Chiropractic is New Twist in
The above title comes from
the headline of a July 23, 2003 article in the Boston Globe. The story
starts by reporting on a class at Tufts University School of Veterinary
Medicine, where some two dozen veterinarians from across the country and
Canada are trying to be certified as chiropractors for animals. The
article noted that the class was the third of four in a continuing
education program Tufts is offering for the first time this year to
veterinarians who want to be certified in chiropractic for animals.
Julia H. Sturm of Dayton, MD was one of those who traveled to Tufts for
the training noted that she already offers some alternative medicine for
animals. ''This just goes hand in glove with what I'm already doing,''
Dr. Narda G. Robinson, head of manual therapy at
Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences commented, "It's riding on the coattails, on the popularity, of
complementary medicine'' for people. Dr. Kerry J. Ridgway, an instructor
from Sonoma, Calif., has been trying to persuade veterinary schools to
incorporate chiropractic into their curricula for 15 years. He commented, "Many dogs can't climb stairs and could be helped by chiropractic.
''People are actually coming in my office and saying, `Can you recommend a
Dr. Ridgway stated that horses are regularly treated
by veterinarians because they are often involved in sports. "Along with
seeking comfort for the animals, many owners want chiropractic treatment
for their horses to improve their performances on tracks," he said. ''You
know what it feels like to have a sore back and be asked to run 100
In 2001, Colorado State's veterinary school became
the first in the country to offer training for such practice, which the
university calls ''manual therapy,'' Dr. Robinson said. Colorado State
University avoids using the word chiropractic, she said, because some
veterinarians who use the term have been sued by chiropractors who treat
According to the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, which
certifies animal chiropractors, 683 veterinarians worldwide are certified
to perform chiropractic work on animals, 571 in the United States.