• We are


    We are the BackBone-Academy. We teach veterinary chiropractic. We put our energy into it and our knowledge and our skill. This is our aspiration surpassing requirements of AVCA, COAC and IVCA. Our goal is to teach BackBone course participants to diagnose and adjust horses and small animals with light hands. For vets and DC´s  who want to know how to do veterinary chiropractic.

    We teach you how.



    Our instructors are veterinarians or Doctors of chiropractic, certified in veterinary chiropractic, and skilled and dedicated teachers. As all of our instructors run their own blossoming practices, they come in rotationally to share their knowledge and practical experiences with you.

    We are there for you.


    Our seminar house is in the historical Hanseatic city of Buxtehude, with 45,000 inhabitants full of life located between Hamburg and Bremen in northern Germany. Connections to the public traffic systems are superb; from Hamburg main station there is a 30 minutes metro ride conveniently leaving twice every hour.

    Our seminar house is open for you.

  • Our courses

    BackBone Academy Basic Course

    E-learning plus: Organized into the five modules cervical, thoracolumbar, sacropelvic, extremities, integrated. Vivid lectures to be watched conveniently at home or just about anywhere where there is access to the internet. The theoretical part is open on demand and done before the practical part.  The practical training is intensive, granting more time to practice under direct instructor tuition on module weekends in small groups with horses and dogs.  

    The BackBone-Academy holds and asks for high standards in the practical education: A special step-by-step training system allows BackBone course participants, to feel for smallest changes in the neuro-muscular control and to evaluate and treat them accurately. Side effect of veterinary chiropractic studies is a broadening of diagnostic abilities. Therapy is easy – with the most accurate diagnosis! 

    Details Basic Course

    Basic Veterinary Chiropractic Course

    The BackBone Basic Veterinary Chiropractic Course is open exclusively to licensed Veterinarians and DC´s (university education in human chiropractic, 4 years minimum).

    The theoretical part of the course can be studied conveniently at your PC at home. The compact practical training is offered during the weekend of a module in our seminarhouse in Buxtehude.

    Every student will be taught individually on both horses and dogs during technique labs. Attainable goal is the ability to confidently diagnose and treat structural and functional problems. 

    You consider taking the course but are not sure? Visit us to get a feel for it. 


    Anatomy and Neurology: Focus on equine and canine joint osteology, myology and syndesmology. Skeletons of the horse and dog, as well as spinal models and many individual bones are available at any time during the lectures. Students will investigate and feel relevant comparative anatomical structures by examining dissected specimens. Static palpation and localization of all chiropractically relevant anatomical landmarks on the equine and the canine on patients

    Review of neuroanatomy and -physiology. Focus on central and peripheral nervous system and on the neurologic patterns that explain the chiropractic adjustment. Modern functional neurological concepts open up a perspective on functional problems that is useful for any medical approach.

    Biomechanics and Gait Analysis Normal biomechanics in equine and canine. Biomechanical changes during movement and pathophysiological changes that can occur under stress. Equine and canine gaits. Gait analysis will include topics such as normal gaits and abnormal gaits comparing individuals and species.

    Animal Chiropractic Adjusting Techniques Theoretical class focussing on the factors that increase efficiency, safety, reliability and comfort of the chiropractic adjustment. Students will apply the principles learned above through hands on laboratories. Topics are doctor position, hand and body positions, contact points, safety and handling of animals in regards to adjusting. The motion palpation lab deals with learning how to diagnose and helps developing the "feel" for normal versus abnormal movement in motion units. Hypermobility and hypomobility will be felt by each student. Specific animal chiropractic techniques demonstrated on horse and dog covers the areas cervical, thoracolumbar, sacropelvic, front limb, rear limb, ribs, TMJ, tail and cranium. Hands-on labs in very small lab groups are designed to let all students practise to adjust on dogs and horses at least four times during the course to gain confidence in the chiropractic treatment of the animals. An introduction to other modalities in lectures provides practitioners with the basic understanding of the pertinent aspects of the use of other healing options or rehabilitation ideas incl. physical modalities to speed up the healing process.

