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This course is designed to introduce the therapist to treating dogs and cats and the rewards and challenges that go along with working with non-verbal animal patients. Most dogs and cats are easily and highly receptive to BCST. It is very fulfilling to potentially alleviate physical or emotional conditions in dogs and cats including some issues that the human guardian or veterinarian may not even be aware of. Given their robust play behaviours and physicality many dogs and cats are potential candidates for treatment.

The BCST approach to treatment of dogs and cats can be vastly different than treating people. There are adaptations required to meet the needs of both the animal and their human guardian and to be present and hold space for all involved. The course will include experiential components such as demonstrations and videos as well as multiple hands-on sessions with dogs.

Topics include: 
  • Anatomical differences between humans and small quadrupeds
  • Communication with the animal’s human guardian and getting a proper history
  • Basic veterinary and osteopathic exam of dogs and cats
  • Common musculoskeletal and neurological conditions that respond well to BCST
  • Other conditions that respond to BCST (behavioural problems, digestion issues)
  • Treatment of surgical adhesions universally present in all dogs/cats spayed and neutered
  • Treatment of the autonomic nervous system and viscera to improve musculoskeletal mobility and flexibility 
  • Practical aspects of treating cats versus dogs 
  • Aspects of treating everything from geriatric dogs/cats to neonates and dogs in various sporting disciplines to enhance athletic performance 
  • Scope of practice and understanding how to collaborate with veterinary professionals