1. Annual Meeting of the Veterinary Society of Chiropractic

June 19th-20th 2020, Frankfurt am Main Germany

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Due to the Corona virus situation in Germany and across Europe we decided to postpone the 1st Annual VSC Meeting which was due to be on 19th and 20th of June in Frankfurt, Germany to Fall 2020.

The German Government has recommended canceling all meetings and events. Thank you very much for your understanding.

You can still make a non-committal reservation for Fall. Please fill in the registration form and write “Reservation Fall” in the free space for  Questions/Suggestions/Presentations. We will reach out to you directly, as soon as we will have agreed on a new date.

In the next couple of weeks we will hopefully be able to give further information to you including an alternative date for the course.

Thank you very much.

Stay healthy!

The Veterinary Society of Chiropractic was founded as an alliance of animal chiropractors who are dedicated to intensify research efforts in animal chiropractic.

The VSC strives to promote and represent veterinary chiropractic to the veterinary and chiropractic professions internationally.
Exchange of clinically relevant information among veterinary chiropractic colleagues, and supporting and disseminating research related to chiropractic are primary goals in achieving this purpose.

Therefore we want to invite you to our first international meeting. The focus in this conference will be put on the introduction of varying research work in the field of human and animal chiropractic as well as the presentations of ongoing studies on the characteristics of the pelvic region in the horse and the immediate impact of chiropractic adjustments on the gait in dogs.

The setup of the talks shall allow as much interaction in-between the participants as possible. The main goal of the lectures is to share experiences and ideas, both of diagnosing and treating vertebral subluxation complexes in the sacro-plevic region and to put them up for discussion.

We also want to encourage interested participants to prepare and present their own case studies or experiences concerning the sacro-pelvic/hind limb area during the meeting, or hand in other ideas and suggestions for the discussions beforehand.

The time table will be adapted to the amount of suggestions.

Speakers and topics

Olivia Jones, DC (UK)

Olivia qualified as a Human Chiropractor at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK and then trained on animals at the International Academy of Chiropractic (IAVC) in 2009.

Since then she has trained additionally in many different techniques for treating horses. Olivia had been teaching for the IAVC for the past 7 years and has a special interest in Neurology.

She runs a busy practice in England treating predominantly sports horses, particularly Dressage, Eventing and Racehorses.

Current Chiropractic Research and its relevance to treating animals.

Whilst current animal chiropractic research is quite limited at the moment, the human chiropractic research field is growing very quickly.
Current research focuses particularly on measuring the neurological effects of altered spinal movement and the effect of Chiropractic adjustment throughout the neuro-axis.
By having a better understanding of the mechanisms Chiropractic you can be more effective in your treatments and also be confident in your explanation of Chiropractic to your clients and colleagues.

Dr. CecilieTidemann Ruud Askvig, DVM (NOR)

Cecilie a TiHo Hannover graduate, worked in several clinics for small and large animals before she started her own clinic in Norway in 2004.
She is a certified animal chiropractor (IAVC) since 2006 and has added more specializations in animal acupuncture (IVAS), dentistry and neurology (ESAVS) during her remarkable career.

Neurologic rehabilitation using chiropractic and acupuncture

Jose-Miguel Gomez Garcia (ESP), Veterinarian, Animal Chiropractor (IAVC), Acupunturist (IVAS) and Farrier.

Jose-Miguel has been working as an equine chiropractor since 2006. Having started in England, he opened the first practice offering only equine chiropractic. In 2016 he returned to Spain with his wife and they are now working together, being focused in equine functional rehabilitation.

Over the years he has done several lectures and during the last two years he has been invited to lecture in a Farrier School.

He has accompanied the Spanish Dressage Team in the European Championships (2014 and 2015) and in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (2016).

Ascending Subluxation Change in the Hind Leg

The stability in the coxofemoral joint is also depending on the stability of the joints below in the hind limb.
Vertebral subluxation complexes in the interphalangeal joints can compromise the coxofemoral joint.

Dr. Alexandra Keller, DVM (GER)

Alexandra graduated at the University of veterinary medicine in Gießen. After working in several practices for small animals and horses she received her certification in animal chiropractic (EAVC) in 2004. A year later she founded her own practice for veterinary medicine and chiropractic in 2005 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Since 2016 she is head of the small animal department in the Tierärztliches Orthopaedie Team Frankfurt.
In her daily clinical work she emphasizes on the treatment of orthopaedic diseases and has built up an expertise in conservative treatment and rehabilitation of her canine patients.
Dr. Keller also became a specialist in canine Sports Medicine and is involved in organizing educational events in this field in her own practice.

Effects of chiropractic treatments on the gait in dogs using the CanidGait Analysis system.

Alexandra presents first results of her recent studies on the effects of chiropractic treatments on the gait of dogs using a Zebris CanidGait treadmill.

Dr. Donald Moffatt, DVM (CAN)

Donald graduated in the first class (1990) of the Atlantic Veterinary College (University of Prince Edward Island, Canada) and earned his postgraduate degree (Doctor of Veterinary Science in population medicine / epidemiology) from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 1997.
He received his AVCA certification in 1996 through Options for Animals, and moved to mixed animal practice in Germany in 1997.
Since 1999 he has been practicing exclusively veterinary chiropractic, adding veterinary acupuncture in 2002 (IVAS).
Together with his wife Sybil he runs and owns the International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic since 2003.