    Case Management of the Animal Chiropractic Patient Diagnostic Imaging (Plain film radiography, digital radiography, myelography, fluoroscopy and magnetic resonance imaging) are discussed and evaluated for the chiropractic patient. Case management address some of the common topics in everyday case management including lay lecture, introduction to leads and collars, introduction to saddle and harness fit, equine teeth and the equine foot. In integrated case management the "diagnosis" aspect based on the "case approach".is emphazised. Ideas and standard operating procedures will be given like signalment, history and consultation, posture analysis, static palpation (osseous, muscle, temperature, coat changes, etc.) motion palpation and gait analysis so that case intake and progress plan will become second nature and proper therapeutic protocols and a realistic prognosis can be achieved and communicated to the owners of our patients. Emphasis is placed on how these diagnoses relate and integrate into the primary health care of the animal and are demonstrated on real cases.

    Chiropractic Philosophy and Studies Modern history of animal chiropractic and the roots of chiropractic philosophy. In Chiropractic Basics the terminology and listing systems are introduced and an overview of the vertebral subluxation complex is given. In chiropractic pathology the compensatory mechanisms that develop secondary to the vertebral subluxation complex are presented..

    Veterinary Studies Fundamental veterinary topics incl. safety and handling, physiology and pharmacology, zoonotic and metabolic conditions and lameness and relevant large and small animal pathologies in regards to differential diagnosis for chiropractic patients are presented.

    Ethics and Legalities The class will prepare the students to deal with the every day legal issues that will be faced in both conventional or alternative/complementary practice.

    Scientific validity Up to date available research valids the spinal manipulation health care modality and expands knowledge of functional neurology. Part of the home work is to read a given number of current research articles handed out on CD-rom each module.

    Examinations From the second module on the students will have a written and practical review test on theory and techniques of the previous module with average passing grades of 80% for each section to sit the final exam. The final exam consists of a written and a practical part with passing grades of 80% for each section . All practical examinations will be held on both species, horse and dog for every student.

    Home Study From the second module on each student has to hand in one case report at the beginning of the module. These reports will help to reflect the review of chiropractic tecniques at home. Each student has to hand in 5 test questions. This will help the students to find the key points in the offered reading material.

    Schedules/Fees Basic Course

    Basic Veterinary Chiropractic Course Schedules

    E-learning participants have at least 2 weeks access to the modules lecture material and come onsite for the practical training weekends of every module in Buxtehude, close to Hamburg in Germany. We meet the evening before the practical training days for review and Q and A at 5 p.m. and end at 5.30 p.m. on Sundays.  

    Language of instruction: Offered to your choice as the e-learning material is available in English and German.

    The course fee is 1050 EUR per module. Complete payment for all 5 modules prior to first module offers a reduced fee of 4950,- EUR


    Winter Class 2016/2017Summer Class 2017
    Module I29th-30th of October 2016Module I22nd -23rd April of 2017
    Module II26th -27th of November 2016Module II27th -28th May of 2017
    Module III07th -08th of January 2017Module III24th -25th June of 2017
    Module IV04th -05th of February 2017Module IV29th -30th July of 2017
    Module V10th -11th of March 2017Module V25th -26th August of 2017
    Winter Class 2017/2018Summer Class 2018
    Module I21. -22. October of 2017Module I28th -29th April of 2018
    Module II25. -26. November of 2017 Module II26th -27th May of 2018
    Module III13. -14. January of 2018Module III23rd -24th June of 2018
    Module IV10. -11. February of 2018Module IV21st -22nd July of 2018
    Module V17. -18. March of 2018Module V24. -25. August of 2018

    Important, please note: Every attempt is made to offer courses and seminars as announced. The Backbone-Academy for Veterinary Chiropractic and Healing Arts reserves the right to adjust course and seminar dates, times, locations, faculty and tuition to accommodate unexpected occurences

    BackBone Academy Advanced Courses and CE offerings

    BackBone Advanced courses and CE offerings can be booked independently of each other by graduates of accredited schools (AIQA, BackBone, Healing Oasis, IAVC, Options, Parker College, Veterinary Chiropractic Learning Centre). The advanced course row "Low Force and Soft Tissue Techniques"  offers solutions for the most common obstacles in the chiropractic treatment success. CE-seminars complete the toolbox - see details/schedule

    Details Advanced Courses and CE offerings

    Advanced Veterinary Chiropractic Courses 

    The BackBone advanced course row deals with the "Black flies in the chiropractic Chardonnay", the most common obstacles in the chiropractic treatment success:

    Subclinical lameness issues - Internal problems - Myofascial restrictions

    All  course use chiropractic techniques and include soft tissue for diagnosis and treatment and can be booked completely independend of each other:  Advanced I, III and V are exclusively for dogs and Advanced II, IV and VI are exclusively for horses. IVCA credit: 20 hours per module.

