|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.
Dr. 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,'' Sturm said.
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 chiropractor?' ''
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
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 humans.
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.