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A few years ago some entrepreurial chiropractors and veterinarians decided that they would invent what they call veterinary chiropractic. Yes, chiropractors could never demonstrate an actual subluxation in humans, but they now claim to be able to diagnose them in canaries and kangaroos. Wow, what a leap of faith that turned out to be.
Rin Tin Tin the chiropractor's in -
and he's not happy
Views from Behind the Golden Haze
In a feature article in the "small business" section of the
Kitchener-Waterloo Record, on November 4th, 1998, Jennifer Heick claims
to be an animal chiropractor. If she treats animals with chiropractic manipulation
without a referral from a veterinarian she may have been violating the standards of practice.
When will the K-W Record finally show its feathers and admit that they
support quackery, plain and simple. It wasn't bad enough that "iridology"
quacks were supported, now the residents of our long-suffering medically
inadequate area have to be entertained yet again.
If Rin Tin Tin was alive today, I think that he would head for the pet
cemetary, before he would allow an untrained human to manipulate his back.
However we shouldn't judge Ms. Heick alone. Our community has to live
with a few others of their profession who seem to think that they are above
the ethics of their own regulatory body. Some of them have placed signs
on our highways telling the community that meningitis shots aren't needed,
while others scam to entice their patients into useless treatments, and
multi-level schemes to get rich quick.
And then there are those chiropractors who insist that if they take
a few weekend courses they will become proficient in pediatrics. I ask
the community if they would rather trust the care of their dogs, or infants
to the care of anyone who pays $275 a weekend to attend a hotel seminar
to help them promote any kind of care that is absolutely outside the scope
of their own professional guidelines.
Where the hell is the College of Chiropractors of Ontario today? Are they
in the dog house, or are they handing out the puppy chow after the litter
is borne to the next victims of their own.
CVO barks at criticism about veterinary chiropractic
Animal chiropractic update Vol. 15 No. 2 - John Henry, DVM
Since the early 90's, animal chiropractic has been an issue for the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO). Earlier councils agreed that negotiation with the
College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO) was preferable to court prosecution of chiropractors for the unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine.
They reasoned that since animal manipulation is not mentioned in the definition of the "practice of veterinary medicine" in the Veterinarians Act, the CVO would
have to first prove that animal chiropractic is the practice of veterinary medicine. This would require evidence that chiropractic is taught in veterinary schools, is a
subject in veterinary texts and journals, and that it is a professional service normally provided by veterinarians.
"..the public should be aware that neither chiropractors, nor veterinarians are trained in animal chiropractic in their
undergraduate studies. The public would be advised to make inquiries about whether either professional had training in the field before requesting their chiropractic
services. However, if the public were concerned about chiropractic treatment performed by a veterinarian, the CVO complaints process could accommodate their
concerns. This press release was never finalized or published."
The CVO web site on standards
Susanne Langdon - the reigning Queen of Animal Chiro-Quackers
Susanne Langdon says she's the highest trained animal chiropractor in ALL of Canada
"Dr. Langdon has advanced certification and training in Animal Chiropractic
from the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) and is able to
accept animal cases without the referral of a veterinarian. Dr. Langdon is
also and active Board Member of the AVCA and the Chair of the Certification
Committee. She regularly attends seminars in Canada and the United States,
and is currently the highest trained Animal Chiropractor in all of Canada."
Langdon makes claims that animals have subluxed spines that
cause health problems. Where is that confirmed by veterinary scientists, or
in fact chiropractic "science"?
My comments: This is a total cop-out on science. The CVO has bowed to the gods of chiropractic quackery. I called to complain and felt that my criticism was received "like water off a duck's back".
You can file your own complaint
to the College of Veterinarians of Ontario.
College of Veterinarians of Ontario
2106 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario N1L 1G6
(519) 824-5600 (800) 424-2856
Dr. Melody Mason, President
Complaints Committee Chair- Dr. Steven Stewart
E-mail: Barbara Leslie, Registrar
This article in the Kitchener Waterloo
Record describes a young chiropractor who has decided to cross the line,
and she is treading on very dangerous ground.
- Animal chiropractic clinic faces marketing challenge - November 4, 1998
Jennifer Heick's chiropractic patients are as likely
to wag their tails as say thank-you after visiting her
clinic. The owner of Waterloo North Chiropractic treats
a lot of people every week. But she also treats
dogs, cats and horses.
- More animal hijinks in The Record - March 16, 2002
Chiropractor Jennifer Heick devotes Tuesday evenings and Saturdays to the treatment of animals. Her client base of
more than 60 small animals includes dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets and a skunk, which she treats at a rate of $25 per session.
