The Vluggen Institute for Equine Osteopathy and Education is dedicated to creating exemplary equine osteopaths in art, knowledge, capability and expertise, with the integrity to the horse, the horsecommunity and the equine osteopathy in mind, through the highest intensive education possible.
It is our goal / mission to promote and educate the Equine Osteopathy as an independent profession, with verifiable high levelled standards and scientific foundation, formulated and regulated by the Wolrd Alliance of Equine Osteopaths (WAEO) and the International Register of Equine Osteopaths (IREO®), to the horsecommunity worldwide, complementary and in conjunction with veterinary medicin, to provide the equine professional with more options and insights to benefit the health of the horse.
On the 22nd of November 2011, in an official meeting with the representatives of the IAEO ( The International Association of Equine Osteopaths, now the World Alliance of Equine Osteopaths WAEO ) and the IREO® (The International Registry for Equine Osteopaths ), the code of ethics, the competency profile and the standards for equine osteopaths and educational institutions were submitted and approved by a majority of the members present.
Following this approval the Vluggen Institute handed over all the rights to the IREO® (International Registry for Equine Osteopaths) for the registered wordmark Equine osteopath EDO®.
Upon completion of the full courses and exams, standing before an international commitee of veterinarians and equine osteopaths, the graduate receives a certificate of completion.
The graduate can choose to submit this certificate to the International Registry of Equine Osteopaths to obtain a ID number and be granted the use of the registered wordmark Equine Osteopath EDO®.
Founder and principal instructor of The Vluggen Institute:
Born and raised in the Netherlands and since thirty years living and practicing in Germany.
Graduated as a human osteopath D.O., from the International Academy of Osteopathy in Ghent Belgium, he was trained and taught extensively in the importance of the visceral system in relation to the skeleton system according the visceral concepts of Jean Pierre Barral D.O.MRO-F
His fellow student Pascal Evrard D.O. MRO-B author of the book:’Introduction á l’osteopathie structurelle appliquée au cheval’, at that time was developing and modifying the structural techniques from the early equine osteopathy into safer and more applicable techniques.
The two innovators made a pact to bring the equine osteopathy to the highest possible standards considering all pilars of the modern osteopathy: the parietal system, the cranio sacral system, and as it was longtime thought impossible on the equine, the visceral system.
It was Janek Vluggen’s merit to develop the modern visceral concept as a methodical application to the horse in relation to the autonomic nervous system, and the cranial sacral system.
As a researcher, thought-after therapist and popular lecturer in the United States as well as Europe for over two decades, he has built a significant following worldwide.
It was Dr. Luann Groves DVM. EDO® that recognized the importance of his expertise and convinced him to educate the veterinary and horse community in the equine osteopathy, and hostes The Vluggen Institute at her veterinary clinic in San Marcos Texas till today.
Janek Vluggen still runs a succesfull human osteopathy practice in Germany.