September 2011

American Veterariny Chiropractic Association (AVCA)
  Certified Animal Chriopractor Source Notes
Required level of general education Licensed DC or DVM who has passed approved postgraduate programs in animal chiropractic Certification is a voluntary process; Certification is distinct from licensure in that it is voluntary and requires recertification to maintain the credential
Hands-On Animal Patient Training 75-100 hours depending on postgraduate animal chiropractic program attended See notes section Examples: Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic consists of a minimum of 75 hours of hands-on laboratories; Healing Oasis Wellness Center veterinary spinal manipulative therapy certification program includes 100 hours hands-on techniques lab
Certification Exam Animal Chiropractic Certification Commission Exam The purpose of the examination process is to ensure the public and the animal chiropractic profession that those candidates who pass written comprehensive and clinical examinations are suitable for certification in the field of animal chiropractic. The examinations are designed to evaluate the suitability for practice in the international animal chiropractic environment
Continuing Education Required 30 hours / 3 years Recertification requirements mandate a minimum of 30 approved credits every 3 years
Legal ability to prescribe drugs to animals DVM: Yes. DC: No.    
Overseeing agency / regulating body None  
This chart was prepared to provide an example of the education, training, certification and regulatory oversight requirements of veterinarians and non-veterinarian providers in selected areas of veterinary practice. The chart is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a comprehensive statement on the subject matter covered, but rather a guide that provides practical information for the reader. The chart does not represent legal advice and does not constitute a limitation or expansion of the lawful scope of practice applicable in any jurisdiction. The educational programs included in this resource are those known to AVMA and most often referenced in state regulations. This list is not exhaustive and not intended to describe every program offered in any covered category. The information was prepared in September 2011 and may not necessarily reflect future changes in programs. We hope that you find this material useful. Links to other websites are provided for information and convenience only. The inclusion of such materials or links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorsement of those views and positions.
Source: Staff research, AVMA State Legislative and Regulatory Department
Contact: Tara Southwell, State Policy Analyst, AVMA State Legislative and Regulatory Department, 847-285-6779