Chiropractors who practice veterinary medicine on the side are fooling the public, and those that treat animals or those who train them should be held accountable under the law. Many jurisdictions in North America ban chiropractors from treating animals. Why is the CCO ignoring the facts?
We request that the College of Veterinarians of Ontario to file complaints against chiropractors who treat animals. They should demand that the Chiropractic College of Ontario prevent any of their license holders from treating animals, and they should write this into their regulations.
More Animal Antics
- Search Google for animal chiropractic images
- Michigan Dept. of Consumer & Industry Services v. Hoffmann
The Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services sought an order prohibiting defendant Mark Hall Hoffmann, D.C. from performing chiropractic manipulation on horses. The administrative agency denied the request and the state agency appealed. In this opinion, the Court of Appeals says that a Doctor of Chiropractic may not legally treat a horse except under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian.
- Minnesota Bd. of Veterinary Medicine v Daniel Kamen, DC
April 7, 2003 - Illinois entrepreneur and self-proclaimed guru for animal chiropractic was banned from promoting animal chiropractic in the State of Minnesota.
- Chiropractic, animal protection hot items in N.M. legislature
Santa Fe, N.M.-New Mexico veterinarians are busy monitoring two state legislative issues, as chiropractors seek to practice on animals. While chiropractors initially approached the board of veterinary medicine and board of chiropractic examiners in 2004, no decision was expected until the 2005 legislative session, when the entire veterinary practice act will be subjected to sunset review, which occurs every five years.
Tomasic, representing the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association's (NMVMA) says the chiropractic issue is slightly bothersome. "Veterinarians are established as having a gatekeeper role for animal health. What this animal chiropractic group is saying is that they have as much training as we do, but they don't in terms of animal health."
- Colorado veterinarians say chiropractic for animals is bunk - December 2002
A 25-page report from the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) claimed the AVCA's proposal failed to fully demonstrate regulations would benefit the pet-owning public. Dr. David Ramey, who practices in Southern California, adds, "In the past 20 years (of AVCA's existence), there is not one shred of evidence that any of what they're doing makes any difference as far as the health and welfare of animals go. They're trying to succeed by inference and anecdote.
- Wisconsin chiros and vets dog it out on animal care - Milwaukee Sentinal Journal - November 11, 2002Practicing chiropractic on animals without a veterinarian present is illegal in 48 states, including Wisconsin, where some human chiropractors nonetheless routinely treat animals. But that doesn't stop them from treating animals.
- Alternative Veterinary site - Whatever Fido's New Age Mom wants, she gets. From Ayurvedic herbs to VETNAT homeopathic placebos, and Wild Kingdom Reiki, it's all here.
- Alberta Veterinary Medicine group gets its hackles up - Alberta Report
A turf war has broken out between the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the
province's chiropractors over animal chiropractic, a booming billion-dollar industry in the United
States now taking hold in Canada. The practice is used to relieve spinal injuries and pain in
animals ranging from the family pet to livestock and race horses. Few veterinarians are trained in
the arcane art of spinal manipulation, and so, since 1992, vets have been permitted to refer
patients to chiropractors and supervise the subsequent treatment. That amiable relationship ended
earlier this year, however, when Edmonton chiropractor Daniel Martin agreed to treat a sick dog
without a referral.
- First Canadian study of alternative veterinary medicine
For the first time, a formal research project at a Canadian veterinary school is being staged to study the efficacy of herbal and homeopathic
products for pain and cancer treatment in dogs. A practice-based clinical trial begins this spring under the supervision of population medicine
professor Brenda Bonnett, with epidemiology graduate student Carol Poland. The clinical trial will have applications to human medicine and may
answer questions about the placebo effect in humans, Poland says.
- Veterinary Chiropractic - David Ramey, DVM - Chirobase.com
No part of chiropractic education deals with animals, and no part of veterinary education deals with manipulative forms of physiotherapy. In most states, the practice of chiropractic is, by definition, restricted to humans (a definition supported by a 1998 decision of the appeals court of the state of Michigan). Nevertheless, some chiropractors purport to be able to ply their trade on animals [A, B} and some veterinarians [B].say that they can perform chiropractic adjustments. The American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) "certifies" DVMs or DCs after 150 hours of coursework and also offers "advanced" courses. The idea that 150 hours can provide a chiropractic or veterinary education seems odd, and the Association does say that its certification is just the beginning. As scanty as 150 hours may seem, one-day seminars are offered on animal adjusting. What would the response be if members of the veterinary profession started giving one-day clinics on human chiropractic?
Harry the Rabbit and other Animal-Crackers