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What is Animal Chiropractic?

  • 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.

  • It comprises the adjustment of vertebral joints, extremity joints, and cranial sutures.

  • It includes evaluating the patientís history, intended use/athleticism, health state and prior x-rays and tests.

  • A chiropractic exam includes a neurological exam, stance and gait analysis and motion and static palpation.

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 1100 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

Please Note: All site photographs are of AVCA Certified Doctors posing, adjusting, competing, cuddling with their own animals, or with animals belonging to their clients.

What is Certification?

Certification is a voluntary process by which a non-government entity grants a time-limited recognition and use of a credential to an individual after verifying that he/she has met predetermined and standardized criteria.  Certification is distinct from licensure in that it is voluntary and requires recertification to maintain the credential.

Earning certification from the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association represents a significant professional achievement.  AVCA Certification makes an important statement about professional competence that is recognized by the profession, the public and some regulatory bodies.

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.

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