The word Chiropractic is derived from the Greek meaning "to perform with the hands". In human medicine it is the third largest health profession and is concerned with the treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. It is a non-invasive and non-prescriptive manual therapy.
Veterinary Chiropractic is a combination of traditional human Chiropractic and Veterinary medicine to form a unique profession that has recognition as a separate health care branch. The only individuals allowed to qualify as (International Veterinary Chiropractic Association recognised) Veterinary Chiropractors are qualified and registered Chiropractors or Veterinarians. This is in order to maintain the highest level of care possible to the animal.
All animals treated by a Veterinary Chiropractor must always have, as a prerequisite to treatment, full approval from that particular animals attending Veterinarian. No treatment can be undertaken without this consent from the animals primary carer. This is in line with the Veterinarians Act.
Veterinary Chiropractic does not replace traditional Veterinary medicine, its aim is to help provide additional means of treatment options for spinal problems as well as biomechanical related musculoskeletal disorders.