What is Animal Chiropractic?
- It comprises the adjustment of vertebral joints, extremity joints, and cranial sutures.
- A chiropractic exam includes a neurological exam, stance and gait analysis and motion and static palpation.
- It includes evaluating the patient’s history, intended use/athleticism, health state and prior x-rays and tests.
- A chiropractic adjustment is defined as short lever, high velocity controlled thrust by hand or instrument that is directed at specific articulations to correct vertebral subluxations.
Why Animal Chiropractic
- Neck, back, leg, and tail pain,
- Muscle spasms and nerve problems,
- Injuries from slips, falls, and accidents,
- Jaw or TMJ problems, difficulty chewing,
- Event or sports injuries,
- Post-surgical care,
- Bowel, bladder, and internal medicine disorders,
- Maintenance of joint and spinal health,
- Healing/helping with chronic internal medicine disorders.
Indications for Care
- Lameness, trouble getting up and down, athletic competitions,
- Surgery involving anesthesia, seizures or neurological problems, recovery from illness or injury,
- Geriatric household pet, behavior or mood change,
- In horses, signs of navicular disease or laminitis,
- Chronic health problems that do not resolve as expected.
Why an AVCA Certified Doctor?
- AVCA is the primary national credential for this field in North America
- Certification was developed based upon input and oversight from both chiropractic and veterinary professions
- Over 1400 animal chiropractic professionals have been certified since 1989
- AVCA has embarked upon a program of continuous improvement for the certification program
- AVCA Certification establishes and promotes professional accountability and visibility
- AVCA Certification identifies those professionals who have met specific standards of knowledge and experience
- Certification encourages continued professional growth and development
- Licensed doctors of chiropractic or of veterinary medicine
- Successfully completed an AVCA approved post-graduate program (minimum of 210 hours)
- Passed the Animal Chiropractic Certification Commission’s (ACCC) of the AVCA comprehensive certification examination
- Certification is issued for a 3 year period. Certificants are responsible to renew certification though approved continuing education.
For more information on the requirements and eligibility of an AVCA Certified Doctor, please go to Certification Information