    Advanced I and II “Muscles – they can do more" Obstacle subclinical lameness issues. This course offers diagnostic and treatment techniques for dogs (I) and horses (II) that are presented with typical compensatory muscle tension patterns. Rewinding those patterns is easily achieved in a specific 1-2-3 step approach. Emphasis is on practical evaluations of patients.

    Advanced III and IV “It´s all about spots”  Obstacle internal problems. Chiropractic meets acupuncture – the common basis and integration of underlying internal problems that block the chiropractic treatment success. Ever had problems with for example the right shoulder in your patient? It could be an underlying liver problem. We will focuss on the diagnosis and treatment on dogs (III) and horses (IV). 

    Advanced V and VI “What is the difference between Chiropractic and Osteopathy??” Obstacle myofascial restrictions. Chiropractic meets osteopathy – common basis and integration of some ultra-useful osteopathic techniques into the chiropractic treatment protocol. Vertical techniques open up and release the patient´s body for a better connection between the upper neck and the sacrum. In this module, we will open up and start with very light palpatory techniques in diagnosis and treatment of dogs (V) and horses (VI). 

    CE Hoof Balance and Biomechanics of the Equine with Darrall Clifford (AUS)

    Based on decades of research, hoof specialist Darrall Clifford outlines the complex interrelations between a lack of hoof balance and disturbances in the movement of horses.  He explains how such dynamic patterns of exposure lead to subluxations, false muscle development and compensatory changes and pathology on tendons and joints based on overburdening.

    To understand the complex interrelationship between hoof balance and biomechanics of the body as a whole it is mandatory to diagnose external hoof pathology and gain knowledge on the mechanisms that happen inside the hoof to correlate subluxation patterns and make the correct conclusions. Correcting subluxations without paying attention to hoof imbalances will automatically result in frustration for the vet, the rider and the trainer.

    The goal of this seminar is to draw a red line through the patient and correct all imbalances. Lots of practical training on patient evaluation plus supervised practical introduction on horse hoofs is designed to reach that goal. 


    CE Craniosacral Therapy with Dr. Emmanuelle Vandendriessche (MEX)

    Craniosacral therapy is a healing art that connects directly to the central nervous system, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, the spine, the cranial bones and sacrum in order to release all kinds of structural, energetical, emotional and mental restrictions so that the body can freely express its life force and innate energy.
    Animals benefit a lot of it as the therapy works on a profound connection and communication. 


    CST I + II: Introduction to the therapeutic principles of craniosacral therapy such as breath of life, cranial rythm, dynamic stillness. Theory on the anatomy and physiology of the craniosacral system. Release techniques: Practical training in therapeutic listening to the body, inducing stillpoints, direct and indirect techniques, craniosacral inhale and exhale. IVCA credit 24 hours. AVCA CE hours: 28


    Healing Oasis (USA) Post Graduate State Approved Certification Programs and CE:

    Veterinary Massage and Rehabilitation Therapy: Next course starting July 14th - 17th, 2016. 4 Modules Thu-Sun. Applicant qualifications: Licensed Health Care Professionals (see application form and catalog)
    Faculty: Rosemary LoGiudice, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT; Julia Tomlinson, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR, CVSMT; Deanne Zenoni, DVM, CVSMT, CVMRT; Michelle Rivera, MT, VDT; Pedro Luis Rivera, DVM, FACFN, DACVSMR

    Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy: Next program starting August 17th - 21st, 2016.  Only two seats left as of May 26th, 2016. 5 Modules from Wed-Sun. Applicant qualifications: Licensed Chiropractors and Veterinarians. Some of the faculty include: Danielle Anderson, DC, CVSMT; Belinda Comito, DVM, DACVIM-Neurology; Gregory Cramer, DC, PhD, Dean of Research at NUHS; Rachel Eken, DC, CVSMT; Tom Gustafson, DVM, CVSMT; Joan Maree Hinken, DVM, CVSMT; Lyndsay Klemens, DVM, CVSMT; Rosemary LoGiudice, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT; Noram Moses, DC, CVSMT; Carly Yaeger, DC, CVSMT; Deanne Zenoni, DVM, CVSMT, CVMRT; Chris Zink, DVM, DACVP, DACVSMR, CVSMT, CCRT, CVA; Michelle Rivera, MT, VDT; Pedro Luis Rivera, DVM, FACFN, DACVSMR