Instrument Assisted Adjusting: Can the Activator Method Help Our Animal Patients?

Dr. Wolfgang Mayrhofer, DVM (AUT)

Wolfgang graduated at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna where he also earned his postgraduate degree (doctor of veterinary medicine) in 2005.
Since 2006 he is a certified specialist in equine medicine and a certified animal chiropractor (IAVC, IVCA).
After five years in the Pferdeklinik Aschheim (Munich, Germany) he moved on and settled down in Frankfurt in 2007, Germany, running the practice for veterinary medicine and chiropractic (2007) and since 2016 the Tierärztliches Orthopädie Team Frankfurt together with Alex Keller.
After additional trainings he is combining regular medicine, chiropractic and fascia release techniques in his daily practice.
Wolfgang is working on all kinds of equids, predominantly on show jumpers, emphasizing on orthopedics and chiropractic. He is also attending to international horse shows as a FEI veterinarian.

Connection between rotation of pelvis and Atlas

In a large number of patients subluxation complexes in one or more joints of the sacro-pelvic region occur, amongst others, with rotation of the atlas.
In this talk Wolfgang presents his hypothesis about the connection between atlas and pelvis and puts it on discussion.

General information

The seminar is open for Veterinarians (DVM) and Human Chiropractors (DC) only and is limited to 30 participants.

Seminar language: English


Annotation: We will take pictures during the seminar for documentation purposes. If you don't want to be photographed please let us know before the seminar starts.

Tierärztliches Orthopädie Team Frankfurt
Golfstraße 25 60528 Frankfurt am Main Germany

How to get there:
Plane: Frankfurt International Airport
Train: Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof or Frankfurt Südbahnhof

Time Table

Friday June 19th

11:00 – 11:30 Greeting and Introduction to the VSC (W. Mayrhofer)
11:30 – 12:30 Current Chiropractic Research and its relevance to treating animals Part 1 (O. Jones)
12:30 – 12:40 Break Coffee
12:40 – 13:40 Current Chiropractic Research and its relevance to treating animals Part 2 (O. Jones)
13:40 – 14:40 Break Coffee/Snacks
14:40 – 15:25 Effects of chiropractic treatments on the gait in dogs, using the CanidGait Analysis system for evaluation. (A. Keller)
15:25 – 15:45 Discussion
15:45 – 16:30 Instrument Assisted Adjusting: Can the Activator Method Help Our Animal Patients? (D. Donald)
16:30 – 16:50 Discussion
16:50 – 17:00 Break
17:00 – 17:40 Ultrasound guided measurement of Fascia layers in race dogs before and after work out (A. Keller)
17:40 – 18:00 Discussion
19:30 BBQ in the practice!!

Saturday June 20th

09:00 – 09:45 Rehab-neurology with Chiropractic (C. Askvig)
09:45 – 10:00 Discussion
10:00 – 10:45 Rehab-neurology with acupuncture (C. Askvig)
10:45 – 11:00 Discussion
11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:15 Ascending Subluxation Change in the Hind Leg (JM. Gomez Garcia)
12:15 – 13:00 Discussion
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14.00 – 14:30 Connection between rotation of pelvis and Atlas (W. Mayrhofer)
14:30 – 15:00 Discussion
15:00 – 15:15 Break
15:15 – 15:45 Diagnosis of sacro-iliac joint subluxation complexes (JM. Gomez Garcia)
15:45 – 16:15 Discussion
16:15 – 16:45 The pubic symphysis, the forgotten joint in the pelvis? - A consideration of the stability of the ventral surface of the pelvis (O. Jones)
16:45 - 17:15 Discussion
17:15 End

Information and Registration

Dr. Wolfgang Mayrhofer, Tierärztliches Orthopädie Team Frankfurt

Participation fee: 390€
(Includes all lunch and coffee breaks)

Please make bank transfer to:

Dr. Wolfgang Mayrhofer „1. Annual Meeting VSC“

Frankfurter Volksbank, Branch (BLZ) 50190000
Account No: 6002048220

IBAN Code: DE30501900006002048220

Registration in order of incoming payment

Right of cancellation for participants:
4 weeks up to 2 weeks prior to the event 50% of fee refund,
later than 2 weeks prior to the event refund of seminar fees cannot be warranted.

The seminar requires a quorum of 20 participants. The organizer reserves his right to cancel the seminar at any time if this number is not accomplished.

Close to the venue:

Holiday Inn Frankfurt North
Isenburger Schneise 40, Frankfurt am Main

Paragon Apartements
Schwarzwaldstrasse 102-104, Niederrad, Frankfurt am Main (immer sehr schnell ausverkauft)

Hotel Niederräder Hof
Trift Str. 33, Niederrad, Frankfurt am Main

Sheraton Frankfurt Congress Hotel
Lyoner Str. 44-48, Niederrad, Frankfurt am Main

Little further but still close:

NH Frankfurt Niederrad
Lyoner Straße 5, Niederrad, Frankfurt am Main

Leonardo Royal Hotel Frankfurt
Mailänder Str. 1, Sachsenhausen, Frankfurt am Main

Hotel Wessinger
Alicestraße 2, 63263 Neu-Isenburg

Innside by Meliá Frankfurt Niederrad
Herriotstr. 2, Niederrad, Frankfurt am Main