September 2011

Colorado Veterinary Practice Act
  Registered Animal Chiropractor Source Notes
Required level of general education Licensed DC registered with Colorado Board of Veterinary Medicine and has completed approved educational program (programs specifically listed in the practice act: Healing Oasis Wellness Center, Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic, Parker College of Chiropractic) A licensed chiropractor who seeks registration in animal chiropractic shall obtain education in the field of animal chiropractic from an accredited college of veterinary medicine, an accredited college of chiropractic, or an educational program deemed equivalent by mutual agreement of the state board of chiropractic examiners and the state board of veterinary medicine
Hands-On Animal Patient Training 210 hours of combined classroom and clinical experience The educational program shall consist of no fewer than two hundred ten hours, shall include both classroom instruction (specific topics indicated) and clinical experience, and shall culminate with a proficiency evaluation
Certification Exam Program-specific proficiency evaulation ...and shall culminate with a proficiency evaluation
Continuing Education Required 20 hours per licensing period (licensing period as determined by director of the division of registrations within the department of regulatory agencies) A licensed chiropractor who is registered to perform animal chiropractic shall complete twenty hours of continuing education per licensing period that is specific to the diagnosis and treatment of animals; Licenses shall be renewed or reinstated pursuant to a schedule established by the director of the division of registrations within the department of regulatory agencies and shall be renewed or reinstated pursuant to section 24-34-102
Legal ability to prescribe drugs to animals No    
Overseeing agency / regulating body Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine  
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