic degree (DC). When similar techniques are applied to animals, it is correctly called spinal manipulation or medical manipulation.