About us


Mission statement:

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 horse community and the equine osteopathy in mind, through the highest intensive education possible.

It is our aim and goal to promote and educate the Equine Osteopathy as an independent profession as it is formulated and regulated with verifiable high level standards and scientific foundation by the Worldwide Alliance of Equine Osteopaths (WAEO) and the International Register for Equine Osteopathy (IREO®), to the horse community worldwide, complementary to and in conjunction with veterinary medicine, to provide the equine professional with additional options and insights to benefit the health of the horse. The Vluggen Institute strongly promotes the conjunction between the Equine Osteopathy and veterinary medicine since it sincerely trusts with ample evidence that the two different paradigms and philosophies are complimentary in a symbiotic manner.

Due to the international character of the Vluggen Institute and the different laws per individual country, the Vluggen Institute has been established as a Private Membership Association, and aspirant students will automatically become members of the Vluggen Institute PMA with their admittance to the courses.

Till upon this date, the Vluggen Institute is proud to have spread across all continents of the world more than four hundred students trained to be graduated Equine Osteopath EDO© and has set precedential standards to be the only educational equine osteopathy institution worldwide to fulfill all the requirements and continues to meet the high standards of the International Register for Equine Osteopathy IREO®.

The Vluggen Institute team:

Janek Vluggen D.O. MRO.-D BSc(Hons) PT.
Registered with the IREO® as Equine Osteopath EDO©

Robin Vluggen D.O. BSc(Hons) Ost. Med.

Dr. LuAnn Groves DVM (USA)

Registered with the IREO® as Equine Osteopath EDO©

Dr. Lieselotte Nonneman VET (Belgium)
Registered with the IREO® as Equine Osteopath EDO©

Dr. Jeanette Adler DVM (Denmark)
Registered with the IREO® as Equine Osteopath EDO©

Dr. Tom Beech BVSc-MRCVS (United Kingdom)

Registered with the IREO® as Equine Osteopath EDO©

Lisbeth Wijnants Ing. Env. Shiatsu-Cran. Sacr. Ther. (Belgium)

Registered with the IREO® as Equine Osteopath EDO©

Heike Reiners (Germany)
Secretary of the Vluggen Institute

Traci Burgess (USA)
Registered with the IREO® as Equine Osteopath EDO©, Secr. of the Vluggen Institute USA

Marianne Vluggen-Mookhoek
Management, scheduling

Remco Brouwer (Netherlands)
ICT website management of the Vluggen Institute