As many of my clients know, this year I was fortunate enough to be able to pursue one of my career goals/ dreams, and take the Animal Chiropractic course through the Veterinary Chiropractic Learning Centre, www.veterinarychiropractic.ca. This is not a light endeavor; the course is over 220 hours of classroom and hands-on learning. There is online testing between each module, as well as a written test and a hands-on test at the beginning of each subsequent module. I have been flying from Halifax to Ontario for 5 days of classes every month since September, and the course will not be finished until March. The amount of in-depth neurology and physiology that I am learning has sometimes felt overwhelming—but it is going to benefit my patients greatly in all aspects of my veterinary practice, not just my future Chiropractic patients.
I have always believed in Chiropractic and have a Chiropractor myself who has helped me many times when my back was sore. But still, I didn’t really understand what I was signing up for with this course. I guess I thought what many people think: that I would learn how to adjust “bones that were out of place”. And that would help my rehab patients. I was wrong, it’s so much more! I have learned all about our wonderful nervous system and how we can help it to function optimally. I learned that our bones do not “get out of place” but that the movement in the small joints all along our spine can become restricted and this movement is very important for sending information to our brain: information about where our body is in space, how it is moving, how it should respond. These small joints must be moving optimally for our brain to get all this information. I learned about all the amazing nerve pathways that connect our musculoskeletal system to our parasympathetic system to our viscera! No wonder Chiropractic can have such a fantastic effect on the body as a whole.
I still have 2 more modules to go and I can’t wait for the next one to start. I look forward to being certified in Animal Chiropractic and having this new skill to benefit my patients. Just another reason that I am happy to be involved with a holistic practice like Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives, which has given me much support and encouragement for this great opportunity!
Dr. Janis Fisher
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