HOW DO I CHOOSE A VETERINARY, OR ANIMAL, CHIROPRACTOR?

If you believe that your horse or dog may benefit from the services of an Animal Chiropractor, there are several things you should do.

First, always have your animal examined by his Veterinarian first to determine if the condition that exists requires medical or surgical attention.

CHOOSING THE ANIMAL CHIROPRACTOR

ALWAYS have your animal both examined and treated by a professional, trained specifically in Animal Chiropractic. There are both Chiropractors and Veterinarians with additional specific education and training in Animal Chiropractic. Neither Veterinarians nor Chiropractors are taught these techniques in their normal training at school. Additional post-graduate education is always needed.

The AVCA and IVCA certify Chiropractors and Veterinarians in the art, science, and philosophy of animal adjusting. These doctors have completed many hours (not just a weekend or two) of post graduate animal chiropractic education, passed written as well as practical examinations, and are required to complete 10 hours of continuing education each year.

YES, THERE IS A DIFFERENCE IN A TRUE ANIMAL CHIROPRACTOR, AVCA or IVCA CERTIFIED, AND SOMEONE WHO JUST CALLS HIMSELF A “SOFT-TISSUE MANIPULATOR”, “CHIROPRACTITIONER”, OR SOMEONE USING “MANIPULATIVE TECHNIQUES”. BEWARE OF THESE “DOCTORS”. THE DECISION IS YOURS, BUT MAKE AN EDUCATED DECISION--ASK FOR CREDENTIALS. AT A MINIMUM, THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL YOU CHOOSE MUST BE EITHER A DOCTOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE OR A DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC WITH POST GRADUATE TRAINING OF 200-300 CREDIT HOURS IN ANIMAL CHIROPRACTIC THROUGH ONE OF ONLY 3 ACCREDITED SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES.

The three schools are:

  1. Options for Animals
  2. Healing Oasis
  3. Parker College of Chiropractic

After completion of an Animal Chiropractic program through one of the above accredited schools, the Doctor may then seek certification by passing both written and practical examinations through the AVCA or the IVCA. The links below list certified Doctors.

www.AVCADoctors.com or http://ivca.de/find-chiropractor/

If no Certified Animal Chiropractor is available in your area, perhaps you can arrange for a Doctor to come to the area for a day by arranging a Chiropractic clinic of 6-15 horses.

When selecting an Animal Chiropractor for your animal, be wary of exaggerated claims. There are many conditions in animals that may be permanent, or have permanent symptoms. Others worsen, even with the finest of health care. Have realistic expectations. Do not expect that the Animal Chiropractor will solve all long standing or multiple conditions with one adjustment. HEALING TAKES TIME!!