Canine Bowen Technique Association

The Canine Bowen Technique Association (CBTA) replaced the European Guild of Canine Bowen Therapists (EGCBT), at the end of 2017. CBTA was formed by a small group of Canine Bowen Technique Practitioners who had been trained by and accredited with the European Guild of Canine Bowen Therapists (EGCBT).

Originally the European Guild of Canine Bowen Therapists (EGCBT) was set up by Sally & Ron Askew in 2003 to create a network of properly skilled and experienced Canine Bowen Technique practitioners who were able to work alongside other professionals in the canine world to help dogs – vets, trainers, behaviourists, rescue centres, hydrotherapists, nutritionists.

In addition, EGCBT worked to develop and advance the Bowen Technique to the advantage and benefit of dogs. A professional program of training was designed by EGCBT with a holistic approach, for people wishing to become properly skilled Canine Bowen Technique practitioners to bring this exciting modality both to the UK and to mainland Europe.

The founders of EGCBT (Sally and Ron Askew) retired in December 2017 and have given their permission and support for the CBTA to continue their pioneering work with dogs. See CBTA’s website for further details about the association and to find a practitioner in your area:

(CBTA) Canine Bowen Technique Associations Philosophy is:

  • To listen and work in partnership with the dog.
  • Creating a relationship of trust to maximise the effect of the session.
  • Never forcing a Canine Bowen Technique session on a dog against his wishes.
  • Using a holistic approach to session.
  • Working collaboratively with the vets in the best interests of the dog.
  • Recognising that dogs are a separate species and have their own needs and requirements.

All Canine Bowen Technique Association Practitioners:

  • Do not diagnose
  • Do not treat conditions
  • Do not prescribe or alter medications
  • Do not force CBT on a dog
  • Work to a strict code of conduct and professional ethics
  • Fulfil standards of training and annual CPD requirements
  • Maintain their own liability Insurance
  • Only work in collaboration with vets*

*CBTA practitioners will only offer CBT in collaboration with the dog’s vet and only after receiving confirmation that the owner is working directly with their veterinary practice in matters concerning their dog’s current health.

Canine Bowen Technique is not a substitute/replacement for normal veterinary care, but rather is complementary to it.

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