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Welcome, let me give you a short personal explanation of how I became an animal chiropractor:
I have been a traditional vet for a long time I graduated from the University of Sydney in 1970 and began practice at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills in 1971. In those days 25% of the practice was made up of dog and cat breeders. One, Yo Bachelor, was a breeder of dachsunds (dogs with back problems galore) and an international judge of show dogs. I was young with a lot of book knowledge, she was older with a lot of practical knowledge.
. Yo insisted on taking her dogs to a human chiropractor when their backs gave way. I would smirk and tutt tutt and assure her she was wasting her money. I was just like any doctor who considers chiropractors to be quacks.
I built my practice and put a lot of time into the Australian Veterinary Association eventually becoming the National President, I thought I was pretty important. When I finished being important I needed an interest and went to Melbourne to spend a week with a greyhound practice which was into physical therapies. When I came home I tried some "tricks" on dogs and cats with sore backs and to my surprise they seemed to help.
I became curious and started looking for a course in veterinary physiotherapy, there was none then and there is still none today. I am not aware of one vet in Australia with a qualification in veterinary physiotherapy. However there was a course in Animal Chiropractic available through the Chiropractic Faculty at RMIT University in Melbourne. It had been established by about 20 vets and chiropractors who had developed an interest in manipulative treatment of dogs, cats and horses. The course was available to vets (who were taught manipulative techniques) and chiropractors and osteopaths (who were taught animal anatomy and given a quick run down on how to recognise disease which required traditional therapy).
I graduated from RMIT in 2000 and have used chiropractic assessment and treatments in association with general practice ever since. I now have the extensive experience of treating approximately 3,000 animals for 1000 clients. Sometimes my patients respond miraculously, often their quality of life improves considerably, sometimes I have to tell owners that there is nothing I can do. The main aim is to be gentle and TO DO NO HARM.
Today, just as doctors have been in the past, so a lot of veterinary colleagues are suspicious of chiropractic therapy, but there is a new name for what I do it is called REHABILITATION MEDICINE.
My clients and I have a secret, we know that when veterinary science fails to resolve a lameness attributed to arthritis chiropractic often proves the pet never had arthritis in the legs, rather it had a sore back or a muscular trigger point (The painful back might be the result of arthritic like changes in the small joints of the spine we call that facet disease).
I have decided to change my professional emphasis from being a Veterinary Surgeon who uses animal chiropractic to being an Animal Chiropractor who uses veterinary science .A REHABILITATIONIST.