    Equine Dentistry Seminar - July 23rd - 24th, 2016. Location: Midwest Equine Services, W3143 County Road D; Elkhorn, WI 53121. Speakers: Travis Henry, DVM, Dipl. AVDC and Pedro Luis Rivera, DVM, FACFN, Dipl. ACVSMR. Total CEUs AVCA/IVCA 14 hours
    Equine Basic & Advanced Techniques - Intensive Review with Functional Integration: August 27th - 28th, 2016 with 
    Pedro Luis Rivera, DVM, FACFN, Dipl. ACVSMR. Total CEUs AVCA/COAC/IVCA 14 hours
    Canine Basic & Advanced Techniques - Intensive Review with Functional Integration: Oct 1st - 2nd, 2016 with 
    Pedro Luis Rivera, DVM, FACFN, Dipl. ACVSMR. Total CEUs AVCA/COAC/IVCA 14 hours
    Applied Kinesiology for Small Animals - Oct 7- 9th, 2016 with Daniel M. Halden, DC, PAK. This CE seminar will allow the participants to understands the basics of the what, how, when and where of Applied Kinesiology.  Clinical settings will be emphasized so that it can be put "to work" during the next working day!  Plenty of hands on will be provide as to allow the participants to integrate and truly understand the information that was presented.
    For other CE seminars, check the Healing Oasis calendar found in our website at www.healingoasis.edu. 
    2016 Healing Oasis Wellness Center Convention: Nov 10th - 13th, 2016
    Location: Hampton Inn and Suites, 29 William Pope Drive, Bluffton, SC (843-705-9000). Main topic: Equine and Canine Soft Tissue Injuries - Diagnosis and Treatment. Maximum number of attendees: 40 (didactic part) Maximum number of attendees for the equine ultrasound wet lab: 12.  Wet lab part will be held at the Equine Sports Medicine and Chiropractic Care facility in Estill, SC. Speakers to include:
    Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR from the Animal Medical Center, NY.
    Mitch Lowrey, DVM, CVSMT from the Equine Sports Medicine and Chiropractic Care, Estill, SC.
    Corey Orava, DVM from the Kansas Regenerative Medicine Center, Manhattan, KS
    Pedro Luis Rivera, DVM, FACFN, DACVSMR from the Healing Oasis Wellness Center, Sturtevant, WI
    Roland Thaler, VMD, DACVSMR from Michigan State University and Metamora Equine Services, MI.
    Total of 20hrs of CEUs will be offered.


    Schedules/Fees Advanced Course Plus CE

    Advanced Veterinary Chiropractic Course Schedules

    Each module will start on Fridays at 5 p.m. and will run till Sundays, 5.30 p.m.

    Language of instruction is English

    The fee for each Module is 550 EUR. IVCA credit 20 hours per module. 

    Low Force and Soft Tissues I

    August 19th-21st of 2016

    Muscles – they can do more / Canine

    Low Force and Soft Tissues II 

    February 10th-12th of 2017

    Muscles – they can do more / Equine

    Low Force and Soft Tissues III

    August 18th-20th of 2017

    It´s all about spots / Canine

    Low Force and Soft Tissues IV

    February 16th - 18th of 2018

    It´s all about spots / Equine

    Low Force and Soft Tissues V

    August 17th -19th of 2018

    What is the difference between chiropractic and osteopathy?? / Canine

    Low Force and Soft Tissues VI

    February 19th - 21st of 2016

    What is the difference between chiropractic and osteopathy?? / Equine


    Hoofs and Biomechanics with Darrall Clifford Schedule

    Saturday 9 a.m. till 6 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. till 5 p.m.

    Language of instruction is English

    Seminar fee: 550 EUR. IVCA credits 14 hours

    CE Hoofs and Biomechanics Next time May, 20th/21st of 2017!  


    Craniosacral Therapy Seminars I and II with Dr. Vandendriessche Schedule

    The seminar will start on Thursday at 10 a.m. and ends Sunday, 4 p.m. 

    Language of instruction is English

    The fee for each seminar is 880 EUR.  IVCA credit 24 hours. AVCA CE hours: 28

    CST I + II Next craniosacral course planned for 2017!


    For all Healing Oasis postgraduate courses see www.healingoasis.edu


    Important, please note: Every attempt is made to offer courses and seminars as announced. The Backbone-Academy for Veterinary Chiropractic and Healing Arts reserves the right to adjust course and seminar dates, times, locations, faculty and tuition to accommodate unexpected occurences.

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