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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

AVCA Certificants

  • 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